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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Ohio Governor John Kasich today signed an agreement that describes in broad terms how their two states will cooperatively build a new bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington. December 12, 2012.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation in 2013 that has undermined reproductive health care for women in the state.
Abortion opponents have been laboring for years to reduce the number of abortions in this country by simply reducing the facilities where they are available. Now new data out of Ohio suggests that they are succeeding, effectively choking off access to abortions state by state. Tara Culp-Ressler reports:
According to records obtained by the Associated Press, the number of abortion providers in the Buckeye State has shrunk by half over the past four years. There were 16 providers in the state in 2011; since then, seven clinics have reduced their services or closed their doors altogether. An eighth clinic — the only abortion provider left in Toledo — is fighting to stay open, but remains at the mercy of court proceedings...

In 2013, Ohio pushed through a package of stringent abortion restrictions by attaching them to an unrelated budget bill. At the time, the anti-abortion groups in the state celebrated the passage of the legislation as “historic.” Among other things, that law includes a provision requiring abortion doctors to enter into unnecessary partnerships with local hospitals — an increasingly popular legislative strategy known as the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or TRAP — that’s making it difficult for providers to stay in business.

That anti-abortion package, signed into law by Gov. John Kasich, who is weighing a presidential run, also included a measure forcing women to get an ultrasound before terminating their pregnancy. It prohibited rape crisis clinics from providing abortion counseling to victims. And then there was this beauty.
If a woman is able to obtain an abortion in Ohio and develops some sort of medical issue during the procedure, clinics will no longer be allowed to transfer these patients to public hospitals for additional care. In the midst of a crisis, these patients must find a private hospital to help them.

Despite protests at the Ohio Statehouse last week, the new anti-abortion measures were approved when the governor failed to veto them. Kasich did manage to veto 22 other line-item measures.

Kasich's war against providing women with a full range of healthcare options will not be forgotten at the ballot box. Should he manage to win the GOP nomination, the governor's attack on women in his home state will become a central issue in the campaign.
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Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks during the CERAWEEK global energy conference in Houston March 7, 2012.  REUTERS/Donna W. Carson    (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY HEADSHOT POLITICS) - RTR2Z07W
One of the dangers of relying on guidance from God in order to determine whether you will or will not be running for president is that God seems invariably to tell candidates whatever they want to hear.
On Meet The Press, Gov. Kasich said, “My family is a consideration, and number two, the most important thing is, what does the Lord want me to do with my life? You know, he puts us on Earth, all of us on Earth, to achieve certain purposes, and I’m trying to determine if this is what the Lord wants, and I’m not going to figure that out laying in bed hoping lightning strikes, so I’m out there one foot in front of another. We’ll see what happens.”
Just once I would like God to tell a Republican governor that maybe he or she ought to focus on getting his or her own house in order—perhaps expanding food aid to the poor instead of cutting it, or expanding medical care for state residents instead of whittling it down, rather than the invariable holy mandate to cut taxes on the governor's good friends and business acquaintances? Does God never tell any of his powerful supplicants that no, actually, they should probably not seek more power? Has there ever been a politician who spoke to God and reported back that God thought they were a crap-out who did not deserve a scrap more attention?

We shall see what happens. In the meantime, keep in mind that God seems to tell quite a few candidates to run for president during any given election. Since they can't all win, and most of them do not even come close, it stands to reason that God mostly just wants to knock each of them down a few pegs.

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After spending much of his 2014 re-election campaign running tv ads showing his support of breast cancer screening for uninsured women, Gov. John Kasich has completely eliminated Ohio's Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCP Medicaid) from his FY 2016-2017 budget.  The program provides emergency, temporary Medicaid coverage to uninsured women earning up to 200% of FPL who were diagnosed through the state's free screening program. His proposal doesn't just leave it out of the budget, it eliminates the program completely. Forever.

It seems that, while Kasich plans to fund free mammograms and pap tests for uninsured women up to 200% FPL, if they're diagnosed and not eligible for the Medicaid Expansion (which only covers those earning up to 139% FPL) they'll have to buy private health insurance.  In short, he only cares if you get diagnosed, he doesn't care if you need treatment. And if you're lucky enough to earn so little to qualify for the Medicaid Expansion, he's going to charge you a monthly premium to get it.

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John Kasich, Ohio's governor, delivered his state of the state speech this week.

To his credit, Kasich recognizes that cutting taxes for the wealthy doesn't pay for itself. Unlike Scott Walker, he's not willing to blow a $1.8 billion hole in the budget by simply cutting taxes at the top.

His solution, however, is to raise taxes on the majority of Ohio so he can still give tax cuts to those at the top.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer is, surprisingly, the only media outlet I've seen to even hint at the implications of Kasich's plan: To cut taxes we must raise taxes!

Any guesses whose taxes will be cut and whose raised?

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Updates from The Heart of it All . . .

Ohio Board of Education Replaces Educators With Public Library

Debe Terhar is back in the news.  She's president of the Ohio Board of Education.  She's a Kasich acolyte, an anti-tax Tea Bagger, a charter school champion, and a gun nut who almost lost her job after her Facebook post comparing Obama to Hitler.  She's leaving her position soon (Yay!) but yesterday she and the other R's on the state board gave us a parting shot. They voted to eliminate the requirement that Ohio public schools have a certain number of elementary art, music, and phys ed teachers, as well as counselors, nurses and librarians.  It's not about cutting those subjects or those position, they swore.  Oh no.  It's about giving "staffing flexibility" to school districts.  One nitwit on the state board said, with a straight face, the new rules will encourage schools to get "creative" in how they provide student services, and suggested they could use a nearby public library or public health facility.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks during the CERAWEEK global energy conference in Houston March 7, 2012.  REUTERS/Donna W. Carson    (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY HEADSHOT POLITICS) - RTR2Z07W
Gov. John Kasich (R-OH)
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he believes abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest, yet he signed a bill prohibiting rape crisis counselors from telling victims that abortion is an option. That's not a contradiction he's prepared to talk about, though—and especially not if his Democratic opponent is the one doing the asking. At an endorsement meeting for the Cleveland Plain Dealer—the video of which the Plain Dealer is trying to keep from being seen by the public—both candidates were present, and Ed FitzGerald put the question directly to Kasich: "Why was it important to have a piece of legislation that literally imposed a gag rule on rape crisis counselors?"

FitzGerald even specified that "I hope you don’t just fall back on your usual kind of generic statements that you’re pro-life, or that you have sympathy for people that have gone through sexual assault," which is exactly what Kasich did. Eventually.

Kasich would not answer the question until it was repeated (in fumbling fashion) by a Plain Dealer editor. In fact, Kasich literally pretended FitzGerald was not there and that no one had spoken to him. FitzGerald finishes asking this rather important question and Kasich just sits there, staring into space. When the editor asks "Would you like to answer that, governor?", Kasich replies "Do you have a question?" After some back and forth in which FitzGerald is forced to explain to the editor that "He’s trying to pretend he didn’t hear me say it, so you need to repeat it," Kasich finally—as predicted—falls back on generic statements that he's pro-life. Which the male editor of a newspaper that went on to endorse Kasich after watching him pointedly pretend his opponent wasn't there, in the manner of a child trying to annoy his sibling, accepts as an answer to the question of why Kasich imposed a gag order on rape crisis counselors, even though he didn't pretend to answer it. Eventually, a female editor jumps in:

EDITOR: Governor, let me push you on that a little bit more. Because if I’m a female voter, and I’ve been raped, and I go to a rape crisis counselor, I’m not going to be able to get the information I need to make a decision. What are you trying to tell that voter?

KASICH: I’m not trying to tell them anything. The voters in this state, I think by and large, know I’m pro-life. And let me just say that what Ms. Rios was just saying — I mean, this has been a debate that’s gone on since I’ve been around politics. We have Democratic women who are fervently pro-life. We have Republican women who are not. I mean, that’s just the way it is. And so what I choose to focus on is that we can debate this all day long. But at the end of the day, I respect people that have a different position beyond that. But they need to understand my position. It’s just that simple. I’m pro-life.

"I'm not trying to tell them anything" seems like the crux of this. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is preventing rape crisis counselors from giving full information to rape victims, and he has nothing to say to anyone who might be affected by it. Nothing. You've been raped? Kasich is not interested in explaining how his policies affect you. The only information he wants out there is that he's pro-life, without any discussion of how his laws affect women who've been raped.
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A Republican trying to hide the details of his extreme positions on abortion is an everyday occurrence. A major newspaper like the Plain Dealer allowing a governor to refuse to answer a question while behaving like a bratty 11 year old, then trying to cover up the video evidence is something special. And Ohio voters really do deserve to know why John Kasich is trying to come between rape crisis counselors and the women they treat. (Video of the meeting, which the Plain Dealer is likely to have removed from YouTube again, is below the fold.)
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The Ohio governor's race seems to have turned on a character flaw of the Democratic candidate, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. The major news media have given wide and detailed coverage to the story that FitzGerald had been driving on an expired or temporary driver's license over a period of ten years. Out of seven major newspapers' endorsements, six have gone to the Republican and current governor, John Kasich. The most FitzGerald could muster was a "none of the above" from The Toledo Blade, which dinged him for a "casual approach to the law that would not befit a potential governor." Fitzgerald admits to the character flaws of procrastination and carelessness in this matter, and apologizes for taking "the focus off of the crucial issues Ohio is facing." But this story should not be the last word in the governor's race. Kasich has also shown some troubling character flaws. And, more importantly, there is a great policy gulf between the two candidates that, given the governor's agenda-setting and veto powers, would have a great affect on the people of Ohio.

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Yesterday I had the honor and pleasure of talking to Ohio State Senator Nina Turner.  She is one passionate and eloquent woman.

Senator Nina Turner is running for Secretary of State.  This position used to be an obscure one until the Tea Party/GOP decided to become the anti-voter rights party.  Now the front lines of the War for Democracy run through the SoS elections in Ohio and other state such as Georgia and Kansas.

And she gets it.  She got me going when she said that we need to get as passionate and active defending voters rights and fighting the "if you cant't beat them cheat them" attitude of the Tea Party/GOP as we were during the Civil Rights movement. Only a nationwide movement to fight this anti-democratic injustices will work.

Ohio is a pivotal state.  Obama won in Ohio twice.  Then again we know what happened in 2004 (do we?).

And do we want the current SoS Jon Husted, who has set records in voter suppression and gerrymandering, to be SoS in 2016 given the pivotal role Ohio plays in the presidential elections?  I think not.

The polls have shown a dead heat since the beginning of the race in spite of the massive amounts spent by Husted ($3-4 million) vs Turner (close to $2 million).  Husted got big donations from PACs and Koch bros.  Turners campaign donations came from the grassroots like us.

BTW, Turner has been endorsed by many prominent people and most labor unions and is officially supported by DailyKos.

Nina Turner Act Blue photo NinaTurnerActBlue_zpsae7f80b2.png Please donate, I did.

I also talked to VetGrl who gave me much insight on Ohio politics.  Nina Turner vs Jon Husted is the key race in Ohio and very symbolic IMO. VetGrl also pointed to the State Treasure and State Attorney races but obviously the one that stands out and has huge strategic importance nationwide is the one for SoS.  And Husted has "baggage".  Check it on Tumblr.

Other Kossacks have written about Turner vs. Husted campaign and the Ohio voter suppression issue;

Fight back in the War on Voting: Daily Kos endorses Nina Turner for Ohio secretary of state

Supreme Court blocks early voting in Ohio
Ohio's Husted brings his War on Voting inside the polls

Ohio's Husted gets the deciding vote on whether to advertise his name in polling places

Nina Turner ad contrasts her fight for voting rights with Husted's war on voting

Nina stressed how important is to GOTV and she told me that the one thing that would make a difference is if Obama or Michelle made an appearance before the elections.  That would help with the black vote, women and young people.  I hope that the Democratic Party gets the message.

Then again, Jerry Springer, ex-Mayor of Cinncinatti, IS campaigning for Nina Turner.

And MSNBC pitches in with this interview with Jerry Springer and Ed Schultz's interview of Nina Turner (min 13:00).

Husted's campaign has chosen to go mud slinging with their TV ads.  Senator turner could do the same thing (she has a lot of material she could use) but refuses to do so and prefers to focus on the issues.

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Below the orange croissant are Nina Turner's objectives as Ohio Secretary of State.
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Ohio Governor John Kasich today signed an agreement that describes in broad terms how their two states will cooperatively build a new bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington. December 12, 2012.
Careful, there, Kasich. You're letting your sanity show.
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Republican Gov. John Kasich got a lot of attention on Monday for acknowledging reality when he said that Obamacare repeal is "not gonna happen." Then he went even deeper, saying that the "political or ideological" opposition to Obamacare—and, in particular, Medicaid expansion—doesn't "hold water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives." Two thoughts spring to mind reading that. Either John Kasich has given up any presidential aspirations or Kasich is seeing a shift in his party away from Obamacare insanity.

As it turns out, it's neither of those things, because Kasich immediately "clarified" his position.

"I don't back Obamacare. I never have. I want it to be repealed," he told The Washington Post in a telephone interview. "If the House and the Senate [are Republican-controlled] and we have a Republican president, Obamacare will be repealed flat out. Flat out. And it will be replaced."
So much for "real improvements in people's lives." But that's not the best part. He goes full McConnell in his backtracking talk with Politico.
"I have favored expanding Medicaid, but I don't really see expanding Medicaid as really connected to Obamacare,” he said.

If Republicans take the Senate, Kasich said, "you better believe they’re gonna repeal Obamacare and I agree with that.” But, he added, “there’s got to be an accommodation” for Medicaid expansion.

Just like if Obamacare is completely repealed Kentucky can still have Kynect. Maybe he figures of Mitch McConnell can try to get away with pretending like all the good stuff sticks around when the law that created it is destroyed, he can do it, too. Especially if he wants to be president someday.
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Why Republicans—even Kasich, who clearly knows better—are still trying to keep one foot in repeal-land with the other foot in reality is all about the base. According to the latest Kaiser poll, 62 percent of the rabid, dead-ender Republican base cannot let go of repeal. Never mind that it's a shrinking subset of the voting population. It's the people who will turn out in a Republican primary. They're the only ones who matter, ultimately.

Watergate on the Olentangy!

The next time you're in a conversation about how worthless and biased most newspapers are and how we'd be better off without them (believe me, I have this conversation all the time), and someone says "But how will we stay informed if we didn't have newspapers? Blogs can't do the same job!," show them this:

This is from Ohio progressive political blog Plunderbund. It's a story that ought to change the course of the governor's race — and it would if A. the party hurt by the story wasn't the Republican, and B. if the willingness of the two biggest state newspapers to be errand boys for illicitly acquired information wasn't a major part of the story so they won't cover it.

If it were a Democrat, this would be the front page for two weeks, and his campaign would be done. But the newspapers are working so hard to reelect Kasich that his campaign should declare their coverage a donation in kind. Now we're seeing there's an even more direct and corrupt link.

Read the story, but let me give you a little background first.

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What are the odds of picking the winners of 16 horse races in a row?

Let’s assume there’s just two horses per race like a two-party political system. With two horses per race, the odds would be 2 to the 16th power or 1 out of 65,536. A long shot, right?

Not if you live in Ohio.

Here’s the winners of the Ohio congressional races two weeks before the election

District Winner Party
1 Steve Chabot Republican
2 Brad Wenstrup Republican
3 Joyce Beatty Democratic
4 Jim Jordan Republican
5 Bob Latta Republican
6 Bill Johnson Republican
7 Bob Gibbs Republican
8 John Boehner Republican
9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic
10 Mike Turner Republican
11 Marcia Fudge Democratic
12 Pat Tiberi Republican
13 Tim Ryan Democratic
14 David Joyce Republican
15 Steve Stivers Republican
16 Jim Renacci Republican
How can I do this?

It’s simple. The districts are rigged. If you don’t believe me, save this post and check the results after the election.

The Democratic Party will always win four seats because Republicans drew twelve districts in their favor and jammed most of Ohio's Democratic voters into four weirdly drawn districts. They'll never win these four districts but the odds of them winning the other twelve are almost certain.

One way I've found to raise awareness is by offering to bet people $100 that I can pick all 16 races. I can pick them because they've been fixed by Republicans in Columbus. So far no one has been willing to take the bet, but it's generated a lot of conversation.

By and large, if you explain it this way, everyone is against it. 100% of everyone.

Here's my full op-ed on Ohio vote rigging and how to fix it at the Cincinnati Enquirer.  

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Nina Turner, 2014 Democratic candidate for Ohio SoS.
Let's get rid of Husted once and for all. Help elect Nina Turner.
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In the annals of voter suppression, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's name is legend for the many and varied actions he has taken to keep would-be Democratic voters from voting. After being repeatedly slapped down by the courts in his 2012 efforts to suppress the vote, he's decided to bring his dirty tricks inside polling places.

So big signs with your name on them are a no-go, unless you’re the current secretary of state, charged with overseeing elections. Then you’re required to draw up informational posters with instructions on how voters can update their voter registration and make sure they’re at the right polling place.

These posters can be posted at voting locations. You can also put your name on those things. Real big, if you want to.

Husted definitely wanted to, and did, emblazoning his name and signature on 2-foot by 3-foot posters that his office is now requiring all polling places to post. That has Democrats, including Hamilton County Democratic Chairman Tim Burke, crying foul.

The poster has both Husted's signature and his name, in big bold letters at the bottom, "the size of an oversized bumper sticker on the required poster," says Burke. Husted has directed every county election official to put this poster in every polling location, though his spokesman says it's not a "formal directive." Since there is no formal directive, Burke says, he will request his fellow board of elections members meet to vote on whether or not to put up the posters.

Clearly, Husted is worried about his own political skin this cycle. That's because of Nina Turner, his challenger who has made voting rights the centerpiece of her campaign. So he's digging deep into his bag of dirty tricks, because that's just who he is. Don't let him win.

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