Back in New Hampshire for two days of campaigning,  Gov. John Kasich says he’ll talk to voters in the early primary state on Thursday and Friday, the AP reported.

It’s a safe bet that Ohio’s governor won’t be spending any time in Exeter or Hudson or Laconia—three stops where he’ll tout his Washington resume, executive experience as governor and his plan to dismember federal agencies and send their funding back to states—talking about the devastation his budget plan will bring to America if actually put in place or the “pay-to-stay” prison scandal a new report by the American Civil […]

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Those of us who have known John Kasich from his early days in politics are familiar with his naturally combative style.  Dating back to the 1970s when he rose from statehouse intern to legislative aide for then-Republican State Senator Buzz Lukens, Mr. Kasich’s (dis)temperament  has worked well for him over his nearly four decades in professional politics.

But it may have just met its match.

Following his widely panned performance at the fourth presidential debate held Tuesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Gov. Kasich’s rude and angry attempts at intimidation could end up being the big bolder blocking his path to the GOP nomination.

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A year from now, American voters will select their next president. Who’s up and who’s down from day to day is the on-going obsession of political junkies, especially the high-priced variety that dominate talking TV shows every day and every night.

After all their so-called expert insight, not one of them can predict with any assurance who voters will choose next fall. As they pretend to be able to foresee the future, they always withdraw to reality, which is to say, they don’t know since they’re only as good as yesterday’s headlines and what other members of their Beltway echo […]

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On the end again but lucky to be at the fourth Republican debate, hosted by Fox Business News and the Wall Street Journal and held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ohio Gov. John Kasich needed to stand out from the other seven competing candidates on stage.

He did that, but in a way that earned him biggest loser status. Instead of winning the crowd and the night, an honor that many believe went to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the ham-handed, disruptive performance turned in by Ohio’s CEO made news because of the eight times he interrupted the […]

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The bill has come due, and it’s $1.3 million. That’s how much money in attorneys fees Attorney General Mike DeWine cost Ohio by losing the defense of his religious beliefs in our name.

That figure is not to mention the time and money he spent in court hours, staff hours and the personal attention DeWine gave the case.

For his effort, the U.S. Supreme Court in June handed DeWine a righteous and swift kick to the back of the pants, ruling against him in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case 5-4, thereby ensuring marriage equality throughout America.

From Justice Anthony Kennedy, […]

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The math for next year’s 2016 presidential election works well for Democrats. The only problem, as past elections have shown, is that while Democrats outnumber Republican voters, they vote less often, especially in off-year elections.

But that old news may have a new narrative going forward, in Ohio and nationally. Last week, the Ohio Democratic Party did a little crowing of its own for a change in the wake of results from Election Day just concluded. ODP Chairman David Pepper ticked off the many races Democrats won, which include mayors in the five largest cities in the state and […]

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A detailed assessment of Gov. John Kasich by conservative policy group Heritage Action America flies of the face of the sweet, positive narrative Camp Kasich has been feeding to Ohio’s starry eyed reporters still in the tank for their governor.

For the fourth Republican presidential debate, this one to take place in Wisconsin Tuesday, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee won’t be in the main event, but Gov. Kasich will be. At a meeting with the Seacoast Media Group [SMG] editorial board last Thursday, Mr. Kasich covered all his familiar presidential talking points. What got press in New Hampshire, where he can’t […]

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In a flood of news stories during the last year, we’ve learned that as many as 16 million autos may be subject to recall due to defective air bags supplied by the Takata Corporation.  After reading this and other stories about recalls in the automotive manufacturing and parts sector, including a huge mess with storied German automaker Volkswagen, where more than 8 million vehicles in Europe alone are subject to recall, that got me thinking on the topic of other headlines detailing problems recently in another industry.

Here are some examples of problems in that other, non-automotive, […]

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In April of 2014, Rush Limbaugh responded to CBS hiring Stephen Colbert with alarm. “CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America,” said Limbaugh, the reigning champion of conservative radio in America, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

To replace the aging David Letterman, CBS peered into the future and picked Colbert, whose uber-conservative, fake persona on the Comedy Channel, brilliant in content and execution, won him top honors and made the show late-night candy for political junkies.

War On The Heartland

Rushbo knew what was coming, now that Colbert didn’t have to play-act at being a hyperventilating […]

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Kasich Says He’s Flawed

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The current issue of the New Yorker (Nov. 9) has a long piece by George Packer of the Republicans’ painful beauty contest that we used to call a presidential campaign. While reviewing the entire landscape titled “The Republican Class War”, Packer gets to Gov. Kasich in the New Hampshire precincts with some delicious paragraphs about the Ohio Traveler.

Some of the Kasich stuff we’re heard many times before. He boasts that he knows how to land a plane, a metaphor of his skill when he gets to the Oval Office . There’s his Sunday morning sermon in his dismissal […]

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Ohio Democratic Party [ODP] Chairman David Pepper said Wednesday that local Democatic wins this week were the result of building infrastructure and running good people for local office.  For Pepper, it also showed the party can enjoy more wins next year, a presidential election year, when voter turnout is historically higher than off-year or mid-term elections.

It’s About Voter Turnout

While last year was indeed a tough year for Democrats, the results of mayor and council elections in Ohio’s top ten cities yesterday were roundly accepted by Pepper as prima fascie evidence that the stunning back-to-back losses of all five statewide offices—governor, attorney […]

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