Gov. John Kasich

The final cast for the Republicans’ first presidential debate Aug. 6 should be known Tuesday. 

Last week Kasich downplayed any concerns that he may or may not have about making that first debate in his home state.

“I don’t appraise my chances on that,” Kasich said. “You all know that. We’ll see what happens.”

Fox News said it will select the 10 candidates who will participate based on their average in the five most recent national polls. But Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges is confident Kasich will make the cut.  

Ohio two political party leaders spar over the state's biggest issues.
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Last week Gov. John Kasich announced he’s running for president. Next week the top 10 Republican candidates will debate in Cleveland. These two big political events are keeping the state’s two major political parties busy.

It’s easy to understand why Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges is looking forward to the debate: two new polls suggest that Gov. Kasich will make the cut. But Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper said he’s excited about the debate too, and the opportunity it will bring his party to talk about Kasich.

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The 162nd Ohio State Fair opens Wednesday in a ceremony presided over by Gov. John Kasich, back from his first tour as an official candidate for president. 

Midway rides have been under construction for a week, and last minute preps go on up until the fair opens. In other parts of the 360-acre fairgrounds, livestock shows are underway as more animals and their exhibitors are coming in. Food vendors are setting up – this year featuring something called deep fried cake balls.

State Task Force Meets To Discuss College Affordability

Jul 22, 2015
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Earlier this year, Gov. John Kasich asked a nine-member task force to figure out how to make higher education more affordable. The group met at Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College on Tuesday.

In the scheme of the state’s more than $1 billion higher education budget, a $40 FedEx shipping fee may not seem like much.

But over time, those fees can add up. In fact, the task force found that 18 of the state’s campuses collectively spend $1.7 million in overnight shipping costs every year.

Portman Praises, But Won't Endorse, A Kasich Presidential Run

Jul 20, 2015
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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says everything about Gov. John Kasich as a presidential candidate is compelling. But he’s still not endorsing his fellow Ohio Republican.

Kasich is expected to make his presidential run official Tuesday at a rally at Ohio State University. And Rob Portman spent close to three minutes on a conference call with reporters extolling all the reasons Kasich will make a great candidate. But Portman says he has his own 2016 senatorial campaign to worry about. 

Kasich's Police Standards Advisory Board Meets

Jul 9, 2015
The group is crafting a set of deadly-force standards for police across the state to use.
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An advisory board charged with drafting statewide uniform standards for police use of deadly force met for the first time Wednesday. Gov. John Kasich created the board after a series of fatal police shootings. The group released a report earlier this year. 

Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by police in Cleveland, and 22-year-old John Crawford died when he was shot by police in a Beavercreek Wal-Mart. Currently, Ohio has no uniform deadly-force standards, but it will by early September. 

Local Elected Officials Want More Control Of Oil And Gas Industry

Jul 9, 2015

As Ohio’s oil and gas industry has grown, the legislature has consolidated oversight power with the state. More than 100 elected officials from around Ohio asked Gov. John Kasich to help restore more local control through a letter.

A state senator from Akron, and council members from Cuyahoga County and Cleveland, are among the many Northeast Ohio officials who signed onto the letter organized by the national advocacy group Environment America.

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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The Ohio Department of Education has selected a new standardized test for next year to replace the exam known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is the exam tied to the Common Core standards, and it was first put into use in Ohio during the 2014-2015 school year. Lawmakers included wording in the new state budget banning the assessment.

Kasich Signs Budget With Record Number Of Vetoes

Jul 1, 2015
Gov. John Kasich signed the state's two year, $71 billion budget yesterday.
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Gov. John Kasich signed the new $71 billion state budget, which was substantially different than his original proposal. He responded with a record 44 vetoes, twice as many as in the last budget.

The House and Senate essentially rejected Kasich’s new school funding formula and pumped about $900 million more back to schools. In return the governor vetoed a $78 million, House-added provision, meaning some districts could lose money in the second year of the budget.

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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The state budget is now on the governor’s desk, and he says he’ll sign it by the fiscal year’s end on June 30. 

Gov. John Kasich didn’t get a lot of what he wanted – for instance, increases in the sales, commercial activity or fracking taxes. But he says it’s the third budget in a row to cut income taxes.

“We push very, very big ideas here. And sometimes a victory is to push those ideas,” Kasich said. “You get as much of it done as you can.”

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