From the monthly archives: January 2015

If Ohio Gov. John Kasich does become president in 2016, he can make history by moving the State of the Union Address in 2017 from the Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C, where it’s been delivered for the last 215 years, to a heartland community like McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, his blue-collar hometown, or maybe Westerville, a suburb of Columbus, whose voters sent him to represent them in congress nine straight elections.

But until then, the governor’s fourth State of the State [SOTS] roadshow and revival will be held on February 24th in Wilmington, county seat of […]

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The Youngstown Vindicator reported today that former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is ready to take on Ohio’s junior U.S. Senator Rob Portman in 2016. Strickland will join fellow Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld in the field of potential challengers for Portman’s senate seat.  Sittenfeld, a Cincinnati City Councilman and Assistant Director of the Community Learning Center Institute, launched his campaign to compete against Sen. Portman eight days ago.

Elected by a nearly 2-1 margin in 2006, following years of domination by Republicans that produced one scandal after another, Gov. Strickland narrowly lost his reelection run to John Kasich in 2010 by about 77,000 votes statewide. […]

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With the arrival of the new Republican flash mob on Capitol Hill, it soon became obvious that the saints didn’t go marching in. They swiftly greeted us with assaults on President Obama’s immigration policies, and brutally damned same-sex weddings, women’s issues and climate change. Sort of ghoulish, don’t you think?

It being Super Bowl week, you might be surprised to learn that despite the GOP’s nasty agenda, one of the biggest losers was Speaker John Boehner, the forever dyspeptic conniver.

Boehner is the fellow who sneakily set up Israeli Prime Minister Benajamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s March speech to a joint session […]

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Gov. John Kasich doesn’t need an adjunct public relations firm, but he has one nonetheless in The Columbus Dispatch, which has had a corporate crush on the former budget committee whiz kid since his first days in politics nearly four decades ago. Citizen Kasich, in 2010, inherited a state on the mend from an economic catastrophe that unfolded largely at the hands of conservative Republicans whose policies and programs enacted in Washington under President George W. Bush sent the nation and Ohio into an economic ditch Ohio’s go-go CEO has yet to climb out of despite a friendly all-GOP legislature […]

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John Kasich promised last fall that his second term as governor of Ohio would be better than his first, and he’s done nothing to dampen speculation that he wants to be President of the United States in 2016, so why would he want to duck out of the annual press confab organized Thursday by the Associated Press?   The twice-elected governor should relish this one-day opportunity to crow about his many first-term accomplishments, which gives him another chance to deliver yet another sermon on how he intends to lift people up so they can achieve their god-giving potential.

Kasich Quackery Reason To Duck Press

Ohio Representative Andrew Brenner has been seeking co-sponsors to introduce a resolution declaring the last week in January as “National School Choice Week”.  This is an interesting move for Brenner who represents a constituency that includes the Olentangy Local School District, the 7th largest and one of the highest-performing public school districts in the entire state of Ohio.

Olentangy, Brenner’s primary school district, lost over 32% of its state funding to community schools and scholarships when fewer than 1% of the district’s resident population opted to take advantage of “School Choice”.  Which begs the question — Who is Brenner […]

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When 60 Minutes profiled Republican leaders in Congress Sunday night, returning House Speaker John Boehner and new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attacked President Obama for the audacity of his State of The Union Address. The nation’s twice-elected president offered a cornucopia of good news for the nation under his leadership including fast falling deficits, a stock market at record levels, millions of private sector jobs recovered and ten million-plus Americans who can now afford quality health insurance through The Affordable Care Act.

“Our deficit’s cut by two thirds. A stock market that has doubled and health care inflation at […]

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Much hay has been made over the merger between AT&T and DirecTV, but one aspect that should not go un- or under-acknowledged is the fact that the merger will vastly expand union membership in Ohio and elsewhere.

As the largest full-time unionized employer in the country, at 41,000 strong Communication Workers of America, AT&T has long respected the rights of its employees to organize under union representation.

AT&T is now nearing completion of its $48.5 billion deal to acquire DirecTV. By folding DirecTV into the mix, 16,000 more employees will have the ability to make their own choice about joining a […]

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Today, Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Warren County Commissioners (all Republicans) filed suit in federal court in Columbus in yet-another constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  Specifically, the suit challenges a fee on State and local governments (and most private companies) health insurance benefit plans authorized by the ACA to fund the reinsurance pool which stabilizes health insurance premiums on the exchange in case insurers projections of health claims is off as a result of those who had been denied insurance for pre-existing conditions become insured.

Stephen Koff, the Washington Bureau Chief of the Northeast Ohio […]

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It’s fair to wonder when some of our national pundits will stop swooning over John Kasich’s widely ga-gaed landslide victory over (fill in the blank) in November’s virtual election for governor.

I mean, there was conservative columnist David Brooks, with the New York Times op-ed as his podium, rating Kasich with an”A” as presidential material ,writing:

“The Ohio governor is easily [!} the most underestimated Republican this year. He just won a landslide victory in the swingiest of the swing states. He carried 86 of Ohio’s 88 counties. He won Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, and which President Obama […]

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Doug Livingston’s piece on charter schools in Friday’s Beacon Journal blew another hole into Ohio’s billion-dollar cash cow. There have been frequent reports about how this system of privately operated charter schools is failing in its academic mission at taxpayers’ and public education’s expense. But now, as Livingston wrote, David Yost, the Republican state auditor, has just issued his investigative report that much money is being spent on kids who are represented in charter classrooms by empty seats.

And once again the river of money has been channeled into the accounts where it will do the most good for […]

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