From the monthly archives: August 2015

If John Kasich was as good at creating jobs as he is about talking about creating jobs, Ohio would be among the top job creation states in the nation.  Instead, Ohio now ranks 29th in the nation in job creation, according to the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and has now entered its 33 straight month of job growth below the national average.

Kasich’s Poor Grasp of Economics

There was the governor again this weekend, spouting off about what makes the economy work. He was campaigning on his favorite TV network, Fox News, where he earned […]

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The latest Quinnipiac Poll, released Monday, is a good example of just how schizoid the American political personality has evolved to these days.

Voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania were surveyed on a number of issues, with the findings taking on special significance since no candidate for president since Richard Nixon, in 1960, has been elected without carrying two of the three states. It will be 56 years ago next year that Richard Nixon won Ohio, but lost to John F. Kennedy.

Mish Mash

Now a year and one half away from leaving the White House following winning two […]

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Ohio state Rep. John Becker has made a career attempting to pronounce what others may or may not do with their reproductive organs. Throughout he tenure in the state legislature, nothing has been top of the mind for John Becker quite like what people should and should not be doing with their genitalia.

When his blood is really up, Becker has a thing for comparing homosexuality to sleeping with the house pets and livestock.

He’s also suggested Massachusetts be expelled from the Union for allowing equal marriage rights in 2003, that Alaska be allowed to secede, that condom-free zones should […]

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It’s probably too much to ask elite national reporters to dig into job statistics to learn just what a poor job creator Gov. John Kasich has been, when Ohio media has largely failed to do it. Plunderbund, of course, has built its reputation on letting the facts speak for themselves.

New estimates of Ohio employment for July 2015 were released today by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. For the 33rd month in a row, the figures show Ohio isn’t the miracle Gov. Kasich thinks it is, as experts crunch the numbers in a new report available on […]

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Another day, another policy stumble for Ohio’s go-go CEO governor, who once again wants to be on both (or more) sides of every issue as he competes to be the Republican nominee for president next year.  Today’s issue: Abortion rights.

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor blasted out an email today defending Kasich’s “strong pro-life record.” Speaking on behalf of Kasich for America, the governor’s presidential campaign, Ohio’s second-in-command said her running mate has signed more pro-life legislation than any other governor.   Ohio progressive groups point out that Kasich continues to provide conflicting answers on the topic.

Kasich Caught Conflicting Again


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The year 1968 could fill volumes citing  the troubled life on our seismic planet.  The war in Vietnam was going badly.  Lyndon Johnson dismissed himself as a candidate for reelection.  Alabama Gov. George Wallace’s wife Lurleen died.   She had been chosen as the interim governor when her uber-segregationist husband was limited by law  to two successive terms. (He returned later.)

America’s cities erupted in riotous protests when two icons of the civil-rights movement, Martin Luther King, and a few months later, Robert Kennedy, were assassinated.

It also was the year that a gentle African-American lawyer, Louis Stokes, from Cleveland’s […]

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The Washington Post‘s staff conservative lackey Jennifer Rubin is sometimes useful for taking the temperature of the Republican Party establishment, and her column this week on how “John Kasich is the un-Trump” is a brilliant example.

The Donald Trump—who hashed out a fairly successful three-decade business career by being a Class-A knucklehead and blowhard—has been giving the conservative establishment the howling fantods as he helicopters around the Iowa State Fair in that stupid mismatching baseball cap, generally degrading the Republican Primary into everything that is twisted about American Reality Television.

How to respond? Whatever is an Establishment Grand Old Partier to do?


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Exactly five full weeks ago, the day before David Hansen resigned from his post at the Ohio Department of Education after it was discovered that he withheld damaging charter school ratings from charter sponsor evaluations, we requested copies of his emails – both those he sent and those he received regarding the evaluations.

Despite the fact that those emails were supposedly reviewed internally at ODE, we have yet to receive a response.

Eleven days later, on July 28, we requested emails sent and received by Superintendent Dick Ross concerning the “Youngstown Plan” that he secretly (and illegally) […]

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For everyone who knows Gov. John Kasich well after following his long and lucrative career as a showman politician, and after all his glib declarations about how he single-handily turned Ohio around, he’s just a con man at heart. He needs an anesthetized media to cut him breaks so his story of giving people hope again sounds reasonable and compassionate instead of being the out right lie it is.

For all the lazy, elite national reporters whose work becomes the fodder for lesser reporters, some of whom work for Ohio’s biggest newspapers, their blindness, intentional or not to Gov. Kasich’s […]

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Ohio Governor John Kasich took a shellacking in 2011 when he tried to decimate public union workers and their collective bargaining rights. No doubt he hopes the ghost of SB 5 stays in the past and doesn’t return to haunt his future.

Gov. Kasich showed again recently that he hasn’t forgotten the licking he took at the ballot box, and if the Lord gives him another chance to deliver a divine blow to public school teachers, and the unions that represent them, he’d gladly take up the sword and cross and try again to accomplish what he failed to do […]

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This is one of the easiest legal-issue posts ever.

The latest race-to-the-right-crazy-idea from the GOP Presidential Candidates is to end “birthright citizenship.”

For those who don’t know, “birthright citizenship” means that every person born in the United States is a Citizen.  End of story.  This is from the very first line of the Fourteenth Amendment:  “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”

We don’t need to dwell too long on why this idea is the core of constitutional […]

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