From the daily archives: Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the law firm Roetzel & Andress have been soliciting on their website money for clients to attend the Kasich Inauguration:

Roetzel & Andress had a full page dated Dec. 2, 2010 on its website on Tuesday that said those who had not contributed at least $1,000 to Kasich’s gubernatorial run would have to cough up between $1,000 and $10,000 to become an official sponsor of the gala for the privilege to purchase tickets. It made no mention of the official website.

The law firm took the web page down at about […]

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And he couldn’t care less.  Seriously, watch for yourself.  He actually says he doesn’t know who’s paying for the security upgrades to his home.  Upgrades similar to the ones the Ohio Ethics Commission sanctioned former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann for paying using his campaign funds to cover.

From Marc Kovac of Ohio Capital Blog:

Kasich says that the Patrol will answer all questions about the improvements being made at the residence, including who is paying for it.  We, and other media outlets, have asked the Patrol who refused to answer any questions citing “safety concerns.”

Unfreakin’ believable.

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John Kasich has the protection of the Ohio Highway Patrol.  They’ve been already planning and preparing to provide security to his Westerville home… which, let’s face it, is a safe neighborhood.

Yet, the Associated Press is reporting that John Kasich is breaking with tradition and will be the first Ohio Governor sworn into office in an entirely private ceremony.

Republican Gov.-elect John Kasich has closed the 12:01 a.m. event to the news media, an act unprecedented in modern state history. He cites security concerns for his family at his personal residence, where he is to be sworn in […]

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The Columbus Dispatch was whining about Governor Strickland suggesting he was thinking about not carrying on the rich tradition started way back in… 1998 by Governor George Voinovich to carve his name into the Governor’s desk.

Nancy Hollister, who served as Governor for the week and a half between George Voinovich and Taft (Voinovich had to resign early to take his Senate seat roughly ten days before Bob Taft could be sworn in) carved her name into the desk as well.

Strickland, a Democrat who leaves office Sunday, said last month that he hasn’t decided […]

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Why stop there?  Why not privatize the rest of the criminal justice?  Let’s create for-profit courts and for-profit law enforcement, too.  What’s the worst that could happen?

John Kasich is the only person who could see how our “tough on crime”/“truth in sentencing” laws that the Republicans passed in the 1990s has lead to a dangerously overcrowded prison population in Ohio that is bankrupting this State and lament the lack of a profit motive in it all…

So, apparently, John Kasich thinks it’s wrong to have inmates providing prison labor at the Governor’s Mansion, but it’s okay to have inmates […]

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John Kasich just announced in Chillicothe that he’s appointing Gary Mohr to be the next director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

Mohr has been a managing director of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the first, for-profit private prison company in American and has his own prison consulting business operated out of Chillicothe.

CCA has its own sordid history in Ohio during then-Governor Voinovich’s experimentation with private prisons as a budget saving mechanism.

“In 14 months of operation, the Northeast Ohio Correction Center in Youngstown, Ohio experienced 13 stabbings, 2 murders and 6 escaped […]

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The Akron Beacon Journal picks up on our story yesterday that, with less than a week to go, there seems to be an utter lack of demand to celebrate the inauguration of John Kasich as Governor.

Matt Borges, the guy who was convicted for public corruption when he was former State Treasurer Joe Deters’ chief-of-staff, but now serves as the Executive Director for the inauguration to usher in a “New Way, New Day,” admits that tickets are still available for every event open to the public.

One of the events nearing capacity is the […]

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On Friday, Governor-elect John Kasich and Mary Taylor kick off four days of inauguration ceremonies (which is about as long as President Obama’s inauguration ceremonies… and that included a train tour starting in Philadelphia and a live HBO special) at the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  On Saturday, Kasich has a private fund-raising in honor of his wife (proceeds go to charity) at the Columbus Museum of Art at a whopping $500 a person and a Young Leaders’ event at the Ohio Union along with “Family Day” at the Ohio Statehouse.

On Sunday, Kasich throws himself […]

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It’s a rhetorical question.  After all, he’s a Republican.

Speaker Batchelder announced today that his Republican caucus has over 100 bills ready to be introduced and enacted by the new Republican House majority.

Not surprisingly, while the House Republicans wage war on the working and middle class with spending cuts and collective bargaining “reform,” their tax cuts disproportionately favor the wealthiest of Ohioans.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Columbus Dispatch, the House Republicans want to:

Tax credits to Ohio college graduates who stay in Ohio; Tax credits for specialized crafts; Tax credits for […]

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