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Followup: How RINO Kasich used your tax dollars to buy Re-Election

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I thought in light of recent news reports that confirm the statements in this email that I wrote in March of 2014, that I would provide real Republican's with an update on how John Kasich bought this election with our money by giving the Democrats everything they wanted and turning his back on those conservatives who elected him.  No one has earned the monicure RINO more than John Kasich . . . Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director, Poratage County TEA Party.
"I have a right to define what conservatism is."
John Kasich, Coldwater Ohio, October 22, 2014
This is how you buy an election using our tax dollars . . .
Step 1:  Mortgage the Ohio Turnpike and give a $4 Billion dollar gift to NE Ohio Constructions Unions - he intentionally restricted the construction to roads North of Route 30 in Canton.
UPDATE 10/23/14:
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Republican Gov. John Kasich picked up his second labor union endorsement Wednesday at the Columbus office of the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters. The carpenters' union political director, Jason Clark, cited the Ohio Department of Transportation budget, the passage of Issue 1, the 2013 capital appropriations bill and the growing oil and gas industry as reasons for endorsing Kasich.  “It’s notable he is receiving some union support, but these are construction unions and they’re pretty happy because the governor has a capital budget and is using money borrowed against the turnpike’s tolls that require construction workers,” said Bill Binning, retired chairman of Youngstown State University’s political science department. (Youngstown Vidicator 10/23/14)
Step 2:  Campaign for and help pass a $15 mil Cleveland School District Tax Levy that increased property taxes on a $60,000 home by $300 per year as a gift to the Cleveland Teachers Union. Then call one of the worst school districts in our nation a "model" for other school districts to follow. (See RED Section of Greater Cleveland Partnership Below)
Step 3:  Force Medicaid Expansion on Ohio Tax payers against the wishes of your party and the public as a $2 Billion gift to the most powerful liberal group in the state, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Ohio Hospital Association. Doing so increases medicaid spending in Ohio to more that 50% of the state budget with no assurance that Washington will provide continued funding in the future leaving Ohio tax payers to fund this new welfare program for decades to come. (See RED Section of Greater Cleveland Partnership Below)
Step 4:  Use nefarious methods to eliminate all competition in the election by jamming through Senate Bill 193, then when that got thrown out by the courts, get the Libertarian candidate thrown off the ballot by what a federal judge strongly suggested was an effort funded by the Republican Party to challenge his ballot petitions on a technicality. 
Pay off:  Democrats put up Ed Fitzgerald as a "show candidate" for Governor whose job it is to lose the election, while the unions and the national Democrat party put up little resistance in a key state, because they are already getting everything they want from RINO John Kasich.  Why should the Democrats spend any money to fight Kasich when they can get billions of our tax dollars and big government programs from the Governor as a payoff to support his re-election? There are no coincidences in politics.
UPDATE: (See RED section of Huffington Post Blog Below)
Ohio Governor John Kasich as quoted in the Washington Times Friday, October 17th,  “The platform doesn’t mean diddly to normal people out there,” he told the AP. “You think somebody ever read … I’ve never read the Republican platform. I mean, who reads a platform?"  The Ohio Republican Party intentionally has no platform and no "Republican" in Ohio is held accountable to the National Republican Party Platform so that they can claim to be Republicans when they run for office and then act like Democrats after they are elected. Their is a name for that - it's called bait and switch. Read below to decide if John Kasich is a Republican or not in your opinion:
Is Kasich a Republican or Democrat?
Democrat Position
Republican Position
Kasich Action
Medicaid Expansion
Forced Through AGAINST Republican Opposition
Workplace Freedom
Kasich would not raise the money to fight Unions over SB5
Common Core
Kasich takes the Federal Check supports Union position
Increased State Spending 
Kasich is spending 22% more than Strickland
Taxing Oil and Gas
Top of Kasich Agenda after Re-election
Photo Voter ID
Kasich will not allow it to be brought up by legislature



Greater Cleveland Partnership partners with Kasich: the Mix

Robert L. Smith, The Plain Dealer By Robert L. Smith, The Plain Dealer 
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on March 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM, updated March 30, 2014 at 9:36 AM
CLEVELAND, Ohio--Ohio Gov. John Kasich will join the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the state's largest chamber of commerce, as it celebrates its 10th birthday next week and outlines its goals under new leadership.
In announcing Kasich as the keynote speaker at its annual meeting Wednesday, the GCP described the governor as a kindred spirit.
"Many of his top achievements align with the GCP's top priorities," including school reform, funding for the Opportunity Corridor, and expansion of health insurance to "more low-income and working poor Ohioans," the partnership said in a press release.
Kasich took advantage of the Affordable Care Act to extend Medicaid coverage to Ohio's working poor, a move opposed and derided by many in his Republican party. He also supported a tax increase for the Cleveland schools and helped find funding for the city's largest new highway project in decades.
Huffington Post Blog:
Filmmaker, Activist, Father author 
Democracy in Ohio is Hard Enough Already
Posted: 10/01/2014 5:17 pm EDT Updated: 10/02/2014 12:59 am EDT
Democracy in America is such that, after its citizens have participated in national elections, and all of their votes have been counted, with each state's combined number of U.S. House Representatives and Senators determining an allotment of Electoral College votes, added together with due diligence reveal -- reliably -- that it all comes down to whichever way Ohio goes, every time. The rest of the country is at a disadvantage during national elections; Ohio has become our de facto kingmaker.
In 2006 I set out to understand the state and its quirks for a documentary, which turned into two: FREE FOR ALL! about voter suppression in Ohio, and PAY 2 PLAY, about outsiders running for office in Ohio amidst rampant corruption. Three statewide elections later, I have seen how not only is Ohio a prognosticator for the rest of the country, but in order for our democracy to work, we need a fair political process in this state more than anywhere else. Achieving this is like the entire country working to thread a needle.
In FREE FOR ALL, I searched for how we can make sure our votes are counted. In making PAY 2 PLAY, I came to recognize how running for office seems rigged to favor insiders, diminishing our chances for real representation. If we could learn the rules of the game, I figured, maybe we could find a way outsiders can win.
I was looking at the costs of running for office, but observed how there can be considerably bigger barriers to running for office -- your own party members. A former statewide candidate describes in PAY 2 PLAY how he learned that his campaign materials, paid for by good Democratic donors, were destroyed routinely at the behest of the Democratic Party Chair, who was pushing his own guy in the primary. That this was the candidate of color whose campaign was sabotaged by his own party makes it all the more disquieting.
Such bare-knuckled tactics should be revolting to those who believe in a democratic process, who cherish the American dream of open and fair elections. Thwarting candidates in the primary undermines building a party, by only offering the Good Old Boy Network approved choice, when primary participation is already so low for the most pivotal voting. By limiting or derailing their own candidates for office, the Ohio Democratic Party prevents participation and discourages new interest. Instead of clearing the field for minimal opposition, a party leader might be better off building a stable of popular contenders, like a professional wrestling franchise.
And today, in 2014, we have the same Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party openly disparaging his own party's nominee for governor just a month before the election. Not mocking your own candidate at the top of the ticket is a tip they teach in law school. Just kidding, nobody teaches that, because it is so fucking obvious.
In a new poll, the current Democratic candidate for Ohio Governor, Ed FitzGerald, netted 35 percent of the expected vote. He was not the first choice for Democrats, as the previous governor Ted Strickland was expected to run again against John Kasich. But when Ted Strickland abruptly decided he wasn't going to run in 2014, suddenly there was an opening at the top of the ticket. Chris Redfern, the Ohio Democratic Party Chair, told The New York Times that no other major Democrats stepped up to run for governor.
Yet when another potential contender sent his chief of staff around Ohio to solicit support from Democratic leaders for a possible gubernatorial bid, the party leadership swatted away the overtures of one who would dare run against Ted Strickland. Such defiance leads to threats against others to disavow the persona non grata, and future leaders are outcast. Participation in the democratic process should not be a scorched-earth process.
Looking at the current Democratic gubernatorial candidate distracted by the curious revelation that he hasn't had a drivers license in a decade, wouldn't Ohioans prefer to be able to vote for the head of Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Protection Bureau, who also happens to be a Jeopardy champion?
Instead, Republican Governor John Kasich, who was humbled just a few years ago in a two-thirds statewide vote smacking down his anti-union legislation -- brought to you by ALEC -- Kasich is now setting his sights on the White House.
Moreover, the effects on the the rest of the down-ticket Ohio Democratic candidates is disastrous. Important candidates like State Senator Nina Turner, campaigning hard for secretary of state, will lose the turnout they need to win their races. In the battleground state of Ohio, where the current secretary of state's efforts to reduce early voting was just supported by the Supreme Court, this is the kind of race that determines future presidential elections. Did Hillary Clinton plan on winning Ohio?
Over the years of making these documentaries, a number of would-be candidates have told me that they cannot run while Chris Redfern is chairman, because he has ostracized them and put others on notice that they are disloyal to the party if they dare side against him. It's like potential candidates are getting mugged before stepping out the door to run for office, already a thankless undertaking. These kinds of rivalries, how-dare-you-question-me-I-banish-thee, these are the kinds of feuds propagated by a Palin.
Perhaps it is incumbent on me to raise these issues because as an Angeleno, I don't fear retribution from a vindictive party boss. And yet, if I am aware of these long-simmering problems from three timezones over, this discontent is probably no secret.
All of this makes more sense when you consider that Redfern did not enter politics with lofty ideals of empowering the common man or the gratification of public service, but rather, as he bluntly put it to me in an interview, he joined the College Democrats to impress girls. Whose party is this in Ohio?
If Redfern's behavior only mattered for colorful documentary material, that would be one thing. But the reality is, this is a vindictive individual suppressing candidates and their potential supporters. If we are to weave a new era reflecting the interests of people instead of corporations, we can't even thread the needle if citizens are bullied away from participating in our democratic process in the most pivotal state of the union.
How can you have democracy in Ohio when you can't even have democracy in the Ohio Democratic Party?
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