Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden once told a player “Son, you’ve got a real good engine but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.” The same can be said about John Kasich. He rambles, free-associates, preaches and occasionally waves his arms as if he’s signaling semaphore. It’s reasonable to wonder if he will be taken seriously as a presidential candidate even by Republican primary voters. However, his candidacy could cause a scandal in Ohio.
Kasich has better chance of competing for the nomination than conventional wisdom predicts. There are 16 declared candidates. Only several have a genuine chance […]Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
Ohio has near-even numbers of Democratic and Republican voters, but gerrymandering has Republicans controlling about two-thirds of the state legislature.
The people and policies Democrats champion are suffering as a result.
Despite a modest economic recovery under Gov. John Kasich, poverty in Ohio has actually ticked up. Our state has not recovered all the jobs lost in the Great Recession. Most other states have. Ohio’s infant mortality rate is among the nation’s highest – even worse than Guatemala. For black babies, it is the nation’s worst. Our charter schools are nationally ridiculed yet a reform bill that won […]Full Story... →
Should Scrutiny of Legislative Foreign Travel be Part of Needed Charter School Reform?
by Denis Smith
On May 14, the Columbus Dispatch carried a Washington Post story about a 2013 congressional junket to Azerbaijan that has come to light recently. According to the Post, 10 members of Congress and 32 staffers, part of a group of more than 300 well-connected Americans, received an all-expenses paid trip to this oil-rich former Soviet Republic and returned with exotic gifts.
In order to provide cover for the congressional junketeers, lest they fall afoul of (heaven forbid) law and regulation, some voodoo accounting […]Full Story... →
Don Draper and How Not to Use Certain Words in Advertising
By Denis Smith
If Mad Men’s Don Draper were living in Ohio today and watching the latest commercials promoting some charter schools, he would no doubt be pleased to see how advertising agencies have mastered the art of designing an effective message for their intended audiences.
Draper, the guru of Madison Avenue’s Sterling Cooper Draper Price, will be disappearing from the small screen in the next several weeks, while charter school ads will not. In fact, as the pace of school privatization picks up in Ohio and across […]Full Story... →
House Panel Removes Faculty Union-Busting Language
by John McNay
On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee removed union-busting language from HB 64, the budget bill under heavy criticism by Ohio faculty.
How this language, straight out of 2011’s Senate Bill 5, got into the budget bill is something of a mystery. No one is claiming credit for it. In fact, everyone seems to be running from it. The Inter-University Council (the council of four-year college and university presidents) denies any involvement. Several university presidents have denied any involvement.
The language comes from a Supreme Court decision in 1980, NLRB v. […]Full Story... →
Health Care under Attack in Ohio
by Ohio State Rep. Michael Stinziano
Ohioans who signed up for health insurance through the federally run health insurance exchange will have their premium assistance protected by legislation that I’ve introduced in the General Assembly along with Rep Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) to establish the Ohio Health Care Exchange.
As the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, I introduced this legislation in anticipation of an upcoming United States Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell which will determine the legality of paying federal premium assistance to policyholders in states like Ohio which do not […]Full Story... →
COLUMBUS—Allies who commonly support the Obama Administration offered sharp criticism of an upcoming trade plan at a town hall meeting Wednesday night, insisting it could cost American workers jobs and undermine Wall Street and environmental reforms.
The two-hour meeting featured a half-dozen speakers who each advised Congress not to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, a complex treaty to govern international trade among the United States and a dozen other nations. As a group, these nations control more than 40 percent of global trade.
“Ohioans would be well served to look at the catastrophic results of recent such arrangements,’’ […]Full Story... →
What I Would Say to Governor Kasich About Wilmington
by Kelsey Swindler
Welcome to Wilmington, Governor Kasich. We look forward to hearing what you have to say when you give your State of the State speech in my hometown on Tuesday.
My name is Kelsey Swindler. I am a candidate for City Council in the November Municipal election.
I am also one of those under-30 “millennials” you may have read so much about. My family has called Wilmington home for over a century, it was my choice to return to Wilmington after college. I started my career here, I […]Full Story... →
John Kasich on Language: Educators, Superintendents and Politicians
by Denis Smith
Ohio Governor John Kasich has a way with words. Without resorting to understatement, let’s just say that with his practice of oral communication, he is certainly no Prince Charming.
In January 2011, just weeks into his term as the state’s chief executive, he gave a speech to a group of state employees in which he described an encounter with a police officer in 2008. Kasich used the word “idiot” three times to characterize the officer who ticketed him for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Following an […]Full Story... →
The Columbus Dispatch and Its “Commitment to Watchdog, Investigative Reporting”
By Denis Smith
After reading the first paragraph of Editor Ben Marrison’s piece in the December 21 edition of The Columbus Dispatch, it reminded me of one of my mother’s favorite expressions. “That would make a cat laugh,” she would say when reading a hilarious item in the newspaper. Indeed, if I had a cat, he would have laughed with me as I read the editor’s standard, self-congratulatory Sunday column.
“One of the things readers tell us they value most about The Dispatch is our commitment to watchdog, investigative reporting,” […]Full Story... →