We noticed something curious on the Ohio Democratic Party dinner program Saturday night. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald was listed as a sponsor of the event, the only elected official listed at the event.
And to add to the subtlty of a County Executive’s sudden interest in making an impression on Democratic activists at the State Convention and Dinner, FitzGerald had folks handing out flier inviting attendees to an after-dinner event for him nearby. We literally could not walk out of the convention hall without more than one person offering it to us.
Ted Strickland was unable to attend due […]Full Story... →
It’s not been a good 24 hours for John Kasich’s rebranding effort. Yesterday saw the release of a new PPP poll showing the Governor had the approval of only 61 percent of Ohio Republicans. Today, a new Quinnipiac poll is out, and the news continues to be bad.
Overall, more Ohioans disapprove of Kasich than approve of him as Governor, by 44-40 percent. His approval is trending back down after reaching its peak of 42 percent in March.
And, as the poll yesterday showed, Kasich has a […]Full Story... →
When Kasich announced Randy Meyer would be the next Inspector General he made it clear that Meyer was “not going to be a traffic cop hiding in the bushes.” And based on the small number of investigatory reports issued by Meyer’s office in the first year (only 12 – the fewest since 2007), it seems like the Governor may have had some amazing foresight.
Meyer claims the shortage of reports has more to do with needing time to transition and less to do with pissing off the Governor, but I have my doubts.
For starters, the Ohio inspector […]Full Story... →
The Associated Press has a more in-depth wire story about “Grannygate,” and it features strong language from former Governor Ted Strickland:
Former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the use of Quinn’s image in the Building a Better Ohio ad was “deceitful and dishonorable.”
Strickland speculated that it could cause a backlash against the law’s supporters. “I think it could be the turning point in the campaign, quite frankly,” he said.
“What they have done here, I think, demonstrates the level of deceitfulness that they will use in order to try to win. […]Full Story... →
[Updated @ bottom with Brunner’s response]
This was in yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch:
As Gov. John Kasich rattled through his policy agenda during a speech to the Columbus Metropolitan Club yesterday, there was an audience member seated near the stage nodding in agreement.
Former Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat.
“Not everyone agrees with those changes, but he’s making an effort. You can tell that he cares.” . . . Kasich is “dedicated to reforming Ohio,” Brunner said.
When you read a story and the only thing that your mind creates that makes a news story makes […]Full Story... →
With the Kasich budget beginning on July 1st, let’s not forget that means the Strickland budget ended on June 30th. So, according to John Kasich’s own OBM director, what did the State end up with at the end of the last Strickland budget:
$973 million surplus.
Wait, shouldn’t that be $8 billion in the red? We kept hearing about what a horrible fiscal shape the Strickland Administration left Ohio in, but when it’s all said and done, the Strickland Administration left such a large surplus that the State came in with revenues 5.8% larger than projected when it was […]Full Story... →
I’ll admit it. I’m skeptical that Ted Strickland will really run for Governor in a rematch come 2014. Maybe because it’s just the novelty of it. Maybe it’s because Ted had told so many people publicly last year that it would be his “last election.”
But the more I see of Ted (from afar), the more it starts to make sense. After all, he only lost by some 70,000 in what will likely be the high water mark for GOP turnout advantage in Ohio for the foreseeable future. November 2010, so far at least, appears to be the high water […]Full Story... →
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