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  • Kasich’s immigration views ‘evolved’ [He sucks to high Heaven]

    11/21/2014 8:03:44 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 27 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 11-21-14 | Darrel Rowland
    BOCA RATON, Fla. — A little more than four years ago, John Kasich told The Dispatch, “One thing that I don’t want to reward is illegal immigration.” He called for a comprehensive federal immigration law protecting America’s borders. And he reiterated his longtime support for amending the U.S. Constitution to end birthright citizenship for children born here to illegal immigrants. But now, as his fellow Republican governors loudly voice many of the same sentiments, Kasich is urging them to ratchet down the rhetoric and try to work with President Barack Obama to solve one of the nation’s longstanding vexing problems....
  • John Kasich finds himself the center of attention at forum with potential White House rivals

    11/19/2014 7:31:01 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 13 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 11/19/2014 | Henry J. Gomez
    Kasich shared the stage for an afternoon panel discussion with Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. It probably wasn't supposed to sound and look like a primary debate, even with NBC's Chuck Todd moderating, but it did. And Kasich was in the center of the scrum. Or was it the left? On three policy issues important to the party's conservative base Kasich tracked more moderate than his potential rivals for the GOP nomination. And while many were happy to bash President Barack Obama, particularly as he plans an...
  • Romney Leads Scattered 2016 GOP Field

    10/19/2014 12:40:55 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 91 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 19, 2014 | Ryan Struyk
    That would be Mitt Romney, supported for the GOP nomination by 21 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. That’s double the support of his closest potential rival, but it also leaves 79 percent who prefer one of 13 other possible candidates tested, or none of them. When Romney is excluded from the race, his supporters scatter, adding no clarity to the GOP free-for-all. In that scenario former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have 12 or 13 percent support from leaned Republicans who are registered to vote. All others have support in...
  • State Democrats Facing 2014 Obliteration in Vital National Swing State Ohio

    09/29/2014 3:49:33 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 42 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 29 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Does anybody get the feeling the Dems are increasingly  desperate to find new talent that doesn't implode?  Weak bench if you ask me... and telling There's plenty of similarities between the way they promoted a poorly-vetted Wendy Davis in Texas -and now gubernatorial candidate (and political goober) Ed FitzGerald in Ohio-  only to collapse in a utterly failed effort. The Buckeye state Dems blame a firm they hired to vet him, so typical of leftists to point the finger when they screw something up. Both of these Democratic Party 'rising stars' imploded spectacularly, all but guaranteeing the Republicans will not only retain...
  • The 2016 Republican dark horses

    09/08/2014 12:58:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | September 7, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    As the 2016 White House race begins to form, more than a few dark horse GOP candidates could end up breaking away from the pack. With the Republican presidential field wide open, the campaign could be a repeat 2012, when even candidates thought to be longshots briefly stole the spotlight and spiked in the polls. “We don't even have anywhere near a front-runner and it doesn't look like one is going to break free,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “There's a potential opening for a lot of these wild-card candidates.” Republican National Committee rules have changed since then, shrinking the...
  • Call led Westlake police to (OH gov. candidate) Ed FitzGerald and an unidentified woman in 2012

    08/09/2014 4:19:49 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 26 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 8/5/14 | Henry Gomez
    WESTLAKE, Ohio – Officers responding to a call of suspicious behavior found Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and a woman who was not his wife in a parked car at 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday in 2012, police records here show. Nothing inappropriate happened in the car, FitzGerald, now the Democratic nominee for governor, said Friday in a telephone interview after a campaign stop in Cincinnati. FitzGerald, a former FBI agent, prosecutor and mayor of Lakewood, was not charged with a crime. He said the woman with him was a friend visiting from Ireland as part of a larger delegation...
  • Ohio Eliminates In-state Renewable Energy Mandate

    06/27/2014 10:07:30 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich signed legislation that ends Ohio’s in-state wind energy mandate and also signed a measure to keep wind turbines farther away from neighboring property. Gov. Kasich signed Senate Bill 310 on June 13. Wind plants in Ohio, unlike in Michigan, will now have to try to compete with cheaper wind generated electricity from states where wind power is produced more efficiently. In addition, the legislation freezes the state’s overall renewable energy mandate for two years, while lawmakers re-evaluate it. Michigan still has an in-state wind mandate and the state Legislature has not made any serious effort...
  • Ohio Conservatives Thwart New Kasich Medicaid Maneuver

    06/06/2014 9:26:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | June 06, 2014 | Jason Hart
    Conservatives in the Ohio House this week blocked a move widely viewed as an attempt by Governor John Kasich to set aside money he could later spend on Medicaid expansion without legislative approval. The version of House Bill 483 (HB 483) passed by the Ohio Senate included a last-minute change to move as much as $300 million in surplus state revenue to the state Medicaid Reserve Fund. Legislators feared this was an effort by the Kasich Administration to circumvent the General Assembly for spending on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion when an existing appropriation expires in mid-2015. ... Kasich, a Republican,...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 23 March 2014

    03/23/2014 5:06:22 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 103 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 23 March 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows March 23rd, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former President Jimmy Carter; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Mitt Romney; Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Tom Cole, R-Okla.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser; Reps. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
  • Kasich calls for income tax cut, hike on cigarette tax

    03/11/2014 2:11:59 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 122 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 3/11/14 | Joe Vardon. Jim Siegal
    The net for Ohioans is a $174 million tax cut over the next three years. Kasich proposes funding an 8.5 percent income tax-cut for all tax brackets — a $2.2 billion reduction over the next three years — by raising the state’s tax on a pack of cigarettes 60 cents, from $1.25 to $1.85, while also taxing other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, at an equivalent rate. That would generate about $850 million during the next three years. Kasich also wants to raise the Commercial Activity Tax on gross receipts for businesses from 0.26 percent to 0.3 percent, a roughly...
  • Kasich: State of emergency for Ohio, National Guard on alert

    01/21/2014 6:28:15 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 38 replies
    http://www.wlwt.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Staff
    CINCINNATI —Ohio Gov. John Kasich has declared a statewide energy emergency for all 88 counties. The declaration was made in order to expedite the shipment of propane and heating oil to rural parts of the state. Kasich's declaration temporarily eases regulations on shipping companies and delivery drivers. They will be allowed to drive more hours and more consecutive days than they normally would, as long as they can still do so safely, the declaration read. Those longer hours are meant to help companies make the necessary deliveries of propane and heating oil to customers, as they are needed. snip This...
  • Obama looks to help blue states elect Dem governors

    12/02/2013 5:20:58 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 12-2-13 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    President Barack Obama won reelection last year warning voters about what he called an extreme Republican agenda that would roll back the social and economic victories of the previous years. But that agenda is on the move in the states, and on the ballot in next year’s most competitive governors’ races — all of them in places he won in both 2008 and 2012: Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine and Michigan. The White House has committed to its first Democratic Governors Association fundraising event of the cycle and pledged to help candidates next year, people familiar with the discussions confirmed...
  • Republican governors say future GOP candidates must show compassion

    11/21/2013 8:26:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 21, 2013 | Rebecca Berg
    SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — Many Republicans, with eyes trained on the presidential election in 2016, have sorted through the wreckage of the 2012 elections to figure out how and why the GOP suffered such heavy losses, including the White House. But at the Republican Governors Association conference in Arizona on Wednesday, one theory dominated at an early panel discussion: That the X-factor Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lacked might have been a more compassionate tone. "People have to know that you care about them," said Ohio Gov. John Kasich, one of the governors believed to be weighing a presidential bid in...
  • Kasich Is Wrong about Reagan

    10/21/2013 7:24:00 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/21/2013 | Edwin Meese III & Robert Alt
    The president [Ronald Maximus] wouldn't have supported this Medicaid expansion. In the course of his ongoing crusade for Medicaid expansion, Ohio governor John Kasich has suggested that Ronald Reagan, Saint Peter, and God Himself all would support his plan to accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. While we do not have special insight into the mind of the Almighty or His divine agents, we do know something about Ronald Reagan. Expanding a failing, big-government program that reduces flexibility for the states and traps generations of Americans in dependency is not consistent with the kind of conservative solutions that Reagan sought during his...
  • Kasich Repeats Refuted Obamacare Talking Points at Cleveland Clinic

    10/19/2013 11:45:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | October 18, 2013 | Jason Hart
    John Kasich repeated his well-worn routine of calling billions in new federal spending “our money” and insisting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion is “what the Lord wants” during a speech this morning at the Cleveland Clinic. “It’s our money! This is not, like, somebody else’s money,” Gov. Kasich said of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion funding he seeks to spend in Ohio... this — like other talking points the Republican governor has used to justify his flight from fiscal responsibility — is not true. “Bringing our dollars back and helping these people to get their lives back is so right,” Kasich said...
  • Kasich Looks At Expanding Medicaid the Obama Way

    10/08/2013 2:03:02 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    http://www.ohiolibertycoalition.org ^ | October 7, 2013 | Staff
    Having failed to convince the body of the people, the state legislature, to approve his plan to expand Medicaid in Ohio, Governor Kasich is considering a new course, one less representative and more, shall we say, authoritarian. In fact, those who enjoy a little irony, will find the name of his expedient slightly amusing: the Controlling Board. Although, it sounds a bit like the stuff of a cold-war thriller, the Controlling Board is actually a function of the state legislature and the Office of Management and Budget. It is described on OMB’s website as, “..a mechanism for handling certain limited...
  • Restrictions forcing a few abortion clinics to close

    07/29/2013 1:01:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | Catherine Candisky
    New rules in Ohio will leave Toledo without a provider Ohio women have fewer places to go for an abortion, and access is expected to become more limited with newly passed state regulations that reduce access to the procedure. Two of Ohio’s 13 licensed abortion clinics have closed in recent months, and a third is expected to shut down in the coming weeks. More closings are possible. “They’ve opened up a new front in the war on women’s health,” Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, said of abortion opponents. “They can use this tool, and their influence ......
  • Kasich Veering Left (Is the Ohio Governor Really the Conservative He Claims to be?)

    04/12/2013 6:38:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/12/2013 | John Fund
    Most political observers in Ohio believe Governor John Kasich wants to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. If that’s true, he’s approaching it in an odd way, alienating much of his conservative base by making controversial tax proposals and proposing to expand Medicaid — although he now appears to have given up on the latter. In his 30-year-long political career, John Kasich has prided himself on being a conservative. In his successful 2010 race for governor he boasted he was in the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party. For years before that he hosted a...
  • Conservatives revolt as gay marriage lobbyist appointed head of Ohio Republican Party

    03/22/2013 2:57:56 PM PDT · by Kazan · 59 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3/22/2012 | Ben Johnson
    COLUMBUS, March 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Republican Party of Ohio has appointed as its executive director a registered lobbyist actively campaigning to redefine marriage in the state, deepening the conflict between voters and the party elite. The move triggered swift backlash, as a coalition of 80 conservatives from across the state issued a letter warning party bosses they “will not support them” in the future. The new GOP leader is Matt Borges, a lobbyist for Equality Ohio, the group pressing to overturn the state's constitutional amendment against same-sex “marriage.” He was hand-selected by retiring state GOP chairman Bob Bennett,...
  • Gov. Kasich Enlists Socialized Medicine Lobbyists to Help Implement Obamacare

    02/12/2013 3:46:41 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    Red State ^ | February 11th, 2013 | Jason Hart
    Governor turns to mathematically-challenged progressives for talking points Governor John Kasich worked with the far-left Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio (UHCAN Ohio) to build his case for Medicaid expansion, a central piece of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Washington Post blogger Sarah Kliff detailed Kasich’s strategy in a February 6 Wonkblog entry. “Rather than having to convince the governor, Obamacare supporters were asked to focus their efforts on convincing businesses and legislators,” Kliff explained in her story, which was titled, “How Ohio’s Republican governor sold the state on expanding Medicaid.” While the Kasich administration...
  • Kasich and four GOP governors embrace Obama’s suicidal Medicaid expansion

    02/07/2013 6:54:04 AM PST · by JOHN W K · 14 replies
    2-7-13 | johnwk
    SEE:Poison pill? GOP governors divided over whether to accept ObamaCare Medicaid expansion By Lee Ross Published February 06, 2013 FoxNews.com "Saying 'no' to this plan would not save these federal dollars from being spent or direct them to deficit reduction," Brewer determined. So far, five other Republican-led states -- Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Michigan and Ohio -- have announced support for the expanded program“ These five GOP governors are now complicit in the Obama Administration’s policies which will borrow this Medicaid expansion money from China, drastically increasing our national debt, and result in our nation’s younger generation being born...
  • Gov. John Kasich's Medicaid flip: Are conservatives embracing ObamaCare?

    02/05/2013 1:35:36 PM PST · by Jean S · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/5/13 | Peter Weber
    Why did the Tea Party–backed governor of Ohio just say yes to a key part of President Obama's health care law? Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is the latest governor to accept the hefty Medicaid expansion authorized by President Obama's health care overhaul. He's not the first Republican to do so — Brian Sandoval (Nev.), Susana Martinez (N.M.), Jack Dalrymple (N.D.), and Jan Brewer (Ariz.) have, too — but Kasich's opt-in is a bigger deal. As House Budget Committee chairman during the Newt Gingrich years, the "fiercely conservative" Kasich "built his political identity arguing for smaller government," says David Nather...
  • Kasich embrace of Obamacare program angers some conservatives

    02/05/2013 10:59:32 AM PST · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    By accepting the provision included in President Barack Obama's health care law expanding federal Medicaid funding, Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined four fellow Republican governors in welcoming part of a program their party has campaigned vehemently against. He also drew the ire of some Republican activists, who had viewed him as a model of small government conservatism and a potential candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination.
  • John Kasich Accepts Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

    02/04/2013 5:26:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    TPM ^ | 02/04/2013 | Sahil Kapur
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced Monday that he will accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, becoming the fifth Republican governor to embrace the provision of the health care reform law that the Supreme Court made optional. The governor unveiled the decision as part of his budget proposal. “We are going to extend Medicaid for the working poor and for those who are jobless trying to find work,” Kasich said at a press conference in Columbus. “It makes great sense for the state of Ohio because it will allow us to provide greater care with our own dollars.”...
  • Ohio Governor Kasich Spares Condemned Obese Killer

    12/19/2012 7:55:32 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 19 replies
    Bellefontaine Examiner Online ^ | 12-17-2012 | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate was too fat to be humanely executed by sparing the prisoner on the grounds that he had poor legal representation. Gov. John Kasich's decision to grant clemency to Ronald Post mirrored the recommendation of mercy by the state parole board, which said it didn't doubt Post's guilt but said there were too many problems with how he was represented 30 years ago. Post, who weighs 450 pounds, never raised the issue of his size with the board. And Kasich, who commuted Post's sentence to life with no chance...
  • Kasich Will Not Delay Signing Of New Gun Bill(OH)

    12/19/2012 12:39:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    10tv.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | NA
    “I’m a Second Amendment supporter and that’s not going to change. There are a range of issues at play here involving mental health, school security and a culture that at times fails to reject the glorification of violence that can desensitize us to the sanctity and majesty of life. Going forward, we need to pay close attention to what the experts conclude from this incident in order to see if there are lessons to be learned and applied here in Ohio," said Kasich.
  • Gov. John Kasich Predicts Romney Wins Ohio

    10/28/2012 10:49:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/28/2012 | By Stephen Feller
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared Sunday that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is now poised to beat President Barack Obama in his critical battleground state. Appearing on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Kasich cited internal campaign polling that shows Romney with a lead in The Buckeye State. This was the first time that Kasich said Romney could carry the state. He pointed to a swing in momentum since the first presidential debate in which Romney bested President Obama’s lackluster performance. The debates were a turning point in Romney’s campaign for president because they gave people a chance to see him, rather...
  • Will Ohio's economic uptick aid Obama?

    10/01/2012 7:54:48 AM PDT · by Qbert · 17 replies
    AP via Recordpub.com ^ | 10/1/2012 | Sharon Cohen
    CANTON — In this crucial battleground in campaign 2012, William Healy and Joe Halter stand on opposing sides of the great divide: How to jump-start the economy? [Snip] Much of the focus is on the economy in this state where the jobless rate has dropped from its 10.6 percent recession peak to 7.2 percent in August — almost a point below the national average. That decline, Brock says, complicates matters for the Republican ticket. “Romney wants to paint this picture that the economy is in a ditch and awful and the economy just refuses to play that role,” he says....
  • Ohio takes tough health law stance

    07/11/2012 4:35:27 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    http://www.toledoblade.com ^ | July 11, 2012 | TYREL LINKHORN
    Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor used her strongest words yet in saying Ohio won't set up its own state-run health insurance exchange, instead deferring to the federal government to establish the key programs required under the Affordable Care Act. "At this point, we are not going to set up a state-based exchange," Ms. Taylor told a group of about 200 Tuesday during a luncheon meeting of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. Previously, officials of the administration of Gov. John Kasich had said they were "leaning" toward not establishing the exchange, snip Ms. Taylor, a Republican, said it would cost the...
  • Fast train to Debtsville (Kasich wisely rejected Fed train money)

    07/06/2012 6:43:28 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 4 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 12, 2012 | Columbus Dispatch Editors
    Remember when Gov. John Kasich took a heap of grief for killing Ohio’s 3C passenger-rail project, sending back $385 million in federal stimulus funds? A fiasco in California shows Kasich made the right call: Hopping aboard the federal gravy train would have derailed Ohio’s newly recovering budget. The Golden State grabbed the lion’s share of Ohio’s returned federal dollars for its fast-rail system, only to now realize it is swamped with debt. Voters there have a serious case of buyer’s remorse. As Kasich predicted, costs skyrocketed and ridership is unlikely to support the investment. A new poll shows that if...
  • Ohio Governor Reacts Appropriately to Liberal Media Inquiry

    04/27/2012 7:12:27 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 34 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | April 26, 2012 | Curt
    Hot on the heels of President Subprime McDowngrade’s visit to Ohio — during which he attempted to take credit for Gov. John Kasich’s stunningly successful fiscal record — comes the obvious question from a reporter. Obvious, that is, if you’re a liberal Statist hack. The governor’s reaction is priceless.
  • Holocaust Memorial Dispute Turns Bizarre With Donald Duck Comment

    04/05/2012 11:45:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | Thursday April 5, 2012 | Alan Johnson
    The turf battle over a Holocaust memorial at the Ohio Statehouse now involves Donald Duck. And members of Ohio’s Jewish community are not happy about it. Gov. John Kasich’s proposal for a memorial to Ohio survivors of the World War II Holocaust and their liberators ran afoul of Richard H. Finan of Cincinnati, former Ohio Senate president and current president of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. Finan questions the appropriateness of the memorial for the Statehouse. In response to a Dispatch story, Finan complained that Kasich bypassed his agency that oversees the Statehouse and grounds . He told...
  • Cracks Emerge in GOP Over Hydraulic Fracturing

    03/06/2012 1:01:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    AP ^ | March 6, 2012 | DINA CAPPIELLO and JULIE CARR SMYTH
    When it comes to the controversial gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, the Republican Party itself appears fractured — especially in the critical swing state of Ohio. .... Republican Gov. John Kasich plans to introduce a new energy policy next week that would place a new tax on hydraulic fracturing to reduce personal income taxes for the state's residents. Many Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail oppose any new taxes or the elimination of tax breaks for oil and gas companies. Kasich has also placed a moratorium on the deep injection of drilling wastes for disposal...
  • Newt Gingrich taps close Kasich political adviser Doug Preisse for Ohio leadership team

    02/29/2012 12:25:25 PM PST · by Red Steel · 17 replies
    Cleveland Plains Dealer ^ | Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 3:06 PM | Henry J. Gomez,
    Far behind Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in Ohio polls, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has recruited a close adviser to Gov. John Kasich to help his presidential campaign here. Gingrich on Wednesday announced that Franklin County Republican Party Chairman Doug Preisse would serve on his leadership team, which will be led by former U.S. Rep. Bob McEwen of the Cincinnati area. "Newt Gingrich is a great American leader with a pro-growth strategy to put Americans back to work," Preisse said in a statement released by the campaign. Preisse is a top Kasich political consultant and Columbus lobbyist who...
  • John Kasich for Newt's VP

    01/19/2012 10:21:07 AM PST · by Bizhvywt · 71 replies
    Vanity | 1/19/2012 | BizHvyWt
    I think John Kasich would be a great choice for the Newt's VP. The Governor or Ohio, an important swing state and someone that worked on balancing the budget with Newt in Congress. This would also lay the groundwork for a conservative successor to 8 years of Newt. We could have 16 years of conservative leadership to undo all the damage the O did in the last 4 years.
  • Kasich Reboots (The Ohio governor refocuses his administration on jobs)

    12/22/2011 5:08:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/22/2011 | Brian Bolduc
    Gov. John Kasich (R., Ohio) swears he never lost his focus on jobs. But last month, he and his allies in the state legislature suffered a significant defeat. In a ballot initiative, Ohioans voted 61 to 39 percent to repeal Senate Bill 5, which had limited public employees’ ability to use collective bargaining. Kasich had hoped to incorporate the legislation into the state budget — and thus shield it from a repeal effort — but a rogue state senator introduced the bill as a stand-alone, and eventually, Kasich had to defend it. With a 36 percent approval rating, however, Kasich...
  • Kasich Blew It and the Unions Won and Pulled the Wool Over the Eyes of Willing Voters...What's Next?

    11/11/2011 5:03:40 AM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 63 replies
    11-11-11 | Self
    Freep has always been good in pulling news stories together, tracking what is going on. So for Ohio, the unions bought votes, scared voters with lies in commercials, and Kasich and his team did a HORRIBLE job combating it. I also believe Kasich lumped too much in the bill. I think each part needs to be voted on out in the open: 1. No double-dipping 2. Public workers have to contribute to their pension funds and health care 3. Explain to the public that private sector can't have such a disparity of pay and health care...this really wasn't explained by...
  • Ohio vote today ( Obama care and Unionthuggery )

    11/08/2011 12:44:35 PM PST · by simplesimon · 58 replies
    self ^ | Nov 8, 2011 | simplesimon
    Big Issue's on Ohio's ballot today. Report what you are hearing regarding Issue 2, the union over-haul bill and the health care law. Maybe this can be moved to Front Page or Breaking news later today as it gets closer to polling precincts to start early reporting ?
  • Showdown in Ohio

    11/07/2011 1:56:16 PM PST · by IbJensen · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/7/2011 | John Gizzi
    With Ohio voters heading to the polls November 8, pundits and pols nationwide are studying the huge political story in the Buckeye State: Whether the landmark economic and labor reforms enacted by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed into law by GOP Gov. John Kasich earlier this year will go down in flames, victims of Big Labor’s massive money machine. The Kasich-backed reforms include elimination of binding arbitration for state government employees, a requirement that government employees pay 15% of the premiums for their health insurance, and ending the right of state employees to strike. With all of the measures...
  • Conservatives slam Mitt Romney for going weak-kneed in war on public employees

    10/26/2011 1:18:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2011 | Greg Sargent - The Plum Line
    Today, Mitt Romney refused to take a position on the big battle in Ohio over the ballot initiative to repeal Governor John Kasich’s law rolling back the collective bargaining rights of public employees. The fight is a hugely important one to conservatives, with right wing money flowing into the state, and conservative bloggers erupted in fury at Romney, asking how it is that he can be running for president when he isn’t willing to take a firm stand against the scourge of public employees. [snip] Governors who are willing to risk serious unpopularity in order to roll back the bargaining...
  • Romney refuses to back Kasich against govt unions

    10/25/2011 12:35:35 PM PDT · by libstripper · 82 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 25, 2011 | Conn Carroll
    Campaigning in Ohio today, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stopped by a Republican Party phone-bank making calls in support of Gov. John Kasich's government union reform referendum, but refused to endorse the actual referendum. CNN's Peter Hamby called the scene an "incredible moment in politics."
  • URGENT! THE OHIO SHOWDOWN

    10/25/2011 2:28:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Dick Morris.Com ^ | October 25,2011 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friends, On Tuesday, November 8th, the public employee unions in Ohio are hoping to pass a ballot measure repealing the labor reforms Governor John Kasich has passed this year. They want to kill reforms to teacher tenure, stop merit pay for teachers, eliminate school choice, stop union members from paying more for pensions and health insurance, and keep mandatory collection of union dues. Conservatives – everyone – needs to give money to stop the unions from winning this fight. If they repeal Senate Bill 5 – Kasich’s reform legislation – it will reassert union power and block reforms all...
  • Mitt Romney supported Gov. John Kasich laws in June

    10/25/2011 12:54:57 PM PDT · by NoMitt · 12 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 10/25/2011 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    In a visit to Ohio today, Mitt Romney declined to state on his position on a high-profile referendum there on the new state law that curtails the bargaining rights of public employee unions. But earlier this year, Romney indicated support for the reforms signed by Gov. John Kasich. "My friends in Ohio are fighting to defend crucial reforms that the state has put in place to limit the power of union bosses and keep taxes low," Romney wrote on his Facebook page in June. "I stand with John R. Kasich and Ohio's leaders as they take on this important fight...
  • Former Ohio elections chief Brunner named to Cultural Facilities Commission

    09/27/2011 6:32:11 AM PDT · by Eagle of Liberty · 6 replies
    The Republic ^ | September 26, 2011 | The Republic
    Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) on Monday appointed Ohio's former elections chief to a spot on the board that oversees repairs and improvements to the state's museums, historical buildings and sports stadiums. The Republican governor named former Democratic secretary of state and one-time U.S. Senate hopeful Jennifer Brunner (BROO'-ner) to the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission. Brunner preceded current Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) and was defeated in the 2010 Democratic primary where she ran for former-U.S. Sen. George Voinovich's (VOYN'-uh-vihch) vacant seat after his retirement. She is currently leading the effort to repeal Ohio's recently-approved elections overhaul, which shortens the...
  • Ohio gun owners, energized by Kasich's support for pro-gun legislation

    07/07/2011 5:56:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 6 July, 2011 | Jim Irvine
    With the signing of SB17 and HB54, Governor Kasich provided weight to his supporters' assurances that he would be friendly to Second Amendment issues. Kasich signed the two pro-freedom bills into law in the first six months of a legislative session - the fastest any governor has signed bills supported by the NRA and Buckeye Firearms Association. Kasich campaigned as a candidate who would be friendly toward gun owners. Many were concerned that he would be passive-aggressive on this issue, such as the prior Republican Governor, Bob Taft, who campaigned as pro-gun, then worked to stall and kill concealed carry...
  • Obama, Boehner set for Saturday golf outing

    06/17/2011 12:54:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | David R. Sands
    “There is no game like golf: You go out with three friends, play 18 holes, and return with three enemies.” — Anonymous Unlike, say, ping-pong with China and wrestling with Iran, golf doesn’t have much of a track record as a sport for bringing longtime adversaries together — which only adds another level of intrigue to Saturday’s long-anticipated round between President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner. “I expect it could get interesting out there, like, when do you call a penalty stroke on the other guy or what are the rules for conceding putts,” said Nathan Presnal, general...
  • Gov. John Kasich says federal workers have 'zippo, zero' ability to collectively bargain

    05/11/2011 8:06:53 AM PDT · by Poundstone · 21 replies
    Politifact.com ^ | May 11, 2011 | Politifact
    Equity among workers is one of Republican Gov. John Kasich’s most consistent arguments in favor of Ohio’s new collective bargaining law. The law, Senate Bill 5, will bring Ohio’s public workers closer in line with private sector workers, who, on average, pay more for health care benefits and have weaker pensions, Kasich repeatedly has said. Now the governor is weaving collective bargaining for federal workers – or lack thereof – into his support for the law. Even though SB 5 restricts collective bargaining for the state’s 360,000 public workers, they would still be better off than federal workers, Kasich recently...
  • Ohio Education Association Needs More Cash? [Members may be dunned more for political activism]

    04/09/2011 5:30:10 PM PDT · by rhema · 25 replies
    Last week as Ohio Governor John Kasich was signing Senate Bill 5 into law, the Ohio NEA affiliate, the Ohio Education Association, was already mobilizing their efforts to repeal the measure that would end forced unionism, makes strikes illegal and close major budget shortfalls via a ballot referendum. In a current forced unionism state, the OEA already collects at least $63 million in dues per year. Apparently that figure isn't enough to advance their agenda as they are now considering extracting an additional $50 per member for the referendum campaign in November. Regardless of what teachers think about the law,...
  • Ohio House to vote on collective bargaining limits

    03/30/2011 1:17:31 PM PDT · by Eagle of Liberty · 10 replies
    Live 5 News ^ | March 30, 2011 | ANN SANNER
    A bill that would limit collective bargaining rights for 350,000 Ohio public workers neared passage before the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday, one of its final hurdles before the measure goes to the governor of this labor-stronghold state. The legislation is in some ways tougher than Wisconsin's, as it would extend union restrictions to police officers and firefighters. But its reception in Ohio has paled in intensity with the raucous fight in Wisconsin, where tens of thousands demonstrated against the bill. On Wednesday, an estimated 700 people came to the Ohio Statehouse to hear the debate. Chants from demonstrators inside the...
  • Ohio poised to join reform movement

    03/20/2011 3:54:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2011 | Frank Donatelli
    While the national spotlight has been on Wisconsin’s efforts to downsize state government and get structural deficits under control, Ohio also has been moving to rationalize its state government in an era of high unemployment and static state revenue. The Buckeye State will soon consider the budget proposals of newly elected Republican Gov. John Kasich, which would close Ohio’s $8 billion, two-year budget deficit by, among other things, reducing payments to localities, restructuring Medicaid and selling five state prisons. As in similar reform efforts in Wisconsin, Florida, Indiana and other states with Republican governors, no tax increases are proposed. Earlier,...