Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

Anyone who followed the governor’s race in 2014 knows Ohio media regularly allowed Gov. John Kasich to get away with murder, so to speak, by not confronting him on his many scandals, choosing instead to pound his Democratic opponent for what in hindsight were merely minor shortcomings.

Kasich won his first term in 2010 by only 77,127 votes statewide, so he needed a solid second win to justify running for president in 2016.

The former congressman who represented a reliably Republican district in central Ohio for 18 years has accumulated a terrible record since 2011 that includes, but isn’t limited […]

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Last month Ohio Gov. John Kasich matched baseball great Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak with his own streak of 56 months below the national average for job creation. This month, Kasich’s streak extended to 57, the same number of pickle varieties the H.J. Heinz company located in Pittsburgh, PA made famous in its “57 varieties” advertising campaign.

New estimates of Ohio employment for August 2017 were released Friday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, showing that current sub-par job growth, including all months between December 2012 and August 2017, has reached 57 consecutive months, […]

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One in five Ohio children are struggling in poverty. Nearly 95,000 Ohio children lack health coverage. They are suffering from hunger and lacking basic essentials like toiletries. They fall behind in education as they miss the opportunities and support systems their non-impoverished peers enjoy.

After trillions in tax cuts delivered in 2003 by Republican President George W. Bush that were supposed to unleash America’s might and create jobs and prosperity as far as the eye could see, the nation soon found itself mired in the Great Recession, an economic meltdown second in severity only to the Great […]

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The Associated Press reports that Ohio state attorneys asked the state supreme court on Tuesday to override lower court rulings and uphold the state Health Department’s order to shut down Toledo’s last abortion clinic.

At the end of the AP article it reads, “Restrictions on abortion clinics in Ohio passed by lawmakers over the last six years have contributed to the closings of several clinics already. The state has 8 clinics left operating. It had twice that many in 2011.”

The legislature can pass all the laws it wants, but if the governor doesn’t sign them, they […]

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Go tell it on the mountain, or in the Oval Office in the White House in Washington or at the Statehouse in Columbus, that Obamacare is working pretty damn well, despite efforts by Republicans from 2010 to today to scuttle it or disable it whenever the political opportunity has presented itself.

Released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau, “Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016” paints an accurate picture of health insurance coverage by state that easily counters critics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) who say it’s failing.

Down Is Good

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Looking back over the years since the Affordable Care Act became America’s healthcare law of the land in 2010 without a single vote from any Republican in Washington, constant harping by GOP lawmakers across the board assigns blame for rising premium costs and other fragile features of the law only to the big, bad federal government and its big, bad healthcare plan.

Ohio’s two term-limited state leaders, Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, are on the same team with Ohio’s other statewide GOP officials and the state’s Republican-controlled legislature, who have all done their level best to sabotage […]

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is speed dating Ohio Gov. John Kasich on healthcare reforms, trying to show that a left of center Democrat and a hard-right Republican known for decades worth of political performance schtick can work together on healthcare when there’s little evidence Democrats and Republicans have done much collaboration on it so far.

Kasich loves top billing for a proposal that experts say takes a middle-of-the-road path forward instead of a smarter and far more comprehensive path proposed by Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist U.S. senator from Vermont who started a small […]

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On his weekly Wednesday call with reporters when the U.S. Senate is in session, I asked Ohio’s senior U.S. senator this question: “Are you satisfied with the four current declared Democratic candidates for governor, and do you think adding Richard Cordray or Jerry Springer to the field helps or hurts?”

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is running for his third 6-year term next year and has avoided answering similar questions in the past. So when he responded this way, “My answer will be shorter than your question,” I knew the question was out of bounds for today’s call that centered on […]

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Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich loves to stand for something, even if that means being on both sides of an issue when he can. He appears to have done it successfully again, this time taking bows for inviting DREAMers┬áto come to Ohio, when not too long ago he told Syrian refugees they were not welcome.

Back in November of 2015, after he had declared his second run for the White House and while Barack Obama was still president, Kasich told an audience at the National Press Club that he opposed allowing […]

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Everyone forgets just how poor the voter turnout was in 2014, the last midterm election year when only 40.65 percent out of Ohio’s 7,748,201 registered voters voted. Ohio Gov. John Kasich easily won a second term, garnering media fixation on how lopsided the spread was with his snake-bitten Democratic rival Ed FitzGerald.

At 63.64 percent for Kasich compared to 33.03 percent for FitzGearld, with Green Party candidate Anita Rios winning just 3.33 percent, the story Team Kasich feasted on in anticipation of running for president again was his 2-1 win margin, not how few registered voters actually voted for him.

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With the first of six Democratic sponsored gubernatorial debate scheduled for Sept. 12th, Plunderbund asked the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) whether it will permit wild-card celebrity talk-show host Jerry Springer or Consumer Finance Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray to join already declared candidates hoping to fill the open governor’s seat after term-limited Republican Gov. John R. Kasich leaves office in 16 months?

Whether Springer, who is creating buzz about his run after reports say he’s nearing a decision, or Cordray, a former Buckeye State attorney general whose term as leader of CFPB ends next July, add their […]

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