From the monthly archives: January 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed up until 4 a.m. the morning of Aug. 28, 1963. He had returned to his room at the historic Willard Hotel, a stone’s throw from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, around midnight, and labored over his speech for four more hours.

He had told his friends and his advisors that he was going to his room to counsel with his Lord, and for those early hours in the dark of a new day, Dr. King paced around his room, practicing, marking his document, redrafting it in long-hand, crossing words out, […]

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Gov. John Kasich is on record supporting burning more dirty, climate changing coal to prevent miners losing their cold, damp, dark, dangerous, underground jobs that at best pay median wages.

“We are going to continue to work on cleaning coal, but I want to tell you, we are going to dig it, we are going to clean it, and we are going to burn it in Ohio, and we are not going to apologize for it,” he said in 2012 at an energy conference, The Hill reported.

The governor’s campaign website does not have a page detailing his […]

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[NOTE: It’s an election year, and we are witnessing a more charged atmosphere this quadrennial cycle as we go through the process of selecting a new president. In the meantime, amidst inflammatory charges by the presidential candidates about terrorism, Planned Parenthood, immigration and Islam, our country has even more pressing issues to deal with that undermine our system of self-government. Sadly, our venerable Constitution, the basis for our republic, is in need of major repair. In that spirit, this five-part series is written in order to provide a wake-up call about some dangers to our democratic system and some ways […]

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By David Knox

Five months before declaring his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president on July 21, Ohio Gov. John Kasich took to YouTube to lay the foundation for his campaign for the White House — or, more likely, for the vice presidential slot on the GOP ticket.

“Guess what, I’ve got some really good news, Ohio,” Kasich said in proclaiming his gospel of economic salvation through job creation. “Our great state has more than earned back all the private-sector jobs we had lost in recent years. That’s right. We had lost 350,000 jobs upon my entering office and […]

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Throughout the many Republican presidential debates held so far, Gov. John Kasich pumps his “Ohio Story.” People unfamiliar with the crusty Kasich may believe that all is super wonderful back home.  But as real job data has shown, time after time, Mr. Kasich’s rhapsody of how his administration turned the state around rings hollow for deep diving number crunchers.

Deep Diving Kasich’s Job Numbers

Ohio’s preeminent job number cruncher again popped Kasich’s hot air balloon on job creation. George Zeller, based in Cleveland, offered another detailed analysis of what the latest numbers say about how the Buckeye State is […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he has his mind made up and that Planned Parenthood needs to be defunded and eliminated.

That’s the essence of two clips of Kasich taken at a U.S. Presidential campaign event in New Hampshire and posted to YouTube this week.

In the clips, Kasich is asked by a young woman from Ohio about his assertion that he would “fight like crazy” to defund Planned Parenthood. Kasich fumbles through his answers and gets thoroughly owned by the young woman.

In a second clip, Kasich suggests that the work of Planned Parenthood could […]

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Why would a parking lot developer want to serve on a city’s Historic Conservation Board?  And what role did major donations play in securing P.G. Sittenfeld’s personal support and his lobbying fellow City Councilmembers play into it?  After the disaster of Ed FitzGerald, could this be the very kind of thing that could doom the Democratic Party if Sittenfeld, and not former Governor Ted Strickland would be the U.S. Senate candidate in the general?

Last fall, Chris Wetterich of the Cincinnati Business Journal, reported that the Over-the-Rhine Foundation, a non-profit historical neighborhood preservative group, opposed the appointment of  Shree […]

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The Fox Business Network will include John Kasich in its Thursday evening prime time debate. Low polling nationally and in every state except one, New Hampshire, the term-limited Ohio leader will have a final chance before voting starts there on Feb. 9 to show he’s got the right stuff. That is, if he isn’t sent to the showers by failing to win, place or show.

According to the latest Fox News poll, Donald Trump leads with 33 percent among New Hampshire Republican primary voters. Coming in behind him are Marco Rubio [15%], Ted Cruz [12%], Jeb! Bush [9%] and […]

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Typically, for a young attorney with a mountain of law school debt, the prospect of working in the state attorney general’s office might seem like a wonderful opportunity for advancement and a life of bourgeois ease and Rotary contribution to the community.

But I imagine life in Mike DeWine’s Ohio Attorney General’s office might more resemble an ever-exhausting series of menial political score-settling tasks, with DeWine as some sort of deranged Michael Scott holding “team building exercises” about how best to pursue his personal ideological agenda.

Yes, the state’s top cop is at it again, and losing again, as is his usual, […]

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With just weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses and the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, the week starts out with sweet sounds for some in the big Republican field of White House wannabes and sour notes for others.

In a new poll out Monday, conducted by Marist, Texas Senator Ted Cruz tops businessman Donald Trump by four percentage points, 28 percent to 24 percent, respectively. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is third with 13 percent and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who has fallen precipitously over the weeks, lands in fourth place with 11 percent.

In New Hampshire, where voters […]

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Given the fact that it’s a presidential election year and Republicans have gagged over President Obama since Day One seven years ago, it wasn’t surprising that they had nothing good to say about his State of the Union message. But the most curious response came from Gov. Kasich, who chose the occasion to promote his own candidacy with a prepared campaign statement that cast him as …well, a futurist. It was a perfect airball. Here it is:

“Eight years from now I look forward to giving a State of the Union that describes a stronger, safer and more united America. […]

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