Hillary Clinton made her first big policy speech this week on the need to reform the criminal justice system. Now a declared Democratic candidate for president next year, Mrs. Clinton spoke about ending mass incarceration and targeted policing as an early term focus. Civil unrest in Baltimore this week was coincidental to her speech, but it served as a compelling backdrop to remarks she offered Wednesday morning at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University.

“From Ferguson to Staten Island to Baltimore, the patterns have become unmistakable and undeniable,” Hillary Clinton said today. “My heart […]

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“The thing about John Kasich is, he’s kind of a jerk,” writes The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball in her profile of the Ohio Governor April 30.

Kasich has been getting into the glossies more and more recently with these types of profile pieces meant to introduce him to the national political audience, including another profile in the National Journal by Michelle Cottle, titled, “How (Arrogant, Prickly, Smart) John Kasich Would Upend 2016.”

In both pieces, Kasich’s self-aggrandizement is on full display: The governor is somehow of the belief that despite his ravaging of state aid to the poor […]

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Don Draper and How Not to Use Certain Words in Advertising
By Denis Smith

If Mad Men’s Don Draper were living in Ohio today and watching the latest commercials promoting some charter schools, he would no doubt be pleased to see how advertising agencies have mastered the art of designing an effective message for their intended audiences.

Draper, the guru of Madison Avenue’s Sterling Cooper Draper Price, will be disappearing from the small screen in the next several weeks, while charter school ads will not. In fact, as the pace of school privatization picks up in Ohio and across […]

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Governor John Kasich spent the past few weeks playing at running for president, jetting around the country and selling himself as someone who can bring people and parties together to solve all of our nation’s problems.

Kasich loves to play at being a cross-the-aisle uniter, nearly as much as he loves hearing himself speak, but his story, targeted at an uninformed national audience,  aims to hide the embarrassing truth about the deep divisiveness playing out here in Ohio as the Republican-controlled legislature continues to chart its own course in response to Kasich’s budget proposal- the most expensive in state history.

Last week the Ohio House of Representatives passed a highly-altered version of the governor’s […]

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It’s not news to those who follow labor markets that the erosion of collective bargaining has undercut wages and benefits not only for union members, but for nonunion workers as well. This has been a major cause of middle-class income stagnation and rising inequality, according to an Economic Policy Institute [EPI] report called “The Benefits of Collective Bargaining, An Antidote to Wage Decline and Inequality.”

Heyday Gone Astray

In the heyday of post World War II,  government policy encouraged the growth of unions and labor advanced such that 40 percent of all workers were members of a union and full-time workers […]

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On no uncertain terms, Gov Kasich says he has no interest of being a vice president. At least that’s what he told Gloria Borger on CNN. It shouldn’t surprise anybody. I’ve never seen him as a guy taking orders from anybody else if you leave God out of the picture.

To confirm his ascendancy, he says he doesn’t even know what vice presidents do. So he’s determined to be an all-or-nothing guy to the White House in the expanding Republican universe of rising and collapsing stars.

And if he must return home unheralded from his intensive itinerary of glad-handing and […]

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Ohio Gov. John Richard Kasich has a Nixon-like ability to belch up disingenuous flatulence that would drop a horse fly.

Witness his recent speech to the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., as reported by Cleveland.com:

“In my state of Ohio, we find that we can’t commercialize… Why? Because there’s not a culture of innovation. There’s not a culture of risk-taking. There’s not a culture of people getting excited about new ideas. There’s not a culture that says, ‘Damn the status quo, it’s time to move ahead before we die.’”

What the hell does this man see when […]

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Back in 2009, Republicans blamed former Gov. Ted Strickland for letting NCR move from Dayton to Atlanta. At the time, citizen John Kasich attempted to ridicule his predecessor at a GOP dinner event, claiming that if he was governor “he would have gone to the CEO’s house and ‘that guy couldn’t get out of his driveway because I’d be sitting on the hood of his car.’”

Goodyear Marches to Mexico

Maybe Gov. Kasich should have been sitting on the hood of the car of Goodyear CEO Richard Kramer instead abandoning Ohio and traipsing off to early presidential primary states trying to breath […]

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Have Republican governors given the GOP brand a black eye when it comes to job creation and economic output? A report at Salon out Friday makes a strong case for Yes!

It wasn’t hard to imagine that the brood of Tea Party-inspired governors elected in 2010, when voter turnout was down and anger was up against President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, would flirt with a run for the White House if they won a second term.

Poor Economic Record For Kasich Crowd

For hard-right governors like Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Bobby Jindal in Louisiana and John Kasich in […]

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House Panel Removes Faculty Union-Busting Language
by John McNay

On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee removed union-busting language from HB 64, the budget bill under heavy criticism by Ohio faculty.

How this language, straight out of 2011’s Senate Bill 5, got into the budget bill is something of a mystery. No one is claiming credit for it. In fact, everyone seems to be running from it. The Inter-University Council (the council of four-year college and university presidents) denies any involvement. Several university presidents have denied any involvement.

The language comes from a Supreme Court decision in 1980, NLRB v. […]

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A little history was made Thursday when the nomination of Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General turned into a confirmation. In a 56-43 vote, that included both Ohio senators who represent different political parties casting similar votes for a change, Lynch became the first-ever African-American woman to hold the post and only the second woman to win the Senate’s consent.

Brown And Portman Vote Yes But For Different Reasons

While the historic vote for Loretta Lynch was preceded by a procedural vote that boded well for her,  garnering 15 more votes than the 51 needed […]

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