It’s either that or they’re going with “Unofficial Kasich campaign committee.”
Let’s remember that the entire idea of JobsOhio came from Mark Kvamme, a maxed out campaign donor to Kasich who just also happened to be one of the major funders of Kasich’s Recharge Ohio PAC and other PACs that Kasich used to keep his political staffers on the payroll during his time in the political wilderness between his failed 2000 presidential bid and his 2010 run for Governor. The day AFTER Kvamme left JobsOhio, he just happened to write $25,000 in campaign donations [...]Full Story... →
Ohio ranks 47th in private sector job creation over the past month when you measure by percentage increase in new jobs (which is a fairer way to measure as it accounts for differences in population). Today, the Pew Charitable Trusts put those numbers in this handy graphic form:
Not only is Ohio tied for 47th, but over the past twelve months, Ohio has barely shown any job growth at all. In fact, the only way Ohio could drop lower is if it were actually losing jobs.
But never fear, fellow citizen, JobsOhio is [...]Full Story... →
One thing we know for sure: the Republicans in the Ohio Legislature care more about ideology than the Constitution.
We aren’t surprised, therefore, that the Republicans are pushing forward with a blatantly unconstitutional anti-abortion bill.
The bill is likely designed to be unconstitutional under current law because it imposes an undue burden on women who seek abortions. Some in the anti-abortion community seem to believe that if they keep passing laws that are against the existing case law, the Supreme Court will one day take a case and overrule Roe v. Wade. To that we say: if you can count [...]Full Story... →
Pretty much every newspaper in Ohio has had either a columnist or an editorial blasting the JobsOhio amendment in SB 67 that prevent it from being publicly audited by the State Auditor. Today’s Toledo Blade editorial titled “Audit JobsOhio” being just the latest must-read one. Undeterred, apparently, the Senate Republicans added to the State budget before passing it yesterday a provision that would allow local government bodies to exempt from public meeting laws when discussing awarding tax credits for economic development. The rationale for it, according to State Senator Bill Seitz, is why should local government [...]Full Story... →
Readers of the Beacon Journal and Plain Dealer this week were treated to two oddly generated huzzahs from Gov. Kasich’s cheering section. Odd? The one in the Beacon Journal arrived as a letter to the editor from Michael Gonidakis, the president of Ohio Right to Life. Without ever mentioning abortion, he praised Kasich for promoting walkers for the elderly to extend life. The headline told us the big guy was advancing a “culture of life”. (As well as, culturally, fewer broken bones from falls, we’d guess)
The Plain Dealer meanwhile served up a long analysis by its political writer, Henry [...]Full Story... →
When the March jobs report was released, it was bad. Across the board, it was bad. It was so bad the Kasich Administration’s only response to it is a) to pretend it didn’t happen and b) make pathetically weak excuses to people who refuse to fall for a).
As the latest Quinnipiac poll has shown, Kasich has never been more politically popular. He’s largely managed to rehabilitate his public standing by taking credit for an improving economy (even though it was already improving before he was Governor and has done little for credit.) But even then, his poll numbers [...]Full Story... →
From our “We Really Aren’t Just Making It Up” Department, the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Governor Kasich will sign SB 67, which will prevent the ability of the State Auditor to complete his public audit of JobsOhio and prevent countless other private companies receiving State monies from being publicly audited as well, in a private, closed door ceremony.Full Story... →
Democrats In Legislature Urged To Rise Up, Say NO
By John K. Hartman
The 49 Democrats in the Ohio Legislature repeatedly have been kicked around and rolled over by the Kasich bus.
They are outnumbered in the Ohio House, 60-39, and the Ohio Senate, 23-10.
The Republicans created enough safe districts to virtually guarantee that they will control the legislature for the next decade.
All the Republicans need to maintain total control Ohio’s government is to re-elect Gov. Kasich in 2014.
After his first-year blunders and resultant under-water approval rating, Kasich has been mending fences and tacking toward the [...]Full Story... →
I’m sorry, I just cannot get over the sheer stupidity of the Kasich Administration and most of the Republicans in the General Assembly over this RobsOhio public audit ban. I mean, first of all, the media has not adequately pointed out that it is the first time in Ohio history the legislature intervened to terminate what was already an ongoing public audit.
But every time I hear the Administration and its supporters justify this, I try to bang my head against the wall until it makes sense. That hasn’t worked, so I’m trying copious amounts of bourbon now. This graf [...]Full Story... →
Less than twenty-four hours after a House committee attached an amendment to prevent the State Auditor’s Office from completing its audit of JobsOhio and rushed it to a floor vote to pass it in the House, this morning the State Senate held a concurrance vote to accept the House changes. On an up and down vote on whether to accept SB 67 with the RobsOhio provision excepting it from decades of case law and statues that clearly stated such an entity would be subject to public audits by the Ohio Auditor’s Office, the Senate passed SB 67 by a 22-10 [...]Full Story... →
I challenge our readers and anyone in the media to cite me one example in Ohio history prior to RobsOhio in which the legislature acted to stop a pending audit by the State Auditor or any pending investigation of the Executive Branch by removing from that office its jurisdiction to conduct such an investigation.
I can’t think of any, nor could I find an example in my research. And yet, that’s what the Ohio House of Representatives did today. They passed a bill that would prevent the State Auditor, a fellow Republican, from completing and release a public report of [...]Full Story... →