After Tamir’s death, the county prosecutor, Timothy McGinty, an elected official, responsible for seeking justice for Tamir, instead blamed my 12 year old boy for his own death. All of this happened under the administration of Ohio governor, John Kasich, a 2016 presidential nominee. Ohio’s state government has shown me repeatedly that the people elected to serve have no interest in justice. The loss of Tamir has made it clear to me that Cleveland is deeply invested in a system of injustice. No one has been held responsible for any part of this entire traumatic experience. No one has at least apologized for killing my son. Not a single politician has offered me some substantial support.
While I’ve continued to push my state’s officials towards real changes, several Presidential candidates have said my son’s name in their mouth, using his death as an example of what shouldn’t happen in America. Twelve year old children should never be murdered for playing in a park. But not a single politician: local, state or federal, has taken action to make sure it doesn’t happen again […]
True community oversight of the police is one that evens the balance of power and allows the communities police serve to judge how well they are doing their job. My experience has let me know that the system is working just the way the people in power want it to. That is why I refuse to accept plans or support politicians that offer what they propose as solutions, not informed by us, the community. It’s why I won’t accept plans for more “community police” as positive solutions when it was the police that killed my son. I cannot settle for partial solutions and lip service. I know we need real action, and I refuse to endorse any candidate that offers less.
Because of the recent and intense attacks on women’s health care in Texas, people might assume that Texas is more extreme. But under Governor John Kasich, Ohio has signed 17 anti-women’s health bills into law. And now, he’s trying to take his bad policies nationwide with his run for president.
In a blatant violation of separation of church and state, Ohio’s Republican governor is literally forcing public schools to partner with religious groups if they want taxpayer funding. Because Ohio voters are apparently gluttons for punishment and chose not to oust incumbent Governor John Kasich, they now have to live with the reality that one way or another, their kids are going to be preached…
With Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio out of the running, Ohio Governor John Kasich is the establishment candidate no one saw coming. And sure, compared to the rest of the GOP’s increasingly terrifying sideshows in suits, Kasich comes across as sane. But don’t be fooled: John Kasich is just as much of a monster as the rest—he just hides it better.
He Hates Unions (Except When He Pretends Not to)
In March of 2009, Kasich infamously (at least in Ohio) noted that the state needed to “break the back of organized labor in schools.” Which is to say, John Kasich would like to break the back of the teachers unions. The same teachers unions that have, according to him, “smeared my record and distorted it.” It’s not just teachers Kasich wants to bust; it’s organized labor in general. From The Columbus Dispatch:
Kasich, who is backed by business groups, also opposes paying prevailing wages on state-funded construction projects. And as part of a sweeping review of state laws and regulations, he wants to reexamine the 1983 law that gave public employees in Ohio the right to collective bargaining, arbitration and strike (except for safety forces).
It would sound a lot better to the many union card-carrying voters of Ohio if Kasich didn’twant to tear down unions as a whole, though. That’s why when discussing his opposition to prevailing wages, Kasich follows with, “I grew up in a blue-collar family in a community dominated by organized labor. I consider organized labor to be positive.”
Just as long as they’re not organized to do anything important.
He Made Ohio’s Bad Economy Worse
John Kasich loves to talk about how he brought jobs back to Ohio after the recession. The problem with that line of thinking, though, is that every state regained jobs after the recession. In fact, most states even managed return to pre-recession employment rates. Ohio was not one of those states.
According to Cleveland.com, by May of 2014, Ohio actually had 119,900 fewer jobs than when the recession began. As for the jobs Kasich did create, the majority were low-wage.According to a 2014 report by a progressive Cleveland think tank, Ohio’s median wage was nearly a dollar below the national average at $15.81 per hour.
Like Jeb, Kasich is big on charter schools, which in his case meant spending over $1 billion on a program that exists to divert public funding to private pockets. According toprogressive advocacy group Innovation Ohio:
Traditional public schools, which educate 90 percent of Ohio’s kids, receive $515 million less state funding than before Gov. Kasich took office.
Charter school funding has increased by 27 percent, and charters now receive more state money per pupil than do traditional public schools.
What’s more, The Akron Beacon Journal reported that “state auditors have uncovered $27.3 million improperly spent by charter schools, many run by for-profit companies, enrolling thousands of children and producing academic results that rival the worst in the nation.”
And then! When poorly performing charter schools were mysteriously scrubbed from state evaluation reports by David Hansen (the husband of Kasich’s campaign manager), Kasich shrugged off any suggestion of an investigation, saying , “I mean, the guy is gone,” and “It’s just a political thing.”
He’s a Dick
It’s incredibly fortunate for John Kasich that Ted Cruz is Ted Cruz. Because if he weren’t standing next to an opponent so phenomenally, nauseatingly unlikeable, we all might realize that Kasich himself is also a dick.
…he did not read The Atlantic—and his wife didn’t, either. He said that my job, writing about politics and politicians, was “really a dumb thing to do.” Later, he singled me out in a meeting of cabinet officials to upbraid me for what he considered a stupid question in one of our interviews.
Not only is Kasich just a general asshole, he’s petty, too. When LeBron James left Cleveland, Kasich was mad. And when the Dallas Mavericks beat LeBron back in 2011, Kasich was delighted. So much so that he decided to make the Mavericks “honorary Ohioans for the day” by issuing the below decree:
A great use of the governor’s time.
He Views the Silent Treatment as a Reasonable Tool for Governing
Back in 2014, John Kasich was asked about his decision to sign into law a provision prohibiting rape crisis counselors from referring rape victims to abortion services. In other words, John Kasich imposed a rape crisis counselor gag rule. Instead of answering a perfectly reasonable question about an incredibly pernicious law, Kasich just… ignored it.
After a few minutes, though, it becomes clear. John Kasich isn’t ignoring the question exactly—he’s just pretending that the man who asked it doesn’t exist. The very same tactic employed by five-year-old divas everywhere.
Update 11:14 p.m.: We originally overlooked the fact that the man being shunned was, in fact, Kasich’s Democratic opponent for Governor in 2014, Ed Fitzgerald. Apparently, Kasich nearly made it through his entire campaign without once saying Fitzgerald’s name (much less acknowledging his existence at all). Of course, Fitzgerald wasn’t exactly a vision of perfect decorum himself—but at least he knew how to behave like an adult.
In just five years, Kasich manged to pass 11 different laws restricting abortion rights for women. Mother Jones points out that “since 2011, half of Ohio’s 16 clinics have closed, and according to The Columbus Dispatch three of the remaining eight are in risk of closing if they cannot find a hospital within 30 miles willing to enter a transfer agreement.”
One of those bills, passed in 2013, took away about $1.4 million dollars from Planned Parenthood by “reprioritizing.” From The Dispatch:
Under the bill, abortion clinics must have a transfer agreement with a hospital, but they are prohibited from signing one with a public hospital. The bill also requires a doctor to perform an external ultrasound prior to an abortion to search for a heartbeat, and if one is found, must inform the woman. The doctor also must tell the woman the likelihood of the fetus surviving to a full term, and it redefines a fetus as “developing from the moment of conception,” rather than when a fertilized egg has been implanted in the uterus.
Since clinics are prohibited from signing agreements with public hospitals, that leaves them to seek agreements with privately funded hospitals only—the same privately funded hospitals typically backed by religious groups. But don’t worry! The bill does give funding tocrisis pregnancy centers, which not only offers women alternatives to abortion but also “medically inaccurate information.”
As Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, told Mother Jones, “He is, if not the worst, among the worst of anti-choice governors in this country’s history.” There’s your reasonable, moderate Republican, everyone!
I know he isn’t flashy or terribly exciting, but I just finished watching CNN’s Town Hall with Ohio Governor John Kasich, and can you please nominate him? He’s not entirely crazy, he’s trying to run a positive campaign in the midst of an Elimination Chamber match, and he seems like a good man. Please don’t nominate one of the terrible human beings. Let’s try not to destroy our country this year.
Governor John Kasich failed to veto the bills, that were added to Ohio budget last minute; these bills restrict abortion, which thus restricts a woman’s right to choose. i am tired of old men deciding what women get to do with their bodies. I’m tired of old men siting religious texts as justification to tell women what they can do with their bodies. This fight is supposed to over, it was supposed to be decided with Roe v. Wade. I want a politician who understands that every person is human, and therefore that every person has inalienable human rights. I was born in the State of Ohio, that should make me an equal citizen of the United States of America, but I’m not. I am a young woman, who happens to be a lesbian. So even with DOMA being overturned i am still a second class citizen. I am tired of OLD MEN making decisions on things they know nothing about. I wish I had a politician like Wendy Davis, a strong woman who understands the reality of an ever progressing world, and she fights for what is right. It’s time for the rest of the politicians to realize this fact as well, because they are no where near filling her shoes
On CBS News Monday morning, Governor John Kasich (R-OH) was asked about Ohio’s impending provisional ballot mess, which could delay election results. By state law, Ohio’s provisional ballots cannot be counted until November 17 — and this year, officials will likely be sifting through thousands of these ballots. Kasich admitted that his own administration’s new policies could lead to “numerous” provisional ballots that could decide the election:
HOST: Are you concerned this may come down to counting provisional ballots in Ohio?
KASICH: It’s possible. Because a lot of people got ballots to vote early and if you don’t turn those in, you know, and then you show up to vote, then you become a provisional ballot operator. And so it is possible, if it’s very very close, that we won’t know the results of this for a while. But again, I’m just not a fortune teller. I can’t predict that. The provisional ballots could be numerous, we’ll see.
Kasich is referring to an initiative undertaken by his Secretary of State, Jon Husted ®, who sent absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. Voters who filled out the application but later decided to vote at the polls will be forced to vote provisional so officials can verify they did not vote twice. As 350,000 absentee ballots in Ohio have not yet been returned, the number of provisional ballots cast Tuesday could be significant, as Kasich explained.
Kasich’s cautious statement is in stark contrast with Husted’s insistence that the state will have enough ballots to call the election on Tuesday. Husted also issued a last-minute directive on Friday increasing the likelihood that these ballots will be thrown out.
Do you think the reports are true that Kasich turned down the offer to be Trump's VP?
My understanding is that the Trump campaign – particularly some of the leading aides and Trump’s kids – were pressing hard for Kasich to be Trump’s running mate. They understood the importance of Ohio, and the potential that Ohio could have to Trump’s campaign, but Kasich refused to consider it. Governor Kasich is a mild-mannered person, but he was clearly put off by Trump throughout the process, almost to the point of not acknowledging him in some of the debates. I think Kasich saw more than most of his fellow GOP rivals that attacking Trump was just as useless as cozying up to Trump, and did his best to neutralize Trump by pretending that Trump wasn’t on the level of the serious candidates. In a way, he was right, but that didn’t work, either.
But Kasich recognized that he still had a job to go home to, and his gubernatorial term isn’t finished until 2019. Of all the 2016 GOP candidates for President, Kasich arguably set himself up better for 2020 than anyone else, especially after how Cruz’s non-endorsement of Trump was received in Cleveland. Kasich didn’t pull a Rubio and support Trump in the wake of the primary, and he skipped the GOP convention itself (while attending and hosting parties and events outside of the convention hall) despite the fact that it was held in the state where he is the incumbent Governor. I think the Trump campaign absolutely was hoping to get Kasich to join the ticket and Kasich flat-out refused. There was talk that Kasich was being offered the opportunity to be the “most powerful Vice President in history”, and that the Republican National Committee was working to try to heal any wounds between the two sides and bring them together because they also recognized that Kasich was perhaps the perfect running mate for Trump. People will criticize Kasich (and Cruz) for not following through on that “pledge” to support the eventual GOP nominee, but I have respect for both of them for standing up for what they believe in and refusing to support someone who is so wrong for the country.
Even pieces of shit like Ohio’s governor has supporters, I guess.
I think my favorite part was when she said “The Constitution gives us the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!” then backtracks when she realizes she’s wrong. I’ll give the tired thing though cause it was 2AM in Ohio… but still…. oops.
Kasich to sign Ohio bill cutting funding for newborn health, other reproductive health programs
The Ohio legislature passed a bill last week that cuts
$1.3 million from funding for Planned Parenthood. The funding cuts specifically
target programs designed to prevent infant mortality and HIV/AIDS, provides
breast and cervical cancer screenings, and education and prevention of violence
Governor John Kasich, who claims to be the moderate in a
Republican Presidential field of conservative extremism, has promised to sign
the bill. The “Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies” initiative, one of the programs
effected by the funding cuts, is a particular loss for Ohio, which has one of
the country’s highest rates of infant mortality.
Just months after
becoming governor, Kasich signed a bill banning abortions after 20
weeks of pregnancy unless the fetus is nonviable. In 2013, Kasich
signed a budget that stripped roughly $1.4 million in family planning funds
from Planned Parenthood, required abortion providers to perform ultrasounds on
patients seeking abortions and allowed rape crisis centers to be stripped of
their public funds if they referred victims to abortion providers, among other
measures. The budget also blocked public hospitals from entering into transfer
agreements for medical emergencies with abortion clinics, threatening clinics
with closure if they couldn’t get a private hospital to enter into those
agreements. Because private hospitals often have religious affiliations, this
arrangement often wasn’t possible.
In all, nearly half of
Ohio’s abortion clinics have closed since Kasich took office.
Our activism around
reproductive health and justice must include more than abortion because we are
losing much more than access to one medical procedure. No area of reproductive
health is safe, not when states are willing to take funding away from programs
meant to ensure that newborns survive the first year of life. Without Planned
Parenthood to provide these services, Kelli Arthur Hykes, health policy
director for the health department of Columbus, Ohio, fears that the void left
in its place is one that the community will be unable to accommodate.
With the Republican National Convention here in Cleveland this week, it’s all eyes on Ohio once again. Inside the convention hall, it’s been chaotic and divisive, as the Trump campaign has publicly called out the home-state governor, John Kasich, for his refusal to endorse Donald Trump. Delegates have booed, tossed their credentials, and stormed off the floor. However, there was very little acrimony as the Party of Trump voted on Monday to adopt a “staunchly conservative platform” that “amounts to a rightward lurch even from the party’s hard-line platform in 2012,” as The New York Times put it. The head of the Log Cabin Republicans said, “There’s no way to sugar-coat this … the Republican Party passed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history.”
So what exactly is lurking in the GOP platform?
• Even though marriage equality has been the law of the land for more than a year — thanks in part to the courage and determination of Ohioan Jim Obergefell — the Republican Party wants to end the freedom to marry. • The platform endorses the First Amendment Defense Act, which doesn’t really protect anyone’s constitutional rights — but it would allow businesses and government employees like Kim Davis to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans. • The GOP platform also endorses parents to utilize “conversion” therapy — a dangerous and discredited pseudo-science that led to the suicide of Cincinnati teen Leelah Alcorn. • Finally, the Republican Party’s platform condemns policies that allow transgender people to use the restroom that is in alignment with their gender identity, and states that President Obama’s measures to allow transgender students access to the correct restrooms at school “is at once illegal, dangerous, and ignores privacy issues.”
In the Ohio legislature, Rep. Nickie Antonio is pushing for a statewide nondiscrimination law. This sort of measure has broad support among Ohioans. According to polling by Equality Ohio, about eight in 10 Ohio voters believe laws should be passed banning discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. In fact, many Ohioans assume this is already the law. For LGBTQ voters, the race for the White House is crucial — we need a president who believes we are stronger together. But state and local races are just as important as who’s at the top of the ticket, maybe even more important. State and local leaders are making decisions that have a real impact on the lives of LGBTQ Ohioans, and having LGBTQ elected officials and allies at the table means that we can continue to expand equality.
The entire Republican Party has shown us where it stands on LGBTQ issues. We should listen to the party — and turn out to vote this fall. We must stop Republicans from implementing their hate-filled and divisive agenda.