From the daily archives: Friday, January 28, 2011

Earlier this month Republicans in the State Senate rejected nearly 100 of Governor Strickland’s appointees. According to Senate President Bill Harris GOP Senate leaders discussed the appointments with Kasich’s people. As a result of these discussions they decided to reject two Democrats and one Republican who were appointed to the Ethics Commission.

Unlike most boards and commissions, which require a certain number of appointees to be unaffiliated with the majority party, the Ethics Commission specifically requires that the board be comprised composed of three Democrats and three Republicans.

ORC 102.05 Ohio ethics commission created

There is […]

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I bet a contract with us would be cheaper, too, since we won’t ask for benefits.

Hey, Joe Hallett, give us a call!

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What do you do when you are the communication director and reports of your boss, who is besieged with stories about an indifference to diversity, says “I don’t need your people”?

Well, if you’re Rob Nichols, you look at your $90k/yr. paycheck, thank god for convince them to give you that big raise as your starting salary and spin, spin, spin so you get this lede in Politico instead:

“Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols confirmed to POLITICO that the governor did tell Turner he didn’t need her “people,” but said he meant it in an entirely partisan way.” (emphasis […]

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(HT: Jo Ingles at WOSU/NRP Statehouse Correspondent)

Yesterday, I was testifying in front of the House Finance and Appropriation Committee about how these programs don’t work and how three of the top five States in unemployment have these entities.

One of those entities is Florida—the State John Kasich LOVED to say Ohio should model itself off of during the campaign.

Little did I know that at that same time, newly elected Governor Rick Scott of Florida was declaring publicly that he was largely ending Florida’s experimentation with public-private economic development:

Gov. Rick Scott has proposed restoring […]

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Just about every month last year, I’d do a post about Ohio’s unemployment figures and show how the State was already in an economic recovery that the media refused to acknowledge during the political campaign.  Almost inevitably, Jon Keeling at Third Base Politics would essentially try to write a rebuttal post denying that Ohio was in any sort of economic recovery.

First, let’s start with a graph Keeling like to use over and over again.  It comes from Governor Strickland’s Council of Economic Advisors, an entity comprised of the leading economic forecasters in Ohio’s private market.  The economic […]

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The 3C passenger rail was treated by the Ohio media has a highly unpopular proposal by the Strickland Administration.  However, my quick research found only these three public opinion polls on the issue

Date Organization Voters Support Oppose 3/17/09 Quinnipiac RV 64% 29% 1/10 Ohio Poll LV* 41% 52% 8/25/10 Columbus Dispatch RV 42% 50%

* The Ohio Poll’s likely voter model last year was widely criticized throughout the year for overweighing the Republican vote and underweighing the Democratic vote.  Eventually, they adjusted their models and after that adjustment still got a result that […]

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