Governor John Kasich

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.

Ohio Governor Authorizes Arming Recruiters

Jul 22, 2015
Ohio Army National Guard

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has authorized personnel at Ohio National Guard recruitment centers to carry weapons following last week's shooting in Tennessee that killed four Marines and a sailor.

The guard says Major General Mark Bartman, the Adjutant General of Ohio, granted the authorization as part of an update of policies and training requirements for the recruiting centers and a review of all security measures.

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.

Ohio Gov. Kasich Is 16th Notable Entry Into GOP Race

Jul 21, 2015
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Governor John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race.
 
The outspoken swing-state governor declared his candidacy Tuesday at Ohio State University. He told a crowd of 2,000: "The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again."
 
He's the 16th notable Republican to join the bustling contest for the nomination.
 
Kasich says that despite all the competitors, he's the only one with experience in three broad areas of political leadership - the federal budget, national security and state government.
 

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. 

Governor Explains Plan For New Buckeye Lake Dam

Jul 17, 2015
Buckeye Lake in central Ohio
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The future of Buckeye Lake in central Ohio is a little clearer after the governor announced some more details for the new dam.

Gov. John Kasich says the state has picked a design to replace the old, weakening dam at the lake. The project was originally set at around $150 million and expected to take about five years. And while Kasich said the method they plan to use, known as soil mixing, would save time and money, he didn’t want to get into the specifics.

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.

Gov. John Kasich vetoed 44 items in the new state budget, and one of them related to the sometimes difficult online tests that taxpayers getting refunds had to fill out to prove their identities.

The tax department and legislators got thousands of complaints that the online identity tests were asking for old information that was hard to recall – such as past addresses and details about now-adult children. So lawmakers proposed the required information be no more than five years old.

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