Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Refusal to debate?


Plunderbund has news on the Kasich refusal to debate Ed Fitzgerald:

News broke this morning that the campaign team for Kasich, comfortably ahead in the polls, can’t agree on whether to tempt fate by putting their candidate on stage next to his opponent for a debate, risking a verbal encounter that could help FitzGerald and hurt Kasich.  The failure to reach an internal consensus in camp Kasich to even be seen on stage with Ed FitzGerald, Kasich’s Democratic challenger whose name he has yet to actually say in public, tells voters all they need to know about the Wizard of Westerville’s supersized ego and arrogance....


...John Kasich is the consummate performance politician. He really doesn’t like the press—because some of us can ask questions that make his head explode—and if he actually spoke truthfully, he doesn’t like the legislature either, because it’s just a big group of people who can say no to him, and if there’s one thing Mr. Kasich dislikes above all else, it’s not being able to act like a CEO of a private corporation who can do what he wants, when he wants. One can only wonder if he has a picture of Vladimir Putin on a wall somewhere.

Kasich needs to win by a large margin to get the mandate he so desperately needs to flesh out the false narrative that he’s a comeback governor.  But FitzGerald, an attorney, could skewer Kasich big time in a live matchup. From history we know that John Kasich is extremely prone to political foot-in-mouth disease. Even the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which is certain to endorse him again this year, said in their 2010 editorial endorsement of him, that he could “talk himself off a cliff.” The PD and other newspapers, especially the Columbus Dispatch, were for him in 2010 because they swallowed his talk of razzle dazzle in government hook, line and sinker. They slow but steady recovery under Strickland, following a tidal wave of job losses brought on by the Great Recession, not Strickland policies as Kasich would have you believe, was too boring for newspaper editorial boards who became mesmerized by the fast but erratic rabbit over the steady plodding tortoise....


Those of us that are familiar with John Kasich, Governor of Ohio, know that he is a pompous, self-centered person. Now that he has refused to debate Democratic candidate, Ed Fitzgerald, more people might realize it. After the Kasich campaign announced that they would not participate in any debates, the Fitzgerald campaign released some info.

MSNBC:

...On Tuesday,  Kasich’s campaign announced it was walking away from debate negotiations with Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald....
  
“He’s not accepting the challenge because his handlers know that when the Governor is forced to speak on his feet he reveals his disdain for working Ohioans and he is unable to defend his record of helping his wealthy friends at the expense of Ohio’s middle class,” says Laura Hitt, FitzGerald’s campaign spokesperson.  

But Kasich isn’t the only Ohio Republican ditching debates this year.  Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, and State Treasurer Josh Mandel have all declined to participate in the City Club of Cleveland’s debate series....


This should make every voter in Ohio very suspicious of what the Republican Party has in their plans that they are unwilling to share with the people. Are the Republicans are so certain of their re-elections that they are afraid to be exposed to questions submitted by the press and the people?


Vote against the hubris of the Republicans. Vote for Democrats.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ohio

What numbers are being used to Ohio Gov. John Kasich on job growth in the state? Here is something that will knock your socks off immediately!

Scroll down to see where Ohio ranks in job growth.

WPCarey:


Total Nonfarm 1 month change: July 2014 over June 2014


StateRank% ChangeJob Growth# of Jobs
Alabama
39.0013.001,919.80
Alaska
49.0044.00333.00
Arizona
12.003.002,572.50
Arkansas
30.0022.001,188.90
California
9.0023.0015,492.50
Colorado
6.0021.002,452.20
Connecticut
45.0028.001,670.30
Delaware
8.0016.00439.50
Florida
4.0041.007,795.90
Georgia
14.0020.004,108.40
Hawaii
31.0029.00623.90
Idaho
38.0011.00647.70
Illinois
46.0024.005,824.50
Indiana
16.0040.002,991.30
Iowa
23.0037.001,550.20
Kansas
28.0026.001,387.10
Kentucky
44.004.001,863.70
Louisiana
36.0010.001,981.30
Maine
27.0045.00610.10
Maryland
42.0049.002,610.20
Massachusetts
21.008.003,422.10
Michigan
40.007.004,161.50
Minnesota
18.0046.002,814.60
Mississippi
35.0031.001,121.30
Missouri
20.005.002,781.60
Montana
24.001.00457.90
Nebraska
33.0042.00981.90
Nevada
2.0039.001,217.40
New Hampshire
26.0033.00646.90
New Jersey
47.0027.003,950.60
New Mexico
50.002.00812.00
New York
25.0025.009,042.20
North Carolina
15.0012.004,139.80
North Dakota
1.0035.00465.30
• Ohio
34.0047.005,288.90
Oklahoma
17.0043.001,663.70
Oregon
7.0036.001,717.60
Pennsylvania
41.0038.005,793.00
Rhode Island
22.0018.00477.80
South Carolina
11.0048.001,928.40
South Dakota
37.0017.00421.60
Tennessee
13.0030.002,800.70
Texas
3.009.0011,607.80
United States
0.15209.00139,004.00
Utah
5.006.001,338.30
Vermont
43.0014.00307.60
Virginia
48.0015.003,788.20
Washington
10.0019.003,062.10
West Virginia
32.0050.00771.70
Wisconsin
19.0032.002,859.90
Wyoming
29.0034.00292.90

Monday, August 18, 2014

Failure!


People across Ohio are in shock about Ohio's latest job numbers. Ohio is ranked number 40 in job creation.
W.P. Carey Job Growth USA:

Ohio 40 

Gov. John Kasich has failed in job creation and Ohio's middle class suffers.

Check out the entire job growth chart at http://legacy.wpcarey.asu.edu/bluechip/jobgrowth/secure_states.cfm


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In the news....


Another tragedy in Ohio--------

WDTN:

The Beavercreek Police Department confirms that an officer shot and killed a rifle-waving suspect at the Walmart store.

Officers say they responded to the Walmart on Pentagon Boulevard at 8:21 p.m. on reports that a man was waving a rifle type weapon at customers....

...The second victim in this event apparently died from some sort of medical collapse.  She is identified as Angela Williams, 37, of Fairborn.  The coroner’s office says she was running away from the incident when she collapsed.  She died at Soin Medical Center.  An autopsy will be completed today, but results are not expected for several weeks....

It is so hard to understand why some people feel the need to terrorize others with guns.


>>>  Toledo citizens might be able to drink tap water now, but the future could see more water emergencies with the increase in factory farms and climate change.

PublicNews "...Massive runoff pollution from farm fields in the Maumee River basin causes toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie..."
Massive runoff pollution from farm fields in the Maumee River basin causes toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, which can create oxygen-deprived "dead zones" that can kill fish and sicken humans. Moazed said leaders need to take action to reduce the waste flowing into the state's rivers and lakes, including tougher regulations for farm runoff. At the National Center for Water Quality Research, scientist Laura Johnson said algae blooms tend to widen and spread out, meaning this one could migrate to another part of Lake Erie. Without action, she warned, the problems are likely to worsen. - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-08-06/water/toledo-water-crisis-over-conservationists-say-not-really/a40961-1#sthash.GaSGgS9R.dpuf
Massive runoff pollution from farm fields in the Maumee River basin causes toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, which can create oxygen-deprived "dead zones" that can kill fish and sicken humans. Moazed said leaders need to take action to reduce the waste flowing into the state's rivers and lakes, including tougher regulations for farm runoff. At the National Center for Water Quality Research, scientist Laura Johnson said algae blooms tend to widen and spread out, meaning this one could migrate to another part of Lake Erie. Without action, she warned, the problems are likely to worsen. - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-08-06/water/toledo-water-crisis-over-conservationists-say-not-really/a40961-1#sthash.GaSGgS9R.dpuf
Massive runoff pollution from farm fields in the Maumee River basin causes toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, which can create oxygen-deprived "dead zones" that can kill fish and sicken humans. Moazed said leaders need to take action to reduce the waste flowing into the state's rivers and lakes, including tougher regulations for farm runoff. At the National Center for Water Quality Research, scientist Laura Johnson said algae blooms tend to widen and spread out, meaning this one could migrate to another part of Lake Erie. Without action, she warned, the problems are likely to worsen. - See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-08-06/water/toledo-water-crisis-over-conservationists-say-not-really/a40961-1#sthash.GaSGgS9R.dpuf

We must demand that our drinking water be protected, no matter what influence political contributors try to exert on public officials. Clean drinking water is essential to our survival!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Dirty Details


There have been numerous reports of problems with the food service in Ohio's prisons. Plunderbund has more details:

...when reports of maggots in prison food, on kitchen equipment and in serving lines made headlines, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, the union representing the majority of Department Rehabilitation and Correction employees, said the maggots “are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of contract infractions being committed by Aramark.”

Christopher Mabe, OCSEA President, offered testimony at a Statehouse hearing that shined a light on unsafe working conditions that have developed since food-service contractor giant “Aramark” started delivering prison food. OCSEA’s leader also said that because of the Philadelphia-based company’s contract infractions so far, DR&C has to add resources to supplement the contract.

Testifying before the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee in downtown Columbus, Mabe said nearly 100 Aramark employees have been banned from ever entering a DR&C prison, more than 100 instances of food shortages and issues ranging from increased contraband, to low staffing levels, to inappropriate relationships, a combination of factors that lead to the inescapable conclusion that Aramark never had control of the contract....

For even more unsavory morsels, read the entire post at Plunderbund.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ohio: Number 33 in Job Growth!


Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, Ed FitzGerald, wants current Gov. John Kasich, to end the disaster of Ohio's charter schools: http://tinyurl.com/msdcngo

In the Chronicle-Telegram, Ed FitzGerald says average Ohioans are in a bind under Kasich:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald on Sunday accused Republican Gov. John Kasich of balancing the budget on the backs of local governments.
 
Analyzing state statistics, One Ohio Now, a liberal policy group, estimates local governments and schools have lost $1.86 billion in state taxpayer aid between the 2010-11 fiscal year and 2014-15. That works out to $1.5 billion to cities and counties and $349 million to schools. Lorain County lost $48.4 million — $33.8 million to local governments and $14.6 million to schools, the policy group said....

...FitzGerald cited Kasich’s income tax cuts and sales tax increases. Analyzing state statistics, Policy Matters Ohio, a liberal group affiliated with One Ohio Now, said the wealthiest 1 percent of Ohioans, who earned at least $335,000 annually in 2012, received about a $6,000 annual tax cut in the first Kasich budget. Those earning between $33,000 and $50,000 annually received a $5 annual tax cut, while those earning less than $33,000 earned a $24 tax cut, Policy Matters Ohio said....


The middle class is losing in Ohio!

* The Review looks at  job loss in Ohio:

....Overall government employment fell from January 2011 to June, led by nearly 25,000 jobs lost in local government. Median incomes in Ohio have fallen about $7,000 over the past decade....


According to WP Carey at Arizona State, Ohio is 33rd in job growth for June 2014.
Ohio 33......


Thursday, July 24, 2014

No way to run a state!


Things have gotten pretty bad with the food service in Ohio facilities:


10TV.com:

10TV has obtained more than 160 reports from the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction showing infractions against Aramark, the company that provides food service.

Aramark is receiving $110 million over two years to provide food to inmates. 116 documented incidents show the company has fallen short by running out of food or providing unapproved substitutes.....

....Another report showed the milk provided was spoiled on June 4, 2014.

Five days later, they ran out of eggs. On July 14, 2014, the entree, pizza, ran out with 544 inmates left to eat....

Previously, 10TV had reported the problem of maggots in prison food......

10TV:

The Ohio Department of Corrections will send inspectors to every state prison after multiple reports of maggots found in food. 

Over the last few weeks, maggots have been reported at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville and the Trumbull Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg....

.....Aramark, the company contracted to provide meals for Ohio's 26 prisons, says it's investigating claims of maggots like in prison kitchens....


Of course, the Kasich administration is doing this all in our names. It is time to end the contract with this company.



Monday, July 21, 2014

Promises


* Wages are flat in Ohio. It appears the only people making money are those friends of Kasich's that are getting millions of dollars from JobsOhio.

Plunderbund notes that Kasich & Co. are intermixing job commitments with real new job numbers:

...Job commitments are not Jobs.  Job announcements are not Jobs.
Jobs are jobs.
Right now Ohio ranks 38th in job growth nationally and we’ve had 19 straight months of job growth below the national average.  The jobs we have recovered pay less than the ones we lost.  And we found out this morning that unemployment claims in Ohio jumped last week, despite a decrease nationally.  For the week ending July 5th, Ohio ranked third in the nation for new initial unemployment claims....

Promises are made to be broken and those job 'promises' have not all produced real jobs.

* Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine appears to have established a 'pay to play' program that benefits his friends and contributors. Plunderbund has written a number of posts covering the scandals surround DeWine's office.

Plunderbund:

....DeWine’s political allies also get special treatment.    Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonadakis received  special access to DeWine after Gonadakis used his organization to promote DeWine during the 2010 election.   Gonadakis was later invited for personal meetings with DeWine to discuss securities contracts.  Gonadakis’s lobbying business grew nearly 10 fold after DeWine took office.

Phil Burress, the anti-gay activist who heads up Citizens for Community Values (CCV), also helped DeWine woo social conservatives in the last election.  Burress’s daughter, a lawyer who also donated to DeWine’s campaign, later received lucrative special counsel contracts from DeWine’s office....

...This week we found out that lawyers, lobbyists and firms seeking work from DeWine have another avenue for funneling boatloads of cash to him: through his favorite charity.  Hands Together Inc. operates a school in Haiti named after DeWine’s deceased daughter.     The AP reports that donations raised by DeWine for the group have doubled since he took office.  “The donations show how companies or attorneys who seek to influence DeWine can find creative ways to do so,” writes the AP....

Tell your friends and family about this disgusting activity going on in DeWine's office.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Excuse Me?


Ohio Republicans continue to make incredibly disturbing laws aimed at controlling women's health care. None of this legislation is based on scientific medical research, but on the extreme right wing ideology of the Ohio GOP's moronic beliefs.

Plunderbund:

As has been much discussed, the Ohio House held a hearing last week on HB 351, which does two main things:
  • bans insurance coverage for hormonal birth control
  • forces women to bear the cost of life-saving abortion care...

...Gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, sepsis, cancer? Sorry, your insurance won’t cover that, nor will any indigent care funds. Hope you have a few thousand dollars available!...



If you need to be on birth control pills because of break through bleeding, irregular periods, or to control hormonal levels in your body, the Republicans want to end insurance coverage for those cases.

Here are the names of the Ohio House members that you need to call to register your complaint about this horrendous legislation:

Sponsor:  John Becker  Twitter: @BeckerGOP
Representative John Becker
District 65
77 S. High St
12th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-8134
Fax      (614) 719-3966
Email Representative Becker

Co-Sponsors:
John Hood
Representative Ron Hood
District 78
77 S. High St
12th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-1464
Fax      (614) 719-3961
Email Representative Hood

John Adams
Representative John Adams
District 85
77 S. High St
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-1507
Fax      (614) 719-3978
Email Representative Adams 
Ron Young  Twitter: @RepRonYoung
Representative Ron Young
District 61
77 S. High St
11th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 644-6074
Fax      (614) 719-3963
Email Representative Young 
Jim Buchy    Twitter: @JimBuchy
Representative Jim Buchy
District 84
77 S. High St
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-6344
Fax      (614) 719-3977
Email Representative Buchy
  


Monday, June 02, 2014

Your Money


You might find this interesting..... 

Anchor Hocking, which recently closed one of the plants in Ohio, was the recipient of development money from Gov. Kasich's JobsOhio. Anchor Hocking received $3,000,000, according to a database posted at the Toledo Blade.


* Why did Gov. John Kasich stop the renewable energy directives in Ohio? Was Kasich's relationship with the Koch Brothers a major influence? Democratic candidate for Ohio Governor, Ed Fitzgerald suggests it played a part in Kasich's decision.

BusinessInsider:

Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald thinks the infamous Koch brothers are making a mess in his state.

The Ohio Legislature and Gov. John Kasich drew national headlines last week when they moved to halt their state's renewable energy mandates — the first such renewable energy roll-back nationally, according to the New York Times. Now, FitzGerald, Kasich's Democratic opponent, is coming out swinging.....

"Look, he's not going to say why he's for it," said FitzGerald, arguing the two-year freeze was on the path to becoming a permanent blow against wind and solar energy in his state. "Why do I think he's for it? It doesn't make any sense ... unless you factor in money."


Is Kasich's blow to renewable energy a step to impress the Kochs??? It certainly does not win him the support of those of us in Ohio that support renewable energy, clean air, and clean water.