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Kasich urges Ohioans not to wear khakis or use letter M on OSU-Michigan game day

  • 1:20 pm Saturday, November 28th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich may be busy running for president, but he wants to make sure Ohioans remember that today is OSU-Michigan game day.

Kasich signed a resolution urging Ohioans not to use the letter M today and to “avoid wearing pleated khakis on this day and all days.”

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is known for wearing pleated khakis from Walmart during games.

Here’s a copy of the resolution:

New Kasich ad against Trump makes comparison to Hitler

  • 12:51 pm Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Team Kasich is mounting a major attack against Republican front runner Donald Trump by unleashing multiple videos that call into question Trump’s statements, demeanor and abilities. Both the Kasich presidential campaign and its super PAC, New Day for America, posted videos that portray Trump as dangerous and unfit to lead.

On Monday, the Kasich for America campaign released a minute-long video on its YouTube channel where former Kasich veterans affairs director Tom Moe paraphrases the famous speech from German Pastor Martin Niemoller, who spoke out against the Nazis and criticized Germans who failed to immediately stand up to Adolph Hitler’s moves [More]

Trump most likely to wreck Thanksgiving dinner, poll says

  • 9:50 am Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump is the most likely candidate to say something inappropriate and ruin Thanksgiving dinner, according to a new poll from Public Polling Institute.

Forty-six percent of Americans name Trump as the most likely dinner wrecker while 22 percent say it would be Democrat Hillary Clinton and 7 percent say it would be Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Pollsters asked Americans which presidential candidate they’d like to have over for Thanksgiving dinner and 24 percent said Clinton, 18 percent said retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, 17 percent said Trump and 11 percent said Sanders.

And in other meaningless holiday political [More]

Kasich backers release new ad in NH

  • 4:51 pm Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Staff Writer

As part of a $6.5 million advertising campaign in New Hampshire to bolster Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential bid, New Day for America released its eighth TV ad on Thursday.

The latest spot portrays Kasich as a tested leader with a plan to destroy the Islamic State.

“On the job training for president does not work,” the narrator starts out as photos of President Obama and GOP front runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson flash up on the screen. “Benghazi, beheadings, Paris. Our lives depend on a commander in chief with experience, who understands the world.”

New Day for America spokeswoman Connie Wehrkamp [More]

Buddie was a mistake, pot campaign director says

  • 5:06 pm Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Buddie, the superhero marijuana mascot, was a mistake. Another big mistake was picking 10 sites controlled by the campaign backers as the only legal places to grow marijuana.

In an open letter published Wednesday, ResponsibleOhio Executive Director Ian James acknowledged these mistakes but pledged to come back with a new plan to legalize weed that voters will find acceptable in 2016.

State Issue 3, the ResponsibleOhio plan, was defeated in a stunning landslide 65 percent to 35 percent on Nov. 3. It was opposed by business, health, civic and political leaders as well as pro-pot advocates.

James said he is seeking input on [More]

Turner backing Bernie

  • 12:23 pm Friday, November 13th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Nina Turner, a former state senator and a top Ohio Democratic Party official, is throwing her support to Bernie Sanders for president.

“Sen. Turner is nationally known as a voice for voting rights, for workers’ rights and for marginalized people. The support of someone with that record of standing up for middle-income and working people is tremendously important,” said Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver in a written statement. “We are extremely, extremely humbled by the support of Sen. Nina Turner.”

Turner told the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “I’m very attracted by his message and his style and that he has held pretty much [More]

Bernie Sanders to hold rally in Cleveland

  • 10:41 am Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a rally in Cleveland on Monday at Cleveland State University.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. event where Sanders is expected to discuss “the major issues facing our country,” according to Sanders’ campaign website.
Sanders, a U.S. Senator from Vermont, is running for the Democratic party nomination against former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
According to RealClearPolitics’ composite of several polls, Sanders is garnering support from 32.6 percent of Democratic voters while Clinton leads the field with 54.2 percent. O’Malley has support from 2.4 percent.
Sanders has [More]

Presidential debates will be live tweeted

  • 3:58 pm Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Staff Writer

The presidential candidate field keeps getting culled and there will likely be more of the same after this week’s round of debates.

You can live tweet with Dayton Daily News reporters @Ohio_Politics tonight during the Republican debate and Saturday during the Democratic debate.

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The two Republican debates in Milwaukee, which are co-sponsored by Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal. WHIO.com will live stream both, from  7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The main event is at 9 p.m. when eight candidates will square off. They include retired neurologist Dr. Ben Carson, businessman Donald J. Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former [More]

Karl Rove to sign books at Ohio Statehouse

  • 3:22 pm Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by Staff Writer

GOP political operative Karl Rove will be signing copies of his new book, “The Triumph of William McKinley,” at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The book covers the 1896 campaign when McKinley defeated William Jennings Bryan for the White House. “The challenges of 1896 are similar to those of today: A rapidly changing electorate affected by a growing immigrant population; an uncertain economy disrupted by new technologies; growing income inequality; and contentious issues the two major parties could not resolve. McKinley found ways to address these challenges and win, which is why his [More]

OSU names street after John & Annie Glenn

  • 4:06 pm Thursday, November 5th, 2015 by Staff Writer

A ribbon of road cutting through the heart of Ohio State University’s main campus is being renamed to honor John and Annie Glenn, the university announced Thursday.
Seventeenth Avenue between Tuttle Park Place and College Road will be Annie & John Glenn Avenue.
The Glenns have strong ties to OSU. Earlier this year, the university established the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The Glenn College is an expansion of the Glenn College and the Glenn Institute, which first formed in 1999 when the former astronaut and U.S. Senate donated his papers and memorabilia to Ohio [More]