Entries in John Kasich (4)


Ohio Voters Repeal Collective Bargaining Rights Law

Hemera/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Voters in Ohio have handed a victory to public employees after repealing a collective bargaining law that limits union rights.

The law, supported by Republican Gov. John Kasich, would have banned public employee strikes and required higher contributions for health care and pensions. It would have also eliminated seniority-based promotions.

Despite Kasich's appeal to the public that the law was needed to save the state money, voters sided with union leaders, who said the law was a threat to public safety and middle-class workers.

In another key issue facing Ohioans, voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday night that exempts citizens from any national health reform mandate. However, officials say the vote could be invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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GOP Address: 'Americans Can Learn from Ohio,' Says Ohio Gov.

Office of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich(WASHINGTON) -- Ohio Governor John Kasich is fed up with what he calls Washington's "spending spree," and says lawmakers could learn from Ohio.

When Kasich took office in January, he says the state of Ohio was "facing the largest budget shortfall in our history."  With Ohio being among the highest taxes states and facing an $8 billion deficit, Kasich says his administration was able to work together with other state politicians to reduce the shortfall down to zero, while also cutting taxes for Ohioans.  

While he acknowledges the state has a "long way to go," Kasich says Ohio's recovery is the result of looking the problems "square in the eye."

"With our budget, we’ve achieved real savings and made long-overdue reforms to provide better value to Ohioans without raising their taxes," the Ohio governor says in his address. "To the contrary, we cut their taxes and eliminated the death tax, which was driving successful entrepreneurs out of Ohio."

Kasich says the successful comeback of Ohio as well as other states "will be thwarted if Washington continues its spending spree and its punitive taxes on success."  He adds, that the government can't "tax, spend and regulate its way to prosperity," and that it "shouldn't be making promises it can't keep."

Gov. Kasich concludes calling the federal government to action and even recalling the Clinton administration's ability to work through differences.

“Divided government is no excuse for inaction. Sure, we had our fair share of gridlock back in the 1990s. Our differences may have been stark, but President Clinton and his team worked with us so that we could do what was best for the country. There’s just no substitute for leadership from the President of the United States," he said.
“Where is it written that Washington can’t do it again? Where is it written that both parties can’t cut through the scar tissue and find consensus? Nowhere."

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Democrats Brace For a Bloodbath in Ohio

Photo Courtesy - Ohio Office of the Governor(CLEVELAND) -- Democrats are bracing for a political bloodbath in Ohio. Perhaps no state has swung more dramatically away from the Democratic Party over the past two years.

John Kasich, former chairman of the House Budget Committee and Republican candidate for governor, is feeling confident about his chances of victory in November, and a poll released Tuesday from Quinnipiac University might be a good indication why:  Kasich leads Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, 51 percent to 41 percent, with just seven percent of Ohio voters undecided.

Strickland is continuing the fight.  He rallied supporters and campaign volunteers Tuesday at a Cleveland union hall.  He was one of the most popular governors in America two years ago, but supporters say he is a victim of the current political climate.  Strickland's job approval rating among Ohio voters in the Quinnipiac poll is now lower than even President Obama's, looming at 39 percent.

When ABC News caught up with Strickland Tuesday in Cleveland, he was realistic about his chances.

"I'm not sitting here telling you that I am going to win.  That's yet to be determined," he said.  "But I'm telling you that I think I'm going to win, and know we will win if we carry out our plan."

With early and absentee voting almost a month underway, the Democratic game plan is to use the same organization that helped Barack Obama win big here two years ago to get voters to the polls, and to get them there early.

In Cuyahoga County, where tens of thousands of ballots have already arrived and are being sorted, an undeniable enthusiasm gap is emerging.  According to the county board of elections, Republicans are voting at twice the rate they did in 2008.

And it's not just the gubernatorial race where Democrats are in trouble.  They trail badly in the Senate race to replace retiring Republican Senator George Voinovich, and six of the ten Democratic House members here are in danger of losing, according to the ABC News analysis.

"People are in a surly mood," Strickland told ABC News Tuesday.  "Many of them are angry, as they should be.  I am angry, but I want the anger to be directed toward those who caused the problem."

An unemployment rate over 10 percent, the ninth highest in the nation, certainly doesn't make voters happy with the party in power, a sentiment echoed by former Rep. Kasich.

"There's only three issues that matter in the voters' minds, and that's jobs, jobs, jobs," he said.  Ohio voters believe by 52 percent to 38 percent that Kasich would do the better job rebuilding Ohio's economy.  They gave Strickland a measly 36 percent approval rating for the way he is handling the economy as the state's top official.

It's hard to overstate the importance of Ohio in these midterm elections.  Republicans are unlikely to win back the House this year if they do not win big in Ohio.

"Ohio's the firewall. They need to win Ohio," Kasich said.

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Democrats Raise New Questions About News Corp.'s $1 Million Donation To GOP Group

(WASHINGTON) -- News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch’s recent admission that his friendship with Ohio gubernatorial candidate John Kasich spurred his company's $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association has sparked fresh complaints from Democrats.

Officials with the Democratic Governors Association, which in September filed an official complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission alleging that News Corp.-owned Fox News had made an in-kind contribution to the Kasich campaign, suggested on Thursday that Murdoch’s comments were essentially an attempt to earmark the funds for Kasich.

Following an event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night, Murdoch said in an interview with Politico that the company's sizable contribution to the RGA “had nothing to do with Fox News” but instead was the result of his “friendship with John Kasich.”

DGA spokeswoman Emily Bittner said in a statement that Murdoch “finally admitted” that his company “gave $1 million to defeat Ohio's Democratic governor and put one of its own hosts in control of one of the most important states for 2012.”

Kasich, who is running against Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in Ohio, is a former Republican congressman who hosted the Fox News program Heartland with John Kasich until 2007. Since then, he has been a frequent guest on the cable channel.

Catherine Turcer, director of the Money in Politics Project at Ohio Citizen Action, a non-profit watchdog group in the state, said that while Murdoch’s comments may not be direct evidence that the media mogul wanted the money channeled to Kasich, that is certainly the implication.

“We have created a system of legalized money laundering,” Turcer said in an interview with ABC News. “The money gets where the donor intended it to go.”

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