From the monthly archives: August 2010

State Auditor (and John Kasich running mate) Mary Taylor finally released her long-awaited and long-overdue Lottery Commission Performance Audit today and the results are ASTOUNDING!


Did I say astounding?

What I meant to say was incredibly boring.

The primary focus of her report involves recommendations that the agency fire a bunch of people to save about 2 million bucks. It’s not chump change, sure, but given the fact that the lottery took in over 2.5 BILLION dollars last year it’s really just a drop in the bucket.

And if you read the whole report you’ll discover something […]

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Steve Stivers is having a little problem… Steve Stivers’ record.

Last week, Steve Stivers claimed he was FOR embryonic stem cell research despite his vote in the State Senate to ban funding for it.

Today, Stivers attacked Kilroy over her support for cap-and-trade:

“Liberal special interest groups are at it again. Rahm Emanuel’s little brother and his Hollywood friends think they know what is best for the voters of Ohio’s 15th District. They had the audacity to run an ad in the Columbus Dispatch that leads people to believe that Cap and Trade is good for […]

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So, apparently, there are a ton of people in State government and the Columbus Dispatch who are interested in reading about Nash’s romantic relationship with the House Republicans’ Communication Director Megan Piwowar.  Seriously, the #1 and #3 posts read today was just about them, and that’s mostly from people from the Dispatch and State Government computers (naughty, naughty) was reading about them.

So, I have potentially terribly news for you Nash-Piwowar watchers.  Rumor has it that Mr. Nash was in Chicago last week interviewing with the Chicago Tribune.  No word on whether Megan was aware of this or what their […]

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Breaking News!  Tiberi won’t sign a pledge not to privatize Social Security!

I like this web clip. Especially the imagery of Tiberi walking in a parade. It’s basically all he does. Smile, walk in parades, vote the party line, and get by. He’s done it for years and the go along to get alone strategy has worked quite well for him. It’s time for it to end, but will be admittedly tough in this political climate. He retained his seat in probably the worst climate imaginable last time out. I’m hopeful that Brooks can mount a strong challenge, but […]

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I think, and I’m not alone nationally in saying so, that the Strickland-Brown campaign has amazingly run a sharp and effective campaign in this political environment.

It took not more than a single brain cell to figure out the economy would place a major component of this election.  What the Strickland campaign has smartly figured out is how to turn the economy as a negative against Kasich with focusing on his slavish devotion to Wall $treet greed and outsourcing.  That has been no easy task.

So effective was this campaign was that the Ohio GOP and the RGA even […]

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The Akron Beacon Journal editorial board rips John Kasich for plagiarism of Governor Strickland’s regulatory reform:

Yet what’s most striking about the Kasich plan is its own duplicative quality. In 2006, Ted Strickland campaigned making the same pledge. . . .  Almost from the start of his term, Strickland launched Advantage Ohio, part of a broader effort to improve the performance of government. In February 2008, Advantage Ohio resulted in an executive order setting in motion a comprehensive review of state regulations, especially those affecting business.

The ABJ notes the similarities in the titles of Kasich’s proposal and […]

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You’re not going to find me at a Marc Dann Fan Club meeting.  I didn’t support him in the primary in 2006.  I openly wrote that his attorney disciplinary history was a major liability for the general election.  And I made the legal and political case for Marc Dann’s impeachment.  However, today’s blog post by Steve Nash at the Dispatch’s Daily Briefing Blog is nothing more than tabloid Dann bashing… two years after Dann left the public eye.

For no apparently reason, Steve Nash feels it necessary to report to the public at large that the recently divorced […]

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In the past two weeks, we’ve seen Kasich start to roll out some policy proposals.  The first was a plan to privatize the Ohio Department of Development that has widely been panned as likely unconstitutional and not likely to deliver better results (quite the contrary.)

He then followed it up with his Ohio CSI idea which was nothing more than a plagarized version of Governor Strickand’s Advantage Ohio regulatory reform idea.

Lost in all this is the lack of any ad (from either Kasich, the RGA, or even Strickland or the DGA)  is any mention of Kasich’s signature proposal: repealing […]

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The Federal Elections Commission has notified State Senator Bob Gibbs (R), who is challenging Congressman Zach Space, that he must return over $50,000 in donations because they exceeded the lawful maximum donation amounts under federal law.  As BSB already noted, that’s around 25% of Gibbs’ most recent cash-on-hand total.

Over half of that amount is based on donations made by the Ohio Republican Party.  And despite getting a massive amount of apparently, illegal, donations from the Ohio GOP, Gibbs was still facing a 6:1 cash-on-hand disadvantage to Space.

Two weeks ago, I noted how the NRCC […]

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Plunderbund posted the latest Strickland campaign video on Friday. The ad attacks John Kasich for helping Invacare send Ohio jobs to Mexico and China.

The ad hasn’t officially aired yet but Invacare has already released a statement saying it “is very disappointed that its home-state governor would attack it in a campaign commercial.”


You know who SHOULD be disappointed?

The Ohioans who lost their jobs or didn’t get jobs because John Kasich and the rest of the Invacare board members decided to send their jobs overseas.

Modern summed it up well when he said: “I WANT a Governor […]

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