The Fox Business Network will include John Kasich in its Thursday evening prime time debate. Low polling nationally and in every state except one, New Hampshire, the term-limited Ohio leader will have a final chance before voting starts there on Feb. 9 to show he’s got the right stuff. That is, if he isn’t sent to the showers by failing to win, place or show.

According to the latest Fox News poll, Donald Trump leads with 33 percent among New Hampshire Republican primary voters. Coming in behind him are Marco Rubio [15%], Ted Cruz [12%], Jeb! Bush [9%] and […]

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Typically, for a young attorney with a mountain of law school debt, the prospect of working in the state attorney general’s office might seem like a wonderful opportunity for advancement and a life of bourgeois ease and Rotary contribution to the community.

But I imagine life in Mike DeWine’s Ohio Attorney General’s office might more resemble an ever-exhausting series of menial political score-settling tasks, with DeWine as some sort of deranged Michael Scott holding “team building exercises” about how best to pursue his personal ideological agenda.

Yes, the state’s top cop is at it again, and losing again, as is his usual, […]

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With just weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses and the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, the week starts out with sweet sounds for some in the big Republican field of White House wannabes and sour notes for others.

In a new poll out Monday, conducted by Marist, Texas Senator Ted Cruz tops businessman Donald Trump by four percentage points, 28 percent to 24 percent, respectively. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is third with 13 percent and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who has fallen precipitously over the weeks, lands in fourth place with 11 percent.

In New Hampshire, where voters […]

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Given the fact that it’s a presidential election year and Republicans have gagged over President Obama since Day One seven years ago, it wasn’t surprising that they had nothing good to say about his State of the Union message. But the most curious response came from Gov. Kasich, who chose the occasion to promote his own candidacy with a prepared campaign statement that cast him as …well, a futurist. It was a perfect airball. Here it is:

“Eight years from now I look forward to giving a State of the Union that describes a stronger, safer and more united America. […]

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In December, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education sent a letter out to all “Chief State School Officers” (i.e., state superintendents) in order to “take this opportunity to remind you of key assessment requirements that exist under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (ESEA). These requirements will remain in place for the 2015-2016 school year, and similar requirements are included in the recently signed reauthorization of the ESEA, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).”

One of Ohio’s State School Board Members, A. […]

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I don’t believe just anybody should be allowed to own a gun, but I believe I should be allowed to own a gun. Then again, I’ve never been arrested. I’m schooled in firearm safety, and nothing in my background would indicate I’m psychotic, no matter what the droogs down at my local may say.

I find myself caught in the middle of the Great American Gun Debate, disappointing some of my more liberal comrades when I suggest it’s impossible to eliminate our country’s guns and gun culture, and disappointing my more conservative brothers and sisters when I admit I’m in […]

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Central Ohioans will vote in a really big race this year. If you guessed President of the United States, you guessed wrong.

The big-little race this year is who the next Franklin County prosecutor will be: Republican Ron O’Brien or Democrat Zach Klein.

Political legacies hang in the balance, maybe even jail time for some political unfortunates who have so far escaped the long arm of the law. Justice delayed is justice denied, and for those who have operated in the shadows—allegedly some of Ohio’s top leaders—the Day of Reckoning could come as early as Wednesday, Nov. 9 if […]

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Cruz Wants To Paddle ISIS. Honest

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If you are looking for some fresh paths into the Republican presidential field Ted Cruz is your guy.

He has offered a new open-carry weapon to put ISIS in its place. Complaining, as usual, that President Obama is totally out of the loop in meeting the ISIS threat, the forever whining Texas senator said on TV he could handle the whole thing with a …paddle.

That, he explained in a leap of logic, is how he handles misbehavior back home when his five-year-old son tells a lie. “He is paddled,” Cruz declares with the authority of a sagebrush father. ”And […]

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Is Sen. Portman getting some linguistic pointers for his reelection campaign against former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland. His campaign ads are now showing up in an online zone called HowJSay, which wants to help you pronounce things correctly.

A standout in this instance is not Dostoevsky nor Savanarola. Rather, it’s his opponent’s name that caught my eye.

Senator, I can help. Its Strick, as in Stickland, and Land, as in in Strickland. Have I just saved you some campaign money?

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The Union Leader newspaper is covering Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s lagging campaign in New Hampshire just like a platoon of other Granite State and national reporters are.

Unfortunately, these road warrior reporters demonstrate, time and time again, that they’re not minding the gap between what Gov. Kasich says he’ll do as president and what he’s done back in the Buckeye State as governor. That discrepancy was on full display again, this time at a town hall meeting at the Alpine Club in New Hampshire Monday night.

The Union Leader has already endorsed New Jersey Gov. Christ Christie as its pick […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich got some good news Friday. Gallup released a poll today showing the crusty, term-limited leader isn’t the least liked Republican candidate anymore. That honor goes to Jeb! Bush, who sits atop—or at the bottom, depending on your point of view—the long list of Republicans who by varying degrees have ruffled feathers on a variety of subjects.

Gallup reported that former two-term Florida Governor Jeb! Bush’s image among Republicans has steadily worsened over the past 5 ½ months, earning him a current net favorable rating of -1 (44% favorable, 45% unfavorable). Just six months ago, in […]

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