Ohio GOP State Central Committee

Out of Touch State Central Committee wants you to support John Kasich for President

Ohio GOP State Central Committee

Ohio GOP State Central Central Committee Meeting.

The Ohio Republican Party wants you to support John Kasich as President of the United States. Friday, the Ohio Republican Party’s leadership, the State Central Committee endorsed John Kasich for President of the United States. If you are Republican, the State Central Committee who represents you as your connection to the state party – said that you support Kasich.

Is it any wonder why people are so angry? The State Central Committee is made up of 66 people, one man and one woman from each State Senate District. The purpose of the State Central Committee is to run the day to day affairs of the political party, elect the Chairman, fundraising and endorse candidates to support with money and coordination. They are up for reelection every two years. This March 15th is when they are next up for election.

In addition to the nuts and bolts of politics, a political party is supposed to be the standard bearer of principles the party represents.

Four years ago there was a big inter-party fight within the State Central Committee. In 2012, the Chairman at the time – Kevin DeWine – was forced out as Chairman by a group of people that were elected to the State Central Committee on Governor Kasich’s encouragement. Governor Kasich actively recruited people for State Central Committee that would support him and his political position in every way – and he achieved that goal. In 2012, enough of the State Central Committeemen that Governor Kasich supported won that they took over the party to elect our current Chairman Matt Borges.

Every office in Ohio is held by a Republican – they have super majorities in the Senate, a large majority in the House, all executive branch offices and a majority on the Supreme Court. Ohio should be in Republican nirvana, but it’s not.
Chairman Borges and the Republicans on the State Central Committee had stood by when Governor Kasich and the General Assembly supported Common Core, implemented and funded Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion, failed to defund Planned Parenthood, have not voted on making Ohio a Right to Work state, have not simplified the tax code, have raised taxes and have increased the spending in Ohio by 30% since Governor Strickland left office.

At the State Central Committee meeting Friday, 41 of the over 50 members in attendance voted to endorse Kasich – 80% of those on State Central Committee support Governor Kasich. In the last poll done in Ohio by Quinnipiac, only 13% of Ohioans supported Governor Kasich for President.

The State Central Committee want you to support John Kasich, and they are going to spend Republican Party money, that could go to other in-state candidates, to support John Kasich.

Principles are what make a party, not a person. It is understandable to have loyalty to Governor Kasich; he got many of the members of the State Central Committee elected – but is he the best representative of Republican values, should he be the Republican nominee for President of the United States? Some may think so, but it should be left to the voters.

The ‘I got you elected, you get me elected’ nonsense has to stop. We must have a State Central Committee that votes to support candidates that are the best representatives of Republican principles – the days of crony politics needs to come to an end.
At the end of the meeting, just to put a final stamp of approval on the endorsement, the State Central Committee voted to show the vote as unanimous.

Most disagree with you Ohio Republican State Central Committee – it is not unanimous to the rest of Ohio. Let the best Republican candidate win.

Ohio will begin running deficits in 2016

Trouble on the Right for Governor Kasich

Ohio will begin running deficits in 2016The following was recently obtained by Ohio Conservative Review and is published with the author’s permission as an open letter to Bret Baier of Fox News.

Mike Snead, President Dayton TEA Party

Special Report

Subject: Refuting Mr. Baier’s assertion that Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a conservative Republican

Dear Mr. Baier,

I am writing to address and correct your perception that Ohio Gov. John Kasich is viewed by the TEA Party citizenry in Ohio as a center-right Republican politician. That you personally have this impression was made clear by your remarks on Fox News’ The Hannity Show on Friday, January 30, 2015. While commenting on Mitt Romney’s apparent decision not to run for president in 2016, you mentioned Gov. Kasich as a potential unity candidate within the Republican Party because of his center-right political positions. For reasons listed below, I do not believe such an opinion is supported by either his rhetoric or his record as governor.

Contrasted with the straight-forward and consistently conservative rhetoric and actions of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has made himself into a complex politician in terms of his evolving rhetoric and his unpredictable actions as governor. While he campaigned for governor in 2010 as a TEA Party conservative — himself noting that he was TEA Party before there was a TEA Party[1] — he has since governed and increasingly spoken on important political issues as a progressive Republican. He now favors larger government, increased taxes, and increased federal debt, while favoring social policies more aligned with traditional progressive Democratic goals such as forced unionization, social equality, and unending government entitlements. Although he barely won election in 2010 against an ultra-progressive Democratic governor running an $8 billion hole in the state budget[2] — winning largely due to the willing and strong grassroots support from many in the TEA Party movement in Ohio — he has since been quick to criticize, falsely label, and politically act harshly and unfairly against conservatives opposing his increasingly progressive political agenda.[3] While Gov. Kasich and his inside-Columbus supporters may portray him as a “conservative,” it is my opinion that this view is not mirrored within the state’s TEA Party/grassroots Republican citizenry.

Here is a partial list of his actions since becoming governor — those readily coming to mind — that I believe dispute any reasonable perception that Governor Kasich should be labeled as a center-right/conservative Republican.

  •        Right-to-work. Gov. Kasich opposes legislation making Ohio a right-to-work state and has not supported the grassroots petition drive to put this issue on the state ballot. He has adopted this opposition despite the clear worker economic freedom arising from having the liberty to join or not join a union in a right-to-work state.[4][5][6] What has made his opposition surprising is the fact that the adjoining states of Michigan and Indiana have already made this change against strong Democratic and union opposition. In 2012, Michigan became a right-to-work state through legislation signed by its governor. In 2014, that incumbent Republican Michigan governor was reelected.[7] In Indiana, with another Republican governor, the recent state legislation making Indiana a right-to-work state was upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court as well as a federal appeals court.[8] In the bordering state of Kentucky, individual counties are seeking the ability to become right-to-work states.[9] On this issue Gov. Kasich is firmly a progressive, not a conservative by any standard here in the Midwest.
  •        Conservative legislation. Gov. Kasich, as leader of the Republican Party in Ohio, has failed to support legislation implementing improved voter photo ID to protect the integrity of our elections; reinstating paycheck protection for public employees to protect them from being forced to pay for union political activities through automatic deductions[10]; enacting the heartbeat bill to help protect the readily detectable human life of the yet unborn; and preventing the use of foreign law (e.g., Sharia Law) in Ohio legal proceedings. (Note that the Republican Party has a majority in both chambers of the state legislature, meaning that any conservative bill he favors would most likely be passed.) One may conclude only that his failure to support prominent conservative public policies clearly illustrates his progressive stance and willingness to block legislation opposed by large unions and organizations typically supporting Democratic candidates. As noted below, Gov. Kasich is increasingly hesitant to be clear about his values and public policy positions — a typical “establishment” Republican stance.
  •        Common Core. To the surprise of grassroots voters, Gov. Kasich champions the ultra-progressive Common Core educational standards despite these having been adopted “sight-unseen” by his ultra-liberal Democratic predecessor. He has come to label opposition as “hysteria” and argues falsely that despite the legal mandate of these Common Core educational standards, local school boards are still in control.[11] If this is the case, why then are even home-schooled children being forced to adopt Common Core?[12] My examination of the standards, their implementation, and expert testimony all clearly show that he is not speaking accurately on this topic.[13] Further, he opposed legislation last year that would have replaced the Common Core standards with superior, proven standards.[14]  This refutes his assertion that he wants “better” standards as he is refusing to adopt proven better standards. On this issue he is marching in lockstep with progressives of both parties wishing to assert unquestioned top-down control of our children’s education as a means of social and political engineering. In no way can his support for Common Core be viewed as conservative.
  •        Illegal alien legalization/amnesty. Despite the growing grassroots concern about the impact of illegal aliens and amid growing opposition to their legalization/amnesty, Gov. Kasich recently reversed his position and now favors a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens resident in this country.[15] This is a progressive position on an issue of substantial political and legal/constitutional importance. Clearly, his is not a center-right policy position and is, in fact, just the opposite of what virtually every Republican congressional candidate campaigned on last fall.
  •        Medicaid expansion. Although Gov. Kasich campaigned in 2010 in opposition to Obamacare, he quickly became a progressive Republican champion of a key provision of Obamacare to expand Medicaid to cover single, work-able adults without children. However, reflecting strong grassroots Republican opposition, the Republican-led state legislature specifically prohibited the adoption of his proposed Medicaid expansion in the last state budget bill. Not accepting the will of the people’s representatives, Gov. Kasich line-item vetoed this provision in the budget bill and then took it to the next step to have this provision adopted through the obscure Controlling Board, ordinarily used to make minor corrections to the execution of the state budget.[16][17] Even to accomplish this, he had to have two Republican legislators on this board, opposing his action, replaced in order to achieve the needed majority vote.[18] This is an example of the “Chicago-style” progressive political arm-twisting that has taken over the functioning of the state government in Columbus under Gov. Kasich. Acting against the clear wishes of the majority of the state’s Republican representatives and forcing legislators off of a typically noncontroversial board in order to implement his desired policy is not a conservative approach to governing. Further, it should be noted that Ohioans, with a strong majority of 66% in favor, passed a state constitutional amendment in 2011 opposing Obamacare’s implementation in Ohio.[19][20] This makes Gov. Kasich’s back-door, arm-twisting behavior even more troublesome to grassroots Republican voters.
  •        Balanced Budget Amendment and federal debt growth. Recently, Gov. Kasich has started to travel the nation championing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution while promoting Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. It appears he is trying to raise his presidential candidate name recognition and draw attention to his House Budget Committee leadership in the 1990s, when the federal budget was briefly balanced. However, as governor he is accepting billions in federal funds each year — all paid for by new federal debt — to cover the cost of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Ohio, forced through by Gov. Kasich. Originally this was projected to bring 270,000 new enrollees with a cost to the federal government of $13 billion through 2020 for just Ohio. By this coming June, nearly 500,000 will have joined with their cost total exceeding the $2.5 billion budgeted for 2013-2014.[21] Obviously, the original projected cost of $13 billion for Ohio through 2020 will be far exceeded, creating the need for more government spending and more federal debt. Gov. Kasich argues that this is “free” money just sitting unused in Washington DC while ignoring the obvious that it is really new federal debt being placed on the backs of responsible, hard-working Americans and their children and grandchildren.[22] He also argues that this debt, portrayed by him as “charity,” is the Christian thing to do.[23] How could a conservative Republican argue that it is okay to put our children into debt to pay for the needs of single, work-able adults? This is not charity but economic servitude being forced on our children over the majority vote of their parents’ elected representatives. His argument of “free money” is typical progressive political rhetoric while his policies of end-running the clear will of the people’s representatives are also typical of progressives — reminding many of President Obama’s approach to governance. Gov. Kasich past zeal for not adding to the federal debt has vanished as he seeks higher office and the liberal voters to make this happen.
  •        Ohio Republican Party. The Republican Party in Ohio is formed through voter-elected representatives to county-level Central Committees and a State Central Committee. Most voters don’t even know that these committees exist or that they govern the actions of the party at the county and state levels. After his election in 2010, and again in 2012, Gov. Kasich won a fight within the State Central Committee to have his “guy” named executive director.[24] In 2014, grassroots Republicans made efforts to reassert grassroots control of the State Central Committee by putting candidates up for election. We seek to make the party responsive to its voters. The response to this challenge was that the existing State Central Committee members, who appoint the executive director, voted to endorse themselves for reelection in 2014. The executive director then spent substantial party funds sending mailers to Republican primary voters urging support for these state committee candidates. These mailers said that these candidates were endorsed by the Republican Party — meaning that they had endorsed themselves.[25] Obviously, this was a self-serving action to preserve Gov. Kasich’s control of the Ohio Republican Party. Also, many of the endorsement mailers sent to voters, paid for by the Ohio Republican Party, urged support under the banner “Stop Obamacare” — the very same Obamacare Gov. Kasich has used to pay for his Medicaid expansion.[26] This Kasich-led Ohio Republican Party campaign promise was quickly forgotten. Does any of this reflect the integrity and honesty of a true conservative Republican?
  •        Romney’s 2012 loss in Ohio. Of particular concern to grassroots Republican Ohio voters is that under Gov. Kasich’s leadership, the Ohio Republican Party was unable to achieve a victory for Mitt Romney in the critical battleground state of Ohio despite everything going wrong under President Obama’s administration.[27] My impression is that the general observation within the grassroots community is that the Republican Party in Ohio did not wage an aggressive, effective campaign in the closing weeks of the 2012 campaign. Romney lost by less than 2% in Ohio. The impression of a lack of an effective statewide campaign also comes from the fact that Mitt Romney got 84,000 fewer votes in Ohio than John McCain did in 2008.[28][29] It’s now intriguing to note that, with Gov. Kasich’s presidential aspirations becoming increasingly apparent, Romney’s loss in 2012 has certainly “opened the door” for Kasich to run for president in 2016 — an opportunity that would not exist had Romney won in 2012.
  •        Ohio U.S. Senator election in 2012. During the same 2012 November general election, Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown was up for reelection. He is one of the most progressive Democrats in Congress. He was opposed by the state treasurer Josh Mandel — a young veteran and a member of the new younger conservative wing of the Republican Party in Ohio. Senator Brown won by 6%.[30] As with the circumstances of support for Romney’s campaign, the general impression is that the Ohio Republican Party’s support for Mandel’s campaign was far less substantial than would be expected in a strong fight to win a U.S. Senate seat for Republicans — especially compared to the hard fought Republican Senatorial campaigns of last fall. Thus, in two key national-level battles against ultra-progressive Democratic candidates, the Ohio Republican Party did not do well. What does this hold for 2016 in must-win Ohio against the expected candidacy of Hillary Clinton or a similar strong and well-supported Democratic candidate? Is this the demonstrated campaign fortitude needed to win in 2016 on a conservative campaign platform? Grassroots Ohio Republican voters are, I believe, very concerned that the attitude and skills needed to win Ohio in 2016 are not evident in the Ohio Republican Party. For this reason, grassroots Republican voters need to, in my opinion, assert greater influence in how the 2016 campaigns are undertaken. After two failed elections and the resulting terrible consequences for our nation and our liberty, we can’t afford a third failure.
  •        Kasich’s 2014 reelection. Gov. Kasich was up for reelection in 2014. In many comparable Republican-led states, Democrats strongly contested the reelection — Wisconsin, Michigan, South Carolina, etc.[31] Surprisingly, such strong opposition did not also happen in the key Republican must-win state of Ohio. Here the Democratic challenger was a largely unknown local politician from Cleveland. During the campaign it was found out that this challenger had apparently driven for years on an expired driver’s license and had been found by the police in a car at 4:30 AM with a woman not his wife.[32, 33] This challenger’s campaign had virtually no funding and no traditional Democratic get-out-the-vote support. Contrast this with the significant and well-funded Democratic challenge that conservative Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defeated in his hard-fought reelection last year. The disparity is obvious. Grassroots Republicans in Ohio wonder why Gov. Kasich got off so easy in a key 2016 presidential battleground state. Perhaps the fact that he is proposing, supporting, and defending public policies attuned to the political goals of the Democratic Party explains this. It should also be noted that it appears the Ohio Republican Party took steps to prevent the Libertarian candidate from being on either the primary or the November general election ballots.[34][35] This prevented Ohio voters from being able to cast a protest vote against Kasich in either the primary or general elections. These “unusual” circumstances contributed to Gov. Kasich’s 64% victory he now crows about.[36]
  •        Kasich and the Republican Party Platform. Grassroots Republican voters generally share strong support for the U.S. Constitution, the Rule of Law, a balanced budget, smaller and more effective government, and integrity and accountability in our government officials. We also generally support the preservation of life and the protection of personal liberty and private property. We also believe in adult responsibility. The Republican Party captures such views in its platform. Thus, this platform broadly defines what it means to be a “Republican.” Gov. Kasich stated that he hasn’t even read the 2012 Republican Platform and does not see it as being important.[37] Also, the Ohio Republican Party has not adopted the Republican Platform and has put off efforts to have it do so.[38] All of this indicates that Gov. Kasich is his own person, advocating his own personal political agenda. Hence, to label him as a conservative Republican has no basis in fact. Rather, Gov. Kasich can only be defined by his rhetoric and, most importantly, his public policy and political actions — all of which, as discussed above, are clearly progressive and not conservative as grassroots Republicans understand the term “conservative” to mean.

Gov. Kasich certainly has the right to pursue the presidency and to define his values and public policy positions. All candidates for this office must be able to do so. What many grassroots Republicans object to, I believe, is redefining the traditional language of “center-right” and “conservative” to mask a candidate’s actual center-left or progressive values and policy positions. Today, being seen as “conservative” is good. However, being an honest conservative, having the integrity to speak clearly about one’s values and policy positions, is held with high esteem by grassroots Republican voters.

If there is one lesson that the American public has learned, it is that honesty and integrity are paramount in the office of president and, by inference, are necessary from the serious Republican candidates for this office in their 2016 campaigns. I believe that the American news media — including Fox News — must respect the integrity of the words used to describe the candidates. Otherwise, they are engaging in “gruberizing” American voters by not speaking plainly and truthfully about the candidates but allowing their own personal or corporate desires to taint their reporting.

In closing, I wish to return to the central point of your remarks on The Hannity Show — that the Republican Party needs unity in order to have a chance at winning the White House in 2016. I am confident that almost all grassroots Republicans want to see the Republican nominee win. The path forward to achieve this does not, at this time, come from focusing on any particular candidate. Rather our party’s focus now must be on providing the primary voters a clear understanding of the candidates’ values and policy positions, on providing choice on the primary ballot to enable voters to best vote their values, and on yielding a nominee seen by grassroots Republicans as having won the nomination “fair and square.”  This is how the unity in the general election, needed for victory by the Republican Party, will best be achieved.



Mike Snead


Why Donald Trump Is Wrong About Ohio Fracking Jobs – But the Truth Is Worse For John Kasich

By Matt Mayer,  Opportunity Ohio

In two debates, Donald Trump has dinged Ohio Governor John Kasich for being lucky due to the energy renaissance. Trump’s core criticism is that Ohio’s comeback had little to do with Kasich and everything to do with the Utica Shale formation. As fact checkers noted, Trump’s criticism is wrong, as energy jobs don’t explain Ohio’s job growth. From January 2011 until last month, Ohio’s private sector added 347,100 jobs. Kasich likes to claim success because few states can match the raw number during the same period of time. Trump’s attack accepts Kasich’s framing of the job figures, but gives credit elsewhere.

The problem for Kasich is that he is lucky Trump and his people didn’t do their homework. Eventually, someone of importance in the media or in another campaign will. Once they do, Kasich’s narrative will wither away.

Why? Because the truth is that, under Kasich and his JobsOhio scheme (…/01/Its-Just-Not-Working.pdf), Ohio’s private sector is mediocre, at best. You see, the 347,100 figure isn’t a fair apples-to-apples comparison with other states. Ohio is the seventh largest state, so will easily add more private sector jobs than less populous states. When you normalize job growth for population by comparing net percentage job growth, Ohio is ranked 27th under Kasich. And, things are getting worse, not better.

The best year for Kasich came in 2011 when Ohio added 93,400 private sector jobs and earned a 17th best ranking, with most of the growth coming in the first six months of the year when he hadn’t even passed a budget. It has been all downhill from there. Through eight months in 2015, Ohio’s private sector has added just 23,600 jobs, with a ranking of 44th best in America. That is plain ugly.

So, Trump was wrong about Kasich being lucky. He just didn’t realize his error hid an even worse record he could have used to put at least one nail in Kasich’s presidential ambitions.

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GOP Debate Poll: 23.1% Changed Which Candidate They Now Support

Here are the results of our August poll on the first GOP Debate.

Which Candidate do you think won the debate?


25% Ted Cruz
23% Donald Trump
16% Marco Rubio
15% Ben Carson
7.6% John Kasich
5.5% Mike Huckabee
4.5% Rand Paul
2.1% Scott Walker
0.8% Jeb Bush
0.5% Chris Christie

Which candidate did better than you expected?


30.2% Ben Carson
16.6% Mike Huckabee
16.4% Marco Rubio
13.8% John Kasich
7.1% Donald Trump
6.6% Ted Cruz
2.7% Chris Christie
2.4% Jeb Bush
2.2% Rand Paul
2.0% Scott Walker

Which candidate did worse than you expected?


28.1% Rand Paul
25.7% Donald Trump
18.6% Jeb Bush
8.9% Chris Christie
7.0% John Kasich
6.3% Scott Walker
2.3% Ted Cruz
1.3% Ben Carson
1.0% Mike Huckabee

Which candidate do you currently support?


27.6% Ted Cruz
22.6% Donald Trump
17% Ben Carson
8.0% John Kasich
6.8% Rand Paul
5.5% Scott Walker
3.3% Mike Huckabee
1.2% Jeb Bush
0.3% Chris Christie

Did you change which candidate you are supporting after the debate?


76.9% No
23.1% Yes

Which major party do you typically lean toward?


74.1% Republican
9.9% Libertarian
9.2% Non-partisan
4.2% Democrat
2.6% Other

Which issues do you care about the most?


11.5% Spending and Debt
10.8% Immigration
10.6% National Security
9.5% Healthcare
9.0% Tax Reform
8.4% Second Amendment
7.7% Judicial Overreach
6.3% Education
5.9% Life
5.3% Marriage
4.2% Privacy
3.8% Party Reform
3.5% Right to Work
1.8% Environment
1.7% Drug Policy

A total of 911 people took our poll.

Ohio Budget Senate Version

Ohio’s budget Senate version

Ohio Budget Senate VersionThey didn’t address Common Core, labor reform or Medicaid Expansion, but they have a plan to spend a whole lot of our money.

The Ohio Senate passed their version of the budget yesterday. They now move into conference committee with the House to work out the differences. Then it moves to Governor Kasich’s desk where he does have a line item veto. The budget is a very important process because almost everything done in the Ohio General Assembly happens during this budgeting process….  It shouldn’t be that way, but it is.

Here in Ohio we have a pesky provision in the Constitution that says all bills must be single issue bills. Any bill brought to the floor must be about one thing and one thing only. That is a good thing. We don’t have amendments to our bills. They are what they say they are, no surprises.

Government always finds a way to make more laws to limit our freedom. The lawmakers in Columbus found a way to get their pet projects into law through the budget process.

Every two years Ohio writes its budget. Anything that is touched in anyway by money…which is everything…can be changed in the budget. This session they have been dealing with issues like abortion, charter schools, license plates, who gets what services through Medicaid, the list of pet projects and pork is endless.

It happens every two years, like a tornado touches down on Columbus. Everyone wants their money. The school districts don’t want their funding cut. The police don’t want their funding cut. The hospitals don’t want their funding cut.

The only group of people that don’t have lobbyists in Columbus are the most important group in the state…us, the tax payers. The politicians, the people that we send to Columbus to represent us are supposed to be our advocates. We send them there to make sure our money is spent well and our state is run efficiently. There are a few representatives standing on the side of the tax payers, but not enough.

We have a super majority of Republicans in the Senate.  We have a super majority of Republicans in the Ohio House. We have what I am told is a Republican Governor.

What does a budget written by the Republicans in Ohio look like? There are some good things, but not near enough good things.

We all get a tax cut. 6.3% across the board. I read in one report that would mean $13 coming back your way #rollinginit.

Small business also gets a tax cut. Business is exempt for the first $250,000 in income and imposes a 3 percent flat tax on small business income above that in the Senate plan

There are no severance taxes in this budget, which is a win. It is crazy to tax an emerging industry that is in a part of Ohio that needs growth and jobs. Tax it if you want to kill it. We don’t want to kill the oil and gas industry in Eastern Ohio.

That’s about it on the good stuff. Sen. Kris Jordan, R-Powell, was the lone Republican “no” vote. He should be applauded for standing firm on the principle of fiscal responsibility.

Senator Sandra Williams, was the lone Democrat “yes” vote. Republican leadership bent over backwards to secure Senator Williams yes vote so they could call the budget ‘bipartisan’.  Great reporting on this from Jeremy Pelzer from the Northeast Ohio Media Group, ‘Cleveland Senator stops proposed limits on abortion clinics, local hiring quotas’.

The Republicans “erased budget language that could have threatened the only remaining abortion clinics in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Toledo. That provision would have only allowed abortion clinics to enter into a required ambulatory transfer agreement with a local, private hospital if the hospital was within 30 miles of the clinic,” in exchange for Williams vote.

They also removed a budget clause that would have stopped Cleveland’s ‘Fannie Lewis’ law, which requires 20% of city construction work to be done by residents of Cleveland.  She got other goodies for her vote; $1 million for Cuyahoga food stamp program, a veterans license plate, $200,000 for a senior housing development called Luke’s Manor.

More budget details from Jim Siegel and the Columbus Dispatch, ‘With Senate budget done, conferees get to work’.

  • Added $130 million in funding for state universities and, in turn, is requiring a two-year freeze on tuition and fees. requiring universities to develop plans to reduce overall college costs by 5 percent,
  • The Senate budget restored funding for Medicaid coverage for pregnant women up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level and for breast- and cervical-cancer screenings.
  • Rolled back a House plan to require most Medicaid recipients to contribute to a health-savings account.
  • 5 percent annual pay raises for judges and local elected officials
  • Budget would allow major telephone companies to withdraw basic landline service to customers.

The Ohio Senate’s version of the budget goes into conference with the Ohio House. From there it heads to Governor Kasich’s desk, where he can line item veto. The budget must be finished by July 1st.

Kasich Hysterical

Kasich calls Common Core opposition hysterical

Kasich HystericalLast week Governor Kasich went on the attack, calling mother and fathers who oppose Common Core hysterical and calling politicians who oppose Common Core liars.

In an interview with the Blaze,

Ohio Gov. John Kasich believes opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative is “hysteria,” and does not expect his state’s legislature to attempt to a repeal in this legislative session.

“I don’t expect anything like that,” Kasich told The Blaze. “When you study the issue, you separate the hysteria from the reality.”

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, from the Huffington Post,

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday criticized Republicans who have attacked Common Core education standards and said that their opposition has more to do with politics than substance.

Kasich dismissed criticisms of the standards from those like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who argue that the guidelines will lead the federal government to have more control of the education system in the United States.

“The Common Core was written by state education superintendents and local principals. In my state of Ohio, we want higher standards for our children, and those standards are set and the curriculum is set by local school boards,” Kasich said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Barack Obama doesn’t set it, the state of Ohio doesn’t set it. It is local school boards driving better education, higher standards, created by local school boards.

There is no evidence that Common Core was written by anyone in Ohio.  Here is a list of the people, from the National Governor’s Association website who were members of the ‘work groups’ tasked with writing the standards.  Not a single Ohioan is on the list for any subject.

Principals and State Education Superintendents were presented the finished standards.  They may have had opportunity to look at them, perhaps make comments, but they were not changed.  Ohioans had no part in the writing of the Common Core State Standards.

These education leaders were presented with a choice, adopt these standards or face the mandates from No Child Left Behind (which Ohio would not have been able to achieve) and receive no Race to the Top money.

Ohio picked the easy way out and adopted Common Core.  They did it because it was the easy thing to do, not because it was the right thing to do for the children of Ohio and the nation.

Governor Kasich does not understand these facts.   Instead of listening and trying to understand, he calls people ‘hysterical’ and ‘liars’.

Please let Governor Kasich know your opinion about Common Core at (614) 466-3555 or on his contact form .