(CNN) - A new poll suggests that Ohio Gov. John Kasich's new budget and his push to try and limit the collective bargaining rights of some public sector union workers are not sitting well with many Buckeye state voters.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, 46 percent of registered voters in Ohio disapprove of the job the new Republican governor's doing, with three in ten approving of how Kasich's handling his duties and nearly a quarter unsure. The survey indicates that by a 53 to 36 percent margin, Ohioans say the governor's budget is unfair. The budget aims to close the state's projected $8 billion deficit by cutting spending but not raising taxes.
Washington (CNN) - The battle over union rights in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana has dramatically shifted the budget debate from Capitol Hill to the states, almost overshadowing the threat of a government shutdown in Washington next week.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker garnered national attention as one of a handful of Republican governors emboldened by the midterm elections who now are trying to enact ambitious but controversial cost-cutting measures.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected $432 million in highly-touted funding from the Obama administration for an Orlando to Tampa high-speed rail Wednesday. Slamming government for becoming "addicted to spending," Scott listed three reasons why accepting the federal funds would amount to a "recipe for disaster."
In a statement, Scott said "I was elected to get Floridians back to work and to change the way government does business in our state."
(CNN) - Following a spate of criticism over his plans to hold a private swearing-in ceremony, Ohio Gov.-elect John Kasich reversed course on Wednesday, announcing that the event - set for January 10 at 12:01 a.m. - will now be open to the media.
Kasich's decision to make his and Lt. Gov.-elect Mary Taylor's swearing-in ceremony private, as well as to restrict media access to other inauguration events, sparked immediate outrage, particularly from the Ohio Statehouse press corps, who took issue with being barred from the traditionally open events.
(CNN) - Republican candidate John Kasich has defeated Democratic incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland in Ohio's gubernatorial race, CNN projects. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(CNN) - Democratic Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has moved to within one point of his Republican challenger, John Kasich, according to a new poll released the day before polling stations open in the critical battleground state.
Kasich leads Strickland 47 to 46 percent, with six percent of likely voters still undecided, according to the Quinnipiac University survey [pdf]. Five percent of voters say they have already chosen one of the candidates but could change their mind.
In the same poll, Kasich led Strickland by six points just one week ago and 10 points two weeks ago.
Lebanon, Ohio (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association (RGA) took its cross-country road show to Ohio on Friday to stir up support for GOP gubernatorial nominee John Kasich, whose fight against Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland has become one of the closest and most unpredictable races in the country.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the RGA's chairman, joined Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Lebanon, Ohio where over 400 cheering Republicans crowded into a tiny conference room to catch a glimpse of three GOP stars, each of whom may one day seek the presidency.
Fairlawn, Ohio (CNN) – John Kasich is fed up.
Ohio's Republican gubernatorial nominee has withstood more than a year of "fears and smears" against him, he told CNN Wednesday evening, largely from out-of-state liberals desperate to keep Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in Columbus.
Canton, Ohio (CNN) - At a crowded rally inside a Canton union hall Wednesday, a fired-up Gov. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio) said his Republican challenger John Kasich is flailing wildly as his once solid lead in the governor's race has collapsed.
Kasich has taken a particularly harsh tone toward Democrats during a three-day statewide bus tour with other members of the GOP ticket, accusing unnamed opponents of attacking him with "negative, lying smearing stuff" and plotting to steal the election.