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March 5, 2012
In which an image and headline juxtapose so painfully that you want to pull out your hair.

In which an image and headline juxtapose so painfully that you want to pull out your hair.

9:08 // 2 years ago
February 27, 2012

Ohio school shooting shakes small community; suspect in custody

  • one killed in a school shooting in Chardon, Ohio, a town of 5,100
  • 4 wounded in the Cleveland-area shooting Monday morning source

» The shooting took place in the school’s cafeteria: The shooting in Chardon, a small community 30 miles outside of Cleveland, took place before classes started for the day. The 17-year-old gunman was apprehended within an hour of the shooting. Ohio Gov. John Kasich praised the district’s quick handling of the situation, which involved campus lockdowns and returning students home before they got to school: ”Please join me in praying for the students who’ve been injured in this horrible crime,” Kasich said. “Praise goes to the Chardon Police and Geauga County Sheriff’s office for quickly getting this situation under control. I’ve pledged Ohio’s full support to them, the school and the local community in this difficult time.” (EDIT: Updated death toll)

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10:30 // 2 years ago
November 9, 2011

Ohio referendum brings good, bad news for President Obama

  • good “Issue 2,” on which a yes vote meant approval of the Ohio state GOP’s stripping of public employees’ collective bargaining rights, was resounding defeated with 63% voting no. Gov. John Kasich’s chastened reply: “The people have spoken clearly.”
  • bad Ohioans also passed an amendment to their state constitution, saying they can’t be forced to buy health insurance. So while a union-backed Obama looks stronger now in Ohio, the health care mandate seems to irk voters in the critical swing-state. source
13:53 // 2 years ago
November 8, 2011
Ohio voters block anti-union law: And by a wide margin, too. ”It’s clear that the people have spoken,” said Gov. John Kasich, who was one of the major supporters of the law, which was blocked from taking effect by a referendum — a referendum which had tens of millions of dollars in advertising from either side, most of it from union-backed groups.

Ohio voters block anti-union law: And by a wide margin, too. ”It’s clear that the people have spoken,” said Gov. John Kasich, who was one of the major supporters of the law, which was blocked from taking effect by a referendum — a referendum which had tens of millions of dollars in advertising from either side, most of it from union-backed groups.

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22:30 // 2 years ago
October 21, 2011
Ohio governor to crack down on exotic pets: Probably a good idea for John Kasich, but a better idea would’ve been for this law to already be on the books. Why be reactionary when you can be proactive? Just sayin’.

Ohio governor to crack down on exotic pets: Probably a good idea for John Kasich, but a better idea would’ve been for this law to already be on the books. Why be reactionary when you can be proactive? Just sayin’.

13:44 // 3 years ago
March 10, 2011

Ohio Gov. John Kasich would like you to know he can crush unions too

  • Wisconsin As anybody with an even mild interest in politics now knows, Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget” bill is not about the budget, so much as it’s a duplicitous effort to crush public unions at seemingly any political price. Police and firefighters, being somewhat harder to scapegoat than teachers, are exempt.
  • Ohio Don’t look now, but Gov. John Kasich is the mega-Walker. The newly elected Republican (and former Bill O’Reilly fill-in host) has an even more draconian hope for unions, stripping broad bargaining rights (like health care), and even disallowing strikes. Oh, and no free pass for police or firefighters. source

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14:39 // 3 years ago
November 23, 2010

Office Hours: On the 2012 horse race

zophiamcdougal asks: I am going to be 18 in May, Can you simplify what the media is saying about the 2012 elections?

» We say: Honestly, it’s too early. Back in 1994, Clinton was in the dumps. And in 2008, Obama was on a high. In two years, everything changed. At this point, keep an eye outside of the two major parties; things are weird enough right now that a third-party candidate could do very well. Our money’s on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally going national. Ron Paul, while still considered by many to be outside the mainstream, has gained a lot of new fans in the last two years and could shake things up. And if you want to see who’s probably going to run against Obama, watch Fox News – many of the likely major GOP candidates are on there (particularly Mike Huckabee and obviously Sarah Palin). Ohio Gov.-elect John Kasich proved that time hosting on Fox News can help you out. The wildcard right now, though, is the hostile weirdness in the Senate, particularly Mitch McConnell claiming that the GOP needs to stonewall for the next two years. (Last one, guys! Thanks for the help in making our first Office Hours a success!)

1:27 // 3 years ago
November 10, 2010

Ray LaHood to states: Keep building high-speed rail or lose money

  • no Newly elected governors in multiple Midwest states want to cancel in-progress high-speed rail projects they say their states can’t afford.
  • but … However, these newly minted Republican leaders want to keep the money already set aside for these projects to help fix the roads.
  • no Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the states either have to keep the projects going or forfeit the money entirely. It’s war, guys. source

» Our take: Why is it that the first thing GOP leaders look to cut are public-works projects with potential long-term implications? The two projects in question here – a high-speed link between Milwaukee and Chicago and another between four of Ohio’s largest cities – would have a long-term positive effect on the state economies. Yet canceling them halfway through is a great idea. Have these guys even looked at the rising popularity of the Acela trains in the Northeast Corridor? Or how much these would help commuters? Milwaukee to Chicago, for example, is a very common Amtrak trip, and faster trains would make it easier for people who want to skip the traffic to make the trek. It’s not always about slimming down now, but planning for tomorrow.

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0:53 // 3 years ago