April 20, 2014

Kasich’s Three Lobbyist Helpmates

The Columbus Dispatch took some time out today from Big Pimpin’ Yosemite John’s running of the state to shed some light on just who is on John Kasich’s famous bus.

A right-wing lobbyist, Republican hack and a former staffer are the lobbying triumvirate getting rowdy on the bus.

It’s nice to see at least one of Kasich’s staffers/former staffers making big in the private sector. You’ll remember that the governor said he had to pay his senior staff much more than former Gov. Ted Strickland paid his crew because, by golly these folks are the cream of the crop and he’s competing with the private sector.

What Yosemite John didn’t say is that a bunch of these folks were just waiting in the wings being paid by political organizations and THE Ohio State University for ten or twelve years while he found himself and worked what was apparently a “no-show” gig at Lehman Brothers. (I thought that only happened on The Sopranos)

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All you need to know about Newt’s candidacy for 2012

Last Wednesday night (May 11), Chris Matthews delivered a blistering two-minute reminder about why former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been relegated to the fringe of Republican politics for the past 12 years or so. He’s a pseudo-intellectual bomb thrower and a one man movement dedicated to political chaos. You’re either with Newt or you’re a Nazi. Now that’s a message that makes me feel great about the future … [Read more...]

Ohio Sunday Papers – Happy Easter – April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Why not consider today, if you are of the Christian faith, how your faith informs your worldview. For instance, are you against reforming the health care system in America so that the cost of getting well if you are sick or saving someone’s life wouldn’t send the average uninsured person to the poor house? Ask yourself today, not, “What would Jesus do?” Ask yourself today what Jesus did (so far as we know from the Gospels). Peace, Pelikan.

Kasich Budget Will Slash Minority and Women’s Interests in State Purchasing

If John Kasich has made up any ground with the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus over the past six weeks, he may have lost it by proposing to gut the Equal Opportunity Division within the state’s Dept. of Administrative Services.

Kasich’s budget plan calls for cutting the funding by more than half over two years for the organization that manages two programs that foster minority-owned small businesses in Ohio by getting them involved in state contracting opportunities. The operating funds for EOD will be cut by 45% in FY 2012 and an additional 8% in FY 2013. (Page D-17 of Blue Book (linked) Fund 1880 ALI 100649)

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The Daily Graphic: Gallup’s Top 10 – and Bottom 10 Places in U.S. on Well-Being Index

Ouch. Two areas in Ohio are listed with the bottom scores in Gallup’s 2010 Well-Being Index:


According to Gallup, the Well-Being Index is:

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index provides an in-depth, real-time view of Americans’ well-being, giving governments, communities, employers, and health plans unmatched insight into the health of their populations. The Well-Being Index is an average of six sub-indexes: Life Evaluation, Physical Health, Emotional Health, Healthy Behavior, Work Environment, and Basic Access.

Gallup and Healthways are interviewing no fewer than 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide each day, nearly 350 days a year. Respondents are asked a series of 56 questions related to their health and well-being.