From the monthly archives: December 2010

We’ve confirmed that Governor-elect Kasich is looking to double the number of Ohio Highway Patrol officers to be assigned to his protective detail.

However, when asked if the doubling was the result of Kasich’s decision to maintain his residence in Westerville and Bexley, my source said no.  Instead, Kasich is actually anticipating that he’s going to need the protection because he’ll be so controversial.  That’s the reason I was given.  Dead pan.

He’s probably right about the controversial part, but I really don’t think his personal safety is at risk.

Maybe Kasich should rethink whatever he’s planning on doing that […]

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Like Alvin Greene, I think Christine O’Donnell gets more attention than she deserves.  She simply was never a serious candidate.  However, she may be in serious trouble.

The FBI and U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly investigating O’Donnell for using her federal campaign account to pay for personal expenses such as her rent.

O’Donnell, predictably, alleged that this is nothing more than a political conspiracy to try to cripple a former Senate candidate who lost by over sixteen points, because, hey, that Obama feller has nothing more important to do than worry about Christine O’Donnell bewitching […]

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(HT: Talking Points Memo)

Congressman Dennis Kucinich sent out an e-mail yesterday to his supporters asking for their financial support as he contemplates where to run as increasing media reports have suggested that Kucinich’s district will be one of the two that will be eliminated in redistricting:

Dear Friend,

The New York Times, Newsweek, and Fox News have all recently headlined stories that I may lose my Congressional seat, not through an election, but through redistricting!

Due to the new census figures, Ohio will lose two seats in Congress. The Ohio Legislature (Republican) […]

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Roll Call apparently got a list generated by the DCCC of the 52 Republicans who were elected with 55% or less of the vote in districts that were won by Obama in 2008.

Of those, Steve Chabot and Steve Stivers are the only Ohioans who made the made the list.  The Democrats only need to net 23 seats in 2012 to regain the majority in 2012.

What’s probably a surprise is that the DCCC would have a target list so early in the 2012 cycle when the districts are about to change anyways.  Believe me, if I were […]

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Caption Contest

On December 28, 2010 By

No prize, but pride.

I saw this on our Twitter feed.  I think it deserves a Caption Contest.  Submit and/or vote for your favorite caption.

My submission: “Governor-elect Kasich demonstrates where he’ll take the State the next four years… downhill fast with him laughing all the way.”

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Seriously, is the Columbus Dispatch’s editorial board high?  Today, the Dispatch is crying over the plight of health insurers due to the health care reform law.

And what mandates does the Dispatch complain about?

The federal government’s regulators will investigate any health insurance premium increase above 10% for “reasonableness” to examine if there is a legitimate underwriting basis for the increase and that the insurance companies aren’t just engaged in price gouging to drive up their profit margins. Health insurers must spend 80% of the amount they collect in premiums on health care benefits, leaving only 20% for […]

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You’ll have to excuse me as I slowly work my way back to blogging after a wonderful but hectic Christmas weekend with my kids and family. There are tons of stories to be covered but I’m nursing one hell of a cold right now so I’m going to briefly touch on one other story from last week then take two more cold pills and crash.

In case you missed it, The Ohio Supreme Court finally made a ruling on Governor Strickland’s use of the tobacco settlement money, just in time for John Kasich to take advantage of the […]

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Boy, how did we miss this story?

At the beginning of this month, Congressman-elect Bill Johnson announced in a trumpeting press release that he was refusing to accept Congressional health care benefits in protest of President Obama’s health care insurance reform law.

Ironically, Governor Ted Strickland, who used to serve in the same district as Johnson will, refused to accept congressional health care benefits until all of his constituents had access to the kind of choices in plans and benefits as he did.  In other words, where Strickland refused to accept health care until there was a universal […]

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Welcome back.

Over the weekend, we saw a number of editorials that addressed the Ohio Senate’s unprecedented decision to reject nearly 80 pending gubernatorial appointees for no other reason than partisan politics.

So… how’d that go over?

Well, on Sunday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal condemned it.

The Plain Dealer (which endorsed Kasich):

First and foremost, there was no earthly reason, beyond political peevishness, for Republicans to reject all seven of Strickland’s excellent appointments to Ohio’s new Casino Control Commission. If there was a shred of evidence that any of […]

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A few days ago John Kasich unsurprisingly announced that he would not be moving into the governor’s mansion in Bexley.

I say unsurprisingly not because it’s a common thing for Ohio Governors. Since 1955 every other Ohio Governor has spent at least one of his terms living in the mansion.

I say unsurprisingly because John Kasich has shown time and time again that he makes decisions based solely on what’s good for John Kasich; and this decision is obviously good for Kasich and his family – even if it’s detrimental to the state of Ohio.

Sure, the predictible decision […]

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I’ve heard about privatizing government, but John Kasich is taking it to the extremes.  If you’ve ever wanted to be the State’s landlord, John Kasich is going to give you that chance.  Unfortunately, we won’t get the opportunity to evict him from the Governor’s Mansion since he won’t be living in it.

WBNS Channel 10 in Columbus reports that lawmakers are considering selling various State buildings, including both the Riffe Center and the Rhodes Tower to help plug the budget deficit.  So, theoretically, we’re one Josh Mandel slip up from evicting the Republicans out of their State government […]

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