All good things must come to an end.
In 2005, I started blogging about Ohio politics and the law while still in law school. At the time, it was fashionable to write under a pseudonym. I chose the name “Modern Esquire” as I thought the marriage of “Modern” reflected the new communication technology of blogging and later, social media to “Esquire,” the law, which is generally regarded as somewhat anachronistic and resistant to change (and, let’s face it, it’s pretentious as hell), was a great reflection of what I was doing as a blogger. What I thought was a symbol [...]Full Story... →
“The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.”- Zechariah Chafee, “Freedom of Speech in Wartime,” 32 Harvard Law Review 932, 957 (1919).
This popular saying in constitutional law (often misattributed to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.) keeps popping into mind as I see the latest permutations of social conservative outrage over President Obama’s compromise position that all health insurers will have to include coverage for contraception and sterilization in their health plans. Recently, the Obama Administration announced as a compromise that not only are churches exempted (they already were under the original proposal), but religion-based [...]Full Story... →
Look, if you want a short overview of Kasich’s State of the State address, here it is:
Here’s the long version: The speech was a rambling mess of incomplete thoughts, decrees with no explanation on the plans to address it (while I’m all for ending human trafficking in Ohio, we need a plan, not a Governor to take the time out to point out that 21st century slavery is wrong), and contradictions. Kasich’s aversion to having a speechwriter makes me wonder what a speechwriter could have done to traumatize Kasich to this point.
Kasich chose the Wells Academy to [...]Full Story... →
This one reference in yesterday’s State of the State should have been a major news story:
Hamilton, Ohio. ThyssenKrupp – big steel people. They were going to move their shock absorbers to Mexico. Not only are they not moving them because we got down there and worked with them–not only are they not moving to Mexico – they are moving people from Mexico to Hamilton, Ohio to make shock absorbers at ThyssenKrupp.
That’s Governor John Kasich calling JobsOhio a success for keeping a plant in Ohio by giving it incentives… to bring in Mexican workers?
Hamilton is in [...]Full Story... →
PPP seemingly waited until Kasich finished his second State of the State address (more on that after my head clears from having to watch it) to release the remaining results of its most recent Ohio poll.
According to the latest Public Policy Poll, a Democratic pollster that is nonetheless well regarding in the industry as producing very reliable polling (Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight has pointed out that if anything PPP tends to overstate support for Republicans) Governor John Kasich’s approval rating is still a disaster with 33% approving and 53% disapproving. In a rematch with Governor Strickland, Kasich also loses [...]Full Story... →
Captain Eric Spicer of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office isn’t your typical Republican candidate. He prides himself have both the experience in handling a private sector payroll and also looking after the taxpayers concerning public budgets. A former business owner who felt called to serve his community to become a member of law enforcement, Spicer points out that he’s the only non-politician in the GOP primary race in the 73rd Ohio House District. But that’s not to say that Spicer is a novice when it comes to politics and public policy. He’s served as a the legislative liaison [...]Full Story... →
The Columbus Dispatch made this bold claim in today’s paper:
Now, let me begin that Joe Vardon has vastly improved the objectivity of the Dispatch’s political reporting, and he doesn’t write the headlines. His story was balanced in that it mention the vast drop in the labor market we’ve seen the past two months (more on that later.) But my biggest complaint is the subheading that “most indicators point to steady improvement in Ohio’s economy.”
That simply isn’t true, as much as I wish it were. The reality is the most indicators indicate Ohio’s economy has unsteady [...]Full Story... →
As we enter a weekend before the Governor’s State of the State next Tuesday, I can’t help but wonder what’s in store that is going to give the House Republicans something they can run on for re-election this November. I mean, let’s recap what the last litany of policy proposals Kasich had in his last State of the State added to the Ohio House Republican’s re-election effort:
A “Jobs Budget” that since it’s been enacted has seen a net loss of jobs in Ohio. A privatized JobsOhio program that is not much beyond the same planning/formation it was a year [...]Full Story... →
As promised, Public Policy Polling (PPP) released its latest poll on the U.S. Senate race this year in Ohio.
PPP has Sherrod Brown’s approval rating lower than what we’ve seen in Quinnipiac with 42% approval to 34% disapproval (Quinnipiac had Brown at 47% approval.) It also shows him underwater with independents at 37%/44% (Quinnipiac had Brown above water with Independents at 46%34%.)
Both still show Sherrod Brown with an 11-15 point lead over Josh Mandel. The most recent poll, PPP, shows Brown leading 47%-36%, with a five-point lead with independents. Mandel’s numbers will improve once he [...]Full Story... →
Back in August, Speaker Boehner had Ohio Governor John Kasich deliver the Republican response to the President’s weekly radio address under the theme that Washington needed to model what Kasich was doing in Ohio to get the economy going again.
Yes, we know the $8 billion deficit claim is totally false. We’ve covered that extensively that total political fiction. But also, note that Kasich’s praising his Jobs’ budget just a couple of months after it was enacted.
It was a poor time to have Kasich be held as the Republican model for economic growth. A few weeks after [...]Full Story... →
Let’s recap the political news surrounding American Greetings first.
American Greeting, citing a minor increase in the City of Brooklyn’s personal income tax (which I don’t believe is one the company itself pays except as a payroll withholding for its employees), threatened to move to Illinois, which just enacted a significant hike in its corporate tax rate (which it would pay if it was located there.)
Enter Governor John Kasich, who promptly promises the company millions in state aid. In fact, the combined state and local aid package to the company is so large that it will construct a brand [...]Full Story... →