John Kasich knows he has a huge gender gap1. He’s already starting to gloss over his anti-woman budget, and the Dispatch (protecting the investment they’ve made in Kasich) will gladly help him whitewash his record.

The governor addressed the National Association of Women Business Owners, a conservative-leaning2 political group, about how awesome his budget is for women.

“We need more women involved in all of our operations,” Kasich said. So, hire them! Did you misplace the binders or something?

The Dispatch does us the favor of pointing out that only 23% of Kasich’s cabinet is female, but presents this as though it’s some accident of history rather than evidence of systematic prejudice on the part of Kasich.

The Dispatch also tried to ask the members of this (conservative-leaning) organization about the “abortion restrictions” in the budget. Look, I know it’s really hard to do research into what’s in the budget and why various people are upset about it, but “abortion restrictions” are a tiny fraction of the anti-woman budget–and labeling them as such intentionally shields Kasich from the broad swath of voters who don’t much care about abortion policy.

So, let’s make a list of the anti-woman provisions. Help me out in comments, and we’ll put together a handy one-pager to send to reporters so that they can educate themselves.

By my count, that’s 2 out of 12 anti-woman budget provisions that are “abortion restrictions”. Maybe Ohio’s women would like to hear some coverage of the other 10.


1 Modern’s coverage here is spot on, and you should definitely read it. The last Quinnipiac poll changed their partisan weight to make the results 7% less Democratic–even though the actual results were generally worse for Kasich (dropped 3 points with independents, 2 among Republicans).

At any rate, Kasich does 32 points better with men than with women. If that’s an accident of their new weighting formula, he still had a 19 point gap in April.

2 If you’re a group of female small business owners and you oppose Obamacare, you are hopelessly partisan. Obamacare gives you a 33% tax rebate on your employees’ insurance, a market to buy vastly discounted small group insurance, guaranteed maternity care, and an end to gender discrimination in premiums. This bill was designed for female small business owners.

  • Mark Schrider

    Of course the Dispatch is handling damage control for Kasich. It is, after all, the propaganda arm of Ohio’s Republican party

  • Paula Garfield

    Kasich pays the women on hisstaff less than men. With the passing of Nitros law, he has pretty much given animals more rights than women, and gag rape…bill..Clearly..He doesnt want women taking more of a role..businesses? He thinks we r stupid..blind..clearly..he can talk all he wants his actions are speakn loud n clear..

  • CherMoe

    Getting rid of Kasich and his thugs can only IMPROVE Ohio. He’s taking us back to the dark ages. Anybody who thinks we will see any savings from his budge cuts is crazy … only the rich will see our money. Republicans are running a huge “money-laundering” operation with our tax money and funneling it back to themselves and the GOP.

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