Can we still do something as big as create a 21st-century clean power economy?
Some politicians in Ohio have explicitly said their goal is to make our state more like Texas. So there's a great irony that, just as one brave woman in Austin was standing up to protect reproductive health choices for women, men here in Columbus were plotting ways to take them away.
And the hopes for a Republican revival in 2016 rest upon... ? The answer to that question, according to a featured article that Politico ran at the end of last week, just might be Ohio Governor John Kasich.
The hurdles that Governors Jindal, Kasich, Fallin, and Heineman encountered in their own states and with their own allies do suggest that there may be a bit less appetite for radical tax change in the states than it seemed a month or two ago.
Maybe Republican politicians see that Mitt Romney got the be their party's presidential nominee by changing his positions more often than a yoga instructor, so maybe it could work for them, too. Who knows?
Some governors are demonstrating that one-time critics of Obamacare can, and should, be willing to take another look at the impact Medicaid expansion will have on their state's budget -- and their constituents who may fall ill at some time in their lives -- in the face of a health care crisis.
While Republican governors like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas play games with people's lives to throw red meat to the extremists in their party, Kasich and the a growing number of GOP governors put the needs of their state before their political party.
Vouchers To Grow In Ohio? In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich's (R) budget plan would reduce funding gaps between wealthy and poor public school districts and also create a new voucher program, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The new vouchers would give about $4,250 a year toward private-school tuition to any kindergartener whose family is making less than 200 percent of the poverty line. The next year, Kasich would expand the program to include first graders. While an existing scholarship plan currently does something similar for 15,702 students, a full 1.8 million students would qualify for the new plan's income requirements The budget plan includes a 6 percent overall school funding increase the following year, and then 3.2 percent more the next year.
Scott Walker-Style Merit Pay? Speaking at a Friday convention, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said he wants the state to begin a program that would pay partially teachers in accordance with their ratings, reports the Badger Herald. "One of the things we're looking to do going forward is to put additional resources into public education over the next two years in this budget in a variety of different ways is in part ... put money behind performance," Walker said. "How can we provide an incentive bonus?"
Democrats in Ohio have repeatedly stood up for a woman's right to make her own decisions about her healthcare. Unfortunately, Republicans in Ohio have not shown this same support for women.
One candidate -- President Obama -- supports workers' rights and is committed to protecting them. The other -- Mitt Romney -- is out to destroy them. That's what at stake in this election.
Many of you saw Matt Bai's recent profile of Ohio in the Sunday Times magazine section. To summarize it crudely, Bai explores this question: Ohio is c...
If Ohio goes with the loser and enough other swing states choose the victor, then there is no love lost. Yet in the eyes of the candidates, Ohio is just too desirable and determinant to be left to its own whims.
Reading Matt Bai's piece in the New York Times Magazine about the Ohio economy, and reflecting on many recent discussions and debates, I found myself pondering the question posed above. It's a big, portentous question, especially in an election year where the economy's center stage.
The Republican convention may give Romney and Kasich a small boost in the polls the next two weeks, but its legacy will be one of bold-faced lies and utter cluelessness.
The impact is so potentially harmful to the GOP ticket that Team Romney has reportedly asked Kasich, Scott and others to tone down the positive statements. But Republican governors care about one thing: getting re-elected.