Thursday, March 31, 2016

Big Kasich donors among those in line for new Ohio job creation tax credits

Two of the most generous financial contributors to Ohio Gov. John Kasich's presidential bid are in line to score state tax breaks for their companies – incentives proposed by JobsOhio, a privatized development agency that Kasich created.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority, following the agency's recommendations this week, approved up to nearly $1 million worth of assistance for CC Kitchens LLC and Worthington Steel Co.
CC Kitchens is among the many business interests of Cincinnati Reds owner Robert Castellini. Castellini family members and associates have spent more than $100,000 to help Kasich win the Republican nomination, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Worthington Steel is a subsidiary of Worthington Industries, where Kasich once served on the board of directors. Columbus Blue Jackets owner John McConnell, the company's chairman and chief executive, has invested more than $500,000 in Kasich's run for the White House.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

3 reasons why the last 24 hours were devastating for John Kasich's presidential campaign

John Kasich's White House dreams are fading.

The Ohio governor has endured a brutal 24 hours. Really, the seven days since he won his home state's primary have been filled with frustration and disappointment.

Few Republican leaders and voters are taking Kasich seriously. They are making clear that they see him as a third wheel in a race between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Kasich can talk all he wants about winning a contested convention this summer in Cleveland. But those who want Trump stopped at any cost are not turning to Kasich with much enthusiasm.

Here's what has gone wrong for him this week.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mitt Romney, John Kasich and their on-again, off-again marriage of convenience

The relationship status between Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Mitt Romney? It's complicated.

A week ago, Team Kasich hoped the 2012 Republican presidential nominee might emerge as the governor's top surrogate in an effort to stop Donald Trump.

And now?

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

John Kasich survives Ohio primary battle with Donald Trump. Now comes the really tough part.

BEREA, Ohio – Believe it or not, this was the easy part for John Kasich.

The Ohio governor won his home state's Republican presidential primary Tuesday, claiming all 66 delegates up for grabs. Kasich now has a chance to block real estate mogul Donald Trump, the front-runner who has many party leaders in a panic over the prospect of his nomination.

But it is a slim chance. It depends on Kasich and the GOP establishment executing a near-flawless strategy in the coming weeks and months. And if this year's race has taught us anything, it's that even the best laid plans can melt under the flame of Trump's unpredictable candidacy.

If this is, as Trump's foes believe, a battle for the soul of the Republican Party, it's now more likely than ever before that it won't be resolved before the convention begins July 18 in Cleveland.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Mitt Romney, eager to stop Donald Trump, aims to pull John Kasich across the finish line in Ohio

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – In your wildest imagination a year ago, you never would have pictured the Republican presidential race this way on the eve of the Ohio primary.

John Kasich, the state's popular two-term governor, takes the stage at a high school about a mile from his home. At this moment, he is the GOP establishment's last best hope.

There's Mitt Romney by his side. The same Mitt Romney who, when he was the Republican nominee in 2012, received little help or enthusiasm from Kasich.

But, yes, this is really happening. And it's not the most confident pose for Kasich. He is fighting – harder than he ever thought he would have to – to win Ohio.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

John Kasich wrestles with the Donald Trump factor as he fights for home-field advantage in Ohio

MANSFIELD, Ohio – John Kasich carved a niche for himself as the prince of light and hope.

Now, as the Ohio governor approaches his date with Donald Trump and destiny, the darkness of this year's Republican presidential race threatens to overwhelm him.

He is scrambling to win his home state primary Tuesday. Polls indicate it will be close. A loss to Trump, the front-runner feared by the GOP establishment because of his nasty tone and squishy politics, would end Kasich's campaign. A win might keep him alive as a Trump alternative.

Kasich is showing flashes of moodiness in the home stretch.

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