1:21 PM, Jun 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
You are governor of a mid-Western state with substantial union membership and voters who are generally disgruntled and feeling no love for your Republican party. You are down in the polls and friendless in the media. What to do?
Well, here is an idea:
... make government cheaper and more efficient, cut taxes and slap around union leaders.
You're a Republican so it will feel good to do these things. And, you'll know, in your heart, that it is right. But ... will it work?
Well, as Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, & Elizabeth Titus write at Politico, in the case of Ohio ...
Mere months ago, [John] Kasich was among the most unpopular governors in the land. Now, he is surging, his approval numbers rising north of 50 percent as his state’s unemployment numbers have dropped.
The turnaround is dramatic but not unprecedented. Kasich is, in fact:
... replicating much of the approach that Mitch Daniels took as Indiana governor during two terms ending in January. It’s what Scott Walker forced on Wisconsin, and Mike Pence is now trying to do in the Hoosier State. The public backlash is intense initially, abates over time, and eventually gives way as job growth pushes other issues into the background, including the GOP’s dilemma with immigration and same-sex marriage.
And, it should be said, proves again that while economic growth may not be the solution to all our political problems, it does make the burden of them feel lighter and easier to bear
10:06 PM, Nov 8, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Associated Press reports:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The state's new collective bargaining law was defeated Tuesday after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the Republican establishment.
9:00 AM, Nov 7, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ohio voters go to the polls tomorrow to vote on approving a recently passed public sector labor law, and a new survey from Public Policy Polling finds that 59 percent of those voters are against the law. Senate bill 5, passed by the Ohio legislature and signed by Republican governor John Kasich, requires public employees contribute to their health insurance and pension plans as well as limiting collective bargaining for those employees.
Six reasons why collective bargaining reform will likely fail in the Buckeye state.1:21 PM, Nov 6, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Although the polls show Ohio's collective bargaining reform headed for repeal in a referendum Tuesday, Governor John Kasich has no regrets he signed the legislation last March. “Everybody’s got to face this sooner or later,” Kasich told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in a phone interview. "This is part of an overall plan to get reform from top to bottom. It’s extremely difficult. No one has tried this level of reform, that I’m aware of in the country, including Wisconsin."
"People will learn from this," Kasich says. "And we’ll see what happens on Tuesday."
But he says he did not want to comment on state's health insurance mandate initiative.1:15 PM, Oct 26, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Speaking in Virginia this morning, Mitt Romney tried to clarify what he called “confusion” over his comments yesterday in Ohio.
3:00 PM, Apr 11, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Proposals to enact so-called "parent trigger" laws, where parents can choose to convert their failing school into a charter school, are gaining traction, and the teachers' unions and some liberal groups are unsurprisingly up in arms.
Good news from Florida.11:27 AM, Feb 16, 2011 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Florida governor Rick Scott has rejected federal funds for high-speed rail connecting Orlando and Tampa, a decision that could send up to $2.4 billion in stimulus money back to the federal government. In a statement, Scott says that the red ink in President Obama’s budget – and the higher taxes the White House is proposing – would hurt the business environment in Florida.
California, Texas, New York, and Ohio are all up for grabs.3:28 PM, Mar 9, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Some of the most exciting races of the 2010 election cycle are taking place in the states. California, Texas, New York, and Ohio all feature important statewide races that will have repercussions in 2012 and beyond. A Republican victory in any one of these states is certain to launch a new GOP celebrity. And since the Democrats suffer from a weak bench, they're looking to the big states to highlight some new faces of their own. John Heilemann has a roundup of the campaigns here. Democrats lead in two, Republicans in one, and the other is a tossup.
Let's look at each.
The GOP lacks a standard-bearer for 2012—but the list of contenders will be growing in the fall.Mar 15, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 25 • By FRED BARNES
Texas governor Rick Perry’s impressive primary victory over Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is a signal. After the midterm election this November, the field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 (or later) is going to get bigger and possibly better.
Reports of the former governor's political demise may have been greatly exaggerated.6:01 PM, Feb 2, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Readers made some great points in response to my post yesterday on the race for the 2012 GOP nomination. One correspondent pointed out that I neglected to mention John Kasich, the former Republican congressman and Fox News personality who is running for governor of Ohio. A Kasich victory would launch him once more into the Republican stratosphere--but it would be hard to begin a presidential campaign after less than a year in office!
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