From the monthly archives: November 2015

Ohio Republicans moved forward this week with a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. During hearings for Sub. H.B. 294, Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger prevented some Democrats from speaking against the bill, including State Representative Kathleen Clyde. In response, she entered her protest letter and unheard speech into the House Journal. We’ve reprinted it all below:

Pursuant to Article II, Section 10 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio which states, “Any member of either house shall have the right to protest against any act, or resolution thereof; and such protest, and the reasons therefor, shall, without alteration, commitment, […]

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Kasich’s Cockroaches
By Kellie Copeland

Why did John Kasich hide his agenda against women? Why didn’t he claim his role in crafting targeted regulations on abortion providers? He even tries to distance himself after the Associated Press has exposed email exchanges between his staff, legislative staff, and Ohio Right to Life.

Discovering the evidence of Kasich’s legislative actions is like finding a cockroach in the kitchen — where there is one, there are surely more.

Passing new laws was just the beginning for John. He also sat Ohio Right to Life president Mike Gondiakis on the state medical board, […]

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John Kasich has spent the past few months on the presidential campaign trail trying to play the approachable moderate on financial and social issues.

But a recent article by AP statehouse reporter Julie Carr Smyth found that Kasich’s handpicked staffers decided which abortion restrictions would be included in the last state budget,  contrary to the governor’s comments that the legislature was driving it all with him as a neutral bystander

Smyth writes, “Believing state legislators were solely responsible for abortion restrictions added to the 2013 budget bill, activists and editorialists across Ohio called on Gov. John Kasich to veto the provisions. What they didn’t […]

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Climate change is a hot topic.

For some, like President Barack Obama, who will join world leaders next month in Paris for a global climate summit, there is no doubt about the impact of climate change on the world going forward and what to do about it.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, however, is afraid to publicly embrace reality fearing it will further hurt his low-polling among Republican base voters who deny it as fact.  Kasich also realizes that siding with the president on this world-wide issue is a bridge-too-far for GOP voters.

Kasich Waffles On Climate Change

“Do I believe there is something called climate […]

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The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released the October 2015 data on employment and unemployment on Friday and the overall job figures for the state in October were favorable, with a robust gain of 30,800 jobs.

Cleveland-based economic analyst George Zeller noted that today’s statistics show the recovery was driven by a robust increase of 5,800 jobs in Manufacturing and another robust increase of 5,800 jobs in Construction. “That growth in blue collar Ohio employment drove the robust overall Ohio job growth figure for October, obviously a very good thing,” Zeller said today via email.

“But, Ohio’s […]

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The latest Bloomberg Politics national poll out Thursday shows just how bad Ohio Gov. John Kasich is doing in the GOP race to take on Democrats next year. The prickly chief executive from Ohio can do no better than ninth place among the 13 still-active Republican candidates for president.

Gov. Kasich, whose poor debate performances, combined with his latest proposal to create a Judeo-Christian federal agency to beam pro-Christian messages to the Islamic world, has made him the butt of national ridicule.  As a result, he is stuck at a mere three percent based on polled voters’ first and […]

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Donald J. Trump generally commands any stage he’s on and has the freedom to say anything he wants. Trump focused his Twitter cross-hairs Thursday on the generally off-putting, low-polling, gaffe-prone Governor of Ohio, John Kasich.

Kasich says Trump, who can draw crowds and media because he has high name recognition, is all bombast and no experience.  But Kasich, polling low in national and state polls,  is running a one-state campaign—that is, not finishing lower than third place in New Hampshire if he wants to move on to South Carolina, the third early primary state.

Gov. Kasich is spending millions […]

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For the Republican candidate who keeps telling everyone he’s the “adult” in the room, yet whose behavior shows just the opposite, being ridiculed as a “useful idiot” doesn’t bode well for his narrative that he alone has the experience and leadership to bring America together.

“Too bad: John Kasich, the Republican presidential aspirant who seemed comparatively sane, turns out to be as loony as any of his companions on the GOP debate stage – perhaps even loonier,” Joe Conason wrote at The National Memo Wednesday.

At Gawker, Hamilton Nolan made Gov. Kasich look ridiculous and foolish. “Using beams, […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich loves to think about New Hampshire as a political Cape Canaveral that can launch a candidate like himself into presidential orbit.

That may be the case for Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, but maybe not for Gov. Kasich, who now thinks he deserves to host Saturday Night Live, based on a bogus equal opportunity argument pinned to Donald Trump’s second hosting of the popular late night comedy show.

Kasich Tied With Jeb! For 5th Place In NH

A WBUR poll out Wednesday taken recently of 405 likely Granite State voters shows to the chagrin of […]

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In the second Democratic debate held last Friday at Drake University in Iowa, Hillary Clinton played defense for part of the evening, mostly over her vote to go to war in Iraq under President George W. Bush and for her ties to Wall Street.

By the end of the debate with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a poll conducted by CBS, which hosted the event, showed the former secretary of state, whose husband won back-to-back terms in the White House, was judged the winner.

In the race for the Democratic nomination for president, Mrs. […]

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A woman in a doctor’s office in our area was heard to say she was happy to know that any effort to keep out refugees would stop all of those “Sicilians” from landing on our shores. That was a head-turner as various nations desperately try to figure out what to do with massive war-driven migration across European borders. It once again alerted us to the unwashed views of many folks about the staggering reality of a horrific world that defies solutions.

So you can forgive the woman’s error about the terrorist peril and paralysis the past few days that even […]

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