From the daily archives: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Columbus Dispatch announced that John Kasich is launching an exploratory bid for president, reporting that Mr. Kasich plans to see how well he fares in primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire. “The better we do, the more money will come in. Part of the challenge we have is getting people to take me seriously,” Ohio’s self-proclaimed “Greatest Home Newspaper” wrote about their long-revered golden calf politician.

Then Is Now

One might think this assessment was ripped from today’s headline, but it wasn’t. The legacy print newspaper that announced Tuesday that it sold for a fire-sale price of just $47 […]

Full Story...

There were moments during Jeb!’s official entrance onto the presidential glory road when I had to wonder whether he was Pat Robertson, Dick Cheney or the Man of La Mancha. I finally settled on the latter when he broke into an Hispanic tongue to prove his validity as an authentic one-of-them. For the current geographics, it won’t be the last time that an eager collegial Americano sent a personal self-serving message to an amigo or two.

But the bigger story of Jeb!’s announcement is that he reaffirmed his commitment not to be Jeb Bush. Surnames are no longer fashionable for […]

Full Story...

As part of a long list of amendments to House Bill 64 (state budget bill) yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee included some education “reforms” that would take place starting next school year.  One of the most significant changes is to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System framework and implies that legislators’ faith in the PARCC standardized assessments is waning fast.

Here is the proposed language in its entirety (page 377 of the omnibus):

(A)(1) Notwithstanding anything in the Revised Code to the contrary and except as provided in division (A)(2) of this section, the board of education of a school […]

Full Story...

Waiter, take this back to the kitchen. Donald Trump’s hair fell in my soup. Or maybe I’m just not hungry.

All over Ohio, newspapers are newspaperin’ about the latest Quinnipiac Poll showing Ohio Gov. John Kasich beating Hillary Clinton 47 percent to 40 percent among Ohio voters in a hypothetical match-up.

Let’s turn to the Toledo Blade‘s Tom Troy for coverage:

Former Secretary of State Clinton’s favorability rating is a negative 44 percent to 48 percent in Ohio. Voters in Ohio also said, by 53 percent to 40 percent, that she is not honest and trustworthy. Poll respondents said, […]

Full Story...