Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

Ohio’s senior senator in Washington has been cautious but creative in working with President Donald Trump and his administration, which by every measure is working to tear down policies and programs the gravely voiced senator with perpetually ruffled hair has gone to bat for over the long arc of his political career.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, a twice-elected senator and author of “The Myths of Free Trade,” presented his blueprints to win a third term in the U.S. Senate next year with a presentation at The Ohio State University’s Glenn College of Public Affairs not long ago.

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Fifty dollars buys a copy of “Two Paths: America Divided Or United” and $150 buys a copy signed by the book’s author, Ohio’s 69th governor and traveling national chaplain, John Kasich, who by many accounts is spending more time at his second full-time job, hawking his book of memoirs about his lopsided defeat in last year’s Republican race for president,  than his first full-time job Ohioans elected him to do, governor.

An email to his fan base Saturday says Mr. Kasich’s message about strengthening and healing divisions in communities in Ohio and across the nation is resonating. How rich and […]

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Stunning is a good word to describe the improbable shift the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ACA] has undergone since its creator, President Barack Obama, has vacated the White House and Donald Trump has occupied it for the last 98 days.

In the fall midterm elections of 2010 that followed the summer’s Tea Party inspired rage over the ACA, or Obamacare as Republicans have dubbed it, the revolt at the ballot box returned control of the U.S. House of Representatives to Republicans, a control they’ve enjoyed ever since. President Obama was mocked and ridiculed for his so-called government takeover […]

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On Tuesday night in Celina, a Republican stronghold in northwest Ohio, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley mercilessly harpooned John Kasich and his agenda over the last six years like Ahab going after Moby Dick. According to the Daily Standard, she’s “sounding as if she’s ready to enter the 2018 gubernatorial race.”  Whaley is widely regarded as a “progressive, pragmatic leader with a track record of getting things done.”

Others have similar thoughts on Whaley’s talents and Democratic futures. Liz Walters, a Summit County Council Member and former Ohio Democratic Party Executive Director, primed the pump Thursday with a solicitation for […]

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Appearing on Face the Nation on CBS on Sunday to pump his latest book, “Two Paths: America Divided or United,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich enjoyed another national TV appearance free of worry that his dog-whistle, faith-based preaching would be challenged despite ample evidence that he doesn’t practice what he preaches.

Kasich called his new book a “cry of the heart,” saying he wants people to live “life a little bigger than ourselves,” classic Kasich rhetoric heard throughout his long, losing campaign for president last year.

The term-limited governor normally loves to talk about how many CEOs he talks to […]

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While Ohio’s part-time governor John Kasich has been doing full-time self-promotion out-of-state on a book tour in New York and New Hampshire, once super-friendly state Republican lawmakers have butchered several key proposals in his last biennial budget plan.

Ohio’s General Assembly leaders embarrassed the term-limited, lame-duck Kasich by releasing a budget plan Tuesday that, according to the Toledo Blade, “abandons Mr. Kasich’s tax reform proposal, in which he proposed increases in sales, tobacco, alcohol, and shale oil and natural gas taxes to help pay for a 17 percent cut in the income tax.”

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, […]

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In advance of Gov. John Kasich’s hour-long appearance on CNN Monday to promote his new book about a divided America, the inconvenient truth the governor won’t mention, and show host Andersen Cooper won’t bring up, is the fact that Mr. Kasich has entered the 52 straight month of below average job creation.

The Ohio Department of Family and Jobs Services and the Bureau of Labor Statistics released March 2017 data on employment and unemployment in Ohio on Friday. The data isn’t friendly to Gov. Kasich’s claim of being a great job creator, according to Cleveland-based job cruncher George Zeller.


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Joe Schiavoni is a Democrat [Boardman, 33rd District] who recently stepped down from being Senate Minority Caucus Leader to run for Governor of Ohio in 2018. He  fielded questions from the press Saturday before the 2017 Legacy Dinner in Columbus at the Expo Center.

Unscripted and in his own words, Mr. Schiavoni talks about his race for governor.



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Connie Pillich is a Democrat running to be the next Ohio Governor. A lawyer, Air Force veteran, former Member of the Ohio House of Representatives and a candidate for state treasurer in 2014, Pillich fielded questions from the press before the 2017 Legacy Dinner started Saturday evening in Columbus at the Expo Center.

Unscripted and in her own words, Mrs. Pillich talks about her race for governor.


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Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper fielded questions from reporters Saturday night before the 2017 Legacy Dinner held in Columbus at the Expo Center.

Mr. Pepper, who took the reins of the party in December of 2014, says that even though Ohio voters went for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by nearly nine percentage points last year, the current and likely crop of Democrats today have opportunities to regain voter favor in the 2018 mid-term elections. Mr. Pepper predicts Ohio voters will want change from the slate of out-bound Republicans, led by Gov. John Kasich, whose policies and programs […]

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The Ohio Democratic Party will hold its 2017 Legacy Dinner on Saturday in downtown Columbus. This year’s event will include a tribute to the late great Ohio born and raised U.S. Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth. Ohio’s senior senator in Washington, twice-elected Sen. Sherrod Brown, will be the dinner’s featured speaker.

Also appearing and speaking at the event will be three announced Democratic candidates for governor: former state Rep. Connie Pillich, Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton.

Ohio Leans Republican

Larry Sabato, the election guru at the Center for […]

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