Kurt Vonnegut wrote a short story titled “The Euphio Question” in which a fictional Dr. Fred Bockman, a physicist, had picked up a strange hiss from a void in the Universe with a radio telescope. As he amplified it for friends with a contraption he called a euphoriaphone, everyone within hearing range became uncontrollably happy. When a friend tried to explain it later, he described the mysterious sound as “the voice of nothingness”.

I thought of Bockman’s device as I watched Gov. Kasich’s announcement of his presidential candidacy, which had become a cliche for months as he travelled the land […]

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Gov. John Kasich entered the Republican race for president late Tuesday morning inside the student union at The Ohio State University in Columbus.  He became the 16th candidate to make his dream of leading the free world official. One of the governor’s new pitchmen, John Weaver, is on record saying his candidate’s success “is how he can translate what he’s achieved in the past into a vision that is understandable by average Americans where he wants to lead the country moving forward.”

Some of Gov. Kasich’s achievements don’t sit well with some caregivers whose family members got the short end of […]

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The current uproar about the actions of David Hansen, the former Ohio Department of Education executive director and “charter czar” who rigged sponsor evaluation scores to allow more favorable ratings for the most politically favored authorizers, brings to light a perfect storm of factors that should have made his actions predictable at the time of his appointment two years ago.

Hansen, the husband of Beth Hansen, Governor John Kasich’s chief-of-staff, was put in place by the governor’s team to head the Office of Quality School Choice. His background, as head of the right-wing Buckeye Institute, famous for maintaining a […]

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When Jim Ruvolo became the Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, Ohio Democrats had long held the majority in the Ohio House and a monopoly in all the Statewide offices, except Governor, since the early 1970s.  Dick Celeste had already defeated Jim Rhodes’ attempt to seek a third consecutive term in the midst of a recession that sent Ohio’s unemployment rate skyrocketing (he was elected while Paul Tipps was Chair, not Ruvolo).  Ohio had two well-established Democratic incumbents in the U.S Senate.   Celeste would win re-election in 1986 and the party was well situated with statewide officers to hold […]

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It was John Kasich’s big day yesterday, when his private event, held at his Alma mater in Columbus and orchestrated for his big presidential announcement launch, lost the headline wars to Donald J. Trump. The uber-direct and blunt New York real estate mogul, who’s risen to the top of Republican polls, virtually obliterated Kasich’s kickoff like a solar eclipse casting its dark shadow over central Ohio when he released the cell phone number of another GOP White House contender, South Carolina Senator Lyndsay Graham.

For those who didn’t get distracted by Trump’s latest media dazzler, Gov. Kasich’s now […]

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I had no intention to write about Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s announcement for the U.S. Presidency today, but, of course, Donald Trump would not allow that.

I was letting the national outlets fill my newsfeed with Kasich announcement reacts, and enjoying the show immensely, when the perfect cherry-on-top came along: Donald Trump had done something stupid and garish, again, and totally stole Kasich’s thunder.

He shared Republican nomination opponent Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number with hundreds of attendees and national television cameras today at a rally in South Carolina, the state which Graham represents in the U.S. Senate.

Plan as John Kasich […]

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At 11 a.m. tomorrow John Kasich will take the stage at The Ohio State University’s Ohio Union to officially declare his candidacy for president of the United States of America.

At 10:05 this evening Kasich’s campaign sent out emails to multiple Ohio State students informing them that they would no longer be allowed to attend the Kasich event.

According to the emails, each student’s “ticket for the July 21st Special Announcement Event in Columbus has been cancelled and is no longer valid for entry.”

And each email ends with a line that says it was paid for by Kasich’s presidential campaign, Kasich For America.

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Donald Trump’s virulent assault on Sen. McCain is further evidence that he is Joe McCarthy with layered hair.

 

 

Who can forget that it was the monstrous Republican Wisconsin senator who  smeared President Eisenhower,  members of Congress and others as “comsymps”  at the height of the Red Scare of the 1950s?  But it did finally contribute a memorable response from Joseph Welch, the grandfatherly lawyer at the Army-McCarthy hearings whose law firm was a member of the alleged red National Lawyers guild.

“Until this moment,” Welsh hurtfully replied to McCarthy at the televised  hearing, “I think I never […]

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Tuesday at his Alma mater in Columbus, Governor John R. Kasich of Ohio will make news when he finally launches his official campaign to be elected president of the United States in 2016.

Even though he makes the official plunge tomorrow, based on how he’s operated over his nearly five years as state CEO, especially how he ducked and evaded questions in his reelection last year about his White House intentions, it’s clear the 63-old chief executive, best known now for his intemperate temper tantrums and abrasive, mean, off-putting personality, has been planning his second run for the White House […]

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As John Kasich plans to announce his official entrance into the 2016 Republican race for the White House on Tuesday, new and unfriendly numbers show Ohio has now under-performed the national average on job growth for 32 straight months, with previous month’s job gain statistics revised downward.

Ohio’s  Too Slow Growth

On the sixth anniversary of the start of the nation’s recovery from the 2007 recession, job stats show all too dramatically that the Buckeye State still struggles to regain jobs lost. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that 1,900 jobs were lost in June while […]

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David Hansen quietly resigned yesterday from his job with the Kasich administration after it was revealed that he broke state law by scrubbing data from an official state report on charter schools.  That report would have negatively impacted some large for-profit charter school operators who also happen to be big Republican donors.

This isn’t the first time Hansen has been caught altering charter school data to improve the image of these charter school operators.

Hansen was President of the Buckeye Institute in 2009 when they put out a report on Ohio’s dropout recover schools.  Similar to the current incident, Hansen’s group  altered data […]

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