A new PPP poll shows John Kasich and Ed FitzGerald tied at 44% with 11% of respondents choosing “Not Sure”.

FitzGerald leads by seven points with Independents and by two points with women.  FitzGerald shows strong support from younger voters, holding a 16 point lead with 18-to-29 year olds and an eight point lead with 30-to-45 year olds.

A PPP poll from December showed Kasich leading FitzGerald 40% to 38%.

Details of the latest poll are below:

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Good grief! The rollout of the Kasich TV ads have crashed into my viewing pleasure and I’m not sure I’m ready for it. Here’s a guy who needs no introduction who will spend millions re-introducing himself to Ohio voters simply because he can. He needn’t worry about the origin of the millions after calling upon God to bless billionaire casino elephant Sheldon Adelson.

The theme won’t surprise anyone. It will largely dwell on a slightly altered old Broadway hit, “There’s no business like my show business” as he sets out again to let the good times roll in Buckeyeland.

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For the past few months, John Kasich’s campaign has been running deceitful ads trying to convince his supporters that a donation to John Kasich in 2014 can be used for a tax credit on 2013 tax filings.

This is a lie.

The ads look something like this:

The implication is obvious: give me some cash now, and you can take it off your taxes on April 15th (today).

Ohio law clearly states that only money donated in 2013 can be used for a deduction in 2014.   But that hasn’t stopped Kasich from running the ads [...]

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I doubt that two of Gov. Kasich’s old Republican friends will be turning up at the governor’s campaign  appearances this year:  Mitt Romney and Chris Christie.

The Columbus Dispatch, long friendly to the governor, has published before -and-after photos of  Kasich with Mitt in 2012 at Otterbein University.  A big Romney campaign sign in a photo that turned up on Kasich’s campaign website, revealed Republican Mitt Romney’s motto: Real Change Day One…

The sign has been scrubbed from a photo on the Ohio governor’s  website. It speaks volumes of the new twist in the Kasich reelection bid.  Indeed, in the closing [...]

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House Bill 487 contains all of the education related components of John Kasich’s recent budget bill and was adopted by the Ohio House this week after being amended by the House Education Committee.  One of the amendments added by the committee that has not received any press is a proposed change in the way value-added results would be calculated and graded on school and district report cards.

The exact text of the bill is included below.  The underlined text is what has been added and the text that has been crossed out is what is proposed to be [...]

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Late yesterday, the Dispatch website put up a story with this ominous headline:

More than half of city’s third-graders could be held back under new law

The timing was ironic because, late yesterday, Ohio legislators voted along party lines to zoom ahead in implementing the law, originally proposed by Governor Kasich and adopted into law in late 2012.

According to Hannah News, State Representative Teresa Fedor offered an amendment to the mid-biennium K-12 education bill that would have delayed the bill’s impact on student retention until the 2018-2019 school year. Fedor and others are concerned that [...]

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It was really painful to watch. John McCain, the hawkish old soldier at the Senate hearing, scolding John Kerry in the hushed tones of a discreet insider. John McCain, with the haphazard expertise that the Sunday morning TV news panels regularly find so seductive.

With the annoyed secretary of state sitting before him, the Republican senator from Arizona would, by God, let everyone in TV-land know that the foreign policy of the President, in general, as effected by Kerry, was a mess in the hands of the weakest in the universe. The same John McCain who was censured by his [...]

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With the rise of pay inequalilty for women looming as a strong political issue, a new organization called Americans for Pay Disparity is reaching out to companies to counter the challenge with a simple response:  Fire all of the female employees on their payroll.  According to a recent advisory to companies, unequal pay for women would not be  a negative issue if all of the workers were men.

Problem solved.

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Ed FitzGerald reclines, relaxed, methodically taking notes as though he were culling together arrows for his political quiver.

He glances up periodically to scan the reactions of the 125 Athens County Democratic Party members gathered at the local American Legion hall listening to area favorite Debbie Phillips introduce the man who will challenge Ohio Gov. John Kasich this November.

Athens County Democrats haven’t gathered a crowd so large for a party dinner since another local favorite, Ted Strickland, was running for governor in 2006. The doors to Post 21 have been flung open to allow in the cool Saturday night [...]

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Shortly after Governor Kasich introduced his latest budget bill a few weeks ago (HB472), it was split up into a series of different bills that addressed different topics and was distributed to the appropriate House committees. The education components were written up as House Bill 487 and sent to the House Education Committee. Last week, that bill quietly passed out of the committee (and is expected to be considered by the full House on April 9) with a variety of small changes and with one very significant addition.

House Bill 487 would require every student attending a private [...]

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Did somebody hurt  Charles Koch’s feelings? You know, the CEO of Koch Industries, a  vast enterprise big enough to be its own country managed by hand-picked servile Republicans.

It certainly seemed that the politically active billionaire felt bruised by villainous opponents as he spoke out hurtfully in the op-ed piece he wrote for the Wall Street Journal.  Let him explain:

“Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents.    They engage in character assassination ( I should know, as the almost daily target  of their attacks).   This is the approach that Arthur [...]

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