From the daily archives: Thursday, January 20, 2011

(Thanks DelCo for the tip in the comments)

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A friend of the blog reminded me today about a questionnaire sent out in August to all of the candidates for governor.

Near the end of the questionnaire, which The Dispatch sent to John Kasich, Ted Strickland and the two third-party candidates in the race for Ohio Governor, was a question about Strickland’s executive order that protected state workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Question 11 was very clearly worded and didn’t allow for any alternative interpretations:

11. Would you renew the 2007 executive order that no one can be fired from or denied […]

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Related Posts/Stories:

Florida privatized economic development efforts. It didn’t turn out so well. John Kasich’s plan means Ohio would be copying off of… MICHIGAN?!? Nevada’s tried Kasich’s business leaders economic development council idea… how’d that work out? “Sh!t My John Kasich Says”- Moving at the Speed of Business (on Indiana) “Can CEOs lure business to Ohio?” [Associated Press, Oct. 11, 2010]

Today, Governor Kasich called a press conference billed as revealing the details of his “JobsOhio” plan.  However, the legislators there admitted that a draft of legislation isn’t ready yet, but they’re going to hold […]

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Back in November we reported that the Kasich transition website was accepting applications for Government jobs on their private website. We soon learned that John Kasich intended to keep those resumes private. Advocates for government transparency responded negatively. Blogs responded even more negatively. But the fiercest and most vocal response came from newspapers who had endorsed John Kasich for Governor.

In the end, Kasich agreed he would have to release the information. And today he did.

We currently have all of the resumes and are debating if/how to make them available. For now I’m going to post the […]

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Today’s Akron Beacon Journal addresses Joseph’s inflated staff salaries in the Kasich Administration story from two weeks ago:

“The more acute disconnect involves the governor’s harsh words for many in the public sector, especially unions, about failing to understand the principle of sacrifice. Kasich insists they make do with less. Then, he turns around and pays his chief of staff $47,000 a year more than the Strickland chief of staff. He might want to set a better example.”

Be sure to read the rest of the editorial as it also addresses why Kasich’s argument that his staff is […]

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I wrote this headline because not a single Ohio newspaper will.

For the less sophisticated partisans among us, I’ll give you this alternative headline instead:

Hey Republicans, Obama more popular in Ohio than Portman, Boehner or Kasich!  Suck it!

The latest Quinnipiac Poll out today shows Obama getting a 49%-46% approval/disapproval rating, a reversal of his 45%-49% rating back in June.  48% of Ohioans believe Obama deserve to be re-elected, and he’d get 44% of the vote against 39% of the vote against a generic Republican candidate.  With numbers like these, you could justify putting Ohio in the “Lean Obama” […]

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