From the monthly archives: July 2015

Gov. John Kasich visited New Hampshire this week, bragging that he could do for it what he has done for Ohio. For Republican primary voters who don’t know how Kasich rolls, here’s a tip: his carefully crafted story is big-time bogus. But that’s basic Kasich, deceive and mislead when you can to avoid telling the truth, especially when the truth hurts.

Politico reports Saturday that John Kasich’s super PAC, New Day for America, is running a full-page, color ad in the New Hampshire Union Leader Sunday repeating the same primary talking points that may sound great to low- or no-information voters. […]

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The governor of Ohio is too afraid of me to let me near him, but Ohio Attorney Mike DeWine, reelected last year to a final term, has no such reservations.

DeWine Dumps Santorum

In an on-air impromptu interview with me Tuesday on his way into the student union at Ohio State University where Gov. John Kasich declared he was running for president, General DeWine said he would be supporting the governor this cycle and not Rick Santorum, the ultra-conservative candidate DeWine campaigned for in Ohio during the 2012 Republican presidential primary.

Kasich, The Cowardly Clone

Unlike Gov. Kasich, Ohio’s attorney […]

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Along comes Ohio state Reps. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, and Margaret Conditt, R-Liberty Township, asking their colleagues earlier this month if they’d like to co-sponsor legislation that will cut off healthcare funding for low-income women.

OK, so that’s not exactly how they put it, but effectively, that’s what their proposal would do. They want to combat the problem of infant mortality in Ohio by cutting off funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide healthcare services to low-income women.

Because the way to deal with the infant mortality crisis is by reducing the availability of abortion services, and making quality pre- and […]

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John Kasich’s governor’s office currently has 34 staff members* paid from their budget: 17 women and 17 men.  According to the most recent state employee salary data published by the Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS), the average salary for women in his office is $1,946 per pay period. For men it’s $2,884.

This means the earnings ratio for the women in Kasich’s office is currently 67 percent of the men’s.

Things are about to get much worse.

As of last month, the highest paid employee in Kasich’s office was his chief of staff, Beth Hansen.  She currently makes more than the governor, and two or three […]

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State Rep. Andrew Brenner took to Facebook this week to share his feelings about Planned Parenthood, effectively calling the entire organization a bunch of Nazis.   “Their complete disrespect for life and callous behavior is akin to how the Nazis spoke of Jews, disabled people, and others whom they killed,” wrote Brenner.

Brenner appears to have been commenting on some highly-altered videos released by the anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress. The group claims the videos prove Planned Parenthood sells aborted fetal tissue for profit.  The group and their videos have been debunked by multiple sources.

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The question asked Tuesday by many Washington watchers who continue to be entertained as one Republican after another enters the race for the White House was, “Why not John Kasich?”

Brad Friedman, the host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show on all things political, including a strong focus on green energy news, pondered why Kasich would run, and whether he offers anything different than the other 15 candidates who have left the shadows to come into the light of presidential politics?

Simple answer: Because Kasich can. The GOP field is fluid, and the money for aspiring […]

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Kurt Vonnegut wrote a short story titled “The Euphio Question” in which a fictional Dr. Fred Bockman, a physicist, had picked up a strange hiss from a void in the Universe with a radio telescope. As he amplified it for friends with a contraption he called a euphoriaphone, everyone within hearing range became uncontrollably happy. When a friend tried to explain it later, he described the mysterious sound as “the voice of nothingness”.

I thought of Bockman’s device as I watched Gov. Kasich’s announcement of his presidential candidacy, which had become a cliche for months as he travelled the land […]

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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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