From the daily archives: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Ohio Democratic Party held a conference call for media today that featured national broadcaster Ed Schultz and Party Engagement Chair Nina Turner. The duo discussed how the shutdown politics of the GOP are impacting the U.S. Senate race in Ohio.

Turner, a former state senator, pegged the cost of the last shutdown of the federal government by Republicans at about $24 billion. That cost, she said, showed the GOP doesn’t really care about the citizens they are supposed to represent. She knocked Ohio’s junior senator in Washington, Rob Portman, who is running for a second next year after being […]

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Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are bosom buddies, or at least that’s the political narrative pushed forward about them. Both are also running to be the Republican nominee for president next year based on their experience as like-minded government managers.

One big difference between these two GOP state leaders, where normally little daylight shines, is how each has reacted to calls to show their compassion in their budgets for the most vulnerable of their constituents, the severely developmentally disabled.

Christie Can Cave, Why Not Kasich?

In the Garden State, Gov. Christie’s […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is legend for exaggerating and playing fast and loose with facts. He showed his performance politician skills again when he claimed on national TV last week that he left Washington with a $5 trillion surplus.

When it comes to the facts, Ohio’s term-limited governor is a master at obfuscating them so much that his PR handlers always have to clean up after him. That was again the case when he failed to inform viewers that what he said wasn’t based in fact but on assumptions that never came true.

When John Kasich Left Washington

“When I […]

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Documents obtained by Plunderbund show that a company owned by one of Ohio’s largest charter school operators is failing to deliver on a major contract with the state.   The documents also indicate that former employees of the company, now supervising the project for the state, likely retaliated against public employees who questioned the company’s failures.  The company’s owner, William Lager, is one of the biggest Republican political donors in Ohio.

According to an investigation report from the Ohio State University’s Office of University Compliance and Integrity (OUCI), “Employees with the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH)… reported that a project to implement a statewide K-12 learning management system […]

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When the presidential nomination of your political party is at stake, as it is for Ohio Gov. John Kasich who finds himself struggling to break out of the low single digits his second campaign for the White House has been mired in despite spending millions to promote himself, which of the 50 states do you court to line up behind you?

If you guessed Mississippi, a Deep South state with an unenviable record of achievements that show why it’s a bottom dweller among the 50 states on so many important fronts, you would be right, far right.

But you’d also […]

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