Ohio Gov. John Kasich is not the Jon Huntsman of 2016. He is so much worse. Kasich is worse on nearly every issue than Huntsman has ever been. It’s actually rather insulting to Huntsman.

As soon as Kasich announced, we were treated to pieces like, “John Kasich has a Jon Huntsman problem,” from Salon, and “John Kasich and the Huntsman Trap,” from National Journal, “John Kasich: A Jeb Bush in Jon Huntsman Clothing,” from FiveThirtyEight, “John Kasich risks becoming the new Jon Hunstman,” from HotAir, and finally, “John Kasich enters race. Is he 2016’s Jon […]

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When P.G. Sittenfeld all but admitted that he lied to multiple senior Ohio Democratic Party leaders, elected officials, and activists that he would support Ted Strickland and drop out of the race if Strickland got in, some dismissed it as such “inside baseball” that it wouldn’t really hurt Sittenfeld to backtrack on his word with so many high profile Democrats (including Governor Strickland himself.)  When Sittenfeld’s publicly touted hire of a campaign manager walked off the job after only two months,  Sittenfeld’s campaign initially tried to play it off as all part of the plan (despite […]

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Last Tuesday, while formally announcing he was running for the Republican presidential nomination, Governor John Kasich made it clear that he wants to replicate the policies he has pursued in Ohio on the national level.

The second-term governor told the assembled crowd at THE Ohio State University that he was “going to take what we learned here in the Heartland (with) that band of brothers and sisters that I work with every day and we are going to take the lessons of the Heartland and straighten out Washington, D.C.”

Throughout the predictably rambling, 40-minute plus speech, Gov. Kasich continually […]

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We hear a lot about America’s changing demographics and whether the party of xenophobia will have to pay the piper when the freshest fruit of immigration gains prominence in our nation’s summer salad.

I sure hope so. And if one is to believe Ohio’s Voice, the state chapter of America’s Voice, Ohio is “ground zero” for immigration reform due to its position on our country’s northern border and historic importance in national election, according to a report from the Toledo Blade‘s Lauren Lindstrom.

Ohio’s Voice, a pro-immigration advocacy group, released a report last week asserting that the Buckeye State will play […]

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With Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine, life is just one damn presidential candidate or another. That much became clear in a Plunderbund report that DeWine has again switched an endorsement for a GOP presidential contender.

If you’ll recall, DeWine pulled the same stunt in 2112 and startled the planet when he switched from Mitt Romney to Rick Santorum in the heat of the GOP primary season. It was a down moment for Mitt and served DeWine’s ally, Summit County Republican chairman Alex Arshinkoff’s need to join the parade by splashing Santorum into a big Republican county dinner, where Alex could boast […]

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Gov. John Kasich visited New Hampshire this week, bragging that he could do for it what he has done for Ohio. For Republican primary voters who don’t know how Kasich rolls, here’s a tip: his carefully crafted story is big-time bogus. But that’s basic Kasich, deceive and mislead when you can to avoid telling the truth, especially when the truth hurts.

Politico reports Saturday that John Kasich’s super PAC, New Day for America, is running a full-page, color ad in the New Hampshire Union Leader Sunday repeating the same primary talking points that may sound great to low- or no-information voters. […]

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The governor of Ohio is too afraid of me to let me near him, but Ohio Attorney Mike DeWine, reelected last year to a final term, has no such reservations.

DeWine Dumps Santorum

In an on-air impromptu interview with me Tuesday on his way into the student union at Ohio State University where Gov. John Kasich declared he was running for president, General DeWine said he would be supporting the governor this cycle and not Rick Santorum, the ultra-conservative candidate DeWine campaigned for in Ohio during the 2012 Republican presidential primary.

Kasich, The Cowardly Clone

Unlike Gov. Kasich, Ohio’s attorney […]

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Along comes Ohio state Reps. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, and Margaret Conditt, R-Liberty Township, asking their colleagues earlier this month if they’d like to co-sponsor legislation that will cut off healthcare funding for low-income women.

OK, so that’s not exactly how they put it, but effectively, that’s what their proposal would do. They want to combat the problem of infant mortality in Ohio by cutting off funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide healthcare services to low-income women.

Because the way to deal with the infant mortality crisis is by reducing the availability of abortion services, and making quality pre- and […]

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John Kasich’s governor’s office currently has 34 staff members* paid from their budget: 17 women and 17 men.  According to the most recent state employee salary data published by the Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS), the average salary for women in his office is $1,946 per pay period. For men it’s $2,884.

This means the earnings ratio for the women in Kasich’s office is currently 67 percent of the men’s.

Things are about to get much worse.

As of last month, the highest paid employee in Kasich’s office was his chief of staff, Beth Hansen.  She currently makes more than the governor, and two or three […]

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State Rep. Andrew Brenner took to Facebook this week to share his feelings about Planned Parenthood, effectively calling the entire organization a bunch of Nazis.   “Their complete disrespect for life and callous behavior is akin to how the Nazis spoke of Jews, disabled people, and others whom they killed,” wrote Brenner.

Brenner appears to have been commenting on some highly-altered videos released by the anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress. The group claims the videos prove Planned Parenthood sells aborted fetal tissue for profit.  The group and their videos have been debunked by multiple sources.

It would be easy to excuse […]

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