From the daily archives: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Back in 2011 we made some predictions about John Kasich’s plan to change the way Ohio conducts business development activities.   Kasich had starting moving much of the work done by the Ohio Department of Development to his new, semi-private, totally-secret organization called JobsOhio which would, in turn, rely on a set of regional “partner” organizations to make recommendations on who should get loans, grants, and tax credits from JobsOhio and the state.

We warned that by “adding more layers” to the business development process, while making the decision makers “harder to reach”, Kasich’s plan would result in additional […]

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Back in March, the Dispatch quoted a stunningly neutral remark by then-congressman Rob Portman as he made the rounds of the Ohio State Fair in 2010.

“If voters hire me,” the Cincinnati Republican said, drawing from the hackneyed  staple of political comments,  “I assume they’re hiring me to get results, not just to play partisan politics.”

And the non-partisan results, now that he’s a senator?  Check the government shutdown.  It’s been in all of the papers since the GOP sideshow, with Portman  aboard,  moved to center stage with its Hail Mary pass to defund Obamacare.

Portman often is not one […]

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