From the daily archives: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Almost as soon as today’s news that Chiquita was moving its global headquarters out of Cincinnati, Kasich and his conservative supporters went into overdrive trying to make the case that this news is somehow different from the announcement of NCR moving its HQ out of Dayton under Governor Strickland.

After all, JobsOhio was formed under the theory that the Ohio Department of Development was poorly equipped to make compelling offers to keep companies from leaving Ohio.  Kasich cited, ad nausem, NCR to claim that Ohio’s economic woes were not attributable to the national recession, but to Strickland’s failed leadership.  Kasich […]

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We found out this weekend that Kasich’s people chose to award a lucrative, $1.5 million consulting contract to KPMG (voted one of 2011’s “World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors”) in order “to study whether leasing the Ohio Turnpike to a private operator might be a good idea.” They have until July to come up with their recommendations.

I wish they’d asked me instead. I would have been happy to provide them some very good recommendations for half the cost. And I can provide my answer right now: Nope. Leasing the turnpike is not good idea.

That’ll be $750K please. Thank […]

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The Mandel campaign’s permanent aversion to the truth flared up again this month and it looks like some people noticed this time. Not once, not twice, but three times Josh Mandel and his friends were called out for airing attack ads that were called “ridiculous” to “inaccurate” by non-partisan, third-party fact checking organizations. Three times in one month! In hockey we call that a hat trick.

In one particular mind numbing example Josh Mandel took to the airwaves and claimed that Senator Sherrod Brown was “egging on” the Occupy Wall Street protesters to spit on police officers and defecate on police cars. […]

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Remember yesterday when the Governor told people he didn’t read newspapers? Yeah, we do too. Strange, then, to see this quote in today’s Dispatch:

In other words, he said yesterday he didn’t read newspapers, right around the time he was talking about what he’d read in the Dispatch this morning. He is aware that the Dispatch is a newspaper, right? Or does our Governor think that if he reads it on his iPad, it’s not a newspaper?

Either way, probably a good example why people shouldn’t take what he says very seriously. […]

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Can’t blame Governor John Kasich for trying, given his need to show he’s doing something productive when he’s not having art students redesign Ohio’s drivers license and plates.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Kasich is crediting his JobsOhio with “getting the State’s act together” and citing the spate of economic development announcements made since it was passed.

From January through October, JobsOhio has been related to 29 projects in the Cincinnati region that created or retained 3,772 jobs and generated $175 million in capital investment, according to Marlon Cheatham, JobsOhio spokesman. A list of all 29 projects […]

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