From the monthly archives: January 2016

Soon after taking office in 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich’s office released an “internal only” contact list containing the private email addresses and phone numbers of all office staff.  The document was stamped “Confidential” and “Do Not Distribute.”  Kasich’s office has refused to release an unredacted version of the document – but we were able to find ourselves a copy anyway.   And what we found was a least one Kasich staffer using the same personal email account listed on the contact list for a great deal of state business.

Our concern about the secret document should be obvious: governor’s office […]

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One of the memorable comments from the latest Republican debate – aka Grim Fairy Tales — was uttered by Gov. Kasich when he was asked about the poisoned water calamity in Flint. A Houdini in slipping nooses, Kasich said he didn’t know enough about the details to comment on what most school children probably know. But he did assure his audience as the absentee landlord of the Buckeye state, he was proud to hire good people who would be “on top of any problems that arose in Ohio.” (Sebring is still a work in progress.)

Yep, the pick of the […]

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Pity the poor eight Republican presidential candidates who showed up Thursday night in Des Moines, Iowa in advance of voting that starts on Monday.

The final GOP debate—just three days before Iowans caucuses and 11 days until New Hampshire voters cast first-in-the-nation primary ballots—was run off the rails by a competing event just three miles away. That event, sponsored by Donald John Trump, raised millions for America’s wounded warrior veterans. It also called the bluff of Fox News, the sponsor of tonight’s debate featuring his competitors.

In what many said was a game-changing move, Donald Trump’s decision to ditch the […]

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The irony and hypocrisy of John Kasich’s campaign for president is so great sometimes that followers of the crusty CEO governor should swallow their morning coffee to avoid having to clean up an involuntary “spit take” after Camp Kasich whines about secret money being spent against him.

What goes around comes around, it’s said, and Gov. Kasich knows that political bromide well since he’s been on the delivering end of shady attacks during his four decades in contact politics.

Turnaround Is Fair Play

The AP reports today that Gov. Kasich’s PR handlers are complaining about secret funds being […]

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House Bill 420 had not even had a single hearing before sponsor Kristina Roegner (R) entered a substitute that took a good bill and turned it on it’s head.  Roegner’s initial version of HB420 sought only to protect schools from being unfairly penalized by the increasing number of students opting out of Ohio’s standardized assessments.  That version of the bill received wide bi-partisan support.  Before the House Education Committee even got to consider the bill, however, Roegner dropped a bombshell of a substitute bill that seeks to penalize any school employee who dares to […]

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Dear state Sen. Tom Patton,

Listen, sweetheart, we need to talk.

I read in the Columbus Dispatch today how you decided it was somehow appropriate to refer to your Republican primary opponent for the Ohio House, Jennifer Herold, as “sweetie,” and questioned whether she should be running as a mother of two young children.

“The gal that’s running against me is a 30-year-old, you know, mom, mother of two infants,” Patton said on the (America’s Work Force radio) show. “I don’t know if anybody explained to her you have to spend three nights a week in Columbus. So, how does […]

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A couple reporters made news of their own recently by citing Plunderbund reporting that has blown the lid off the fiasco of Ohio’s for-profit charter school system and people involved with it that have admitted to criminal activities.

A day doesn’t go by now that Gov. John Kasich is running for his political life in New Hampshire that The Columbus Dispatch and The Cleveland Plain Dealer and to a lesser extent The Cincinnati Enquirer don’t offer multiple, gratuitous headlines that push the term-limited governor’s long-shot presidential campaign.

Legacy print newspapers like them are engaged in sycophancy coverage of […]

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It’s getting spooky. That constant starry-eyed Kasich grin, I mean.  His rapturous  references on the stump  to  his partnership that has  peaced-him-up with the Lord. Headlines refer to him now as the Happy Warrior..  The national media, having sought in vain to change the subject from their own partnership with all things Trump, have bought into the idea that the Ohio governor is gleefully standing at the Pearly Gates these days.  It’s not the guy we have come to know back in Ohio.  But here comes another story  from New Hampshire that the voters have a Happy Warrior moving around […]

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By David Knox

Now that Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential poll numbers are up — at least in New Hampshire — will the national news media finally take a hard look at his job creation record?

Maybe. But don’t bet the rent money on it. The lure of the horse race is hard to resist. And the poll numbers show Kasich coming up fast on the outside in the final stretch of the Granite State’s Feb. 9 primary contest.

RealClearPolitics’ average of five surveys of likely New Hampshire voters, conducted Jan. 13-25, shows Kasich in third place with 11.5 percent […]

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The Ohio General Assembly is continuing to twist itself around the presidential campaign of Ohio Gov. John Kasich while staying firmly committed to only representing the interests of right-wing extremists, a minority of the state’s population that controls a majority in the state legislature.

I can’t begin to relate how resentful I am that instead of doing the hard work necessary to alleviate poverty, strengthen education, extend health care access, and invest in economic opportunities to make Ohioans’ lives better in the future, our “leaders” are pulling parlor stunts to pander to religious zealots and authoritarian nutbags in their ill-informed, […]

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The rejuvenated new-century “X Files” aired Sunday night. The popular series that delves into paranormal activity wisely did not ditch its signature, mysterious but beckoning tag line, “The Truth is Out There.”

And so it is out there. But for political junkies, pundits and others searching for the truth, finding it can be a challenge, especially if education and information are your chosen paths to find it. Sadly, but a sign of the times nonetheless, legacy newspaper reporters still think the old chestnut that presenting “both sides” of an issue to readers so they can find their own truth […]

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