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.

The [20% flat tax] plan, if enacted, would dramatically reduce the tax burdens of the wealthiest people in the United States, saving millions of dollars for some, while raising taxes for poor and middle-class people who opt into the plan. “I don’t care about that,” Perry said of the increased economic inequality that would result from the tax plan in an interview with The New York Times. “If that’s what comes, I’ll take that criticism.”

- Rick Perry On Increasing Income Inequality: ‘I Don’t Care About That’

Joe the Plumber is looking at becoming Joe the congressional candidate. The Ohio man who became an overnight sensation in the 2008 presidential campaign has filed paperwork to run for Congress. Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher’s statement of candidacy filed with the Federal Elections Commission last week says he plans to run as a Republican in Ohio’s ninth U.S. House district. The seat is now held by Marcy Kaptur, the longest serving Democratic woman in the House.

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‘Joe the Plumber’ plans to run for Congress

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.

In response to a question about how much of every dollar a person should be able to keep versus the government taking taxes out of it, Michele Bachmann responded with a peculiar answer: All of it. “You’ve earned every dollar, you should get to keep every dollar,” Bachmann said. Bachmann described a scenario in which, somehow, people would keep every dollar they earn but also contribute money to the government to help run it. Her underlying message was that the private sector should drive the economy, which didn’t quite translate with her example but got her applause nonetheless. “Obviously we have to give money back to run the government. But we have to have a completely different mindset,” she said.

- Bachmann: People Should Keep Every Dollar They Earn

An internal memo sent around the Wisconsin Department of Transportation went public this week, sparking controversy over its instructions that employees should not tell state residents they can receive free photo identification for voting unless they ask.

The memo in question, sent out by former Republican state Senate aide Steve Krieser, the executive assistant of the Department of Transportation, is causing backlash across the state because of legislation signed in May by Republican Gov. Scott Walker requiring voters to show valid photo ID when going to the polls.

Obtaining a state-issued photo ID for the purpose of voting is actually free of charge. But the catch is that voters have to be in the know: If they don’t specifically ask for the free ID, they’ll get charged $28. Krieser told The Huffington Post he has no plans to adjust the policy.

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Wisconsin Official Instructs Staff Not To Mention Free IDs For Voting

But it’s not about disenfranchising voters, because Republicans would neeeevvvver do that.

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.

beeriety:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s War On Craft Beer:

Tucked into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) much-discussed budget was a little-noticed provision to overhaul the state’s regulation of the beer industry. In a state long associated with beer, the provision will make it much more difficult for the Wisconsin’s burgeoning craft breweries to operate and expand their business by barring them from selling directly to restaurants and liquor stores, and preventing them from selling their own product onsite.




What a dick.

beeriety:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s War On Craft Beer:

Tucked into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) much-discussed budget was a little-noticed provision to overhaul the state’s regulation of the beer industry. In a state long associated with beer, the provision will make it much more difficult for the Wisconsin’s burgeoning craft breweries to operate and expand their business by barring them from selling directly to restaurants and liquor stores, and preventing them from selling their own product onsite.

What a dick.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently signed legislation passed by the Republican-dominated House and Senate that gives State-appointed Emergency Financial Managers (EFMs) historically broad and sweeping powers. These new powers allow the EFM to cancel or modify contracts (including with unions) and even to fire the municipality’s government. Today, for the first time, a EFM did just that. According to a press release from the Michigan AFL-CIO, Joseph L. Harris, EFM for Benton Harbor, Michigan issued “an order prohibiting all action by all city boards, commissions, authorities and other entities, except as authorized by the emergency manager.”

- And So It Begins: Emergency Financial Manager Fires Entire Government of Benton Harbor, Michigan

Over the past few weeks, an Ohio House committee approved an anti-abortion bill that is so restrictive even Ohio Right to Life doesn’t support it, on grounds that it couldn’t possibly meet constitutional muster. The Ohio Senate, which prohibits guns in its chamber, passed a bill that would permit patrons to take concealed guns into bars, the last place police and bar owners want them. The House passed a bill requiring voters to produce photo identification at polling places to remedy a voter-fraud problem that does not exist. Is this the agenda you voted for on Nov. 2? Wasn’t the election supposed to be about creating jobs?

- Ohio is stuck with fringe government for another decade

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