Thursday, October 3, 2013

Better know a politician: John Kasich

Name: John Kasich


Political party: Republican


State: Ohio


Current position: Governor


Tenure: 2011-present


Previous position: Member, U.S. House of Representatives 1983-2001


Fox News commentator


Previous election: 2010, Ohio Governor
John Kasich: 49%
Ted Strickland (D): 47%


Future election: Kasich has been mentioned as a potential candidate in 2016. He had explored running in 2000 before bowing out before the Iowa straw poll. He is up for re-election for governor in 2014, regardless of any presidential aspirations.


Polling: Public Policy Polling, August 20, 2013


Favorable: 42%
Unfavorable: 47%
Not sure: 11%


John Kasich: 35%
Ed FitzGerald: 38%
Not sure: 27%


Issues/Positions/Accomplishments

  • Voted in favor of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Voted in favor of the assault weapons ban in 1994
  • Voted to ban medical marijuana in 1999
  • Not supportive of teachers unions
  • Stated that he supports unions that “make things”
  • Undecided on the placement of video slot machines at racetracks
  • Opposed the Evidence Based Model System for Ohio's educational system
  • Signed a budget to repeal the state estate tax in Ohio
  • Supported a restrictive collective bargaining law that voters rejected
  • Signed a budget that allows business owners to pay taxes only on half of their income up to their first $250,000
  • Budget will reduce income taxes on all Ohioans by 2015
  • Supported a quarter-percentage-point increase in the states sales tax
  • Supported a small increase in commercial activity tax for some businesses
  • Given a 100% rating by the Center for Education Reform, a supporter of the charter school reform movement
  • Supports the balanced budget Constitutional Amendment
  • Signed law that would re-define the phrase “loaded gun”
  • Signed law that would repeal the corporate franchise tax in Ohio
  • Signed laws that would require abortion clinics to have an agreement with private hospitals in case, something goes wrong, the director of the state department of health can revoke ordinanes to abortion clinics, and require abortion clinics to be registered as ambulatory surgical centers

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