From the monthly archives: August 2013

PPP released a couple of in-depth polls last week, with quite the topline: FitzGerald is leading 38-35 among registered voters.

As always, the internals are where the action is. This is a very bad poll for John Kasich. I’ll cut to the chase: his support has cratered among women and independents. I wonder why?

Obviously this is only one poll, and PPP is a progressive group. But bear in mind that their final Ohio poll in 2010 was off by 1, and their final poll in 2012 was off by 2. Both [...]

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Ohio Republicans and Conservatives seem to be constantly emphasizing their love of the Constitution.  Take, for example, Republican Ohio Senator Tim Shaffer.  He seems like a nice enough guy with a respectfully boring twitter feed

Shaffer loves the Constitution and says that he is committed to protecting individual rights.  Or at least the part of the Constitution that deals with guns.  Schaffer told the Buckeyes Firearms Association that he is committed to defending the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms:  “pro-gun voters mean the world to me, they are [...]

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As Gov. Kasich laid out his case as a defender of the poor (except the lazy ones) in a radio interview, with inspired Biblical infusions, it inevitably drew some of us back to another day when he was a congressman and chairman of the House Budget Committee.

It was in 1995 when he was less than charitable to the the folks at the bottom of the economic ladder. At that time, he was enlisted by House Speaker Newt Gingrich to cut and paste a budget that would offset a $348 billion revenue loss in tax cuts. Kasich saw it [...]

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Medicaid expansion has passed Michigan’s Republican-controlled legislature, expanding insurance coverage to 400,000 low-wage earners in Michigan. It required some cajoling and arm-twisting, but Gov. Snyder is ultimately in control of the state Republican Party and he was able to convince around half of the GOP caucus to act in the interests of the state rather than cower in fear from Tea Party challengers in their gerrymandered districts.

That is apparently not the case in Ohio.

Compared to Ohio, the Michigan GOP has a smaller House majority but a larger Senate majority. Nevertheless, 25 of 59 GOP House members and [...]

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The Ohio GOP has been talking a lot about how many unfilled positions there are on Ohio Means Jobs (70,000! 100,000! Large numbers to impress quantitatively-challenged Ohio journalists!) and I’m betting it’s a matter of time before Nichols starts adding “jobs listed on OMJ” to “private sector jobs that began during Kasich’s term”.

This rhetoric is just “Kasich bein’ Kasich”. It’s not an argument why the unemployed should vote for him, it’s why those who care about the unemployed should vote for him. Similarly, rhetoric that “women don’t care about birth control” is why men who care about women should [...]

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After a report by the Cincinnati Enquirer revealed that Mike DeWine’s office had been secretly using a new facial recognition system for weeks, DeWine held a press conference saying he probably should have announced the system earlier.  ”I never thought there would be a big concern about it,” said DeWine according to the Dispatch. “It’s a natural extension of what’s been done in the past. No new pictures were taken.”

The problem, of course, is not that he failed to announce it, but that he failed to put any sort of procedures in place to protect the privacy of Ohioans [...]

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Jack Gilligan died at 92 on Monday and it’s regrettable that he wasn’t able to announce his passing to a bunch of reporters gathered at his table at the end a long campaign day. His eyebrows would rise slightly, and with a teasing grin he would report that “the old banana-nose Irishman had finally done something that pleased his critics.”

Gilligan, former city councilman, congressman and governor, had a disarming way of shaping his most serious ideas with the wit of one who wasn’t quite sure that his listeners were ready for dead-weight political discourse to carry the moment. But [...]

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As reported by Joseph, State Representative John Becker, a self-described Christian, is proposing to cut eligibility for childbirth benefits for Ohio women. 40% of Ohio childbirths are covered by Medicaid1.

The result of his proposal would be a large reduction in medically-supervised deliveries.

It will, however, lead to an increase in childbirths with no prenatal care, midwifery, or obstetrics. I call this the “Away in a Manger” plan; why is Ohio paying for women to stay at the inn, when there’s a perfectly good stable next door?

This isn’t just cruel; it’s also stupid. But it’s [...]

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With encouraging predictions from the GOP’s resident gurus, Karl Rove and Dick Morris, that Gov.Kasich would defeat Democrat Ed  FitzGerald by 57 points, several low-ranking Republican lawmakers from southern Ohio are rumored  to be putting the final touches on a bill that would eliminate the 2014 gubernatorial election altogether.

One of the probable legislative  sponsors, an entry level statistician in JobsOhio, the secret Skull and Bones-style fraternity,  said he was impressed by crunching the numbers of campaign dollars and votes.

“It would save the state  money and create 627,492 – maybe even 627, 501 – jobs,” he said. “Who could be [...]

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John Kasich was interviewed on WTVN this morning by Joel Riley.  In response to a question about Medicaid expansion, Kasich followed the formula for his standard response: I’m a religious man who reads the bible and the bible tells me I should be helping the poor.

Fair enough.  We support Medicaid expansion, and if takes some old-timey Christian guilt to get conservatives to sign on, then I’m all for it.

But during this interview, Kasich added a new caveat directed at WTVN’s largely conservative audience: we want to be careful we’re not helping out the lazy ones.

“It’s a sin [...]

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At a recent press conference attended by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and a majority of their 19 children, Christina Hagan gave a speech to introduce her version of the Heartbeat bill – which would effectively ban all abortions in Ohio.    In the speech, Hagan makes the case that if all women were just forced to follow through with their unwanted pregnancies, we could quickly fill the positions in Ohio that are currently unfilled because they require highly-specialized and experienced employees.

“There’s a lot of folks who say you shouldn’t work on social issues but in fact economic issues and social [...]

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