Bernie Sanders Wants to be Joe Biden’s Labor Secretary According to Report

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is reportedly making a push to be nominated as labor secretary in a potential Joe Biden administration, sources told Politico.

Sanders is interested in having a position in Democratic presidential nominee Biden’s potential cabinet, an unnamed person close to the Vermont senator told Politico Thursday evening. Sanders, who was former Vice President Biden’s main rival during the 2020 Democratic primaries, has specifically expressed interest in leading the Department of Labor, according to the source.

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Former Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich Delivers Speech at Democratic National Convention

Republican John Kasich, who served as Ohio’s governor from 2011-2019 and ran in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, delivered a speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) Monday.

Kasich, who refused to support Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, spoke to the current political division in America, saying that “America is at a crossroads.”

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Former Ohio Governor John Kasich Expected to Speak at the Democratic National Convention

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican and frequent Trump critic, has been approached and is expected to speak at the Democratic National Convention on Biden’s behalf next month, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans who insisted on anonymity to discuss strategy. Kasich is among a handful of high-profile Republicans likely to become more active in supporting Biden in the fall.

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Ohio GOP Central Committee Censures Former Chairman Matt Borges for Supporting Biden

Matt Borges has been censured by the Ohio Republican Central Committee for working to defeat President Donald Trump and ensure Joe Biden wins the election.

Borges is the former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. However, he has been running the Right Side PAC to support Biden, The Plain Dealer reported. The party said they took the action as well due to an FEC violation and Borges’ continued criticism of Trump. They also stripped his “chairman emeritus” status. 

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Ohio Republican Party Withdraws Its Endorsement of Joe Dills After Vowing Not to Endorse Primary Candidates

State representative candidate Joe Dills may have been unendorsed by the Ohio Republican Party — but the question on many people’s minds is why he was endorsed in the first place, when the state party leader once said she would steer clear of making endorsements in primaries and that she wanted to unite the party.

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JobsOhio Charts Future Without Gov. Kasich as Patron

Even as John Kasich took over the governor’s office in January 2011, he had his eyes set on privatizing the State of Ohio’s economic development functions. A year after he left office, his brainchild, JobsOhio, sails ahead to new frontiers.

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Making JobsOhio Transparent Is Like Making Sausage: It’s Not Pretty

JobsOhio has operated as a privatized, independent economic development agency for the State of Ohio since 2011. In all that time, a few concerned officials have tried to peel back the curtain obscuring its inner workings, too little success.

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JobsOhio Operates as Outsourced Economic Development Agency on Behalf of State of Ohio, Thanks to Receiving All Liquor Tax Funds

One would normally think that a state’s official economic development agency was nestled into a state department to best coordinate with elected officials. One would be mistaken in Ohio’s case.

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Former Kasich Strategist Partners with George Conway to Launch Never-Trump Super PAC

An alumnus of former Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign has joined George Conway in launching a new never-Trump super PAC with the explicit purpose of “defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box.”

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Kasich Is in ‘Serious Talks’ to become Ohio State’s New President

Rumors began that former Governor John Kasich is being considered as a replacement for current Ohio State University (OSU) President Michael Drake a day after he announced his retirement. 

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Cheers: JobsOhio Increases Economic Development Spending While Ohio’s Unemployment Rate Grows

The question has to be asked: With such high unemployment in the state, is JobsOhio more concerned with growing its bureaucracy or with creating jobs in the private sector?

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Kasich Joins CNN, Opens Satellite Studio at Otterbein, Just in Time for Democratic Presidential Debate in Westerville

  Former Governor John Kasich joined CNN two weeks after he left office and opened a satellite studio on Otterbein’s campus in Westerville. Next month the Democratic National Committee will bring their remaining candidates for the Presidential nomination to the private college for an October 15th debate. Alice Nicks, a…

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State Rep Goes After JobsOhio for Lack of Transparency, Bloated Salaries, and Failure to Invest in Poorest Communities

State Rep. Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) has taken to Facebook to express his concerns with JobsOhio, a private economic development entity that he says has “been a failure” for Southeast Ohio.

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Jim Renacci Commentary: How John Kasich Failed Ohio

Failed leadership in the past has caused Ohio to become one of the ‘most left’ states in America thanks to failing infrastructure, slow job creation and lethargic wage growth. The state simply isn’t competitive in the race to attract and retain businesses, and its showing. Since leaving Congress in January, I have been listening to Ohioans in cities and rural areas alike that feel angry, tired and frustrated. They want to know why our neighbors are winning and why Ohio is missing out on the Trump economy. I tell them all: we can thank John Kasich.

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Republican Sen. Rob Portman Calls Trump Comments ‘Divisive’ and ‘Wrong’

  Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has been relatively quiet on the drama surrounding “the squad” on Capitol Hill, but he was finally reached for comment Monday by The Cincinnati Enquirer. “That’s not something I would say, and I think it’s divisive, unnecessary, and wrong,” Portman told the outlet in a brief…

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Pediatric Caregivers of Disabled Children Call Out Former Ohio Governor John Kasich’s ‘Unspeakable Disgrace’ Hypocrisy

  Former Ohio Governor John Kasich is calling the treatment of illegal immigrant children at the border “an unspeakable disgrace.” In his recent CNN opinion piece, he calls the situation “America’s war on children” and demands that it be stopped. “Most of all, the President of the United States has…

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Ohio Strong Action Has Vision for Trump in 2020 and Beyond

  COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Strong Action, a super PAC, is preparing for the 2020 election. The organization, chaired by former U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons, hosted the Ohio Strong Action 202o Vision Summit in Columbus on Tuesday. The purpose of the summit was to discuss “plans and the vision…

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Heartbeat Bill Victory Party for Ohio

  NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio – Janet Folger Porter hosted a raucous victory party for the Heartbeat Bill on Friday, May 31st.  After more than eight long years, obstructionism by some ‘Republicans’ and many heartbreakingly close calls, the Heartbeat Bill, Senate Bill 23, became law on April 11, 2019. Janet Porter…

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‘Never Trump’ Republican Called for Russian Sanctions, Now He’s Lobbying Against Them

by Chuck Ross   A top “Never Trump” Republican strategist who has called for “sanctions on steroids” against the Russian government has registered as a lobbyist for a Russia-owned nuclear energy firm that is seeking to relax sanctions. John Weaver, a strategist for former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, registered…

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DeWine Claims He’s Asked His Team to Work on ‘Red Flag’ Law

Gov. Mike DeWine told the media Monday morning that he has asked his team to draft a red-flag bill to send to the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Former Gov. John Kasich repeatedly lobbied for red-flag legislation in the state, and refused to sign a controversial “Stand Your Ground” bill at the…

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Kasich Excited With Biden Announcement: ‘He’s Going to Hug’

  Former Gov. John Kasich was on CNN Wednesday to discuss former Vice President Joe Biden’s anticipated presidential bid, which was made official Thursday. “Well, listen. There will be no intimidation factor if he were to go head-to-head against Donald Trump. I think he’s rearing for this fight,” Kasich said,…

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Kasich Calls Trump’s Latest Immigration Proposal ‘Wacky’ and ‘Just Crazy’

Former Gov. John Kasich called President Donald Trump’s latest immigration plan “wacky” and “just crazy” during a CNN interview Friday morning. The Washington Post reported Thursday night that Trump was once again considering a plan to release migrants into self-declared sanctuary cities. Trump confirmed the report in a pair of…

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Kasich: ‘I’m Not Setting Myself Up to Be a Trump Critic’

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich discussed his differences with the president in a recent interview ahead of a speaking appearance at Drew University in New Jersey. After leaving office, Kasich joined CNN as a political commentator and has announced his sixth book, which will be released in the fall. As…

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Kasich Launches New Non-Profit With Fellow Never-Trumpers, Announces Fifth Book

Former Gov. John Kasich has launched a new non-profit with several fellow never-Trumpers and is planning to release his fifth book amid endless speculation that he may make another run for the White House. Almost immediately after leaving the Ohio Governor’s Residence, Kasich announced that he was joining CNN as…

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Former Congressman Renacci Calls for Smarter Government Spending During Forum on Gas Tax

Ohio’s Future Foundation Chairman and former Congressman Jim Renacci hosted a forum on the gas tax Monday evening with Greg Lawson of The Buckeye Institute and Paul Lewis of the Eno Center for Transportation. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH) has been pushing for an 18-cent gas tax increase, which Monday night’s…

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John Kasich Praises The Green New Deal, Says ‘It’s Asking The Right Question’

by Michael Bastach   Former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich said that while the Green New Deal might not be the right answer to global warming, “it’s asking the right question.” “But for all those problems, the Green New Deal is serving an important purpose by provoking a more vigorous…

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Third Time’s a Charm: Ohio House Begins Heartbeat Bill Debate Again Tuesday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio House version of the infamous heartbeat bill will get its first hearing Tuesday morning in the House Health Committee. The bill was introduced by State Reps. Ron Hood (R-78) and Candice Keller (R-53), and has 48 cosponsors. Two previous iterations of the bill cleared the…

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2020 Hopeful John Kasich Backs Carbon Pricing, Brags About Buying a Tesla with Taxpayer Subsidies

by Michael Bastasch   Former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a potential 2020 opponent for President Donald Trump, has a pitch for Republicans: back global warming policies that are favored by Democrats. “This is like a call to arms. Let’s have conservatives have a discussion instead of being in denial…

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CNN Touts Kasich’s Record As Trump Critic After Naming Him Senior Political Commentator

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced Tuesday that he has joined CNN as a senior political commentator, a day after officially leaving the governor’s mansion. “Excited to share that I’ll be joining CNN as a regular contributor starting today,” Kasich tweeted Tuesday morning. His first appearance was on “Cuomo Prime…

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Commentary: Establishment Republicans Want the Pro-Life Movement Dead

by Deion A. Kathawa   Just a few days before Christmas, departing Ohio Governor John Kasich decided to play a disappointing Santa and put a massive lump of coal in the pro-life movement’s stocking. He vetoed a bill that would have made it a felony for a doctor to perform…

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Kasich Vetoes Bill Expanding Benefits for Families of Fallen First Responders

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) vetoed a bill Friday that would expand benefits for widows and children of deceased first responders because it also included legislative pay raises. According to The Dayton Daily News, Senate Bill 296 included a provision that would increase pay for lawmakers by 4 percent in…

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Ohio Ranks 38th in Economic Freedom, New Report Finds

The Buckeye Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of North America report conducted in partnership with Canada’s Fraser Institute found that Ohio ranks number 38 among the 50 states in economic freedom. The report measured each state’s government spending, taxation, and labor market restrictions as indicators of economic freedom. “The measure of…

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Gun Rights Bill Kasich Vetoed is Law in Every Other State

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) vetoed the Ohio General Assembly’s gun-rights legislation Wednesday, even though the bill was removed of most of its substantial provisions before passage. As The Ohio Star reported last week, House Bill 228 was stripped of its “stand your ground” measure, which would free gun owners from…

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Ohio’s Level of Economic Freedom in Bottom Third of States ‘Unimpressive’, Report Says

A report studying economic freedom in all the states finds Ohio at an “unimpressive” ranking of 38 of 50 and sounds the alarm about the state’s public pension, saying it could require a bailout within a decade. The Economic Research Center of The Buckeye Institute and Canada’s Fraser Institute on…

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Pro-Lifers Urge Kasich to ‘Return to Pro-Life Roots’ and Sign Heartbeat Bill

The Ohio Legislature has once again sent its controversial pro-life “heartbeat bill” to Gov. John Kasich’s (R-OH) desk, and its drafters are confident that it will be the “arrow in the heart of Roe v. Wade.” House Bill 258, which would prohibit abortions in Ohio after the unborn child has…

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Departing Ohio Gov. Kasich Says God Might be Telling Him to ‘Shut Up for a While’

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) revealed in a recent interview that he may make a return to TV after he leaves the governor’s mansion in January. Before taking over as Ohio’s 69th governor, Kasich hosted a Fox News show called “Heartland with John Kasich” between 2001 and 2007. “I’m likely to…

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Gov. Kasich Still Unhappy After ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill is Reduced to ‘Nothing Burger’

The Ohio General Assembly passed its controversial pro-Second Amendment legislation Thursday, but not until it was stripped of its most substantial provision. Under current Ohio law, gun owners are subjected to a “duty to retreat” standard that requires them to stand down in potentially life-threatening situations. That law would have…

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Opposition Heats Up As Ohio Senate Prepares to Pass Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

Ohio Republicans are pushing to get their controversial “Stand Your Ground” bill passed out of a Senate committee by the end of the week, but opponents of the legislation are redoubling their efforts. On Monday night, Ohio’s NAACP chapters called a press conference to voice their opposition to the bill,…

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Kasich Compares Trump Tweets to Nixon’s Enemies List

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) sat down with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Thursday night for an interview in which the two took turns trashing Republicans such as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and President Donald Trump. “Well, I don’t agree with Orinn, and I don’t agree with what Orrin…

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Kasich Promises Veto of Conservative Bills While ‘Seriously’ Considering Presidential Run

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Gov. John Kasich’s final months as Ohio’s governor will likely include the veto of multiple conservative pieces of legislation and the rebuke of his Republican colleagues whom he believes only consider their “short-term electoral capability.” Ohio Republicans recently passed two highly-consequential bills during their lame-duck session, including the pro-life “heartbeat…

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Ohio Republicans Are on a Mission to Challenge Roe v. Wade

Ohio Republicans have reintroduced a controversial bill that would redefine in law the term “person” to include “any unborn human” and would make abortion a potentially criminal offense. The bill, House Bill 565, was first introduced in March, but is being brought up again after Ohio House Republicans successfully passed…

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OFF THE RECORD: Ohio House Conservatives Are Going to Get Shafted in Lame Duck

State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) may well have promised everything under the sun, plus some, to Ohio House members this spring. Those promises were made in conjunction with Smith’s efforts to cobble together enough votes to finish the term of Cliff Rosenberger as Speaker. Smith was elected with 44 votes…

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