From the daily archives: Monday, August 17, 2015

If ever you wondered how bored political reporters can get, look no further than every political headline just about everywhere this morning, all focused on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, and very little else.

I sit here desperately determined not to write about Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s bid for our highest Executive office, but as I scour the landscape of our great river state’s finest digitized ink-sheets, I find little else.

From and DispatchPolitics, pure Kasich. Reaching further, Toledo? A retrospective on the criminal career of Tom Noe? I’d really rather not.

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John Kasich is a master of making jokes at other people’s expense. His reputation of delivering snide, snarky comments, after nearly 40 years as a performance politician, is legend.

One joke making news Monday is the expectation that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will endorse Gov. Kasich for president. This is funny only if backward Alabama, where Republicans dominate state politics even more than in Ohio, is deemed a state whose policies should be bellwethers for the nation. The pending endorsement is framed as an example of Gov. Kasich’s strength stretching “beyond his home state and New Hampshire, and beyond […]

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“Oh it’s a long, long while from May to December,” Maxwell Anderson’s great lyric tells us, “But the days go short when you reach September.” And with the Ohio legislature’s inaction on anticipated charter school reform, the classic tune also reminds us that “One hasn’t got time for the waiting game.”

We already knew that while its citizens waited, the Ohio legislature left town as one festering charter school scandal after another went unaddressed.  In particular, a long-awaited piece of “reform” legislation, HB 2, proposed to address “governance, sponsorship, and management of community schools,” languishes in the wind […]

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