From the monthly archives: July 2015

I had no intention to write about Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s announcement for the U.S. Presidency today, but, of course, Donald Trump would not allow that.

I was letting the national outlets fill my newsfeed with Kasich announcement reacts, and enjoying the show immensely, when the perfect cherry-on-top came along: Donald Trump had done something stupid and garish, again, and totally stole Kasich’s thunder.

He shared Republican nomination opponent Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number with hundreds of attendees and national television cameras today at a rally in South Carolina, the state which Graham represents in the U.S. Senate.

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At 11 a.m. tomorrow John Kasich will take the stage at The Ohio State University’s Ohio Union to officially declare his candidacy for president of the United States of America.

At 10:05 this evening Kasich’s campaign sent out emails to multiple Ohio State students informing them that they would no longer be allowed to attend the Kasich event.

According to the emails, each student’s “ticket for the July 21st Special Announcement Event in Columbus has been cancelled and is no longer valid for entry.”

And each email ends with a line that says it was paid for by Kasich’s presidential campaign, Kasich For America.


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Donald Trump’s virulent assault on Sen. McCain is further evidence that he is Joe McCarthy with layered hair.



Who can forget that it was the monstrous Republican Wisconsin senator who  smeared President Eisenhower,  members of Congress and others as “comsymps”  at the height of the Red Scare of the 1950s?  But it did finally contribute a memorable response from Joseph Welch, the grandfatherly lawyer at the Army-McCarthy hearings whose law firm was a member of the alleged red National Lawyers guild.

“Until this moment,” Welsh hurtfully replied to McCarthy at the televised  hearing, “I think I never […]

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Tuesday at his Alma mater in Columbus, Governor John R. Kasich of Ohio will make news when he finally launches his official campaign to be elected president of the United States in 2016.

Even though he makes the official plunge tomorrow, based on how he’s operated over his nearly five years as state CEO, especially how he ducked and evaded questions in his reelection last year about his White House intentions, it’s clear the 63-old chief executive, best known now for his intemperate temper tantrums and abrasive, mean, off-putting personality, has been planning his second run for the White House […]

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As John Kasich plans to announce his official entrance into the 2016 Republican race for the White House on Tuesday, new and unfriendly numbers show Ohio has now under-performed the national average on job growth for 32 straight months, with previous month’s job gain statistics revised downward.

Ohio’s  Too Slow Growth

On the sixth anniversary of the start of the nation’s recovery from the 2007 recession, job stats show all too dramatically that the Buckeye State still struggles to regain jobs lost. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that 1,900 jobs were lost in June while […]

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David Hansen quietly resigned yesterday from his job with the Kasich administration after it was revealed that he broke state law by scrubbing data from an official state report on charter schools.  That report would have negatively impacted some large for-profit charter school operators who also happen to be big Republican donors.

This isn’t the first time Hansen has been caught altering charter school data to improve the image of these charter school operators.

Hansen was President of the Buckeye Institute in 2009 when they put out a report on Ohio’s dropout recover schools.  Similar to the current incident, Hansen’s group  altered data […]

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Is there anything under the sun that money can’t buy?

You wonder.

Item: You think of the recent 4-2 decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to pitch out a case in the 2012 recall campaign in which Gov. Scott Walker was accused oft playing pattycake with major conservative contributors to spare him of walking the plank.

Actually it’s been an ongoing insurance policy for Walker over the years by such well-heeled outfits as the Wisconsin Club for Growth and the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, both operating on the far right and looking after their interests with the state supremes.

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Mark Brown is the Capital Law School attorney representing the Libertarian Party of Ohio (LPO) and it’s candidate for governor last year, Charlie Earl.  He just filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court that might better be called “John Kasich and the Tower of Secrets.”

Brown is appealing the Ohio Elections Commission‘s dismissal of a complaint filed by the LPO in May.  The complaint involved a long-time friend and political operative of Gov. John Kasich who is believed to have collaborated and colluded with the Ohio Republican Party and top officials in Kasich’s reelection campaign to dump Earl from the ballot in […]

Full Story... reported this week that Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has been traveling the state (on your dime) promoting his Open Checkbook initiative, which aims to put government spending records online.  Despite promises from Mandel to update the data monthly, all of the data is over a year out-of-date.

Unfortunately, compared to the rest of the data available on Mandel’s website, the Checkbook data is actually some of the most up-to-date.

Mandel introduced his “Transparency Project” initiative shortly after taking office.  The initial roll-out was a complete disaster in both technical and self-promotional terms.  He not only “accidentally” excluded the salaries of many of his own […]

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Ohio has near-even numbers of Democratic and Republican voters, but gerrymandering has Republicans controlling about two-thirds of the state legislature.

The people and policies Democrats champion are suffering as a result.

Some examples:

Despite a modest economic recovery under Gov. John Kasich, poverty in Ohio has actually ticked up. Our state has not recovered all the jobs lost in the Great Recession. Most other states have. Ohio’s infant mortality rate is among the nation’s highest – even worse than Guatemala. For black babies, it is the nation’s worst. Our charter schools are nationally ridiculed yet a reform bill that won […]

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A new online advertising campaign kicked off this week for the Defending The American  Dream Summit to be held in Columbus, Ohio this August.  The event is sponsored by the Koch Brother-funded group Americans For Prosperity (AFP).

The ad campaign features many well-known governors who are running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 such as Marco Rubio, Rick Perry and Jeb Bush.

Ohio Governor John Kasich still appears to be off the invitation list, as we first reported back in May.

So why isn’t Ohio Governor Kasich joining top tier presidential candidates like Jeb Bush at an event that will be […]

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