Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

It seems just like yesterday when Republican President George W. Bush and his budget director, Ohio’s now-junior senator in Washington Rob Portman, were promising a bounty of good times and good jobs with high wages that would cascade down across all sectors of the economy if their trillion-dollar income tax cuts were approved.

After two unpaid-for rounds of lucrative and risky tax cuts, both in the trillions, what two terms of 43’s administration delivered was a net loss of 396,000 private sector jobs, marking one of the most sluggish job creation eras in modern times. […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich had dual national TV cameo gigs lined up Sunday, one on ABC’s “This Week” and another on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The governor who lost badly last year when he tried his second run at the White House was in line to be asked to weigh-in on Alabama Republican Judge Roy Moore’s upcoming election to the U.S. Senate. Moore, whose choice of clothing sometimes makes him look like Woody, the lead character in Toy Story, is no stranger to controversy.

He’s on the hot seat again, this time over whether a now […]

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“Are you a Core Conservative? A Solid Liberal? Or somewhere in between?” That’s the enticing sales pitch to take a 17-question quiz that determines which “Political Typology” group you fit in. Your results will be compared with a nationally representative survey of more than 5,000 U.S. adults by Pew Research Center.

These first two questions are offered to wet your appetite to take the other 15:

“The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt?”

“The government today can’t afford to do much more to help […]

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Democratic hopes of retaking the U.S. House of Representatives next year are now sky high after results from this past Tuesday’s elections showed voters in Virginia, New Jersey, Washington, Maine, and other states around the country were more than eager to deliver defeats to Republican candidates who either openly embraced or distanced themselves from President Donald Trump and his destructive, dysfunctional agenda.

While results were spectacular in states that pushed back on Trumpism, expectations for Ohio contributing bigly to Democrats regaining power in the U.S. House should be tamped down, if an analysis by […]

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If Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck governor continues his improbable dream of rallying Republicans to his side to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential primary, the sanctimonious conservative who claimed only one Electoral College vote last year might want to reevaluate that ambition, if polling results on a hypothetical matchup between the two conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) are even halfway accurate.

Beating the New York billionaire whose national magic trick last year was to be elected president will require outbound Ohio Gov. John Kasich to perform his own national miracle. PPP notes in its […]

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When 19 men affiliated with al-Qaeda wanted to take down America on the cheap, they didn’t need an armada of ships and soldiers landing in New York Harbor on Sept. 11, 2001 to accomplish their mission.

Far easier, and far less costly, they used existing tools to carry out that day’s deadly damage. They bought tickets on commercial American airplanes, then turned them into their own malicious air force by flying them into targets including the twin towers in lower Manhattan.

The George W. Bush administration had been warned in early 2000 that just such an attack might happen, but […]

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On his Wednesday call with reporters when the U.S Senate is in session, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown had as his guest on the call, Richard Rogovin , chairman of U.S. Bridge, a steel bridge manufacturer and contractor in southeastern Ohio.

The purpose of the weekly call is to address a topic Brown is engaged on, and this call was to discuss the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank). Brown is calling on Congress to restore to full strength to the bank that provides financing to help American businesses and manufacturers […]

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New York Magazine published a celebrity journalism article by Lisa Miller titled “John Kasich Is Already Running.” “For the Ohio governor,” the subtitle continued, “the campaign against Trump never stopped. And it won’t till 2020.”

It’s another in a series of “in-depth” looks at Ohio’s quirky, petulant, and outbound governor that rehashes similar attempts to fathom the great reformer’s mind done by national venues that end up reading like Kasich wrote it himself. It tells us nothing new about the practiced performance politico, who knows the rules of the media game and takes serious, naive or gullible reporters like […]

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The Ohio Democratic Party hosted its annual State Dinner at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Sunday, with big Democratic voices in attendance, including keynote speaker Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and special guests like Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator in Washington running for a third term next year, Sherrod Brown.

Democrats who trooped to downtown Columbus were handed a Halloween-orange campaign flyer from one of the three declared women candidates as they entered the convention hall.

“It’s SCARY what 24 out of 28 years of Republican rule has done to Ohio,” said a campaign piece distributed by […]

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It seems like every Sunday, on one national TV network or another, Ohio Gov. John Kasich makes a short cameo appearance to reveal his thoughts on foreign policy, politics in Washington, the latest tweet by President Donald Trump, and whether he’ll mount another campaign, the third of his career, for the White House in 2020.

Political talk shows hosts treat Kasich as if he’s is no longer governor, a fact many count down the days to, that won’t be factual until the next governor is sworn-in one the first day of 2019. Questions to Kasich never reflect […]

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Yet another wake up call was delivered Friday to term-limited Ohio Gov. John Kasich to do what he’s refused to do so far to reverse his state’s earned title as posterchild for opioid-related overdoses.

Kasich, who despite being badly beaten last year in his second try for the White House, is playing his familiar game of hide-and-seek with national media on his intentions for 2020, and whether he’ll run for president a third time.

Using the same bob-and-weave strategy he used with state media in 2014, when the question he wouldn’t answer was whether he would run for president in […]

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