Go Rogue or Go Home
Much has been made about Sarah Palin’s comments on going third party. I just have one problem with the comments about Governor Palin’s remarks. Though she was answering a question about going third party, I did not and still do not interpret her remarks as expressing an outright willingness to go third party. Governor Palin has long been a disruptive candidate and, as a disruptive | Read More »
Ohio now considering new tax reform plan.
Interesting tax reform plan coming out of Ohio from Governor John Kasich: The plan’s centerpiece is a 20% cut over three years in all of the state’s nine income tax rates. The top rate would fall to 4.725% from 5.925%. Ohio allows its cities to impose add-on income taxes, so the current rate in cities like Cleveland can reach 8.4%. The plan would also provide | Read More »
Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Education Reform
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Ohio Governor John Kasich to discuss his Cleveland Plan to reform education in Ohio, how his state overcame a budget deficit, and why this fall’s election is so important. We’re brought to you as always by Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like | Read More »
Right-To-Work Is Right For Ohio* (and Elsewhere)
* See update at bottom. As today’s government-union bosses push higher taxes, establish dues schemes to fund their bloated salaries and union-bought politicians, the evidence has become pretty clear: Government unions have become political, parasitic entities injuring taxpayers and the communities they control (see Central Falls and Providence, RI; Detroit, MI; and the once-great State of California for examples). In the private sector, however, where taxpayers’ | Read More »
Ohio Issue 2: Let’s not over-react or fall for media templates
Issue 2 in Ohio has failed. Unions poured a gazillion dollars into Ohio and won. Despite having a sense of this outcome for some time it still stings. Believe it or not, a great many felt that these reforms were important steps in bring fiscal and structural sanity to government. The voters clearly did not get that message. The media is going to try and | Read More »
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 »
Ohio Democrats Attack Sean Hannity & John Kasich for Helping Soldiers’ Children
“Ohio Democrats are attacking an organization doling out $15 million to the children of fallen or wounded soldiers just to score cheap political points.” In a political season where every Democrat is bitterly clinging by fingernails to the electoral cliff, we may have reached a new low from Ohio. Months ago a lady on the internet both Democrats and Republicans recognize is not quite playing | Read More »
Help Your Favorite Conservatives this Election
The first half of 2010 may be over, but the struggle for America’s future is just beginning. For 18 months, we have fought against the bailouts, handouts, and takeovers. As national polls and the Democrats’ fear of their own voters show, we are winning the debate. Now it’s time to start winning the elections! Earlier this spring, thanks to your votes, my friend Sean Duffy | 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 »