Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

There are two impressive records Ohio Gov. John Kasich and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio own. For Jolting Joe, he hit safely in 56 straight games, a record that remains unbroken. For Ohio’s term-limited governor, July marks the 56th straight month he’s underperformed the national job creation average.

That’s the news Friday from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services and the Bureau of Labor Statistics when both agencies released data on employment and unemployment in Ohio during July 2017.

According to Ohio’s preeminent job watcher, George Zeller, Ohio gained only 1,600 jobs […]

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The Ringling Brothers Circus isn’t thrilling fans in the Big Top anymore. But if it was, a political dancing bear would be the kind of old-school act that might make a career politician a household name.

These days, however, Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck leader can also also be a dancing bear who rants on cue when national media come calling, looking for John Kasich to pelt President Donald Trump with verbal spitballs, as seen on TV  early morning this week when he told Trump to “get his act together.” But when asked by NBC morning show anchors to dance harder […]

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The Republican Governors Association (RGA) is trying once again to taint, poison or derail former Ohio Attorney General and current head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Richard Cordray’s long rumored candidacy for Ohio governor next year.

The RGA said on Tuesday that it has sent the CFPB a second Freedom of Information Act request for records that would show whether Cordray is actively pursuing a run. Doing that while running the CFPB would potentially violate the Hatch Act, a law that bars some in the executive branch from participating in political activity while serving.

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There is little doubt that the drivel that spews out of President Donald Trump’s mouth on a daily basis will easily eclipse the politically powerful results of a report to estimate the effects of terminating payments included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) called cost-sharing reductions (CSRs).

A request by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Whip Steney Hoyer to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) produced some stunning numbers on how how bad Trump’s medicine will be for many helped by CSRs.

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After repeated calls over many months, if not years, by Ohio leaders to Gov. John Kasich to put state resources where his rhetoric is regarding the state’s nation-leading opioid crisis, President Donald J. Trump beat Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck CEO to the punch Thursday, when a national emergency was declared on an issue that’s gripping America by the throat.

The Washington Post reports that “Trump is now pledging that the federal government will ‘spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.’”

Trump Out Plays Kasich On Opiods

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There is nothing Ohio Gov. John Kasich likes more than myopic state and national media paying attention to him even though he’s no longer popular and has a track record full of disappointments.

That’s the case now with the release of a very small poll of (600) likely Republican voters in New Hampshire that carries a 4 percent margin of error (larger than good polling).

The New Hampshire Poll, conducted by The American Research Group, has Kasich beating President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in head to head matchups.

Kasich, like Trump, has not really […]

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On U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s weekly Wednesday conference call with reporters when the Senate is in session, he responded to my question of whether he would be a co-sponsor of a bill Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is ready to introduce that would create a new single payer system for all individuals.

Instead of co-sponsoring Sanders’ bill, he told reporters that he has plans of his own to introduce a bill allowing Buckeyes and anyone else age 55 and over to buy-in to Medicare. There are 41 million Americans between the ages of 55 and 64, and millions of […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has mastered the art of speaking with “forked tongue,” the very apt phrase the Lone Ranger’s loyal sidekick, Tonto, used to describe people shading the truth with word games.

Throughout John Kasich’s nearly 40 years in elected politics, he has perfected the craft of speaking with a forked tongue and has never overtly complimented any Democrat for anything equal to how Democrats are complimenting him now on his carefully chosen words to defend expanded Medicaid, even as his political party makes repeated Kamikaze runs at repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the […]

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It’s not often that the U.S. Senate’s arcane rules of operation can have a direct impact on saving lives now and into the future. But that’s exactly what will happen on what Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough determined Republicans can and cannot do when it comes to trying to pass their worse version of the House’s already bad bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

As reported by Kaiser Health News, MacDonough has made a determination that certain provisions of the Republican ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act‘ released on […]

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It’s clear to most everyone not blind drunk from guzzling too much fake news brewed by friends and allies mesmerized by President Donald Trump’s erratic, post-traditional and potentially sinister behavior, that the New York billionaire’s promise to Make America Great Again has failed in so many spectacular ways after just six months of on-the-job training.

Worry, unease, and buyer’s remorse are now prominent among voters who could drain Trump’s new swamp in Washington if they redirect their angst to next year’s midterm elections by installing new representatives in Congress who will stand up to […]

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Fake news was on display this past weekend in Columbus like it was the 4th of July all over again. Vice President Mike Pence, who has made three visits to the Buckeye State since assuming his second-in-command duties on Jan. 20, was the featured speaker at the dinner-fundraiser event Ohio Republicans held Saturday night at The Union on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Firework Display

Pence, whose last job was being a conservative, hard-right governor of neighboring Indiana, launched the first of many colorful fireworks that were factually wrong, starting with his applause for Ohio Gov. John […]

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