From the monthly archives: July 2015

Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden once told a player “Son, you’ve got a real good engine but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.” The same can be said about John Kasich. He rambles, free-associates, preaches and occasionally waves his arms as if he’s signaling semaphore. It’s reasonable to wonder if he will be taken seriously as a presidential candidate even by Republican primary voters. However, his candidacy could cause a scandal in Ohio.

Kasich has better chance of competing for the nomination than conventional wisdom predicts. There are 16 declared candidates. Only several have a genuine chance […]

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Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown spoke to reporters Wednesday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, two of the nation’s most important and historic social safety net programs, signed into law on July 30, 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Sen. Brown, who spent years as a congressman before being elected senator in 2006 and again in 2012, announced support for a new proposal that could help improve Medicare by driving down the high cost of prescription drugs for seniors.

Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act

According to a new Medicare Trustees report, […]

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“What’s in a name?” Juliet Capulet famously mused to her paramour Romeo some years ago. “That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet,” she opined for the ages.

But if Juliet thought that names like Montague and Capulet weren’t important in the end, are the names we place on schools and other buildings in the public square perhaps revealing about the civic values such names transmit?

A discussion about the names for public schools is timely in light of a debate going on in reaction to the recent mass murders of African-Americans in a church […]

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Are you enjoying the summer of mosquitoes, Donald Trump and chaos on the University of Akron campus?

Thought so. There are, however, two rays of hope. The mosquitoes will move out with the season. And the public will tire of Trump’s hysterical comedy routine.

Unfortunately, the UA chaos is another matter that could become the face of its new polytechnic brand around the land..

The workout on the school’s budget deficit could hardly have been handled in a more ham-handed manner and raises serious questions about the competence of the school’s president (Toledo was the last stop in his […]

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People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Ohio Gov. John Kasich doesn’t know this or doesn’t care. Always courting the rogue role, the moving target that has defined Kasich over the course of his long career in politics was on display when the maverick politico refused to take up residency in the Ohio governor’s mansion after his thin win in 2010.

Always casting government with original sin, the man who spent most of his life so far drinking from that public trough shunned public housing, choosing instead to remain in his private, secluded home, where millions in taxpayer […]

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The silence of the media lambasters is deafening. Donald Trump got rebuked Saturday when his campaign banned an Iowa newspaper from an event. When Hillary Clinton did it back in June, she, too, took flak for it. What about when Gov. John Kasich does it?

Camp Trump Bans Reporters

The Associated Press reported The Des Moines Register couldn’t get its reporters into a Trump event in the Hawkeye State last week. It appears its reporters were denied credentials to a Trump campaign event in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The newspaper published an editorial last Tuesday calling Trump a “feckless blowhard” who is “unfit […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is not the Jon Huntsman of 2016. He is so much worse. Kasich is worse on nearly every issue than Huntsman has ever been. It’s actually rather insulting to Huntsman.

As soon as Kasich announced, we were treated to pieces like, “John Kasich has a Jon Huntsman problem,” from Salon, and “John Kasich and the Huntsman Trap,” from National Journal, “John Kasich: A Jeb Bush in Jon Huntsman Clothing,” from FiveThirtyEight, “John Kasich risks becoming the new Jon Hunstman,” from HotAir, and finally, “John Kasich enters race. Is he 2016’s Jon […]

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When P.G. Sittenfeld all but admitted that he lied to multiple senior Ohio Democratic Party leaders, elected officials, and activists that he would support Ted Strickland and drop out of the race if Strickland got in, some dismissed it as such “inside baseball” that it wouldn’t really hurt Sittenfeld to backtrack on his word with so many high profile Democrats (including Governor Strickland himself.)  When Sittenfeld’s publicly touted hire of a campaign manager walked off the job after only two months,  Sittenfeld’s campaign initially tried to play it off as all part of the plan (despite […]

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Last Tuesday, while formally announcing he was running for the Republican presidential nomination, Governor John Kasich made it clear that he wants to replicate the policies he has pursued in Ohio on the national level.

The second-term governor told the assembled crowd at THE Ohio State University that he was “going to take what we learned here in the Heartland (with) that band of brothers and sisters that I work with every day and we are going to take the lessons of the Heartland and straighten out Washington, D.C.”

Throughout the predictably rambling, 40-minute plus speech, Gov. Kasich continually […]

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We hear a lot about America’s changing demographics and whether the party of xenophobia will have to pay the piper when the freshest fruit of immigration gains prominence in our nation’s summer salad.

I sure hope so. And if one is to believe Ohio’s Voice, the state chapter of America’s Voice, Ohio is “ground zero” for immigration reform due to its position on our country’s northern border and historic importance in national election, according to a report from the Toledo Blade‘s Lauren Lindstrom.

Ohio’s Voice, a pro-immigration advocacy group, released a report last week asserting that the Buckeye State will play […]

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With Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine, life is just one damn presidential candidate or another. That much became clear in a Plunderbund report that DeWine has again switched an endorsement for a GOP presidential contender.

If you’ll recall, DeWine pulled the same stunt in 2112 and startled the planet when he switched from Mitt Romney to Rick Santorum in the heat of the GOP primary season. It was a down moment for Mitt and served DeWine’s ally, Summit County Republican chairman Alex Arshinkoff’s need to join the parade by splashing Santorum into a big Republican county dinner, where Alex could boast […]

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