Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

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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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released data Friday on employment and unemployment in Ohio during June 2017.

The good news: Ohio gained 11,500 jobs in June 2017. The bad news: June 2017 was the 55th consecutive month when Ohio’s job growth rate under the Kasich Administration was below the national average, which includes all months between December 2012 and June 2017, according to Ohio’s premier job analyst, George Zeller.

Zeller noted that job growth rate in June 2017 improved to 1.30 percent compared to the national job […]

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When the opening line of an article about you starts out this way, “This is some seriously sick shit,” you know it’s not going to end well.

But that’s exactly how David Nir at Daily Kos started his piece Friday on Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and his loony tune attack on the Anti Defamation League (ADL), as he tries not to lose to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown two consecutive times should he  become the GOP nominee next year.

The Defamation League

The ADL and its Center on Extremism released a report naming 36 leading […]

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Ohio’s term-limited governor penned another op-ed in the New York Times on Republican health care bills in Congress and how unacceptable they are in their current form.

Nearly identical to previous pronouncements by John Kasich, his latest piece in the NYT, “The Way Forward on Health Care,” is mostly made from political gobbledygook, a word with synonyms that include gibberish, claptrap, nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, blather, and garbage.

Kasich will wander off the political radar screen when he leaves office at the end of next year, but until then, he’s all-in on giving “states the flexibility to […]

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It’s standard practice to not answer questions from reporters when answering them will detract from the message of the day. That was the case Wednesday, when Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general and state treasurer, made repeated statements that he wasn’t going to talk about whether he would or would not enter the race for Ohio governor next year.

Cordray, a Democrat, lost his race to continue as Ohio attorney general to Mike DeWine in 2010. Since that loss, he’s been running the CFPB, a federal agency that Republicans in Washington want […]

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It’s not a new rule, but whether she likes it or not, and regardless of her claim that she’s her own person, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s burden going forward as she runs for governor next year is to carry Gov. John Kasich’s cross, hand hewn over eight years from policies and programs that ranged from merely misguided to brazenly bad.

Now that he’s endorsed her for his job, Kasich’s cross will naturally weigh heavy upon her like the burden Ohioans feel who face an uncertain, if not fearful future from tax cuts they didn’t benefit from, and healthcare benefits they […]

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Ohio’s junior U.S. senator and deficit hawk in Washington, Rob Portman, waltzed to an easy win last year when he used the state’s nation-leading opiate crisis as his chief campaign strategy to appear reasonable.

What was unreasonable was the senator voting against a budget bill that funded his plan, claiming “wasteful spending” in other parts of the bill forced him to vote  to orphan his plan that he crowed he worked so hard to get into the bill.

“Commonsense conservative” Rob Portman – President George W. Bush’s budget director – is against government spending when it comes […]

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It’s the 11th time CNBC has ranked America’s top states for business based on ten standard criteria that paint a portrait of strength and weaknesses. The State of Washington earned top honors this year as Ohio moved up to 16 from 22 last year.

But in two key categories – Quality of Life (QOL) and Business Friendliness (BF) – the results for the Buckeye State were depressing, if not alarming, as Ohio won 40th place for the former and 37th for the latter.

Gov. John Kasich made a big deal when he first […]

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Gov. John Kasich’s governing sidekick for the last six and one-half years, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, is hoping her co-stewardship helps her as she plunges into the Republican race for governor in 2018 with an endorsement in hand from Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck leader.

Taylor runs the state insurance department in addition to her duties as lieutenant governor and was the go-to official Kasich put in charge of the administration’s push against regulations that team Kasich-Taylor say keep Ohio from running “at the speed of business.”

Taylor, 51, joins three other GOP governorship hopefuls: Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State […]

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The 2018 midterm elections are still 16 months away, but educated speculation  on them offers some good and bad news for Democrats to retake control of the U.S. House and Senate, and maybe even some statehouses, now that President Donald Trump and a Republican-led Congress have shown just how terrible their policies and appointees are.

With a clear view of who they elected last year, and what the Trump agenda means for most people going forward, will voters rally around the Trump White House and its GOP enablers in Congress, or will voters change direction like they did in […]

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A reversal of fortune now awaits Ohio’s 69th governor after he issued more than 47 vetoes Friday before signing his last state budget deal clocking in at $133 billion in all-funds.

Gov. John Kasich’s executive prowess started out in 2011 unbeatable, but awaits a comeuppance six years later after lawmakers in his own party prepare to potentially override his vetoes, the biggest of which is freezing Medicaid enrollment next year.

According to reports, the Ohio House has a meeting scheduled for Thursday and the Senate is expected to meet the week of July […]

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