From the daily archives: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

In 1958, Ohio’s corporate and business class managed to plow a  right- to- work issue into the November ballot.  That was hardly what Ohio Republican chairman Ray Bliss, a wily strategist who was always thinking ahead, and Sen. John Bricker, fearful of losing his own seat, had in mind for a  Election Day victory lap.

Instead, Bliss saw the measure as political suicide. And he was right.

I was a young reporter on the Columbus Citizen staff when the now-defunct paper could not resist endorsing the measure to stay on the good side of the establishment.  Reality of their folly […]

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Kasich kicked off the marketing campaign for his turnpike proposal by leaking a key fact to the Dispatch: a long-term lease is off the table.  (note: we predicted Vardon would have the info first after watching him and Kasich share a we-know-something-they-don’t look during a press gaggle yesterday)

Kasich isn’t stupid.  He knows how to play in the political arena.  And a turnpike lease proposal would likely have faced a referendum and driven his already crappy poll numbers further into the ground.   Yet he continued to discuss the option primarily to make the alternatives look much better.

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Yesterday, Ohio’s media reported that the latest Quinnipiac poll, albeit mixed, contained “good news” for Governor Kasich.  But it really wasn’t the media’s fault.  It was really the fault of Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, who put out statements like this to the press:

“Things are looking better for Gov. John Kasich,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  “But it is not all blue skies as Gov. Kasich enters the last half of his term.  His job approval rating is positive for the first time among registered […]

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