Cafaro joins Kasich

Ohio Senate Minority Leader Capri Cafaro helped create one heckuva great moment last night at Gov. Kasich’s Inaugural Gala.
With one moment, we saw the Governor already bringing Ohio’s leaders together in a way we haven’t seen in a long time.

As she says, “we are all here together to make this state better.”

This is a new Ohio.

A new way. A new day

We’re back in business.

I’m sure Lisa-Patt McDaniel is a nice person.

As Strickland’s last Director of the Department of Development, the lifelong bureaucrat wasn’t exactly the most qualified person to understand what businesses need to thrive in Ohio.

Well, John Kasich has decided to go the opposite direction of Strickland and bring on someone who has made one helluva living creating businesses all over the world.

In a move of enormous proportions, billionaire venture capitalist Mark Kvamme is Kasich’s new Director of Jobs Ohio, the Kasich effort to streamline the Department of Development in an effort for them to better understand how to bring jobs to the Buckeye State.

Here is Kvamme’s bio from his current firm:

Mark works with enterprise data management software, consumer media and advertising services companies. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 1999, Mark was Chairman and CEO of CKS Group, an advertising agency that pioneered new advertising strategies by integrating marketing with technology. Earlier in his career Mark was a Director of International Marketing for Wyse Technology, the President and CEO of International Solutions, and was a founding member of Apple France. Mark has a BA in French Economics and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.

Compare that to Patt-McDaniel’s working history as an employee of the state of Ohio for her entire career.

With Ohio still in a major jobs crisis, Kvamme is intensely more qualified and with a salary of 1$, about 1,425% cheaper than Strickland’s Director.

Make no mistake, Ohio’s 9.8% unemployment rate is 81% higher than when Strickland came into office. In the most recent report, Ohio’s labor force shrunk by 20,000 people and has shrunk by 50,000 in the past year.

It will be Kvamme’s job to bring those people back to Ohio and into our job market. He’ll do that by helping Ohio create a business environment that encourages businesses to give the Buckeye State a shot.

Ohio. We’re back in business.

On his way out the door, Team Strickland tries to rewrite history.

In Ted Strickland’s world, Ohio’s budget is in the black and Ohio’s job situation is one of the best in the country.

Unfortunately for Ohio, the reality is stark contrast.

With reports yesterday that Ohio is projected to have a $400 million surplus when the fiscal year ends in June, 2011, Strickland supporters sounded off about how the Governor is leaving the state in good fiscal shape.

First off, Governor, don’t think Ohioans have forgotten that you raised their taxes last year by $800 million. With this supposed “surplus”, one has to wonder if Strickland hiked voter’s income taxes in an effort to ultimately enhance his legacy. After all, from a political messaging standpoint, a $400 million hike doesn’t sound that much better than an $800 million hike.

But the most obvious and glaring fact staring Strickland in the face?

Ohio’s next budget is facing an $8-10 billion hole.

In case you didn’t catch that, let me scream a little louder…

Ohio’s next budget is facing an $8-10 billion hole.

It’s so real that the Columbus Dispatch went so far as to recently give their readers a chance at solving the fiscal crisis themselves. Click here to give it a shot.

Team Strickland’s effort to refocus the media on this supposed surplus is their way of trying to extract Strickland from his true singular legacy. And that is this…

Governor Strickland is leaving Ohio with the single largest fiscal crisis in its nearly 208 years of existence.

And despite being given ample warning of it coming, by Mary Taylor, no less, he did nothing.

Back when the last budget was being debated and Strickland had his last real shot at taking steps to fix the already well known $8 billion hole, Strickland said the following:

“We’re dealing with the budget for 2010 and 2011, and the standard that I’m being held to is, ‘How are you going to balance the budget in 2012 and 2013?’ It’s still 2009. I just don’t get it.

Truer words have never been spoken.

Governor, you were elected to make Ohio a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Not to simply make sure a biennial budget was balanced. Your singular focus on the present is causing Ohio to face greater pains in its future. You just don’t get it.

No one expected you to fix the entire budget hole that you helped create by ingesting billions of one-time federal dollars into the budget, but as Ohio’s leader you were elected to at least make an effort. You didn’t.

Why? You were scared of losing your shot at re-election.

Everyone knows this next budget is going to require a number of politically unpopular decisions. But they are the decisions that must be made if Ohio’s budget is going to be balanced as is required by law.

It didn’t have to be this way. Ohio’s leaders, both Democrat and Republican, could have done the responsible thing and curbed government growth when they had the chance.

Instead they chose to take all the necessary cuts at once.

Which makes me thank God Ohio elected John Kasich.

He’s already repeatedly stated that he doesn’t care if he’s re-elected or not. This isn’t about his own political future.

It’s about making the tough decisions, no matter how unpopular, because it’s the right thing to do.

Strickland never understood that. His term is marked with decision after decision that was based purely on politics rather than principle. And it’s left us with an $8 billion deficit.

Thanks for nothing, Governor Strickland.

Antonin Scalia is smarter than you.

Revel in the awesomeness that is Antonin Scalia.

(Interviewer) In 1868, when the 39th Congress was debating and ultimately proposing the 14th Amendment, I don’t think anybody would have thought that equal protection applied to sex discrimination, or certainly not to sexual orientation. So does that mean that we’ve gone off in error by applying the 14th Amendment to both?

(Justice Scalia) Yes, yes. Sorry, to tell you that. … But, you know, if indeed the current society has come to different views, that’s fine. You do not need the Constitution to reflect the wishes of the current society. Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t. Nobody ever thought that that’s what it meant. Nobody ever voted for that. If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex, hey we have things called legislatures, and they enact things called laws. You don’t need a constitution to keep things up-to-date. All you need is a legislature and a ballot box. You don’t like the death penalty anymore, that’s fine. You want a right to abortion? There’s nothing in the Constitution about that. But that doesn’t mean you cannot prohibit it. Persuade your fellow citizens it’s a good idea and pass a law. That’s what democracy is all about. It’s not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society.

Yes, everyone, it really is that simple.

And note, this isn’t about gay or women’s rights. It’s about the constitution and how our republic works.

Scalia gets it. Unfortunately, many of our friends on the left don’t.

Speaker-to-be backs Cino

This may be a game changer in the RNC Chairman race.

The next chairman of the Republican National Committee will be chosen by the 168 party activists who make up the party organization, and no one else.

But with with just 10 days left until next Friday’s election, the candidates are using every tool at their disposal to curry favor with the RNC membership – including leveraging their friendships with powerful allies on Capitol Hill.

According to two RNC members, incoming House Speaker John Boehner has made phone calls to committee members on behalf of Maria Cino, the former Bush administration official and longtime GOP operative.

We haven’t heard much talk of major endorsements from elected officials or other power players in this race. Paul Ryan and Scott Walker are backing Rence Priebus up in Wisconsin. And there have been some rumors of Haley Barbour starting to lend a hand to Priebus, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

But that’s about it.

With that in mind, the Speaker-to-be backing Cino may be a game changer. Very few committeemen have made their endorsements public, so a major player like Boehner stepping in could really move votes.

Good.

Ted Strickland is still acting like a whiny, partisan hack.

Outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland says he hasn’t yet decided whether he’ll continue a recent tradition for Ohio governors.

Starting with George V. Voinovich and continuing with Nancy Putnam Hollister and Bob Taft, Strickland’s Republican predecessors have carved their names into the bottom of the top right-hand drawer of the 150-year-old desk in the governor’s Statehouse office.

Strickland, a Democrat who leaves office Sunday, said last month that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll follow suit.

“It’s on the right-hand side of the desk, so if I were to do it, I’d probably move over to the left-hand side,” he quipped.

Oh you silly, silly, Governor. The LEFT! Ha! Still partisan ’til the last. Soooo funny.

No. Not really.

One of my favorite memories while living here in DC was sitting at the desk in the ceremonial office of the Vice President. The individual I was with told me to pull out one of the drawers of the desk. There before me were carved signatures of Vice Presidents going back to the 1940s. Republicans and Democrats alike. As one.

During the campaign, Ted Strickland said he “believed in Ohio”. Not a left-wing Ohio, but Ohio. As one.

Voinovich began his tradition with the same idea – that Ohio’s Governors will carve their names in the desk. Not Republican Governors. All Governors. As one.

Being Governor is about leading Ohio. It’s not about just leading those that agree with you.

Strickland’s quip, however insignificant it may seem, says a lot about the guy.

For him, being Governor was about getting re-elected. He was a partisan to the last.

And I don’t mind if he doesn’t sign the desk.

Why? Because it will be like he never existed.

Ted Strickland was Ohio’s absent landlord.

When the state needed leadership and bold choices, he hid behind that old desk in hopes the bad stuff would go away.

Fortunately for Ohioans, that’s about to change.

UPDATE: Strickland etched his name into the leftside drawer, thereby permanently ruining a state treasure.

We are one Ohio, Governor Strickland. Your effort to turn this historic desk into yet another symbol of partisan hackery is another example of the shameful way you have left office.