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Expect Kasich’s State of State this week to sound like stump speech for 2014

Published: Sun, February 17, 2013 @ 1:03 p.m.

Expect Kasich’s State of State this week to sound like stump speech for 2014

Associated Press


Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s annual State of the State speech Tuesday will feel more like a stump speech for 2014 than the typical litany of big policy initiatives.

That’s because the Republican governor has timed it to follow, rather than announce, his major budget, tax reform and school funding proposals.

It’s the second consecutive year Kasich has taken the speech outside Columbus. Kasich made history last year when he spoke in Steubenville.

By choosing Lima, he’s moved to Ohio’s farm belt, and a manufacturing hub with significantly improved employment.

By reversing the usual speech-then-budget pattern of past governors, Kasich is following a classic campaign format: Announce a big policy initiative, then hit the road to sell its merits.


1valleyred(1102 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Nothing wrong with him touting his record which trumps the last two governors combined in just 2.5 years.

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2redeye1(5265 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

At least his speech will be full of good news and truths,, not like OBAMMY'S that was full of the same BS as last years.. Another words, just a whole lot of LIES! Just worded differently from last years SOU speech. Keep up the good work Governor!!!!!!

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3NoBS(2315 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Yes, Kasich's been awesome - he caused cities, villages, and other local municipalities to have fiscal emergencies and cost taxpayers boatloads of new tax money. He spent his first year engaging in a war with teachers and other public employees (he seems to have a personal vendetta for teachers, though). Despite clear, consistent messages from the citizens of Ohio, he spent his first year in office pushing and threatening in order to get his SB 5 passed, and got it shoved back down his throat anyway. He's funneled millions of tax dollars into private enterprises conveniently run by his cronies (JobsOhio for one) and refused to give the public an accounting of where our tax dollars are actually being spent. He wanted to sell the Turnpike (to another crony, of course), although he must have learned something from the SB 5 debacle, because he backed off that lunacy fairly quickly. Instead, he's arranged a flim-flam in order to glom onto those Turnpike dollars and again steer a pile of public money into the netherworld where it will never be heard from again.

Oh, yeah, he's the best thing since Taft and Coingate!

Although I will grant you that "Bobble Head Ted" was nothing to write home about either. I never did trust a 'man of the cloth' who aspired to political power.

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4Letstryagain(191 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I don't even know why this piece from the AP was published. Was there some news in here that I missed.

Kasich has taken on some bold initiatives, and is not afraid to seriously "float" initiatives in order to gauge public response. The fact that he does it. and will change a position demonstrates a leadership quality that we have not seen in the state capital for years.

The cirticism of Jobs Ohio being run by a "Cronie" is without merit relative to other adminstrations that appointed their cronies to positions. That is politics in the US, and not necessarily bad. Assuming competence is provided, I would appoint someone I know vs someone I don't.

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