John Kasich Parkinson’s Imitation Marks Ad Hoc Speech That Veered Off The Rails

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) does not generally script his speeches, preferring to form his remarks off-the-cuff based on notes. In the case of his State of the State address on Tuesday, that approach appears to have come back to bite the first-term chief executive, as he issued a rambling 100-minute speech that featured a series of bizarre — and potentially offensive — statements and actions.

During the address, Kasich imitated a Parkinson’s patient, cried, insulted the people of California, praised his “hot wife,” gave 14 shout-outs to the same person and played an awards show host while tearfully channeling a famously emotional fellow Ohio Republican, House Speaker John Boehner.

Stay classy, John Kasich.

Gov. John Kasich’s fellow Republican governors view him as an asset, and not a liability, to help a yet-to-be-determined GOP challenger defeat President Barack Obama next year. An emerging premise at the Republican Governors Association annual conference yesterday at the Waldorf Astoria here was that the GOP heads of state should contrast their “bold” leadership styles with that of Obama, who New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called a “bystander in the Oval Office.” Among the Republican governors cited as an example by Christie and others was Kasich, who Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said was “probably the most reform-minded governor in Ohio in the last 50 years.” A panel of association leaders — McDonnell, chairman; Christie, vice chairman; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley; and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — said Kasich served as an appropriate contrast to Obama, even though one of Kasich’s chief initiatives, Senate Bill 5, was overturned by 22 points in a referendum this month.

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Kasich seen as Republican model in 2012 | The Columbus Dispatch

FYI:

Kasich campaigned hard to defend the limits placed on collective bargaining for public employees by Senate Bill 5. Despite his efforts, the bill was defeated 61 percent to 39 percent through Issue 2 on Nov. 8, and Kasich’s most recent approval rating in the state was below 40 percent.

Let me be very clear about this: First of all, you should know I don’t read newspapers in the state of Ohio. Very rarely do I read a newspaper … reading newspapers does not give you an uplifting experience.

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Gov. John Kasich, at an unveiling for Ohio’s new driver’s license design at the Columbus College of Art & Design. Click here to view video (via the Ohio Capital Blog).

Ouch.

(via columbusdispatch)

In 2006, the Ohio Legislature quickly introduced a bill to restrict private possession of exotics after an Ashtabula County woman was mauled by a 500-pound black bear that escaped a pen kept by a nearby neighbor. The bill failed, and just four years later in 2010, an emergency executive order was put in place after a 24-year-old man was mauled to death by a black bear kept in a Columbia Township compound. The order temporarily banned private ownership of big cats, bears, alligators, crocodiles and certain snakes. In April 2011, the order expired upon the promise by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the governor that a new rule-making process would swiftly be established in order to implement regulations regarding possession of exotics. This still has not happened. What will it take to get swift action in the state — and in other states around the country that lack complete bans on exotic pet ownership? Will it take a bigger, more diverse animal escape? A monkeypox outbreak? People dying?

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Ohio tragedy shows wild animals belong in the wild - CNN.com

(via apsies)

Can we at least partially blame Kasich for this?

Gov. John Kasich pleaded with organized labor leaders today to compromise on Senate Bill 5 and cancel a fall referendum on the controversial bill that peels back public employee collective bargaining rights.

Kasich said avoiding a fight over state Issue 2 is in “best interest of everyone, including public employee unions.” He asked the unions to “set aside political agendas and past offenses.”

But We Are Ohio, the coalition that is leading the effort to overturn the collective bargaining law, reacted negatively almost immediately.

"They can repeal the entire bill or join us in voting no on Nov. 8," said spokeswoman Melissa Fazekas.

“We’re glad that Governor Kasich and the other politicians who passed SB 5 are finally admitting this is a flawed bill,” she added in a statement. “Just like the bill was flawed this approach to a compromise is flawed as well. Our message is clear. These same politicians who passed this law could repeal it and not thwart the will of the people.”

Senate Democratic leader Capri Cafaro of Hubbard said in a statement:“The time to negotiate was during the legislative process, not 197 days after Senate Bill 5 was first introduced in the Ohio Senate. Unfortunately, it has taken too long for the governor and GOP leaders to acknowledge they overreached.”

The governor said the offer stems from him being a “believer in talking,” and not out of “a fear we are going to lose.”

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Kasich, fellow Republicans propose SB 5 deal to unions

Yeah, he’s not doing it because he’s scared.

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This one felt like it deserved its own post.

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I hate his stupid face.

I hate his stupid face.

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