From the daily archives: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

One day after Kasich sent his letter, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (and former Republican Congressman Ray LaHood) responds in writing.  And for what we hope is the last time, tells Kasich no.

(HT: WSYX in Columbus)

The Honorable John R. Kasich
Governor-elect of Ohio
340 East Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Dear Governor-elect Kasich:
Congratulations on your election. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with you again. I understand that you have written to President Obama to request that the $400 million for the 3C program be […]

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As if on cue, the Kasich campaign announced that Franklin County GOP Chairman Doug Preisse will “run” his newly formed inauguration committee, as reported in the Columbus Dispatch.  However, this does not, inherently contradict our earlier reporting that former Deters chief-of-staff Matt Borges will be the Executive Director of the Committee as Borges himself tweeted yesterday as such.  We’re waiting for confirmation as such.

Ordinarily, a campaign appoints a figurehead as the “Chairman” of the Inaugural Committee, while the real muscle work is done by an Executive Director who actually runs the show.

Preisse is […]

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I saw this on the Carpetblogger’s tweeter account:

OSUBunny1” is the Twitter account of Matt Borges.

Matt Borges was former Republican Ohio Treasurer “Dirty” Joe Deters’ chief-of-staff.  In 2004, Borges pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of improper use of a public office, and was fined $1,000 (Cincinnati Enquirer):

Borges, 32, of Columbus pleaded guilty to one count of improper use of public office, a misdemeanor, and was fined $1,000 by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Eileen Gallagher. Court documents said he gave preferential treatment to certain brokers who made contributions to Deters’ […]

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This story in Sunday’s Dispatch shows how much university presidents and deans will demean themselves in order to curry favor with the incoming Kasich Administration. 

First, let’s cover the state of higher education historically in Ohio, and what Governor Strickland did in four years:

After a five-year decline, state support for instruction per student for the public, four-year universities increased from 2007 to 2010. Still, Ohio remains well below the national average in per-student legislative funding, at $4,901. The average annual out-of-pocket cost in Ohio is $5,433 for university students, $2,561 for regional campus students and $613 […]

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Remember that you read it here first.

This morning, the Columbus Dispatch reported that a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed that Kasich’s plan to scrap Governor Strickland’s evidence-based model of school funding and school reforms very likely will jeopardize the State’s ability to keep the $400 million in federal “Race to the Top” education funding.

Justin Hamilton, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education, said yesterday that Ohio could lose the money which it won in competition with other states if it fails to follow the proposal it offered.

"States won Race to […]

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