From the daily archives: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gov. John Kasich entered the Republican race for president late Tuesday morning inside the student union at The Ohio State University in Columbus.  He became the 16th candidate to make his dream of leading the free world official. One of the governor’s new pitchmen, John Weaver, is on record saying his candidate’s success “is how he can translate what he’s achieved in the past into a vision that is understandable by average Americans where he wants to lead the country moving forward.”

Some of Gov. Kasich’s achievements don’t sit well with some caregivers whose family members got the short end of […]

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The current uproar about the actions of David Hansen, the former Ohio Department of Education executive director and “charter czar” who rigged sponsor evaluation scores to allow more favorable ratings for the most politically favored authorizers, brings to light a perfect storm of factors that should have made his actions predictable at the time of his appointment two years ago.

Hansen, the husband of Beth Hansen, Governor John Kasich’s chief-of-staff, was put in place by the governor’s team to head the Office of Quality School Choice. His background, as head of the right-wing Buckeye Institute, famous for maintaining a […]

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When Jim Ruvolo became the Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, Ohio Democrats had long held the majority in the Ohio House and a monopoly in all the Statewide offices, except Governor, since the early 1970s.  Dick Celeste had already defeated Jim Rhodes’ attempt to seek a third consecutive term in the midst of a recession that sent Ohio’s unemployment rate skyrocketing (he was elected while Paul Tipps was Chair, not Ruvolo).  Ohio had two well-established Democratic incumbents in the U.S Senate.   Celeste would win re-election in 1986 and the party was well situated with statewide officers to hold […]

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It was John Kasich’s big day yesterday, when his private event, held at his Alma mater in Columbus and orchestrated for his big presidential announcement launch, lost the headline wars to Donald J. Trump. The uber-direct and blunt New York real estate mogul, who’s risen to the top of Republican polls, virtually obliterated Kasich’s kickoff like a solar eclipse casting its dark shadow over central Ohio when he released the cell phone number of another GOP White House contender, South Carolina Senator Lyndsay Graham.

For those who didn’t get distracted by Trump’s latest media dazzler, Gov. Kasich’s now […]

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