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When John Kasich kicked off his presidential campaign at the Ohio State University on July 21st, 2015, he had his priest there to provide spiritual encouragement for the invitation-only event.

Father Kevin Maney, from St. Augustine’s Anglican Church in Westerville, OH, offered up a short and simple invocation that politely but firmly encouraged Jesus to help Kasich “act with courage, boldness and power” during his run for president.

Maney later posted a video of himself delivering the brief prayer on his blog, The Anglican Priest.  A quick review of his blog shows that Maney, Kasich’s spiritual leader, often uses this online […]

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Today we can add another item to Kasich’s “Painfully unprepared for prime-time”  list. Or maybe two.

complaint filed with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) this afternoon accuses John Kasich of illegally coordinating with his Super PAC, New Day For America.

The complaint, from the American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) , argues that both John Kasich and his Super PAC broke federal law by missing registration deadlines with the FEC.

New Day For America spent nearly $60K on advertising on July 8, 2015 to support Kasich’s presidential campaign.   The group then kicked off an online fundraising drive using videos of Kasich personally endorsing the group, even though […]

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John Kasich’s governor’s office currently has 34 staff members* paid from their budget: 17 women and 17 men.  According to the most recent state employee salary data published by the Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS), the average salary for women in his office is $1,946 per pay period. For men it’s $2,884.

This means the earnings ratio for the women in Kasich’s office is currently 67 percent of the men’s.

Things are about to get much worse.

As of last month, the highest paid employee in Kasich’s office was his chief of staff, Beth Hansen.  She currently makes more than the governor, and two or three […]

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State Rep. Andrew Brenner took to Facebook this week to share his feelings about Planned Parenthood, effectively calling the entire organization a bunch of Nazis.   “Their complete disrespect for life and callous behavior is akin to how the Nazis spoke of Jews, disabled people, and others whom they killed,” wrote Brenner.

Brenner appears to have been commenting on some highly-altered videos released by the anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress. The group claims the videos prove Planned Parenthood sells aborted fetal tissue for profit.  The group and their videos have been debunked by multiple sources.

It would be easy to excuse […]

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At 11 a.m. tomorrow John Kasich will take the stage at The Ohio State University’s Ohio Union to officially declare his candidacy for president of the United States of America.

At 10:05 this evening Kasich’s campaign sent out emails to multiple Ohio State students informing them that they would no longer be allowed to attend the Kasich event.

According to the emails, each student’s “ticket for the July 21st Special Announcement Event in Columbus has been cancelled and is no longer valid for entry.”

And each email ends with a line that says it was paid for by Kasich’s presidential campaign, Kasich For America.


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David Hansen quietly resigned yesterday from his job with the Kasich administration after it was revealed that he broke state law by scrubbing data from an official state report on charter schools.  That report would have negatively impacted some large for-profit charter school operators who also happen to be big Republican donors.

This isn’t the first time Hansen has been caught altering charter school data to improve the image of these charter school operators.

Hansen was President of the Buckeye Institute in 2009 when they put out a report on Ohio’s dropout recover schools.  Similar to the current incident, Hansen’s group  altered data […]

Full Story... reported this week that Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has been traveling the state (on your dime) promoting his Open Checkbook initiative, which aims to put government spending records online.  Despite promises from Mandel to update the data monthly, all of the data is over a year out-of-date.

Unfortunately, compared to the rest of the data available on Mandel’s website, the Checkbook data is actually some of the most up-to-date.

Mandel introduced his “Transparency Project” initiative shortly after taking office.  The initial roll-out was a complete disaster in both technical and self-promotional terms.  He not only “accidentally” excluded the salaries of many of his own […]

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A new online advertising campaign kicked off this week for the Defending The American  Dream Summit to be held in Columbus, Ohio this August.  The event is sponsored by the Koch Brother-funded group Americans For Prosperity (AFP).

The ad campaign features many well-known governors who are running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 such as Marco Rubio, Rick Perry and Jeb Bush.

Ohio Governor John Kasich still appears to be off the invitation list, as we first reported back in May.

So why isn’t Ohio Governor Kasich joining top tier presidential candidates like Jeb Bush at an event that will be […]

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A swing state Senate race poll released by Quinnipiac this week shows Former Governor Ted Strickland with a six point lead over Rob Portman.

The same poll shows that Republican Senator Portman would beat Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld (49-24) if the election was held today.

According to Quinnipiac:

[Portman] has a 49 – 28 pethat rcent job approval rating and a 43 – 21 percent favorability. Strickland gets a 47 – 29 percent favorability rating, while 85 percent of voters haven’t heard enough about Sittenfeld to form an opinion.

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Last month we wrote about the upcoming Defending The American  Dream Summit to be held in Columbus, Ohio this August.  Sponsored by the Koch Brother-funded group Americans For Prosperity (AFP), the Summit will feature a slew of well-known Republican office holders, many of whom are running for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Georgia Senator David Perdue and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have all been invited to speak.

Still not on the invitation list?   Ohio Governor John Kasich.

A recent Politico story may provide some insight into why Kasich has not […]

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Anyone following Ohio politics in 2008 will remember the swift and sudden end to then-Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann’s political career over the adulterous and lecherous “hostile work environment” he created in the AG’s Office.

Once it became public that Dann had been cheating on his wife with one of his employees, and Dann’s long-time friend and AG employee Anthony Guitierz was harrassing women in Dann’s office, Democrats from around Ohio came together with Governor Strickland and state party leaders to call for Dann to go.

Within a week, AG Dann had resigned and his temporary, Strickland-appointed replacement, Nancy Rogers, set about to prevent a recurrence of Dann’s disturbing debauchery.  […]

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