Democrats Crushed in Ohio: What It Means, and What It Could Mean

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 7:05 pm

Yesterday, Democrats in general were simply crushed in Ohio. Only 38% of voters turned out to give Republican Governor John Kasich a 31 point victory over the deeply flawed, corporatist Democratic nominee Ed Fitzgerald. I predicted something like this back in August, but the margin of Fitzgerald’s defeat exceeded even my expectations. Hell, the worthless bastard couldn’t even carry his own county where he is still County Executive for another two months, Cuyahoga. It was the largest margin by far in any statewide race, but every single Democrat got soundly trounced. The closest margin was the Treasurer’s race, where the truly despicable spoiled child Josh Mandel won by “only” 11 points.


Governor Kasich Kisses Planet Bye-Bye

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 6:05 pm

John Kasich is a smart guy who knows better than to be an overt serial killer, so, as Governor of Ohio, he joins with others who prefer to do their mass killing by stealth, maybe spread the carnage out over future generations, who will be unable to hold the Kasiches and the ALEC’s of this world to account. Ever. However long that turns out to be.

This is not to single out Republican Gov. Kasich as the worst environmental monster in office (current term 2011-2015). On the contrary, his behavior seems rather centrist in the context of contemporary American Republican politics.

Report: Governors Engaging In Crony Capitalism Disguised As Economic Development

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 9:41 am

In a new report, Good Jobs First details the growing use of “public-private partnerships” (PPPs) to promote economic development and the conflicts of interests they carry. Unlike traditional economic development which is run from a department of government (Commerce for example), PPPs allow private interests to borrow public authority to promote an economic agenda. Not surprisingly, that agenda often benefits the private interests that propose it. What was supposed to be a program for economic development quickly devolved into the most base form of government corruption and crony capitalism.

Gov. Kasich Will Support Medicaid Expansion in Ohio

By: Monday February 4, 2013 7:15 pm

As part of his budget proposal Governor John Kasich (R) will support taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid in Ohio. This move comes as a bit of a surprise given that Kasich as been one of the biggest opponents of Obamacare, but in the end Kasich decided the expansion was too good a deal for the state to pass up.

Day 1, RNC: Random Thoughts

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 6:50 am

Some of these you may have picked up from my Twitter feed, which is where I’m likely to be camped for every day of this affair, but just in case you missed it…

Fatster’s News Roundup from May 20, 2012

By: Monday May 21, 2012 6:15 am

Fatster’s new roundup of link and stories on the weekend’s happenings, including Chen Guangcheng, reporter privilege, Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase, John Kasich, NAACP, marriage equality, Blockupy, los indignados, Quebec student strike, whaling, actic ice methane, ALEC, Julian Assange and more . . .

Dayen’s Roundup from March 5, 2012

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 6:15 am

Dayen’s news roundup from late Monday, including stories on Attorney General Holder, oil speculators, Federal Reserve, John Kasich, Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors, Kucinich vs Kaptor, George Will, education protests, “bad” teachers, and much more.

Giving Thanks for the Occupation, Election, Demonstrations

By: Tuesday November 22, 2011 4:00 pm

This week’s holiday mandates giving thanks. For many Americans, that is complicated by the harsh years since 2008.

There’s the bitterness of lost jobs, foreclosed homes and diminished opportunity. There’s the resentment over bailing out Wall Street, then watching banksters grant themselves sensational bonuses while denying Main Street loans to save businesses. There’s the fear generated by county club conservatives demanding draconian cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

It’s hard to muster gratitude while suffering, to feel appreciative while dreading a meaner future.

A Good Election Night for Rearguard Actions for Liberals

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 6:20 am

Dayen gives his assessment of yesterday’s election results. Election Day 2011 is over, and the victories for Democrats – and more accurately, for liberal values – across the country largely shared a characteristic – they were successful defensive actions to stave off extremely draconian conservative objectives.

Well, a pretty good night

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 1:30 am

So, last night: 1. The “unholy alliance” of dirty fucking hippies unions and the middle class sent Pundit/Governor John Kasich down to crushing defeat in Ohio…overwhelmingly. “It’s clear the people have spoken,” the humbled Republican leader said from the Statehouse… ” And as a result of that, it requires me to take a deep breath [...]

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