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WEEK IN REVIEW Saturday, November 15 through Friday, November 21, 2014

November 22nd, 2014, by Test User

Sunday, November 16, 2014

· Ohio’s Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Deborah A. Ashenhurst announced that the U.S. Department of Defense is expected to call up approximately 130 Soldiers from the Ohio Army National Guard next Spring in support of civilian-led humanitarian efforts to combat the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

· The Ohio Senate confirmed Gov. John R. Kasich’s appointments of Craig Butler to serve as director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Richard Hodges to serve as director of the Ohio Department of Health.

· The Ohio Department of Education announced that, according to data from Ohio’s school districts, nearly 96 percent of last year’s eligible third-graders met Ohio’s new reading criteria for promotion to the fourth grade.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

· First Lady Karen W. Kasich recognized 92 volunteers who donated 1,715 hours to plant, weed, prune, and fertilize the Heritage Garden at the Governor’s Residence in Bexley (Franklin Co.), and 11 docents who donated 248 hours to provide tours to visitors to the residence.
· Kasich announced appointments to the Workgroup To Help Individuals To Cease Relying On Public Assistance.

Friday, November 21, 2014

· The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced that Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in October 2014, down from 5.6 percent in September 2014, the lowest Ohio’s unemployment rate has been since April 2006. R

· Kasich announced appointments to the Workgroup to Help Individuals To Cease Relying On Public Assistance, the English Language Arts Academic Standards Review Committee and the Central State University Board of Trustees.

WEEK IN REVIEW Saturday, November 8 through Friday, November 14, 2014

November 22nd, 2014, by Test User

Sunday, November 9, 2014

· In honor of Veterans Day, Governor John R. Kasich helped kick-off the Polar Bear 5K Run & Walk on the campus of The Ohio State University. The event benefited Honor Flight Columbus.

Monday, November 10, 2014

· Kasich announced that Dr. Mary DiOrio was named Medical Director at the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). DiOrio will serve with Director Richard Hodges in the Department’s new management structure to oversee medical issues as Hodges applies his management and public health experience to lead the overall management of the agency.

· Kasich and Taylor issued a resolution recognizing Veterans Day and urged all Ohioans to join in honoring the men and women who have served in the military.

· Kasich announced appointments to the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Board of Trustees and the Great Lakes Protection Fund Board.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

· Kasich released a statement following the election of the 131st General Assembly’s leadership.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

· Kasich announced appointments to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission and reappointments to the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council and the State Board of Landscape Architect Examiners.

Do You Know Why You Believe What You Believe?

November 16th, 2014, by Test User

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WEEK IN REVIEW Saturday, November 1 through Friday, November 7, 2014

November 10th, 2014, by Test User

Monday, November 3, 2014

·         Governor John R. Kasich signed executive order 2014-05k creating the Community Connector Advisory Board to help provide guidance to the superintendent of public instruction in Ohio’s new school mentoring program.

 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

·         Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor were reelected to a second term in office. Following the announcement of their reelection, Kasich’s administration issued a release regarding their four years in office.

 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

·         Taylor and Ohio Department of Veteran Services Director Colonel Timothy Gorrell participated in the 2014 Ohio Veterans Fall of Fame induction ceremony in Columbus (Franklin Co.).

·         Kasich announced appointments to the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council.

Friday, November 7, 2014

·         Kasich announced a reappointment to the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.

 

A big win for John Kasich Ohio’s Republican governor puts results ahead of ideological purity

November 10th, 2014, by Test User

WHAT is conservatism for?  In the election campaign just past, too many Republicans ignored that question. Instead they went negative, harnessing the anger of voters who feel that America is going to ruin and have no faith in President Barack Obama. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the canny Republican who will now lead the Senate, boiled down his pitch to a yell of revolt against Democrats as eco-warriors, liberal zealots and government bullies. Further distilled to fit on McConnell campaign bumper-stickers, this became: “Coal. Guns. Freedom.”

North of Kentucky in the swing state of Ohio, the Republican governor, John Kasich, secured re-election on November 4th with much duller bumper-stickers, bearing such slogans as “Kasich works.” No matter. He won by a staggering margin of 31 points.

Mr Kasich, who is 62, is proud of his conservative achievements: balancing a budget that faced an $8 billion shortfall when he took office in 2011, cutting taxes and red tape to boost job-creation. He is prouder still of what prosperity enables him to do.

In the governor’s telling, conservatism must have a moral purpose. Republicans should celebrate those who are successful—Americans do not hate the rich, they want to join them, he likes to say, quoting his late father, a postman. Conservatives should encourage those already on their way (he enthuses about job-training schemes and school reforms, and notes that Ohio is trying to steer more state contracts to non-white entrepreneurs). Lastly, a prosperous state should use its resources to help the weak—those who, in a favourite Kasich phrase, “live in the shadows”, including the mentally ill or drug addicts. He has worked to keep minor offenders out of prison and to help ex-inmates find jobs.

In a string of pre-election rallies he spent no time attacking Mr Obama—an extraordinary omission for a Republican. Instead he urged his fellow Republicans to canvass Democratic relatives and friends (at a rally near Lima this drew a “pshaw” of disdain from one activist). Mr Kasich can sound positively preacher-like, declaring: “When you die and go to heaven, I don’t know that St Peter is going to ask, did you balance the budget? He is probably going to ask what you did for the least of those [around you].”

The governor’s instincts remain thriftily conservative. As a member of Congress in the 1990s he spent years working towards a balanced federal budget. Along with Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Chris Christie in New Jersey and Rick Scott in Florida, he is one of a clutch of Republican governors, elected in battleground states that voted for Mr Obama in presidential elections, who then turned round, cut spending and picked fights with public-sector unions. Back in 2011—when 62% of Ohio voters rejected Mr Kasich’s plan for union curbs in a crushing referendum defeat—he seemed the weakest of that pack.

But Mr Kasich learned from that debacle, taking pains to build broad coalitions for subsequent reforms. This has served him well. His more purist peers, such as Mr Walker and Mr Scott, also won this week—it was that kind of an election—but by much thinner margins. As for Mr Christie, he finds himself struggling to defend the ropey condition of New Jersey’s finances. As the dust settles, Mr Kasich looks like a champion for pragmatism.

Not all on the right like Ohio’s 2014 take on compassionate conservatism. Mr Kasich is under fire for accepting federal money to expand Medicaid, a government health scheme for the poor—both because it is a form of socialised medicine and because the expansion is part of the Obamacare health law (which Mr Kasich says he opposes as a “top-down” scheme that chills business investment and fails to control costs). Conservatives were indignant when Mr Kasich defended his actions as rooted in religious duty, complaining that he was calling them un-Christian.

Mr Kasich does not duck the fight. His critics seem to feel “guilty” about something, he ventures. He is unmoved by the charge that he cannot claim to oppose Obamacare as a whole while using one part of it. Why not, he asks? Sometimes “practicality” trumps the qualms of somebody who “lives in an ivory tower”, he says. Ronald Reagan expanded Medicaid, he notes. Theodore Roosevelt achieved great things: “Was he doctrinaire?”

Looking for what works

Ohio’s governor is more interested in conservative ends than means. Aides researched the idea of creating private health-insurance for the poorest, for instance, but concluded that government control (ie, Medicaid) would be cheaper. Such pragmatism chimes with voters’ preferences. Many in Ohio, as elsewhere, resent Obamacare as a form of mandatory redistribution, from the solvent and healthy to the sick and hard-up. Yet a majority backs public health cover for the very poorest. It is “cool” that the governor expanded Medicaid, enthuses Everett Woodard II, a voter at a rally near Toledo who supports both Mr Obama and Mr Kasich. Society should support those who are “in need, but who aren’t trying to milk the government”, says Mr Woodard.

Mr Kasich’s cruise to re-election has involved some luck: the campaign of his Democratic opponent imploded after a series of gaffes. But political luck rarely occurs in a vacuum. Had the governor looked vulnerable, he might have drawn a stronger rival.

Mr Kasich is no centrist. He opposes abortion and gay marriage and has cosied up to the National Rifle Association. He approved a Republican-friendly gerrymandering of Ohio’s congressional districts. He can be curmudgeonly: at a Dayton rally he started fretting about young children who call parents by their first names, citing this as a symptom of national decline.

But Mr Kasich’s pragmatism outweighs his flaws. He tries to do what works, not what will win him a standing ovation from conservative purists. Unlike many Republicans, he sought a positive mandate from voters this week—and he won it triumphantly in Ohio, the ultimate bellwether state. The crowded Republican field for the White House in 2016 surely has room for him.

WEEK IN REVIEW Saturday, October 25 through Friday, October 31, 2014

November 10th, 2014, by Test User

Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Governor John R. Kasich joined state and local officials in Waverly (Pike Co.) as Rural King CEO Alex Melvin announced the retailer will open a distribution center in Waverly in 2015. The center is expected to bring up to 160 new jobs to the area.
  • Kasich announced the approval of assistance for five projects set to create 271 jobs and retain 339 jobs statewide.
  • Kasich announced a reappointment to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Board.

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Kasich announced appointments to the Ohio Architects Board and the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board.

 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Kasich announced reappointments to the Ohio Historical Society Board of Trustees and the State Employment Relations Board and an appointment to the Ohio Historical Society Board of Trustees.

 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Kasich announced a reappointment to the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board.

 

Friday, October 31, 2014

  • The Ohio Department of Health strengthened its protocols for managing travelers returning from West African nations that have Ebola outbreaks.

Union County Slate Card

October 29th, 2014, by Test User

WEEK IN REVIEW Saturday, October 18 through Friday, October 24, 2014

October 27th, 2014, by Test User

Saturday, October 18, 2014

·         Governor John R. Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor joined federal, state and local doctors, health care professionals and elected officials to update the public on the status of Ohio’s Ebola response.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

·         The Ohio Department of Health began issuing a daily report summarizing the number of individuals who have been found to have contact of some type with the Dallas health care worker who was in Northeast Ohio, Oct. 10-13.

Monday, October 20, 2014

·         The state Controlling Board approved ODH’s request to purchase up to $300,000 in new personal protective equipment and spend up to $500,000 for any cleanup and disposal of any contaminated linens and other items that may be generated by suspected or confirmed Ebola patients.

·         Kasich announced an appointment to the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging and reappointments to the Commission on Hispanic-Latino Affairs.

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

·         ODH and the Ohio Hospital Association announced that 100 percent of Ohio hospitals have completed Ebola preparedness and response drills. 

·         Kasich announced appointments to the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Board.

 

Friday, October 24, 2014

·       Kasich announced an appointment to the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Board.

 

WEEK IN REVIEW Saturday, October 11 through Friday, October 17, 2014

October 24th, 2014, by Test User

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

  • As part of Ohio’s Ebola preparedness efforts, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) conducted a tabletop exercise and preparedness seminar with health care partners representing hospitals, physicians, nurses, EMS responders and local health departments.
  • Governor John R. Kasich announced appointments to Ohio Fair Plan Underwriting Association Board of Governors, the Central Ohio Technical College Board of Trustees and the Statewide Emergency Services Internet Protocol Network Steering Committee.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

  • Ohio was notified by the CDC that a Dallas nurse who visited northeast Ohio Oct. 10-13 tested positive for Ebola on Oct. 14 after returning to Dallas. Kasich immediately instructed ODH to activate the Ebola preparedness efforts it began developing in mid-summer, and to deploy ODH staff to Summit County to assist with its efforts.
  • Ohio activated its Emergency Operation Center and began ongoing efforts to address the Ebola issue, including reaching out with regular updates to numerous stakeholder groups impacted by the situation. ODH initiated a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer Ohioans’ questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an effort to ensure Ohioans get accurate, timely information.
  • Following a request from Gov. Kasich, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed to send staff to Ohio to help support Ohio’s state and local Ebola response efforts.
  • Lt. Governor Mary Taylor joined Avnet Inc. for the grand opening of its new CenterPoint facility in Groveport (Franklin Co.). The facility is Avnet’s largest in the world and will create more than 300 new jobs.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

 

  • In consultation with infectious disease experts across the state, ODH issued enhanced Ebola quarantine protocols for individuals in proximity of index cases.
  • Kasich talked with President Barack Obama, thanking him for his help in getting the CDC to Ohio and informing him of Ohio’s new, more aggressive quarantine measures, which the president supported.
  • ODH Director Richard Hodges recommended to Ohio hospitals that they conduct a series of training and practice drills within the next two days to ensure Ohio hospitals are prepared to handle a potential Ebola patient.
  • Taylor participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for McLane Company in Findlay (Hancock Co.) where the company plans to create 425 jobs at its new distribution facility.
  • Kasich announced appointments to the Forestry Advisory Council and a reappointment to the Auctioneers Commission.

 

Friday, October 17, 2014

  • ODH announced that it is asking the State Controlling Board for $300,000 to add to its stockpile of health care personal protective equipment in order to support any requests that may come from frontline health care providers treating suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola virus infection.

WEEK IN REVIEW Saturday, August 23 through Friday, August 29, 2014

December 4th, 2013, by Test User

Monday, August 25, 2014

·         Governor John R. Kasich announced the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved assistance for nine projects set to create 586 jobs and retain 1,201 jobs statewide. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in $30,659,048 in new payroll and spur more than $1.1 billion in investment.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

·         Kasich announced a reappointment to the Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

·         Kasich announced appointments to the State Emergency Response Commission and the Ohio Board of Dietetics.

·         Kasich announced the appointment of Shirley J. Christian of New Springfield (Mahoning Co.) to serve as a judge on the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

·         Kasich announced reappointments to the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers board.

 

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