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For governor: Ted Strickland

Published: Sun, October 17, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

As Ohio confronts the myriad challenges brought on by the national economic recession, the need for steady, proven leadership has never been greater. This is not the time for experimentation.

In his four years as governor, Ted Strickland has shown that careful, deliberate decision-making is necessary to establish a solid foundation upon which Ohio can rebuild its economy.

Strickland, a Democrat, is seeking re-election on Nov. 2 and has earned the support of Ohioans. The Vindicator endorses the governor without reservation.

Strickland’s chief opponent is Republican John Kasich, a former member of Congress and a former director of Lehman Brothers. He is personable and engaging, but when it comes to some of the ideas he has espoused on the campaign trail, we wonder whether he’s simply pandering to the voters.

Kasich, an intelligent, knowledgeable former chairman of the House Budget Committee, has proposed the elimination of the state’s income tax, but admits he has not analyzed the state’s operating budget and has not figured out how Ohio’s government will operate without 46 percent of its general revenue.

He also has called for privatizing the department of development, again without delving into the legal ramifications of placing taxpayer dollars in the hands of corporate executives.

Kasich has said that the executives would be paid what they’re worth and would get bonuses, which could be secret. The notion that a government entity should be able to operate in the dark is at once surprising and disturbing.

Can governments at all levels become more efficient and do more with less? Of course. That message resonates with Ohioans.

Strickland’s record is there for all to see. Working with Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature he developed two balanced budgets; increased funding for primary and secondary education by 5.5 percent; contained the cost of higher education; reformed Ohio’s schools; created a consortium of state colleges and universities; secured $400 million in Race to the Top education funding from Washington; secured $7.8 billion in federal stimulus money for 7,810 projects, and cut business taxes.

Mahoning Valley

When he ran for governor four years ago, Strickland made a pledge to the Mahoning Valley that residents had heard many times before: I won’t forget you. Like most people, we were skeptical.

By any objective standard, however, it is clear the governor not only has paid a great deal of attention to this area, but has delivered on his promise to help revive its economy.

General Motors’ Lordstown assembly plant with three shifts working to produce the Chevrolet Cruze, the $650 million investment by the French company Vallourec to build a new state-of-the-art steel making facility in the Youngstown/Girard corridor, financial support for the Youngstown Business Incubator, the creation of the Eastern Gateway Community College, major funding for research initiatives at Youngstown State University, are evidence of the attention paid by the governor.

Strickland has served the region and the state well.

The Vindictor urges his re-election.


1davidjohn(144 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

getting rid of the income tax

ohios tax is highest in the region

privatizing the department of development

ohio has lost 400,000 jobs

these arent bad ideas

maybe the old style aint working

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

You had to know the Vindy would go for the DemocRAT Strickland. They have never endored a RepubliCAN ever.

Well Strickland's record of 400,000 jobs lost, state income tax and fee increases, failed school reform plan that has local property taxpayers taking it in the shorts, and his failure to commit to no tax increases to solve the upcoming $8B satet budget shortfall means JOhn Kasich is the only choice.

We need smaller government, tax decreases, and more employee reductions in state employees to cut pay and benefits being paid which only John can deliver since he is not beholden to the unions.

John Kasich is the one - vote for change!!!

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3drw122(35 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Not surprised by the endorsement. It seems the editors have the same lack of any intelligence as the rest of the community. I really don’t understand how these people can look their children in the eyes when make uneducated decisions that effect the area that their children are going to grow up in. These editors must commute into Youngstown. How can they endorse the same status quo that has made this area such a depressed area for generations? Do they lack the intelligence for any forward thinking? Are they happy living in an area with high taxes, high unemployment, high crime and the worst schools in the country. Are these editors so pathetic that can’t see what the policies of the democrats have done to the Youngstown area? I won’t be so surprised when they next endorse Charlie Wilson. I’ve noticed the editors must have told their reporters not to mention Good Ole Charlie’s past events of spousal abuse. But since they don’t care about their own children why would they care if someone beats their wife? Way to go editorial board, your parents must be so proud.

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4Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Well, let's take a look at the reality here.

Private investment made V&M a success here, not government involvement. It was only when local government started to fight about who was entitled to what did this project get put into jeopardy. If I was an executive in V&M and saw the antics and disfunction of the Valley's political process, I would have taken a few steps back.

Strickland had minimal involvement in GM Lordstown. Sure, he was there to launch the Cruze, but so was every other uninvolved politician in town trying to get a photo opportunity. The only one I will give any credit for in that regard is Tim Ryan.

The YBI has received support under both Parties. Taft Technology Center anyone? $6 million dollar investment anyone? While whatever funding Strickland has diverted to the YBI is honorable, let us not make any mistake to think it has only been Democrats supporting the Valley.

I am not surprised by this endorsement. But it is their right to make these kind of endorsements.

If the Vindicator came out for Kasich, maybe Betras would cancel his subscription to the Vindicator, and Bruce Zoldan may do the same.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

If you like the way things are vote for Strickland .


Massive drug flows into Ohio

Plenty of employment selling drugs

Escalating crime in the cities

Failed promises

And the beat goes on . . . ..

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6Education_Voter(1166 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Censorship, UnionForever,
This very day, on the same page, the Vindicator endorsed two REPUBLICANS for the Ohio Supreme Court.
Last week, the Vindicator endorsed John Husted, the most partisan REPUBLICAN of them all for Secretary of State.
Do you read this paper?

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7TB(1167 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

nope...it's likely they can't really read

Thank you Vindy for exposing Kasich for what he really is...an idea man operating in theory with no real solutions to the problems he will create.

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8davidjohn(144 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

so we should elect a man who has no ideas

that makes sense

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9eagleye(59 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Don't hand me the the old crap that the Democrats are better. They 've used the same old BS...tax and spend your money. How do you think we got to where things are? Why do only HALF of the working people pay taxes while the other half don't because of freebie give-away programs? I'll vote for road kill before I vote for ANY democrat.

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10diogenes(19 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

How soon we forget. Just four years ago Ohio voters cleaned house of the Republicans responsible for the "culture of corruption," that reached all the way to the Governor's office. Republican Bob Taft is still the only Ohio Governor ever charged with a crime while in office.

Then there was Tom Noe, Ohio's super-Republican fundraiser. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) invested hundreds of millions of dollars in high-risk investments run by Ohio Republicans who had made large campaign contributions to many Republican party officials. Millions were lost and Noe went to prison.

Now these crooks want you to forget and put them back in office. John Kasich, who worked for Lehman Brothers, the firm that brought on this job-killing recession after filing the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, was handsomely rewarded with millions of dollars, although he refuses to tell us how much he made.

And then there's Rob Portman who served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the job-killing administration of George W. Bush. On their watch, banks and investment firms were given free reign to gut the American economy.

So these guys, who are responsible for the loss of millions of American jobs, including more than 400,000 in Ohio, want you to forgive and forget and put them back in charge.

Are you kidding me?

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11valleyred(1103 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Portman is going to win by at least 17-18pts. Kasich will win by 7-10pts when it is all said and done.

Very very disappointed the Vindicator endorsed Strickland. Strickland did not make or break GM or V&M that is for sure.

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12Education_Voter(1166 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Glad some people have memories of the Republican shenanigans. Because Jon Husted, up for Secretary of State, was in deep with them,
And Kasich, of course was a Bush "Pioneer", one of the inner circle.

They ought to be unelectable.
And you Valleyred claim to care about ethics.
Well here you have Strickland, a deeply religious man, with a clean record, a man who will stand for the right to bear arms regardless of pressure. But he has a "D" next to his name.
So, it seems the "game" of politics is what is really important to you.
Maybe it's time to grow up.

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13seagull(20 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Nicely said, Education Voter.

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14Education_Voter(1166 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Yeah. Because John Kasich would have helped Delphi retirees.
Wake up. You won't feel better when you go from the frying pan into the fire.

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15Education_Voter(1166 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Why don't you ask the investors in Lehman Bros. how they feel about losing their retirement funds? Although he downplays his job, Kasich was a Director who earned millions while the ship was sinking, and Lehman's employees were misrepresenting the firm's stability to investors. He's not hurting, himself though.
Just before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, executives at Neuberger Berman sent e-mail memos suggesting, among other things, that the Lehman Brothers' top people forgo multi-million dollar bonuses to "send a strong message to both employees and investors that management is not shirking accountability for recent performance."
Lehman Brothers Investment Management Director George Herbert Walker IV dismissed the proposal, going so far as to actually apologize to other members of the Lehman Brothers executive committee for the idea of bonus reduction having been suggested. He wrote, "Sorry team. I am not sure what's in the water at Neuberger Berman. I'm embarrassed and I apologize."

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16Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Education, you have failed to show how Kasich had any direct involvement. Your argument basically is saying because Kasich worked for Lehman Brothers, he must be guilty by association.

It would be like saying one of the partners at Arthur Anderson is guilty because he worked for a company where a few of the auditors were involved in fraud.

I maintain that just because we can throw out all sorts of figures and accusations about a company, it does not prove one way or another that a person working there is guilty.

Guilt by association is not an argument at all, and as far as this poster is concerned, factcheck.org pretty much cleared Kasich of any wrongdoing.

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17Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

By the way, the Democrats who are so high and mighty on here, talking about how statewide Republicans were cleaned out in 2006, let's talk a little about our local Democratic Party.

They are not a shining beacon of ethics.

James Philomena
Phil Chance
William Fergus
Andrew Polovischak
Patrick Kerrigan
Marc Dann
Charles Xenakis

Stop me if any of these catch your attention or memory.

Jim Traficant
Martin Emrich
James Tsagaris
Maureen Cronin
Fred Bailey

You really should be asking yourselves this question: are you really any better off because of your local Democratic Party, or are you buying the lip service they are giving you?

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18republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Why is the Vindicator so afraid of new ideas? Strickland failed miserably by sitting on his hands while jobs slipped away. In response he raises taxes directly and through unfunded mandates on communities. The Vindy editorial board is made up of washed up journalists who are scared of new ideas.

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19Education_Voter(1166 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

And of course, the CEOs would be appointed Czars, give me a break.

People, I am not blaming Kasich for Lehman Bros. Of course, they didn't let him make decisions (as if that's a recommendation).

But the fact remains, he was making the big bucks right up to the end. And I bet he himself didn't buy Lehmans.
The point is that he is unlikely to give support to the Delphi retirees. Heck, if he was going to do that, he would try to help people burned by Lehman's demise.

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20goman71(104 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

sounds like the more kasich opens his mouth the more you kasich pushers seem to have serious doubts about him . but he will still win just so you guys can prove a point that you can rid of every democrat in office even if the guy replacing him is just as bad or as i see it even worse! well lets have the CEOs run our state and see how that works out for us .i just hope in four years the same people that post here that wanted him admit they are wrong!

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21Woody(491 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Stricklan balanced the budget.

HE HAS TOO!!! It would be unconstitional for him not to.

Something they should look into doing in Washington!!!

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22TB(1167 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Nice posts Education Voter.

Kasich made hundreds of thousands and didn't blink an eye as the rest of his fellow Ohioans saw their jobs disappearing and their houses being foreclosed upon.

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23borylie(946 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Why do democrats want to demonize Kasich for working for Lehman Brothers,yet say nothing of the fact that many in Obama's cabinet and in his inner circle have worked on Wall Street?

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24CommonSenseGuy(37 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I endorse John Kasich. That's worth more than a lame Vindicator endorsement.

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25VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The idea of elections is to enable citizens to choose another leader when they feel the current leader is not performing as desired, or as promised. With that in mind, I am ready to see new leadership across the board, as I have not been impressed with what we currently have before us.

If someone running for office makes promises, those promises better be fulfilled within the 4 years of a term, otherwise...don't make promises you cannot keep.

Today's politician is living in a glass house, so he or she better be prepared as today's voter is not going to stand for the games and promises of past leaderships. We are watching, we are listening and we are voting.

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26cambridge(4065 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

VINDAK.....You make a good point about politicians keeping their promises. The link below is form PolitFact.com who has kept track of the promises Obama made during the election. Check the Obameter on the upper right and the results are explained. I suggest people review all of the categories regarding his promises before forming an opinion on his overall performance.


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27Education_Voter(1166 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Above I have seen Kasich's behavior excused by comparing him to Obama, Pelosi, Reid, the Clintons and Barney Frank.
But he's not running against them.
Honestly, I don't know when I've seen so many people who don't have thing one to do with the state government brought in to argue the Republican side.

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28CommonSenseGuy(37 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Na, Na, Na, Na....Na, Na, Na, Na...Hey, Hey...Goodbye Ted! Hello, Johnny!

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29Education_Voter(1166 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I get it!
Heerres Johnny!

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30VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Hey Cambridge - thanks for the link - I was suckered into looking, and not to my surprise it was nothing but a partisan website paid for by Obama contributors. They even wanted me to send them money for Obama's campaign! Not hardly an unbiased site!

In addition, I was hammered by several unwanted popups, which led me to close down and start all over.

I have to give you credit for trying, but the site has confirmed my suspicions. We are being bombarded with tons of garbage in the hope we will be confused into thinking that our leaders are actually doing something positive for us, rather than positively spending foolishly and calling it an economic stimulus.

This is exactly the type of hogwash that voters are getting angry over and we want it stopped.

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31cambridge(4065 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

VINDYAK.....Are you kidding me. PolitiFact is a 2009 Pulitzer Prise winner and a project of the St. Petersburg Times.

There isn't anything biased about it. Tell me what part of them tracking Obama's promises is incorrect.

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32cambridge(4065 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

That's prize with a z.

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33VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Cambridge - Since you insisted...I re-visited your link and this is what I discovered. In my first look I clicked on your link posted in your first sentence and not the link on the bottom of your post. That first link directs me to an Obama page of politifact, which in turn led me to all the pop-ups and Obama campaign sites. Once again, I had to back all the way out and start over. Those pop-ups are very annoying.

Your second link on the bottom of your post does indeed direct me to the politifact site of the St. Peterburg Times, so I will do some additional research of that site. There is some concern on my part as to why politifact has links to Obama sites on their main page. With today's Obama friendly media, one has to really study what is being put out there for public consumption.

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34VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

The only way we are going to get politicians to understand what we mean is simple. We need to keep voting them out if they fail to live up to promises and expectations.

No longer should they be given a "by" just because of their party affiliation. We expect, and so, we demand to see results, not just more promises. Forget about the party and look at the person. If he or she has not kept their promises, vote for the other guy. This sends a message and apparently it is the only message they understand.

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35theCaliforniaKid(56 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Why are you so-called journalists afraid to comment on Traficant for a full 2 months before the election, now? Chickens! You know every time you opened your big, fat pens, it only encouraged support for his election from the people at whose pleasure any politician can serve. It will be my pleasure to see him return to the loving arms of his former family of democra..rats.

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36ducksfan8(2 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I hope people truly WAKE UP and learn to think outside of the box! I am thankful we have an opportunity to elect someone decent here... it's definitely A VOTE FOR John Kasich on Tues. Someone who can look at a bigger picture of how to stop this overgrowth of Government. Watch out Vindy... someday you might have trouble getting subscribers. Let's hear some other opinions for a change.

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37Education_Voter(1166 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

That IS thinking out of the box! Sure, why not go to the guys that got us into this economic mess in the first place?
See link:

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38Education_Voter(1166 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

But during the Republican administrations, both Bush and Taft, the government pursued expensive programs, the war at the federal level, rebuilding schools at the state level, while sticking to their promises to the wealthy to continue the
1. deregulation that was a cause of the financial meltdown
2. insulation of the wealthy from a tax burden equal to the middle class

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39ohiovoter(8 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Oh if they could have looked into the future they would see the wisdom of this choice! This is why I am canceling The Tribune and subscribing to this paper!!! Thanks!

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40ohiovoter(8 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Still waiting for jobs created by those Bush tax cuts... 8 year..10 years.. gee.. maybe it doesn't trickle down???

Let's do the same even bigger until we are all in poverty and no consumers left to buy.
Guess the wealthy will need to provide services and goods for themselves because they are the only ones left with money.

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