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Kvamme Time, Take 2: Data and record are now pivotal to winning campaigns. With a worldly complement to collect and arrange minute information, a claimant can build a large voter-targeting and audience advantage over an opponent.
Without one, we competence be left with fear stories. Think Mitt Romney and ORCA.
Enter Mark Kvamme. Again.
The Silicon Valley maestro is operative with his mother on a high-tech module that, as Joe Vardon of a Columbus Dispatch reports, could boost a re-election bid of his longtime friend, Gov. John Kasich, and give Kasich a “leg up” if he runs for boss in 2016.
Project Ruby is on a books during a Kasich-aligned Ohio Republican Party, that has budgeted scarcely $1 million for a undertaking, Vardon notes. It will be accessible to possibilities besides Kasich. And if it works, “it goes national,” pronounced a GOP insider.
Project Ruby also is another instance of how Kvamme has cashed in on his attribute with a governor. He parlayed his army as a initial conduct of Kasich’s privatized JobsOhio growth organisation – a post for that he supposed a token annual income of $1 – into a new try collateral organisation that shortly landed a $50 million investment from Ohio State University, interjection partly to former OSU President Gordon Gee, another Kasich ally.
Kasich, whose domestic interests Kvamme has prolonged supported, refers to him as “The Great Kvamme” and to his presentations as “Kvamme Time.”
RNC returns: From late Wednesday – a Republican National Committee has announced a report for visiting a final 4 cities competing to horde a party’s presidential gathering in 2016. Cleveland is adult first. I have a full schedule.
Temporary duration on Ohio’s genocide penalty: A sovereign decider on Wednesday put a reason on dual arriving executions. Jim Provance of a Toledo Blade reports that U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost systematic a proxy halt, by Aug. 15, to investigate changes that have been done to a state’s fatal injection process.
The Plain Dealer’s James F. McCarty records that Frost’s preference follows a apparent botched execution of Dennis McGuire. Witnesses celebrated McGuire gasping, choking and clenching his fists for 10 mins while a fatal drugs were being administered during a Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
The genocide penalty, mostly a rarely politicized topic, expected won’t cause into this year’s competition for administrator notwithstanding stream events. Kasich and Democratic hopeful Ed FitzGerald, a former prosecuting attorney, both are supporters of collateral punishment.
The Kasich watch: A two-year solidify on green-energy standards privileged a General Assembly on Wednesday. Kasich, who made a final product behind a scenes, intends to pointer a bill, reports Jeremy Pelzer of a Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Kasich’s organisation sees a check as a compromise between those who wanted a standards to be separated henceforth and those who wanted them to sojourn as-is, records Dan Gearino of a Dispatch. Supporters of a concede see themselves as carrying a two-year window to investigate potency standards and confirm where to go next.
But Ohio stands to be a initial of 29 states with such standards to scale them back, call Democratic Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngstown to call Ohio a “laughingstock.”
“Business groups lined adult on both sides,” observes Chrissie Thompson of a Cincinnati Enquirer. “The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association opposite a freeze, observant it would boost rates, while a Ohio Chamber of Commerce upheld it, observant a appetite benchmarks were ‘costly.’”
Major utilities such as FirstEnergy upheld it, too.
On a apart front Wednesday, Kasich rested his administration’s online database for job-seekers, reports Vardon of a Dispatch. OhioMeansJobs.com will concede users to compare their skills with “on demand” pursuit vacancies opposite a state.
The Fitz watch: FitzGerald’s matter on a appetite measure:
“SB 310 will force application prices to rise, and cost Ohioans thousands of jobs. In signing this bill, Gov. Kasich will align himself with a Koch brothers and a rich and good connected – and opposite operative Ohioans. As governor, we will work to make Ohio a inhabitant appetite leader, rather than make headlines for trapping Ohio in a Rust Belt.”
The Koch brothers puncture is a anxiety to a bill’s support from Americans for Prosperity Ohio, a organisation connected to a deep-pocketed regressive donors.
But as Republicans continue their tax-and-spend-liberal box opposite FitzGerald, here’s a gob value noting: FitzGerald, in his purpose as Cuyahoga County executive, is scrutinizing bills racked adult by Timothy McGinty, a county’s Democratic prosecutor.
Andrew J. Tobias of a Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that McGinty has spent tens of thousands of dollars on a box he’ll expected settle for $5,000. And when a prosecutor sought a strait account of $366,000 for a intensity trial, FitzGerald put on a brakes, doubt a cost tab and a knowledge of regulating 3 law firms.
Also, in box we missed it, a Northeast Ohio Media Group and The Plain Dealer have launched Truth in Numbers, a fact-checking feature. First adult is FitzGerald and his “Not Working” radio ad. Listen to a ad and finish your possess measure sheet.
Longer term-limits? The University of Akron expelled polling formula Wednesday that signaled voters are open to a thought of longer legislative terms in Ohio.
Although 70 percent of a respondents cite gripping a tenure boundary during 8 years, Robert Higgs of a Northeast Ohio Media Group explains that some-more than half voiced a eagerness to enhance a time a authority can sojourn in office.