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 [...]Full Story... →
JobsOhio announced today that it will launch an advertising campaign featuring new 30-second television spots that will “run for three weeks on most major networks around the state.” You read that correctly. John Kasich’s signature program, funded with taxpayer dollars and responsible for attracting new jobs to Ohio, is going to start running TV ads in Ohio.
For a group that fought tooth-and-nail to be free from any government oversight or public scrutiny, the purpose of their first big ad buy couldn’t be any more transparent.
You may be familiar with TV ads from Michigan or New York that [...]Full Story... →
You may have read that the Governor signed a new “tourism bill” yesterday. Indeed, Senate Bill 314 includes funds for the state’s office of tourism, which had otherwise been zeroed out in Kasich’s two year budget last June. So, yes, with the passage of SB314, Kasich found a way not to kill the tourism office after all.
But SB314 was anything but a tourism bill. Just 6 of the bill’s 150 pages deal with the new TourismOhio program and its experimental five-year funding plan.
Of course, thanks to holding the bill signing at the Rock and Roll [...]Full Story... →
Recently, Republican Governors have been scrutinized on how closely they are sticking to Romney’s economic talking points. After John Kasich made one notable misstep, he seems to be getting onto the same set of talking points as Romney lately.
One item where the Governor’s views appear to be in lockstep with Romney’s is the subject of outsourcing.
Romney talks a good game on the campaign trail:
“They’ve been able to put American businesses out of business and kill American jobs,” he told workers at a Toledo fence factory in February. “If I’m president of the United States, that’s [...]Full Story... →
Here are some stories from over the weekend that you may have missed:
The “bipartisanship” bullshit tour continues
This has got to be up there among the most bogus justifications ever given:
Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich had been scheduled to lambaste President Obama in a telephone conference call with reporters, but he canceled because it would have undermined the tone he had set earlier in the day in a speech to the state Senate on bipartisanship.
Paired with Kasich’s notable absence from Romney’s bus tour around Ohio this weekend, perhaps the distance between the two has [...]Full Story... →
Today the Ohio House passed and the Senate agreed to SB314, legislation that further reduces oversight of the state’s jobs programs and hands more unfettered power to Kasich Jobs Czar, Mark Kvamme. (votes at end of post)
Kvamme, we should remind you, is a California venture capitalist who moved to Ohio to help Kasich set up JobsOhio, his privatized economic development agency. Kvamme always seemed troubled by government work, speaking out against public records requirements and imaginary rules—none actually exist—he said would prevent him from eating or traveling in style:
There are also restrictions about travel and expenses [...]Full Story... →
A newly-released analysis shows that the world of Silicon Valley venture capital is a bona fide boys club, with the biggest firms employing a dismal lack of female partners, while managing to hire women into 100 percent of their receptionist positions.
Why does this matter in Ohio?
You may recall our Governor has a similar track record when it comes to hiring women into key roles. In fact, upon taking office, in order to give some of his top staff raises, Kasich cut the salaries of several female staffers at the bottom. More recently we showed that [...]Full Story... →
Ohio-based Diebold Corporation announced yesterday that in the coming weeks it will begin moving nearly 200 Ohio jobs to India.
You may recall hearing Diebold in the headlines exactly one year ago.
On April 12, 2011, John Kasich proudly announced that he had struck a deal to keep the company in Ohio in which the company accepted a package of state and local incentives totaling $100 million, including $56 million from the State.
The State’s agreement, outlined in the May 23, 2011 minutes of the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, grants Diebold up to $2 million [...]Full Story... →
Last week, JobsOhio unveiled a request for bids for full-service marketing firms to market the State of Ohio to the nation with an estimated initial budget of $2 million. Here’s how JobsOhio describes the aims of the marketing:
Key Objectives/Scope of Work
— Support the state of Ohio’s key industry sectors, and if possible, improve upon the false perception that Ohio is a non-innovative, non-business friendly and rust belt state. (Background information on current marketing efforts can be found at www.ohiomeansbusiness.com and www.jobs-ohio.com.)
Gee, I wonder where Ohio got that reputation from?
From the beginning we were part of a large chorus warning Governor Kasich and his venture capitalist pal Mark Kvamme that JobsOhio was not constitutional. Again and again and again and AGAIN the warnings came.
Modern even gave testimony to the House Finance & Appropriation Committee warning them about the constitutional issues.
And now, as we predicted and everyone fully expected, JobsOhio is facing legal challenges over its constitutionality. You can’t say you weren’t warned.
Kasich and Kvamme have already been forced to make some changes to JobsOhio in response to pending lawsuits: The Governor [...]Full Story... →
Yesterday, the Kasich Administration announced that the Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was leaving the Cabinet… to become the energy industry “manager” position in Jobs Ohio. As the Dispatch put it:
He moves from a post as director of the state Department of Natural Resources to a seat as energy manager for JobsOhio, Gov. John Kasich’s newly privatized development effort. Assistant Natural Resources Director Scott Zody will take over as interim chief of the agency.
Some of the new drilling might come on state lands he used to supervise; legislation passed this year allows [...]Full Story... →