From the daily archives: Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The conservative Tax Foundation is dedicated to promoting regressive tax policies.  One of the things it does is a meaningless ranking system that serves as nothing more than to provide a ranking that punishes States with progressive tax systems as being somehow “anti-business” as result.  Yes, it’s a ranking that exists simply to provide conservatives with some ranking to justify advocating shifting taxes from a progressive to regressive system.  Except that the rankings are horribly flawed, as we demonstrated when in 2011, Kasich cited them saying Ohio had the seventh highest tax burden in the nation.   In 2010, Kasich […]

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Readers of the Beacon Journal and Plain Dealer this week were treated to two oddly generated huzzahs from Gov. Kasich’s cheering section. Odd? The one in the Beacon Journal arrived as a letter to the editor from Michael Gonidakis, the president of Ohio Right to Life. Without ever mentioning abortion, he praised Kasich for promoting walkers for the elderly to extend life. The headline told us the big guy was advancing a “culture of life”. (As well as, culturally, fewer broken bones from falls, we’d guess)

The Plain Dealer meanwhile served up a long analysis by its political writer, Henry […]

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Yes, you read that correctly.  The fact that two Tea Party Republicans introduced multiple “right to work (for less)” bills is a good thing for progressivism and organized labor in Ohio.  I’m not joking.  And I don’t mean it was a good thing because it keeps us vigilant and reminds people of the good social progress organized labor has brought us, that’s what Labor Day is for. No, I mean it was good if you realize why they introduced the legislation in the first place.

Almost immediately after the defeat of Issue 2, the referendum on Senate Bill 5, […]

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Kasich: What are we going to do tonight?

Senate GOP: The same thing we do every night. Try to ban abortion in Ohio.


A provision has been added to the Senate budget bill that intends to close most of Ohio’s abortion clinics. It would ban public hospitals from entering transfer agreements and allow the director of the Ohio Department of Health to reject the new agreements with private hospitals.

I wonder why they can’t find time to learn about Medicaid?

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are required by Ohio law to have agreements with hospitals to transfer patients […]

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When the March jobs report was released, it was bad.  Across the board, it was bad.  It was so bad the Kasich Administration’s only response to it is a) to pretend it didn’t happen and b) make pathetically weak excuses to people who refuse to fall for a).

As the latest Quinnipiac poll has shown, Kasich has never been more politically popular.  He’s largely managed to rehabilitate his public standing by taking credit for an improving economy (even though it was already improving before he was Governor and has done little for credit.)  But even then, his poll numbers […]

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