Tag Archives: John Kasich

Frank Luntz: Word for #GOPDebate is ’embarrassing’

Frank Luntz and his 25-person focus group did their thing following Thursday night’s #GOPDebate in Detroit, asking and answering a series of rapid-fire questions about what they’d just seen on stage at the Fox Theater. According to Luntz,the first word that came to most viewers’ minds to describe the debate was “embarrassing,” and that probably doesn’t even take into account the “dapping” in the audience.

The focus group could have come to that conclusion within the first seven minutes, but that impression stuck.

Trump’s behavior isn’t likely to stop, seeing as his poll numbers are in a holding pattern well above his competitors’. Marco Rubio has taken a much more aggressive approach to Trump recently, but according to Luntz, it’s backfiring.

They do like this.

Gov. John Kasich was frozen out of a lot of the chaos as Rubio and Ted Cruz tag-teamed Trump, but he might want to take a look at these results.

So, it’s President Kasich then? For what it’s worth, Kasich told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly after the debate that he has no interest in being vice president, which many assume is the only reason he’s hung on this long.

John ‘Karate’ Kasich hates it when Bush and Trump fight

Those who wondered where the pugnacious Donald Trump from the first GOP debate had gone were reminded that he was front and center,something he reminded Jeb Bush of well into the debate.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich had earlier shared an anecdote about how his daughter doesn’t like it when all of the candidates fight and tried to play peace-maker with hand gestures, somehow.

And watch those hands, mister.

‘KASICHMENTUM!’ Guess who’s in last place in the latest Michigan polls


The Hill cites two polls in the article. The first is from the Detroit Free Press which has the race at 29% for Trump with Cruz at 19%, Rubio at 18%, Kasich at 8% and Carson at 7%.A second poll from Fox 2 Detroit/Mitchell Research & Communications has Trump leading with39% of the vote followed by Rubio at 19%, Cruz at 14% and Kasich at 12%.

It was just a few days ago that Kasich’s chief strategist was telling everybody that it was Rubio who was stealing Kasich’s votes:

And that Rubio had “flopped”:

And that race was headed to Kasich’s “home turf”:

Oops. Time to go, governor:

Here’s the latest average of polls from Real Clear Politics, excluding the one from the Detroit Free Press:

‘You’re fired’? New ‘Apprentice’ host Arnold Schwarzenegger endorses Kasich

Former California Gov. ArnoldSchwarzenegger announced this afternoon via Snapchat that he is endorsing Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The interesting storyline here is thatSchwarzenegger is taking over for Donald Trump as the host of NBC’s the “Apprentice.”

We shall see.

John Kasich reportedly asking Rubio for help in Pennsylvania

Oh so now John Kasich wants Marco Rubio’s help?

Kasich didn’t get enough signatures to make the April 26 ballot and a lawsuit brought by the chairman of Students for Rubio is trying to keep him off:

Nathaniel Rome, chairman of Pennsylvania Students for Rubio, filed a petition in Pennsylvania court to keep Kasich off the ballot, since he failed to garner the requisite number ofsignatures to be added. Rome’s lawyer isJohn Bravacos, the brother of Chris Bravacos, who is chairman of Rubio’s Pennsylvania campaign.

Kasich has admitted he doesn’t have the signatures, but he’s saying the objection came 13 minutes too late.

This comes after Kasich dismissed talk of helping Rubio win Florida as Rubio had signaled to his supporters that they should vote for Kasich in Ohio:

Donald Trump entered the fray as well, suggesting earlier today that Kasich should not even be allowed to run in Ohio because of his ballot issue in Pennsylvania:

Ohio Will Have No Executions In 2015

Due to ongoing litigation and in order to give state officials time to implement a new execution protocol, Gov. John Kasich’s administration moved all 2015 executions to 2016.

Ohio Governor John Kasich Steve Marcus / Reuters

WASHINGTON — All Ohio executions scheduled for 2015 were moved to 2016 on Friday, according to information released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

The move by Gov. John Kasich’s administration was made, according to the department, in response to pending orders in ongoing federal court litigation over the state’s execution protocol, to allow the department time to adopt and implement the state’s new execution protocol, and “to provide DRC adequate time to secure a supply of the new execution drugs.”

Ohio has not conducted an execution for more than a year, since Dennis McGuire’s execution on Jan. 16, 2014. Witnesses to McGuire’s execution — the first of three in the U.S. in which complications were detailed in 2014 — said he “appeared to be gasping for air for 10 to 13 minutes,” as CNN reported at the time.

At the time, the state used a two-drug combination: midazolam and hydromorphone.

Midazolam was also in use during executions with complications in Oklahoma and Arizona and is at the center of a pending Supreme Court case out of Oklahoma.

In addition to the ongoing litigation before U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost, inmates also filed a new lawsuit in December, challenging a new law that makes elements of the execution process in Ohio secret.


Assistant Federal Public Defender Allen Bohnert, lead counsel for the inmates challenging the constitutionality of Ohio’s lethal injection, told BuzzFeed News, “I appreciate the Governor’s postponement of executions, because it gives the court the time necessary to complete a thorough review of Ohio’s new execution protocol.” BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_article_update_time_4810003”).innerHTML = UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(‘2015-01-30 22:15:32 -0500’, ‘update’); });

Kasich unsure why conservatives hate Common Core so much

Tomorrow night, CNN will bring yet another GOP debate to our TV screens, while tonight, Fox News has devoted its programming to town halls with the remaining GOP candidates. Greta Van Susteren was up first, setting aside “On the Record” to spend an hour with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and a studio audience made up largely of university students.

Kasich made it clear he wouldn’t be promising free college, although he did advocate for community colleges as an inexpensive path towardhigher education. But K through 12?Kasich seemed stumped by a question on Common Core: Why are conservatives so opposed to it?

Or maybe they hate it because it got into their children’s classrooms and they’ve experienced it first-hand.

There’s a good way to find out if he does, and while we’re at it, we might as well subjectall the candidates.

Tea Party president in Stop Common Core shirt denied access to Kasich event

The president of the Cincinnati Tea Party says she was denied admittance to a get-out-the-vote campaign stop by Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich Monday night and threatened with arrest because she intended to ask a question about the governor’s support for Common Core.

Tea partier @annbecker1999 ejected from @JohnKasich #ohgov rally. Disruptive, or just wearing anti #CommonCore shirt? http://t.co/DmC2FnEXDW

— Chrissie Thompson (@CThompsonENQ) October 14, 2014

The Cincinnati Enquirer’s state capital reporter, Chrissie Thompson, reports:

Ann Becker, tea party president and a Butler County voter, said she was wearing an “Ohioans Against Common Core” T-shirt when private security stopped her from entering the event at Voice of America MetroPark and asked if she was invited.

The security officer went inside to confirm the invitation with Butler County GOP officials, who hosted the rally, while about eight other people got into the event without being stopped, Becker said.

Becker, who served as a Butler County GOP central committee woman until May, said she was told she was not on the guest list, even though she showed the officer the email RSVP she had sent to the Butler County GOP earlier in the day.

“He said I had to leave the premises immediately or I would be removed,” said Becker, who was among a group of T-shirt wearing protesters who were denied access to the event.

UPDATE: @JohnKasich campn spox @conniewehrkamp says local tea party hed @annbecker1999 ejected 4 being 'disruptive,' http://t.co/4S4b3bzZT6

— Carl Weiser (@cweiser) October 14, 2014

Becker posted a photo of her “disruptive” group to her blog:


Well, at least someone tried to talk some sense to the governor about Common Core.

@annbecker1999 Welp, so much for that guy.

— Eric Silver (@EricSilverUSA) October 14, 2014

@annbecker1999 Way to go, Ann! Keep up the good work! #CommonCore must go! Ohio voters deserve answers from Gov. Kasich.

— Paula Bolyard (@pbolyard) October 14, 2014

@annbecker1999 @OhioAgainstCCSS I hope you got the police officers name who stood with this fascist government. Shame on you @JohnKasich

— ✝Joe B✝ (@NRA_LIFER) October 14, 2014

@NRA_LIFER @OhioAgainstCCSS @JohnKasich Officer was just doing his job. Knew it was wrong.The Butler Co GOP/Kasich staff pulling the strings

— Ann Becker (@annbecker1999) October 14, 2014

@annbecker1999 Ejected from a .@GOP Rally by a Republican Governor who we got elected in 2010. & These people expect us to send $ & Vote

— Roy Wagner (@royw07) October 14, 2014