Governor John Kasich

Kasich Stands Out On Same-Sex Marriage During Debate

Aug 7, 2015
Kevin Niedermier / WKSU

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.

Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

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
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

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
StatehouseNews

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. 

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