P.G. Sittenfeld had a promising career ahead of him in the Ohio Democratic Party. But Sittenfeld is running an inept and directionless campaign that is quickly racking up more problems at a faster rate than Ed FitzGerald did. If Sittenfeld wanted to raise his profile with this Senate primary bid, he’s clearly started to burn under the glare of the spotlight.
Sittenfeld’s week began with an admission that his much-touted hire of a campaign manager had already left the campaign weeks ago. The campaign tried to play it off as if the manager had never truly intended to […]Full Story... →
On Monday, we covered (as apparently several national outlets did) how the claim that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is the same as the federal and state versions in 18 other states was grossly inaccurate because Indiana’s statute includes an expansive provision that allows it to be used in private lawsuits (where the government is not a party) without exempting the statute from applying to civil rights/anti-discrimination laws (like in Texas). In short, the oft-cited claim by defenders of Indiana law was that it was no different than what President Clinton signed is simply a lie.
Another claim, […]Full Story... →
Two Oregon men belonging to a Native American church were terminated from their jobs in violation of the employer’s drug policies because they had consumed peyote, a hallucinogenic substance that is consumed in accordance with Native American spiritual practices. The men took the case to the United States Supreme Court to argue that their termination and subsequent denial of unemployment compensation violated their First Amendment freedom of religion rights as applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. In what was essentially a 6-3 judgment against the men, the Court held the prohibition against consuming peyote was generally applied […]Full Story... →
[Disclosure: I worked for then-Congressman Ted Strickland and lived down the street from the Stricklands growing up and I make no bones about supporting Ted Strickland’s Senate bid.]
As it relates to a possible Senate primary between former Congressman and Governor Ted Strickland and two-term Cincinnati councilperson P.G. Sittenfeld, I’ve heard a vocal minority of Democrats wave the 2014 elections as evidence of why we must have a primary. Here’s why this thinking is completely wrong, and if anything, the opposite is true. At least, once it became clear Strickland entered the race. The argument is based on the notion that the […]Full Story... →
Today, Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Warren County Commissioners (all Republicans) filed suit in federal court in Columbus in yet-another constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the suit challenges a fee on State and local governments (and most private companies) health insurance benefit plans authorized by the ACA to fund the reinsurance pool which stabilizes health insurance premiums on the exchange in case insurers projections of health claims is off as a result of those who had been denied insurance for pre-existing conditions become insured.
Stephen Koff, the Washington Bureau Chief of the Northeast Ohio […]Full Story... →
Although affiliated as a Democratic polling outfit, Public Policy Polling has a proven track record in Ohio. In 2010, it showed Strickland trailing Kasich 49-48 shortly before the election, but he had a 41% approval rating to 50% disapproval. The final result was 49/47. They showed Portman crushing Fisher 57%/39%. The final result 57%/39%. In 2011, it predicted Issue 2 (SB 5) would be defeated 59% by 36%. Actual result was 62%/38%. Last year, they predicted Obama would carry Ohio 52%/47%. Actual result? 51%/48%.
Nationally, and in Ohio, PPP has one of the strongest track records […]Full Story... →
And, yes, it’s true that the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor does show that Ohio in July is just below the number it was in November 2008.
But think about what Kasich is saying. And then you get that moment when John Kasich is bragging about Ohio having as many private sector jobs as it did… under Ted Strickland… almost.
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During the 2010 campaign, both John Kasich and Rob Portman tried to suggest that Ohio lost 400,000 jobs, not from the Great Recession, but because Ohio was bleeding jobs to other States because of its “uncompetitive” taxes and regulations (never mind that Ohio cut taxes 24% during Strickland’s term and he eliminated hundreds of regulations that Republican Governors maintained under his regulatory reforms.)
Of course, it turns out it was all bunk. The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Service was able to find out that out of 264,016 jobs lost from 2007-2010, only 4,820 jobs were […]Full Story... →
As JobsOhio has come under attack for awarding subsidiaries of Worthington Industries tax credits while Worthington was still paying Governor Kasich deferred compensation and its execs were making large donations to the Ohio Republican Party, the Kasich Administration defense has been that the tax credits were actually awarded by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, an “independent” body they argue actually serves as a check on JobsOhio’s recommendations.
This has been a laughable defense, in large part, because the Ohio Tax Credit Authority is largely packed by appointees from Gov. Kasich with the two other appointees come from Republican […]Full Story... →
We’re not the only ones calling yesterday’s jobs report troubling. Both economists cited in this morning’s Columbus Dispatch agreed. But first, here’s a lede you don’t want in a major battleground newspaper if you’re an incumbent governor planning to run on a message of economic revival in Ohio:
Ohio’s unemployment rate seems to be stuck in neutral.
Nothing says a Governor has a raging case of impotency cause by ED (economic dysfunction) that a lede like that. At least we found a story in the Dispatch Kasich’s campaign won’t be quoting in fundraising pitches and ads.
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Today, State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township) introduced HB 244 to expand Ohio’s death penalty to be applied to certain sex crimes. In a press release from his office, Becker cited the Ariel Castro case in Cleveland as a reason for the need of this legislation:
“In light of the Ariel Castro kidnapping case of three young women in Cleveland, I wanted to give prosecutors the option to pursue the death penalty for repeat sexual offenders,” Rep. Becker said. “For various reasons, I anticipate that the death penalty would be pursued in only the most heinous crimes.”
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