From the daily archives: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kasich’s first appointed African American cabinet member resigned last week. The Dispatch reports that tensions between Michael Colbert, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and John McCarthy, Kasich’s new head of the Department of Medicaid, led Colbert to tender his resignation.

Kasich quickly announced Cynthia Callendar Dungey as Colbert’s replacement.   Dungey is currently the chief of staff at the Department of Medicaid and, as the Cleveland Plain Dealer noted, “also a person of color”.

In April 2013 Kasich appointed Andre T. Porter to head Commerce, increasing the number of African Americans […]

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The Medicaid expansion passed the Ohio Controlling Board in a 5-2 vote, shepherded by Gov. Kasich. According to the Dispatch, the Senate GOP plans to use the savings to cut the state income tax (I guess they’re familiar with my work!1) while a number of right-wing groups plan lawsuits – just as we predicted.

To cut to the chase, Democrats should propose that we use the additional funds to 1) undo Kasich’s $677 million sales tax hike or 2) restore some of Kasich’s cuts to schools and local governments. In addition to being good policy, this […]

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Everyone by now knows that Governor Kasich used the controlling board to do an end run around legislative Republicans and secure federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid.

The conservative Buckeye Institute, the conservative 1851 Center, and “unnamed House Republican lawmakers” intend to file a suit suggesting that the

Controlling Board vote is invalid because it does not represent the “legislative intent” of the General Assembly.

The Buckeye Institute put out a six page “white paper” supporting this novel legal argument.

“Novel” is polite lawyer speak for “stupid.”

It’s more like a version of the Chewbacca Defense:

I have […]

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