After a day like today, many of us are still trying to process the unthinkable tragedy in a Connecticut elementary school. As a parent, I’m horrified and extremely grateful to be able to tuck my kids into their beds tonight, thinking about those who won’t have that pleasure.
And I’m angry. Angry, mostly because these events keep happening and nothing is ever done. After Virginia Tech and again after Tucson, we had brief national conversations about mental illness and guns, but nothing happened. More recent incidents haven’t even led to a conversation. The NRA and gun advocates have become so [...]Full Story... →
Today, John Kasich announced that he will reveal his plan to unlock a pile of cash from the Turnpike this week, likely Thursday. If I had to guess, I’d say he’s going to hand over control to ODOT who will issue bonds against future toll revenue in order to pay for Kasich’s political pet transportation projects.
But nothing really surprises me about Kasich anymore.
Given that JobsOhio still can’t work out a bond deal for liquor profits because of the constitutional uncertainty, it also wouldn’t shocking if Kasich went a different direction and entered a decades-long lease with a private [...]Full Story... →
A key aspect of Obamacare is its mandate for health insurance. To make finding coverage easier, beginning in 2014, consumers and businesses will be able to shop for and compare insurance plans on websites known as “exchanges.
States can set up their own exchange, putting them in control of key decisions such as which insurance plans are offered and what they must cover. States can also opt out and let the federal government make all the decisions. A third option exists for a state-federal hybrid. Today was the deadline for states to indicate whether they would run a [...]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... →
Tonight we’re getting the results from a number of special elections being held around the state and the results tell the tale of the Kasich budget in a nutshell:
step 1 – cut taxes on the wealthy, privatize everything, give your staff raises, keep state government the same size and pass the tough choices down to the locals in the form of reduced school funding and revenue-sharing step 2 – as tax collections come in ahead of forecast, amass a war chest in the state’s rainy day fund but refuse to share any of it step 3 – watch as [...]Full Story... →
Last month, the “fact-checking” team at PolitiFact Ohio, rated as “half-true” claims by the Ohio Democratic Party that Kasich’s budget cuts had forced local cuts, layoffs and tax increases.
While they admitted there was anecdotal evidence for local impacts of state cuts, they ultimately gave it a half-true thanks in part to pushback from Kasich spokesperson Rob Nichols that the number of tax issues on the ballot were not particularly high.
But now we learn in today’s Columbus Dispatch: “More school districts than usual go to the ballot,” which reports that Central Ohio school issues will be [...]Full Story... →
If you’re one of the 595,000 AEP customers in Ohio who recently suffered through extreme heat without the convenience of refrigeration or air conditioning, I’m going to guess this headline might piss you off:
AEP Ohio Wants To Pass Costs Of Outage Repairs To Customers
An AEP Ohio spokeswoman said that the company planned to ask the Ohio Public Utilities Commission to pass costs to customers.
AEP Ohio estimates its spent millions to restore power to hundreds of thousands of Ohioans after storms hit June 29 and July 1.
“We pass on what the commission allows [...]Full Story... →
But now the Kasich administration is taking it a step further than even Ohio’s Legislature had intended.
Kasich’s transportation department has recently touted its plans to raise a few extra bucks for road construction by selling advertising rights in the state’s rest areas. The guidelines for potential bidders contain a rather curious provision:
Contractor shall not advertise contraceptive products [...]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... →
It’s not been a good 24 hours for John Kasich’s rebranding effort. Yesterday saw the release of a new PPP poll showing the Governor had the approval of only 61 percent of Ohio Republicans. Today, a new Quinnipiac poll is out, and the news continues to be bad.
Overall, more Ohioans disapprove of Kasich than approve of him as Governor, by 44-40 percent. His approval is trending back down after reaching its peak of 42 percent in March.
And, as the poll yesterday showed, Kasich has a [...]Full Story... →
A new poll from Public Policy Polling was released today, and it shows the Presidential race in Ohio is tightening.
President Obama now leads among Ohio voters by 3 points, defeating Mitt Romney 47-44. Obama’s approval numbers have dropped, but he’s not nearly as unpopular as his opponent. Obama’s negatives exceed his positives by 7 points. But a full 20 percent more Ohioans view Romney unfavorably than those who view him favorably, 54-34.
Women continue to be a key voting bloc, split on approval/disapproval of the President (47-47), but not rushing to Romney. 57 percent [...]Full Story... →