Gov. John Kasich

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently said the state’s school board is too focused on politics. That comment was in response to a request from seven school board members for an outside investigation into Ohio’s charter schools. The board also wants an impartial investigation into whether State Superintendent Richard Ross was involved in the scrubbing of failing grades at some charters. School Choice Director David Hansen has already resigned over the issue.

Kasich Stands Out On Same-Sex Marriage During Debate

Aug 7, 2015
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A last minute surge in the polls put Gov. John Kasich on the primetime stage for the nation’s first Republican presidential debate of the season. Thursday night's debate was his first real shot at appealing to a national crowd.

By measure of applause, Kasich had the support of the home crowd as he tried to stand out in a night that was clearly the Donald Trump show.

Mandel Continues To Support Senator Marco Rubio's Presidential Bid

Aug 6, 2015
Ohio Treasurer of State Website

Leading up to the Republican presidential debate, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel sponsored a rally Wednesday in Cleveland for candidate U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Mandel’s support for the son of Cuban immigrants has sparked some controversy.

Mandel angered fellow Ohio Republicans last May when he endorsed Rubio as Gov. John Kasich was weighing his presidential bid. During the packed rally at the Town Hall bar in Cleveland, Mandel said Rubio first impressed him during a speech last year an Ohio hotel.

Ohio Public Radio

(AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has made the cut of 10 for the first Republican debate.

Following Fox News' announcement yesterday that he would be among the GOP White House hopefuls taking part, Kasich issued a statement welcoming his fellow participants to Ohio. The first formal debate of the 2016 campaign is set for Thursday night in Cleveland.

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
WYSO

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. 

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