When a reporter politely asked Ohio’s Republican governor why he wouldn’t be appearing at tonight’s City Club debate alongside his Democratic challenger, John Kasich nearly went ballistic. With his RLS fully on display, Kasich chided the reporter for daring to raise the issue, making it clear that he was not-so-secretly sick of questions from “people like you” – aka members of the press.

“I’ve already explained all the stuff I have to explain,” said Kasich. “I’ve spent about ten and a half hours here with people like you… and letting people across the state know how I feel about things and… uh… [...]

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Earlier today we reported that Ohio now ranks 45th in the country for job creation (out of 50, in case you were wondering) according to Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business.

Ohio job data miners say the actual job growth rate in Ohio year-over-year for September was 0.6 percent compared to a 2 percent growth rate for the USA.

“The gap between Ohio and the USA widened in September once again, unfortunately,” said Economic Research Analyst George Zeller, who keeps tabs on the scoreboard of job growth information.

Based in Cleveland, an important region of the [...]

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The last time Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business ranked states according to their job creating record, Ohio was already ranked pretty low at 41st. But in its latest updated ranking released Wednesday, Ohio’s ability to create jobs under Gov. John Kasich and his widely touted but poorly performing job development group JobsOhio dropped eight slots to 45th. More mirage than miracle? It appears so.

In November 2010, under former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, who was elected then had to face the effects of a national economic meltdown that destroyed lots of jobs from many states [...]

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Karl Rove, a jack of all shades when political cash is on the line, is back in the shadows of the giant money tree gathering up millions of campaign dollars that are falling like the autumn leaves. His latest venture through his Super PAC, American Crossroads, will spend $10 million to enrich the campaigns of four Republican Senate candidates. He has few equals in following the money that doesn’t rattle in his collection plate.

Have you noticed how experts, fully conditioned by their fail-safe rules of today’s politics, lay out the odds in any campaign by tilting to the candidates [...]

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When the Cleveland Plain Dealer endorsed John Kasich over then Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, it became irrationally infatuated with Kasich’s razzle dazzle rhetoric, so much so that it went with the fast but erratic hare instead of the slow but steady tortoise.   Strickland, you may remember, withstood the worst the Great Recession could dish out and still put Ohio back on a path of recovery.

“John Kasich, is a former congressman from suburban Columbus given to Reagan-style optimism and bold, sometimes questionable, ideas. He is just as clearly the wild card, eager to shake up the status quo and even challenge [...]

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We warned readers in 2010 about the dangers of electing Andy Thompson to the Ohio House of Representatives.  And we were right on the mark.  Since being elected Thompson has been busy pushing his extreme, hard-right agenda, leading the fight on important issues like banning Obamacare in Ohio, banning human-animal hybrids and banning common core.

It turns out Andy has become so extreme, that he’s even trying to ban… Nuns!

In 2012 a group of Catholic nuns took a tour of the U.S. to highlight issues with the poor and to draw attention to planned cuts for [...]

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On Monday, just 15 days before Election Day, Democratic nominee for Ohio Attorney General David Pepper joined women from across Ohio, including Kathy DiCristofaro, Chair of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus, to lambaste Dewine over what they described as a “troubling pattern of harassment cases and short-circuited investigations” in the AG’s office. Pepper is making his first run at AG, while DeWine is running for reelection as Ohio’s top cop,

The latest issue in DeWine’s office involves Tim Miller, an assistant AG in DeWine’s employment-law section, who told a legal secretary that “there is nothing more fun than smacking a [...]

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In October 2008, during the height of the presidential race between then-Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain, the Columbus Dispatch revealed that state databases had been searched in Ohio for information on Joe “the Plumber” in the days after he was mentioned by McCain during a debate.  Republicans across the country freaked out over the incident.  “It’s outrageous to see how quickly Barack Obama’s allies would abuse government power in an attempt to smear a private citizen,” said Paul Lindsay, Ohio spokesman for the McCain campaign, after the incident in.

It’s now nearly six years later to the day, [...]

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What’s a little harassment and threat of violence between colleagues?

Just a bit of fun in Mike DeWine’s office, apparently.

According to the Associated Press, two cases of internal harassment cases have recently surfaced in DeWine’s office that involved a “partial departure from protocol.”

The first occurred after “DeWine requested and received the name of a confidential informant thought to have knowledge of someone committing sexual harassment.” That case was reportedly “closed days later after the initial witness declined to cooperate and no harasser could be identified.”

The second case involved an assistant AG in DeWine’s employment-law section, [...]

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According to a post on the Tea Party Nation (TPN) website earlier this month, TPN founder “Judson Phillips will be joining… Josh Mandel in Ohio” on October 23rd for multiple rallies in Ohio.

You may remember Phillips from, among other things, his over-the-top homophobic rant over Arizona’s SB1062, the bill that would have allowed any individual or business to legally discriminate against the LGBT community because, well, that’s what Jesus would have done.

In his post, Phillips insisted the bill was necessary protect God-fearing straight folks from the “homosexual lobby” who are “pushing slavery using the Orwellian concepts of ‘tolerance’ and ‘inclusiveness’.”   [...]

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