RS Interview: Gov. John Kasich (R, OH).
As it happens, this Wall Street Journal article discussing Ohio’s (among other states’) credit upgrade by Standard & Poor – and Ohio’s fairly dramatic drop in unemployment in a year – came out the same day that I spoke with Governor Kasich about his budget and labor union reform successes. The latter (SB5, which was in many ways an even stronger reform package than Wisconsin’s) | Read More »
RedState Interview: Gov. John Kasich (R, OH).
Gov. Kasich is, of course, one of the freshmen Republican governors that took over large swathes of the Midwest last election cycle. We discussed both union reform (in the form of SB 5) and the upcoming budget battle – including about why both are so necessary for Ohio. The Midwest is probably the most interesting region of the country right now, from a political science | Read More »
Gov. Kasich (R, OH) Chews iron, spits nails…
…on public sector unions. Gov. Kasich is unamused at the notion that it’s somehow unacceptable to even note that public employees are getting great deals on healthcare at taxpayer expense – and by great deals I mean ‘Ohio public sector employees are paying between one half and three-quarters what Ohio private sector employees pay:’ The 9%/23% number there*, by the way, is one of the | Read More »
Gov. Strickland (D, OH) supporter attacks war veteran at rally.
(H/T: Third Base Politics) Do you know this guy? Because he went after a Iraq War veteran at a Ted Strickland rally. Dumped hot coffee on him, then came back later to give said veteran the finger (in case you were wondering whether it was deliberate or not). The cops would like to discuss the matter with the assailant, so if you know him, please | Read More »
First OH-GOV Kasich/Strickland debate tonight.
For those so interested; it’ll be on tonight at 8 PM EST. The live video feed should be available via this link; if not, check here. I spoke with the John Kasich campaign today: they fully expect Strickland to keep playing the anti-NAFTA card while steadfastly ignoring the fact that Strickland is heavily dependent on Bill Clinton (the Big NAFTA Dog himself) to somehow save | Read More »
Ohio and the limits to Demagoguery.
The unusual thing about this article (“Losing the Class War“) is not its message. Its message is in fact pretty straightforward: to wit, that the Democratic nominees for Senator and Governor in Ohio are both trying, and failing, to rouse public anger against the Republican nominees through some good, old-fashioned pseudo-populist demagoguery. They’re trying this because both Gov. Strickland (who is losing his re-election bid | Read More »
Well, at least Meghan Cofield’s getting work.
Who is Meghan Cofield? Well, she’s a Ohio worker who lost her job, and it’s all John Kasich’s fault! No, wait, it was all John McCain’s fault! Yeah. That was an ad from 2008 – same person, and even some of the same footage – when Barack Obama was pretending to be hating on NAFTA (needless to say, that promise came with an expiration date: | Read More »
PPP: Strickland/Kasich within margin of error.
Not that they noted that, really. But there’s still been some erosion of Strickland’s support in the last several months, whether PPP’s explicit about it or not: 43% of Ohio voters approve of how Strickland is doing his job as Governor, while 42% disapprove. A January PPP survey found the numbers at 48/35. Strickland’s approval among Democrats has dropped from 70% to 62%, an unusually | Read More »
A Gov. Ted Strickland (D, OH) timeline on gambling.
2006: Senator Bi-Partisan in Gambling Debate Republican Sen. George Voinovich helped persuade Ted Strickland, the Democratic nominee for governor, to oppose any proposal to introduce slot machines that are similiar to casino gambling in Ohio through an issue on the November ballot. Voinovich, who thinks gambling is a powerful addiction and can be destructive to families, has opposed any expansion beyond current law since a | Read More »
Great moments in Democratic responsibility.
Harry S Truman (President of the United States) – his motto: “The Buck Stops Here!“ John F Kennedy (Author of Profiles in Courage, President of the United States) – regarding the Bay of Pigs fiasco: “President Kennedy has stated from the beginning that as President he bears sole responsibility for the events of the past few days. He has stated it on all occasions and | Read More »