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(HT: Plunderbund Facebook reader Rhonda Stoner)

Any time Governor Kasich talks about privatizing the Turnpike, he talks about how easy it’ll be for the State of Ohio to get a couple of billion dollars for it:

"Wouldn’t it be fantastic if I could take another country in Ohio called the turnpike, if I could privatize it and generate as much as $2.5 billion, potentially?—Gov. John Kasich [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, (02/10/11)]

After all, Kasich and his pro-privatization allies argue, Indiana was able to get $3.8 billion for leasing its Turnpike.  Even with the credit markets as they are, we […]

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First, we had the unconstitutional appointment of Mark Kvamme to the Ohio Department of Development that had to be undone.   Then we had the appointment of Scott Nally had to be redone because at the time Kasich initially appointed him, Nally, too, was constitutionally ineligible to serve (even though he had already started serving as the Director of the Ohio EPA while still being constitutionally ineligible.)

But that was just the State’s constitution.  No big deal right?

Uh-oh.

In February, former Democratic State Representative George Distel announced his retirement as Director of the […]

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Seriously, someone explain this quote to me.  I have no idea what our Governor is saying.  (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)

"Wouldn’t it be fantastic if I could take another country in Ohio called the turnpike, if I could privatize it and generate as much as $2.5 billion, potentially? We’ll see," Kasich said. "If we can’t get it, we probably won’t do it."

Yep, not content with pushing something this unpopular:

Kasich is already making the public push for something even less popular:

Seriously, is he trying to get an approval rating lower than […]

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John Kasich is using the budget as an excuse to push through every radical, ideologically extreme idea he’s ever had.  Today, the Governor spoke at the Greater Cleveland Partnership and said, according to the Crain’s Cleveland Business Journal:

Because funds are tight, he said he might find money for incentives to new businesses by privatizing state assets; he used the Ohio Turnpike as, he emphasized, a hypothetical example. He said he could lease the Ohio Turnpike for $3 billion and use most of that money, after repaying $600 million in outstanding turnpike debt, to attract business to Ohio. […]

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While John Kasich was busy doodling “Kasich + Daniels =BFF 4Ever” with hearts over the “i”s and prancing unicorns lifting them into Jesus’ waiting arms, Joe Hallett of the Columbus Dispatch tried to remind everyone of the elephant in the room because he’s really creeped out by this gubernatorial man crush:

Outside of Peyton Manning, Indiana sucks ass.

An examination of statistics, however, reveals that Indiana might not be the jobs magnet that Kasich incessantly portrays on the campaign trail.

On a steamy day when Strickland also wooed northeastern Ohio voters in an already-sizzling race, Kasich campaigned with his […]

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