This is the true story of how John Kasich and JobsOhio got one of its own inaugural board members fired and left Ohio taxpayers with giving the company an $8 million subsidy to boast the stock price to benefit a Swedish billionaire.

In 2011, first term Governor John Kasich was desperate to change the subject.  In the first year of his term, Kasich already had approval ratings in the mid-30s after picking a fight he couldn’t win against working families with SB 5, a bill that would have essentially eliminated the right of police officers, firefighters, teachers, and government workers […]

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Like a chameleon changing color to blend into a new surrounding, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is venturing outbound to safe Republican venues to boost his near-zero national polling numbers enough that he won’t be embarrassed by not qualifying to be among the top ten GOP candidates who will stand on stage in Cleveland in August for the party’s first presidential debate.

Q-Poll Pegs Kasich At 2 Percent

A Quinnipiac University National poll released Thursday shows gridlock at the top of Republican totem pole to be president. There are five leaders – or no leaders – as Republican voters […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is now barely taking tenth place in the 2016 Grand Ol’ Party’s Presidential Primary Extravaganza, and the Columbus Dispatch is breathless.

Six stories on the Dispatch politics page today relate to J.R. Kasich’s presidential ambitions. The rest of us hotly await Yahweh to waive the green flag on Kasich’16.

Critics are calling the prospect of Kasich 4 Prez “sheer fun” and “pure entertainment.” I myself have been an outspoken advocate for Kasich wasting massive amounts of time and money on a doomed mission to slake his presidential thirst.

And he’s well on his way, doubling […]

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There are laws against it now. The pain from bullying so many of us experienced growing up was something you survived, or you didn’t, depending. Jessica Logan didn’t. The bright young Ohioan who committed suicide after torment at school over texts is memorialized in a law against cyberbullying—House Bill 116, the Jessica Logan Act. For most of us, we survive, we grow up, we move on. Once in a while, some of us speak, like Representative Teresa Fedor who had the nerve and the grace to speak out about her rape and subsequent abortion. It’s like a balm for the wounds […]

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Have you noticed that the old John Kasich is now the new John Kasich? Right.

The snap and bite in his words have disappeared. So have the swagger and metallic self-confidence. No more “bustin’ chops” with his friend Chris Christie before the awful bridgework. No more ill-humor that led to a blistering attack on a cop in a traffic stop. Not more warnings to lobbyists that if they’re not on his bus they will be run over. No more assaults on unions (he says he’s only against those unions that “don’t make things.”) He doesn’t ‘even feature his loony balance-budget […]

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In the last forty years, you cannot name a candidate with as thin of a resume to run for U.S. Senate in Ohio as P.G. Sittenfeld.  Even Josh Mandel had served several terms in the Ohio House of Representatives and was elected (the year before) State Treasurer before running.  Even George Voinovich had served as Mayor of Cleveland for 8 years before his ill-fated bid in 1988.

Sittenfeld recently gave a speech at the Ohio Statehouse, an august Greek Revival building designed to give gravitas to someone… who has never served a second in the Statehouse, to declare, yet again, that […]

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Americans for Prosperity (AFP) recently announced its list of invited speakers for this year’s Defending the American Dream Summit.  The event will be held right here in Columbus, Ohio.

Interestingly, no one from Ohio made the list.

The Koch brother-founded organization (AFP)  always gets the cream of the conservative crop to speak at its events.  Last year they had Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

This year’s list is even more impressive.

According to its website, AFP has secured a bunch of well-known Republicans as speakers for the 2015 conference, many of whom are seeking the […]

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The small Heartland town of Oberlin, Ohio, was the venue Monday, Memorial Day 2015, for the presence and prescience of two distinguished speakers, First Lady Michelle Obama and Commencement Speaker Marian Wright Edeleman, who each delivered powerful messages to the 695 graduates, 75 of whom were Ohioans, who were awarded degrees.

Mrs. Obama, wife of the 44th President of the United States who twice won Ohio in 2008 and 2012, addressed the students, their parents, family, friends of Oberlin College 50 years after slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King addressed the graduating class of […]

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UA: Take That, John S. Knight

On May 24, 2015 By

OK, class.  Whose dumb idea  was it for the University of Akron, a public enterprise, to withhold information from the media (read: public info)  about  the rebranding studies by four consultants  paid from  an unrestricted   foundation grant bearing the name of the late John S. Knight?

For the enlightenment of the campus newcomers on the block, no one was more  aggressive about press freedom than Knight, but  the $111,000 from the grant did just the opposite.  How ironic.  How dumb. (And we didn’t even mention those four presidents of northern Ohio public universities who strongly criticized  new UA president […]

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Should Scrutiny of Legislative Foreign Travel be Part of Needed Charter School Reform?
by Denis Smith

On May 14, the Columbus Dispatch carried a Washington Post story about a 2013 congressional junket to Azerbaijan that has come to light recently. According to the Post, 10 members of Congress and 32 staffers, part of a group of more than 300 well-connected Americans, received an all-expenses paid trip to this oil-rich former Soviet Republic and returned with exotic gifts.

In order to provide cover for the congressional junketeers, lest they fall afoul of (heaven forbid) law and regulation, some voodoo accounting […]

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