The GOP spin on the retroactive raises the GOP gave its staffers in July and then began giving the Democratic staffers this month continues to circle the drain into FailLand.  The Senate GOP defended Senate staffer raises and making them retroactive despite their rhetoric on Issue 2 about keeping government employees’ compensation in check due to our austere times by saying they were required to keep key Senate staffers, like the Senate GOP caucus’ chief-of-staff, Matt Schuler, from leaving them for other government posts and how the whole thing just show why merit pay under Issue 2 is needed.

Today, Governor Kasich is announcing Matt Schuler, the Senate GOP’s chief-of-staff, is leaving the Senate to run the Ohio Casino Commission.  This after a nationwide search for someone with casino experience.  Schuler has no casino regulatory experience.  And he just got a massive retroactive raise in July… that was, supposedly, “to keep him in the Senate.”

FACEPALM.

[UPDATE:]  According to the Columbus Dispatch, Schuler never applied for the position, and was not among the finalists recently interviewed by the Commission.  Instead, like the new Ohio Superintendent at the Ohio Board of Education, he was a political insider who was “recruited” into the job.

And yes, the Dispatch reports, there’s already talk about raising his salary.

When Nevada created its first state casino commission, it appointed a veteran of the FBI who was familar with rooting out organized crime.  This is not that kind of pick.

Evangelize!
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  • http://twitter.com/MyFriendCamilo Camilo José Villa

    Legislative aid version of golden parachute?

  • Anonymous

    He may have “no casino regulatory experience”, but he sure knows how to play his cards.  All this AND a bag of casino chips!  I suppose he should get something for the long and hard hours he spent trying to spin the Gang Of Pirates’ looting into something more respectable (like, maybe, 20 years to life), but since he totally failed in that forlorn mission (miserably, I might add), one has to wonder how he is going to be anymore successful with casinos.
     
    Of course, I could be wrong.

  • Anonymous

    He may have “no casino regulatory experience”, but he sure knows how to play his cards.  All this AND a bag of casino chips!  I suppose he should get something for the long and hard hours he spent trying to spin the Gang Of Pirates’ looting into something more respectable (like, maybe, 20 years to life), but since he totally failed in that forlorn mission (miserably, I might add), one has to wonder how he is going to be anymore successful with casinos.
     
    Of course, I could be wrong.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ohknighty Adrienne Knight

    They lie, win elections, wreck stuff, steal stuff, blame everyone else but themselves, “work” for the private sector (figure out the next scam to rob the American People of their legacy) ; lie some more; they write laws to screw over regular people; they lie some more with the rotten sellout MSM repeating their lies instead of asking the hard questions.

  • Anonymous

    They should LOWER his pay because he has clearly not demonstrated his “merit” for this job.

  • Guest

    I thought that using the R’s math, getting an evil dumb man elected to office deserves merit pay so that it is easier to rob us today and tomorrow. 

  • stryx

    That same FBI veteran:
    “Now you need people experienced enough to deal with exotic forms of financing,” Faiss said.

    But, according to the Dispatch:
    Commission member Peter Silverman said “we decided to bring in someone who understands
    government.”
    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/09/21/ohio-casino-control-commission-appoints-first-director.html

    And yes, that would be former Chairman, Lucas County Democratic Central Comm., 2008-2010 Peter Silverman going along with the unanimous vote.

    Awesome. This is going to work out real nice.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/7MU6XCC3QXAPBJW4FFBE4NDRP4 James

    Modern,
    How about an update on how the signature gathering is progressing regarding repealing HB 194.  I have not heard a thing…Also, I know you have access to some internal polling regarding Issue 2…care to share any tidbits?…Jim, Columbus

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    AHHHHHH  and it pays to a friend of the King …

    A merit friend ………..  LOL

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    If you all think this is uncalled  for  read this crap …. from Columbus Dispatch–Daily Briefing—
    Kasich oil and war by Joe Vardon

    Gov. John Kasich today said Ohio needs an energy policy so the United States can drop its foreign policy of fighting wars in the Middle East for oil.
    Huh?
    First, let’s connect the dots. Kasich claims that Ohio, like the U.S., has no energy policy. He said because there is no American energy policy, the country’s foreign policy has been to engage in wars in Arab countries because of their abundance of oil and the United States depends on that oil.
    “Though we tend to deny it, let’s face facts,” Kasich said Wednesday in his speech to kick off his statewide energy summit, later adding. “That’s not acceptable.”

    Kasich argues that if Ohio develops an official policy to harness its coal and natural gas resources and cultivate its solar and wind energy sectors, the U.S. would follow suit and perhaps end its dependence on foreign oil.

    But, during this portion of his speech, Kasich was particularly focused on ties between American military actions and oil interests in the Middle East. Dating back to the first Iraq War in 1991, Republicans (of which Kasich was one) have argued that military engagement was justified for reasons other than oil.
    As a U.S. Congressman in 1991, Kasich voted to appove millitary action in Iraq.
    “Now I’ve had a vote in my lifetime on war, a number of times, you’ve got to cast a vote to send somebody to war,” Kasich said. “And it is not acceptable in this country any longer to have a calculation about whether we go to war or not because we can’t chart an independent course on energy. That’s unacceptable for this country.”

    and just when I thought I had heard it all………… delusional??  ya think !

  • Anonymous

    “Delusional” is a little higher on the mental scale than Long John Kasich could attain.  It would imply that given the correct circumstances and enough time he might be able to (or at one time was) rational – something we all know has never and will never be the case with that sub-human bag of crap.  But I understand what you are saying.

  • Anonymous

    Down here in Warren County we’re pounding the pavement. There are a lot of people who haven’t yet even heard of what’s going on, and still more who haven’t connected the dots. HB 194 cuts down on early voting/vote-by-mail days, forces you to use state photo ID (which means at least 23 bucks for a driver’s license or 8.50 state ID aka poll tax), and makes you use your entire ssn for absentee voting, on the outside of the form where anyone can see it.

    Also, poll workers are no longer obligated to help you find your polling place if you’re in the wrong place, and the rules have to be the same for rural districts and urban districts. Put that together with the fact that many counties are losing up to 1/3 of their polling places and you’ll have a lot of confused people who don’t get to vote and long lines of pissed-off potential voters without a voice.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CW2J65B3NDO5CJIMRP4FYJMPSU Adrienne

    It will be too late. They make such a big mess that it can’t be cleaned up in one election cycle. People didn’t vote for Strickland; so the R’s come back even worse and evil than ever with their marching orders from ALEC, the Kochroach brother, and the other rotten rich people who want to turn this country back into a third world (evil  oppressor)  run country.

    TGOPers are a menace to society.

    They are the evil in America.

    Vote no on Issue 2.

  • Anonymous

    A few corrections: they did NOT pass state issues photo ID, probably in part because in other states, courts have ruled they cannot charge you for the ID because it is a poll tax, as you say. So they didn’t do that/ Also, they rescinded the full social security number thing — it’s only the last four digits.

    But there is bad stuff in the bill i wasn’t even aware of, like not requiring more than two poll workers per precinct except in the first precinct, which is going to cause massive lines at polling places in urban areas. Even with four of us, in an off-year election, we got so backed up during rush hours because of the time it takes to check IDs. And while they didn’t do photo ID, they did mess around with what ID is acceptable so that’s one more thing that will confuse people. Not just Democrats but many Republicans are going to try to vote and find that a bunch of things had changed for no particular reason at all.

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