Here’s what John Kasich got going into the first GOP President debate:

Weeks of uncritical, polite coverage that candidates normally get shortly after announcing their running for President when they’re already polling 3% -4% nationally; A record 24 million Fox News viewers taking their first serious look at the 59% of the field (for all the talk about how great it was for Kasich to make the debate, Fox’s criteria allowed 10 of the 17 candidates to participate in the main event.) A debate held in Ohio, cosponsored by the Ohio Republican Party (thus controlling tickets), and thus, a heavily favored Kasich home […]

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Continuing to campaign in New Hampshire, the early primary state he’s betting his presidential run on, Ohio Gov. John Kasich revealed his plan to fix Social Security, the most important social safety net program in the nation’s history that is celebrating its 80th birthday.

Trying to sell himself as a budget balancer, compassionate conservative, military expert and man of faith to Granite State voters who don’t know him like Ohioans do, recent polls show that after spending $3 million in TV ads to introduce himself, the Ohio governor has moved up in state polls. Mr. Kasich is now in third […]

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During my time on the State School Board I served on three search committees to find the next State Superintendent of Public Education.

Each time there was a representative of the Governor that served on the committee and that person had just as much input as any other member of the committee.

So now it seems that the Governor is not happy with the make up of the State Board, 11 elected members and 8 appointed members.

So why is the Governor upset? Because 7 State Board members want the Ohio Department of Education and the State Superintendent investigated concerning […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich barely made it on to the debate stage in Cleveland last Thursday.  Despite some scattered praise from the press, his national polling actually dipped afterward from very low to very, very low.  More bad news for Kasich today: The anti-tax group Club for Growth  is asking its followers to write campaign checks to five Republican presidential candidates; and this time Kasich didn’t make the cut.

Patrick O’Connor, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said, “This marks the first time the influential conservative group has called on its members to write checks to presidential candidates and coincides with […]

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In 2012, Governor John Kasich said this at a Columbus, Ohio energy conference:

“I am a believer — my goodness I am a Republican — I happen to believe there is a problem with climate change. I don’t want to overreact to it, I can’t measure it all, but I respect the creation that the Lord has given us and I want to make sure we protect it,” Kasich said at a Columbus, Ohio, energy conference hosted by The Hill.

“But we can’t overreact to it and make things up, but it is something we have to recognize […]

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When Ohio Governor John Kasich appeared on CNN yesterday morning to talk with Jake Tapper, he was faced with a question about  Donld Trump’s latest round of sexist comments.  Kasich stuck to his script, refusing to directly attack Trump while using the opportunity to talk about himself.  Kasich discussed the fact that his chief of staff is a woman, and hinted that hiring women is top priority. “I actively seek out and recruit women to be involved,” Kasich said.  “Because, uh,  like I say, they make things better.”

We took a look at the staff list for Kasich’s office and, to be fair, […]

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In the wake of last Thursday’s sometimes fiery Fox News debate held in Cleveland, where national Republicans will hold their presidential nominating convention next year, Ohio Gov. John Kasich appeared to score points for a couple answers. Some pundits applauded him for explaining why he accepted expanding Medicaid when his Republican legislature didn’t want to do it, and on declaring he has extended his “unconditional love” to gay marriage partners, which some of his closest advisers qualify for, even though he personally doesn’t agree with it.

Handling media as he does, which is to say he answers what he wants […]

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As Abe pointed out this morning, a new post-GOP debate poll conducted by NBC shows that Donald Trump has now grown his lead to 23 points while John Kasich dropped from 3 to 2 percent:

Donald Trump, 23 percent (up 1 point) Ted Cruz, 13 percent (up 7 points) Ben Carson, 11 percent (up 3 points) Carly Fiorina, 8 percent (up 6 points) Marco Rubio, 8 percent (no change) Jeb Bush, 7 percent (down 3 points) Scott Walker, 7 percent (down 3 points) Mike Huckabee, 5 percent (up 1 point) Rand Paul, 5 percent (down 1 point) Rick Perry, 2 percent […]

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The first thing you notice is all the news vans and then all the cops. After getting on Interstate 77 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, it’s a straight shot all the way to downtown Cleveland. And when you get off the highway, what I still call Jacob’s Field and then The Q are right there in front of you, with Cleveland’s Terminal Tower looming off to the left. Parked outside of The Q were dozens of news vans; standing outside, everywhere you look: hundreds of cops.

I skipped the $35 event parking at The Q for the first 2016 Republican Presidential […]

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Standing on the far right of the debate stage in Cleveland last Thursday, a geographic position that describes John Kasich’s geopolitical compass heading after nearly 40 years as a professional performance politician, the twice-elected Ohio governor watched the fireworks along with millions of others who tuned into the Fox News Channel’s televised debate.

Republican poll leader Donald Trump and Fox moderator Megyn Kelly engaged in a war of words over women and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul fired at each other over cybersecurity and tapping Americans’ phones.  Ohio’s governor seemed happy to watch these skirmishes play out since […]

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National and state Democratic leaders offered media a very different and decidedly unsettling view of the upbeat news about Ohio Gov. John Kasich was expected to deliver Thursday night in Cleveland, location for the first Republican debate sponsored by Fox News.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, kicked off the event held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Cleveland, across from Quicken Arena, venue for the prime time lineup featuring 10 Republican presidential hopefuls, including Gov. Kasich,  sponsored by Fox News.

“The people of the Forest City are going to get an up close and personal look at […]

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