Ohio: Issue 2, Collective Bargaining and the Moral High Ground
As you may know, there is a critically important issue being debated here in Ohio that has long term implications for politics, public policy and the health of Ohio’s economy. Issue 2 is a result of a union led attempt to repeal Senate Bill 5 – legislation which brought much needed reform to Ohio’s collective bargaining laws. A yes vote allows these important reforms to | Read More »
Quinnipiac in OH and PA: Romney leads, Perry leads, Santorum flops
Quinnipiac put out a pair of new polls, focusing on the Republican primary race in Pennsylvania and in Ohio. They have some problems that limit their utility, but I believe they will get much attention today because of their top line results, so it’s time to take a look anyway. Why the attention? Romney bucks the national trend again to lead in both states.
, Michele Bachmann
, Mitt Romney
, Quinnipiac University
, rick perry
, Rick Santorum
, Sarah Palin
Tech at Night: Regrouping after patent, Net Neutrality, and competition losses
We’ve lost some battles lately. That’s what happens when we let a radical Democrat become President. We let Patrick Leahy’s America Invents Act pass, imposing on America a Euro-style patent system that rewards lawyering, not being the first to invent something. We let the FCC pass an illegal Net Neutrality power grab, and that will have to go to court soon. We’re even seeing some | Read More »
, America Invents Act
, Barack Obama
, Eric Holder
, George Soros
, Media Reform
, Net Neutrality
, Patrick Leahy
, Sprint Nextel
Ohio redistricting map out!
(Via The Campaign Spot) And… it’s subtle. Executive summary: Ohio loses two districts, overall. Republicans Steve Austria and Mike Turner end up competing with each other in the same district. Democrats Marcy Kaptur & Dennis Kuchinich, ditto. Democrat Nancy Sutton loses her district and gets thrown into a district that heavily favors her new Republican opponent Jim Renacci – and she doesn’t get to bring | 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 »
Project Veritas. James O’Keefe. Russian drug-dealing Medicaid applicants.
[UPDATE: I have been made aware that the individuals in this video are county employees, not state ones.] OK, let me set the background. You are a public sector employee for the state of Ohio; this probably means that you are a Democrat. You are probably aware, however vaguely and dimly, that there is a group out there who went around a few years ago | Read More »
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel Outraises Sherrod Brown
Holy cow this is awesome. Ohio Treasurer and RedState endorsed Josh Mandel has out raised incumbent United States Senate Leftist Sherrod Brown. Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund also came out recently and endorsed Josh Mandel. Sherrod Brown, whose campaign strategy consists of moving as far left as possible to become the Alan Grayson of the Senate, has got to be soiling his underwear at this | Read More »
Josh Mandel Gets DeMint Endorsement
There’s big news out of Ohio. Former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is not going to seek the U.S. Senate nomination and now Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund just went all in with Josh Mandel. I’d endorsed Josh a while back and think he is a superb candidate to take on Sherrod Brown, a man consistently listed as the most liberal member of the United | Read More »
Let’s Harness American Energy To Lower Gas Prices And Create Jobs
Like many Ohioans, I experienced sticker shock today when I filled up at our neighborhood gas station outside Cincinnati. Regular unleaded was $3.79 a gallon. Some Ohioans are already seeing gas prices over four dollars per gallon, and higher prices may be on the horizon. This makes it more expensive to commute, drive to the store or take a vacation. Because oil fuels every | 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 »
Union Reform bills pass in Ohio, Indiana Houses.
In Ohio, the final vote on SB 5 was 53-44; it’s already passed the Ohio Senate, but changes made to the bill require another quick vote on the legislation either today or tomorrow. This particular legislation goes a bit farther than the groundbreaking Wisconsin union reform bill; it redefines collective bargaining privileges for public sector union employees to cover wages only, institutes merit pay for | Read More »
We Need Conservative Leaders Like Josh Mandel in the Senate
Yesterday, The Columbus Dispatch reported that Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is leaning towards a run for Senate in 2012. Josh Mandel is precisely the person to take out left-wing kook and famed Nazi hunter, Sherrod Brown. We need Josh in the Senate. Conservatives worked assiduously in 2012 to elect Republicans who would not only oppose Obama’s proposals, but would also stem the tide of 80 | Read More »
Sherrod Brown admits free trade in oil will save us (and himself)
You may have heard that there was an election in Ohio last year. Popular Governor Ted Strickland (D) was defeated in his re-election campaign by John Kasich (R), and Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher (D) was crushed in the Senate race by former Bush advisor Rob Portman (R). Senator Sherrod Brown (D) has sure noticed. He’s also noticed that gas prices are going up, and up, | Read More »
, Barack Obama
, Drill Here Drill Now Pay Less
, drill, baby, drill
, Gas prices
, Sherrod Brown
Is Virginia the 2012 Ohio for Obama?
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Josh Kraushaar to talk about the new electoral math Obama faces in 2012. Then Pejman Yousefzadeh talks about PJ Crowley’s dismissal at the State Department. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email | Read More »
John Kasich’s (R) Ohio budget unveiled today… [UPDATE]
…and the technical term for what it promises to be is “doozy.” There’s an $8,000,000,000 hole in the budget that needs to be filled (Ohio requires balanced budgets), and despite polling suggesting that Kasich could get away with raising taxes to fill it the Governor apparently won’t. It’s expected that the budget will cover the gap by privatization programs (including selling some prisons), leasing out | Read More »