From the monthly archives: May 2011

In this morning’s Columbus Dispatch, Senate Majority Floor Leader Jimmy Stewart adamantly denies that the unpopularity of his SB 5 vote, which just about everyone in Columbus agrees doomed Stewart of having much of a chance to being re-elected, had anything to do with his decision:

He said he is leaving public office, probably in June (after the Senate passes the state budget), because he "didn’t want to be a career politician."

If Jimmy Stewart didn’t want to be a career politician, he sure has a funny way of avoiding it:

State Senator since 2009. State Representative (2003-2008) […]

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Records recently obtained by Plunderbund from the Department of Administrative Services show that the analyst who worked on February’s SB5 cost savings report expressed serious doubts regarding the methodology and the lack of data used in the analysis.

On February 28th the Kasich administration released a report produced by the Department of Administrative Services showing “State and local governments would have saved an estimated $1.3 billion in 2010 on health insurance and automatic pay increases if the limits imposed by Senate Bill5 were in effect.”

The report was released only to the Dispatch and wasn’t provided to any other […]

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We all know how John Kasich has this Florida fetish.  Well, now as Ohio’s Governor, Kasich might help Ohio beat Florida… in having the least popular Governor in the nation.

PPP, a Democratic polling outfit, just released it’s latest Ohio poll, and it disagrees with the finding of the latest Quinnipiac, which showed Kasich with a modest bounce in the polls, but still deeply underwater.  Whereas Quinny showed Kasich with a slight improvement among independents; PPP shows his standing with Republicans has deteriorated instead.

PPP instead finds Kasich’s approval rating getting worse.  According to PPP, Kasich’s approval/disapproval rating […]

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The Canton Repository has the must-read political story of the day.  It did some digging and found that the extent in which the company was really in negotiations to move to other States (specifically Virginia and North Carolina) was far less further along than presented.

Let’s recap what we already knew before today’s story.  Diebold was given an essentially free global world headquarters in Ohio that will cost an estimated $100 million that will be paid for entirely by State and local economic development dollars in exchange for a promise that the company will not reduce its workforce […]

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As the showdown between the Legislature and the Governor’s office continues – with Kasich pushing to spend any additional state revenues on tax cuts instead of helping out local schools and communities – you’re going to keep hearing from Kasich and his team that Ohio “had the seventh-highest taxes in the nation last year.”

Their numbers are coming directly from rankings by the Tax Foundation – a right-wing, anti-tax group partially funded by the Koch Family Foundations – which claims that “Ohio has the 7th highest state and local combined tax burden in the nation” based on their […]

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Following this morning’s news that State Senator Jimmy Stewart is resigning rather than facing re-election, I’m getting word that State Senator Karen Gillmor is the next to leave the Senate rather than seek re-election next year and face voters angry about her vote for Senate Bill 5.

We’ve covered the extent in which State Senator Karen Gillmor (R-Tiffin) has tried to explain her vote on SB 5.  We, mistakenly apparently, that Gillmor would be rewarded by finally getting a Chairwoman position in a legislative committee.  We’ve discussed the multiple excuses that Gillmor has made, such as how she […]

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The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Governor Kasich, reaching back to his Lehman Brothers’ roots, wants to give banks a tax break to encourage lending:

Kasich, a former executive at Lehman Brothers, suggested yesterday that altering the tax could reduce costs for banks and generate more loans.

We need to cut taxes so we can encourage banks to make loans is like saying we need to cut taxes to encourage me to draft contracts or file lawsuits.  I don’t need a tax cut to do my business model, neither do banks.

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Senator Shirley Smith (D) recently introduced a Senate Resolution (SCR12) to honor the President and the military for the successful operation against Osama bin Laden:

To honor President Barack Obama and the United States Armed Forces for the successful operation against Osama bin Laden on Sunday, May 1, 2011.

Republican Senator Grendell seemed to think this resolution wasn’t thorough enough, so he decided to add a few more names to the list – and a few extra letters. The content of Grendell’s resolution (SR71) is almost an exact copy of Smith’s, except he now expands the intro to […]

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Shortly after the November elections, the Senate Republican caucus held an organizing meeting to elect the leadership for the next General Assembly.  They elected Athens Republican Jimmy Stewart to be their Majority Floor Leader.  Stewart was eligible to run for another term in what could otherwise be a potential district pickup for the ragtag band of rebels known as the Senate Democratic Caucus.  He was expected to run for re-election.  Regardless, one does not run for, nor get elected, Senate Majority Floor Leader if one doesn’t even expect to serve more than seven months into the next […]

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You could call it the Battle of the Ryans.

Yesterday, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) delivered a blistering speech against House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on the Chairman’s proposal to replace Medicare with private health insurance with vouchers (“premium support.”)

Later that same night, voter in the 26th District of New York held a special election to replace Republican Congressman Chris Lee who resigned after being found soliciting dates on Craigslist while still married to his wife.

This is a district that is considered solidly Republican.  The Republicans recruited a top notch candidate in State Assemblywoman […]

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Last week, the same day that John Kasich was screening his pro-charter school movie to supporters, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost was railing against a charter school (the very poorly-named Aspiring to Excellence and Achievement Academy) that his office cited for illegal hiring practices, overpaying administrative staff and failure to pay to taxes.

“These sloppy and incomplete records are a disservice to students, as well as Ohio’s taxpayers,” said Ohio Auditor Dave Yost in a news release about the audit. “Both public and community schools must be held accountable as we work to improve opportunities for students in Ohio. […]

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