From the monthly archives: March 2016

To hear John Kasich tell it, the largely positive story of the 1990s, when Bill Clinton’s two terms in office produced 23 million jobs—the largest of any president including Ronald Reagan—was because of him.

Using revenue Clinton’s budget raised that Congressman Kasich and all other Republicans voted against at the time because it increased income taxes, Ohio’s now term-limited governor loves to talk about balancing budgets in Washington and in Columbus. Added to lowering income tax rates and reducing government regulation, both standard, time-honored fare for the GOP, balanced budgets round out his recipe for what ails America.

What John Kasich […]

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Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor has been asked by a coalition of consumer groups and unions concerned with two proposed mergers in the health insurance industry to hold hearings on the matter.  Taylor, who serves as the head of the Ohio Department of Insurance and could call for hearings, has refused.

In a letter to her on the mergers, those groups—Consumers Union, UHCAN Ohio, U.S. PIRG, CFA, Consumer Watchdog, DC37 and Consumer Action—said they have long been concerned “with the competitive landscape within the health care industry.”

Gov. John Kasich’s Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, a former state auditor, has […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues his ride on the Presidential Struggle Bus, destination Cleveland 2016.

He’s placed himself in the unenviable position of having to maintain the fiction he’s some sort of moderate in the Grand Old Party Presidential Pageant while simultaneously asserting steadfast unreasonableness on the question of President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Fresh Prince of Light and Joy got himself all flipped-turned upside down over the weekend trying to talk out of both sides of his mouth.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

There was “bit of a situation” Sunday involving Gov. John Kasich’s thoughts on […]

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If the Republican Primary season this election cycle has taught us anything it’s that we’ve seen the death of intelligence and a sense of shame in modern American politics. As I write this I can hear the chorus of all who say it died long ago. Wrong. It was in critical condition and on life support. Being something of a cockeyed optimist, I was hoping for a slow but steady recovery. Those dreams were dashed beyond repair during the last two Republican debates.

I once thought there couldn’t be a GOP primary line-up worse than the one fielded in 2012. […]

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New monthly job creation statistics were released last Friday, showing for the 39th straight month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich can’t get it up. The data also confirms that 285,000 Ohio workers are still unemployed because the governor boasting about his economic miracle can’t create the kind and quality of jobs fast enough for them.

It’s a fact of life the Kasich Administration is incapable of acknowledging and media falls flat reporting, especially now that Kasich and his Republican elites are plotting to manipulate convention rules in Cleveland later this summer to win a presidential nomination they couldn’t win honestly by winning […]

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Political campaigns  are never without a fresh supply of jargon, from Yellow Dogs, boll weevils  and angry white guys, to gravitas, Nascar dads and a soccer mom from somewhere up north. We need an artificial way to extract one pol from another to keep everybody casually informed of who’s who.

Now, we’re being introduced to the phenomenon of “grown- ups”. It’s a common word that has taken on new meaning  in the helter-skelter of the 2016 campaign.   As the Plain Dealer chipped in with its endorsement of John  Kasich:  “Alone among Republicans Kasich acts like a grown-up”. I only agree […]

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John Weaver, Ohio Governor John Kasich’s chief presidential campaign strategist, says his 63-year-old, term-limited, faith-based leader has a “positive inclusive approach to problem solving.” Other than Camp Kasich repeating this Greek Chorus claim about his recipe for governing, examples of it happening with any regularity are hard for any student of Kasich to find since they are rare indeed.

Bringing people together to solve problems has always been a priority for Gov. Kasich over his nearly 40 years in professional politics, or the “arena” as he refers to elective office these days. And when he says he knows how Washington […]

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As President Bill Clinton said in 2012 at the National Democratic Convention about criticisms aimed at President Obama by Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president, Paul Ryan, “It takes some brass to accuse someone else of doing what you did.”

More prophetic words could not be spoken, especially in light of some statements Ohio Gov. John Kasich said recently at a campaign stop at Villanova University.

Kasich’s Brass

Reports from the road say Gov. Kasich, who finally finished first after losing 32 other Republican state contests by winning his home state of Ohio, said President Barack Obama should not rush to nominate […]

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 This week on the Plunderbund Podcast we discuss the results of the hard fought Presidential Primaries in Ohio.  Hillary Clinton and John Kasich were able to beat back tough challenges — what does this mean for Ohio in November.  Our second topic is some of the other notable races in Ohio that were decided on primary day, including the ouster of the Cleveland Prosecuting Attorney.  Finally, we end as we do every week with Predictions.

Joe Mismas and Joshua Engel are joined this week by lawyer and political consultant Gena Shelton.


The NYT Results feature the the map of GOP results we reference […]

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“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

Isaac Asimov, column in Newsweek, January 21, 1980.

The Trump train is a runaway. The Deadman switch to prevent disaster hasn’t worked as the Trump campaign hurtles towards Cleveland. It is belching smoke and cinders fueled by the most blatant, out in the open encouragement of white fear and […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich finally finished in first place in a Republican primary this year. He is now 1-32 in GOP contests with 19 more to go, many of them winner-take-all. John Kasich is at his best when the deck is stacked in his favor, and the 2016 Republican primary deck in Ohio was stacked for him, indeed, starting with no Republican of any worth other than State Treasurer Josh Mandel lined up against him.

Ohio media is caught up in Camp Kasich’s tractor beam of promotion of a sweet but false narrative as he is cheered on in spite […]

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