Charles and David Koch are two of the richest people in the country. Together, they are worth $86 billion and have built a political empire that makes the political machines of the early 20th century look small. Their secretive network of billionaires and millionaires dump millions of dollars in our elections, launching thousands of attack ads against candidates who do not adhere to their specific, controversial agenda. In the 2014 election cycle alone, the Kochs’ secret network of dark money groups are expected to spend nearly $300 million. The candidates they help elect become beholden to the Kochs’ special interests, [...]Full Story... →
We’ve been covering the devastating impact of the Reynoldsburg School Board’s refusal to listen to the community’s feedback as they have been involved in “negotiations” with the district’s professional educators. The story has gained national attention for the Board’s staunch insistence to implement changes to the teachers’ contract that are direct from the Michelle Rhee and John Kasich playbooks. With a strike looming for tomorrow, the Reynoldsburg Education Association‘s negotiation team entered a final session with the school board and superintendent today at 1:00 to try and come [...]Full Story... →
John Kasich has apparently found his comfort zone for re-election in a kind of political pantomime in which he is silently acting out his role to the voters in paid-TV imagery while his narrators assure you that he means well in everything he sets out to do for you.
So until election day we will be served with body language and thoroughly encrypted feel-good messages without him really showing up as a real person. (Exception: When the governor, anticipating a generous contribution, called upon God to bless Sheldon Adelson, the Midas-like casino owner. Those are the moments that don’t [...]Full Story... →
The documentary Pay 2 Play, opening September 26 in Columbus and Cincinnati, brings us back to Ohio’s outlandish Noe/Coingate scandal to tell the tale of quid pro quo. Described by filmmaker John Wellington Ennis as capturing “the grand opera of Ohio politics,” the 2005 scandal highlights everything that is wrong with our system. How political connections and campaign contributions led to the state of Ohio investing in beanie babies continues to be jaw-dropping.
To remind us all that we aren’t just talking about corruption from years ago, in the film the man described by senior columnist Tom Suddes as [...]Full Story... →
Each week Terry Casey gets quoted in the papers and appears on local political talk shows promoting John Kasich and GOP policies without disclosing that he works for John Kasich as a Kasich-appointed state board member, or that he is paid tens of thousands of dollars each year by Ohio Republican organizations. Can we get some disclosure here, people?
Just today, 10TV quoted Casey attacking Ed FitzGerald. And this past weekend, Casey was a guest on the local political show the Spectrum on NBC 4 defending Mike DeWine’s handling of the shooting case in Beavercreak. In both cases Casey was simply identified [...]Full Story... →
In the course of Wednesday’s press conference held at Ohio Democratic Party headquarters in downtown Columbus, party Chairman Rep. Chris Redfern didn’t mince words about what he said has been an evolving story of what Gov. Kasich and top echelon members of his staff knew about Ben Suarez, a wealthy Republican benefactor whose quid-pro-quo “pay to play” relationship with Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Gov. Kasich emerged during a trial about political favors asked for by the Canton businessman and subsequently delivered by Mandel and Kasich.Full Story... →
This is what happens, America, when one of our two viable political parties makes its raison d’être the abject vandalism of our self-government. This is what happens when the conversation starts at crazy, zooms through madness, and comes screeching in at full-on, batshit insane. This is the game where facts don’t matter, and consequences be damned.
“Cancer survivors, their relatives, physicians and supporters will fan across Capitol Hill today to urge Congress to do something it has no intention of doing right now: Providing substantially more money for cancer research, including clinical trials of promising drugs and treatments,” reports Stephen Koff, Washington bureau chief for the [...]Full Story... →
This past July, Mike DeWine’s campaign tried to win the Ohio FOP endorsement by distributing fliers at the FOP state convention. Their plan: distract FOP delegates away from DeWine’s support of SB5 by attacking DeWine’s opponent David Pepper. The fliers used images of actors portraying police officers; images obtained through online clip art provider iStock.
FOP delegates were not impressed. And some, I assume, were rightfully offended by DeWine’s use of images of actors dressed up as police officers on campaign literature aimed at law enforcement professionals.
DeWine’s opponent David Pepper received the endorsement with over two thirds of the vote.
Sadly, it seems DeWine did [...]Full Story... →
News broke this morning that the campaign team for Kasich, comfortably ahead in the polls, can’t agree on whether to tempt fate by putting their candidate on stage next to his opponent for a debate. After all, risking a verbal encounter that could help FitzGerald and hurt Kasich is probably not on the governor’s agenda if he wants a landslide victory. The failure to reach an internal consensus in camp Kasich to even be seen on stage with Ed FitzGerald, Kasich’s Democratic challenger whose name he has yet to actually say in public, tells voters all they need to know about the Wizard of Westerville’s [...]Full Story... →
In a dazzling confirmation of his utter lack of political courage and unwillingness to engage in policy discussion outside his comfort zone, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, of Ohio’s 6th Congressional District is ducking all debates this cycle.
Johnson, who surfed into Congress in 2010 on the Tea Party wave like Johnny Utah, represents the district that stretches along Ohio’s eastern border, and is facing a challenge from former state representative, Democrat Jennifer Garrison.
The Garrison for Congress Camp sent out a petition email Friday declaring that he will be “AWOL at candidate forums and debates” this election season, and slamming [...]Full Story... →
It would be difficult for anyone in Columbus, Ohio to have a serious discussion about our small business community without mentioning Elizabeth Lessner.
Lessner’s Tip Top restaurant helped drive the Gay Street revival downtown. Ditto for Betty’s and Surly Girl in the Short North. Don’t forget Dirty Frank’s on Fourth Street. And don’t even get me started about her “room” empire: the Tiki Room, the Torpedo Room, the Jury Room and, of course, the Chintz Room.
Tonight Ms. Lessner hit the nail on the head with her criticism of Governor John Kasich. With her permission, we are happy to repost her Facebook comments about Kasich and his [...]Full Story... →