News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

The Holden Arboretum

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


What competition? Ohio Gov. Kasich runs as if unopposed
Kasich makes Sen. bill 5 a positive for his campaign; dismisses rumors of presidential plans
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


Reporter
Jo Ingles
 
Gov. John Kasich says he's not interested in a presidential bid in 2016. For now, he's focusing on winning the 2014 governor's race.
Courtesy of WKYC
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Republican Gov John Kasich continues to campaign throughout Ohio and he’s running plenty of TV ads statewide.

Meanwhile, his Democratic opponent, Ed FitzGerald,has lost most of his campaign staff and is having trouble getting enough money to compete.

Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports it’s as if the Kasich campaign is looking beyond November.

Ingles on Kasich's campaign

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:23)


When John Kasich met with supporters in Beavercreek earlier this week, he didn’t mention his opponent in November. Instead, he talked about what he’d like to do in his second term….including another tax cut. But he didn’t give details on how he’d do that. Kasich brushed aside a notion from one of the campaign stop’s attendees that he could run for President in 2016.

"Can we just go through this election and get this done," laments Kasich. He refers to the media nex: "They are all going to have their microphones; 'Is he going to run?'"

Kasich responds to his own posit.
"I haven’t really seriously given it any thought. I tried it once you know and in case you haven’t noticed, I didn’t win."

Kasich reframes Senate Bill 5 in TV ads
One thing he’s not talking about on the campaign trail is the very issue that he was under fire for in 2011. Back then, there were many protests at the Statehouse as the Legislature passed S.B. 5, a bill that took away collective bargaining rights from public employees.

Kasich signed it. That angered unions representing teachers, firefighters and police officers, who then collected signatures to put the issue before Ohio voters. And voters repealed that law.

But now, Kasich’s latest ad features a police officer, Lt. Steve Cesaro of the Perry Township Police Department.

"When John Kasich became governor, he shook things up and upset working people, including me. Kasich’s tough but you know what, he listened. Nearly 250,000 new jobs have been created."


Democrats challenge Kasich's job growth claims
But Democrats are quick to say many of those jobs came from the recovery that was put in place by former Governor Ted Strickland, Kasich’s Democratic opponent in 2010. And a new study by a liberal-leaning think tank says for the first time since 2007, Ohio has more low-wage jobs than medium- or high-wage jobs.

Dale Butland with Innovation Ohio says a new study shows Kasich’s job strategy isn’t working as well as he says it is.

“What we found is that while 9 out of 10 jobs lost during the great recession paid medium or high wages, low paying jobs now account for nearly all of the job growth in this state during the recovery. And for the first time since 2007, low wage jobs now comprise the highest share of the job market in this state.”

Kasich’s spokesman, Rob Nichols, says the methodology in Innovation Ohio’s report is flawed. Nichols says the study used comparisons from labor statistics over time and says that doesn’t lead to an accurate conclusion.

But FitzGerald says Ohio needs a governor who will raise the minimum wage and focus on growing the economy from the middle out, rather than Kasich’s trickle-down approach. And despite the new Kasich ad featuring a police officer, the state’s largest police organization, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, has endorsed FitzGerald.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Local Ebola concerns cause officials to pay more attention to West Africa
I have a better idea, let's secure our borders and spend those billions of dollars on our own first.

HUD and Cuyahoga Land Bank extend a housing deal for another year
Need to sale lot, and would like to know how to contact someone to see if they may be interested in the property that sat between two lots. If you can give me...

Akron Beacon Journal details abuse claims against televangelist Angley
In the early 90's I went forth for pray. And the man was anointed by the hand of God. Just a fact I will never forget

Lawmaker questions why a million voters didn't get absentee applications
He's a damn lie! I vote n all elections. I missed 1. Haven't gotten my absentee ballot and their making it hard to get one.

Thirsty Dog Brewery warns it might have to leave Akron
Why is it the city's responsibility to find this guy a location? There are a hundred realestate companies that could help him.

Kent State sends home three after contact with second Ebola-stricken nurse
Why weren't all health workers who were around Duncan quaranteened for 21 days and tested for Ebola? That's a no-brainer. Why was Vinson allowed to travel right...

New book says Willoughby Coal is haunted...and that's good for business
Would love to see a series of books that would just thrill me. I cannot wait to visit some of the locations. And revisit some of the locations I have already vi...

Cleveland Indians to continue with 'dynamic pricing'
pricing is too high for a family as well as people like me who are on a fixed income. Bleacher seats are cheaper but concessions are rediculous.

Kasich talks about faith, drugs and education -- but never FitzGerald
The idea that you can learn more by talking to a 90 year old person than from a history book is just another example of how the GOP hates education and knowledg...

Third-grade charter school students fail state testing
A partisan anti-charter group came out with analysis that ODE says is based on incorrect data. So why is this a story? It doesn't seem to rise to WKSU's typic...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University