Matt Huffman is one of the Ohio House members leading the charge to repeal the Common Core. The Lima Republican and his allies contend that the education standards somehow have been imposed on the state, or reflect the heavy hand of the federal government.
Groucho Marx had a popular radio and then television show, You Bet Your Life, in the 1950s. One element was the “secret word,” revealed to the audience, unknown to the contestants. If a contestant said the word, a toy duck, resembling Groucho, would descend with a $100 bill. Groucho would guide the conversation into territory where the word more likely would surface. The audience would respond as contestants wandered closer.
John Kasich, now seemingly positioned to win a second term as governor of Ohio, may or may not run for president. When the question recently surfaced about pursuing the White House in 2016, the governor reprised Clint Eastwood playing Harry Callahan as part of his less-than-definitive answer: “A man’s got to know his limitations.”
A week later, and there is an element of The LeBron James Returns story that has not been fully appreciated — just how well this tale has unfolded. That’s not to say anyone paying attention has missed the essay (many in Northeast Ohio feeling chills as they read it), or the reconciliation (James and Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, hashing things out across the table). Worth weighing is how much of this happened by design.
If you found yourself at a University of Akron men’s soccer match a couple of years ago, you may have noticed the speed at work on the right flank. DeAndre Yedlin blazes. He played right back for the Zips, and part of his job involved setting aside at opportune moments his role as a defender to race up the sideline and join the attack, helping with possession, adding pressure on the opponent.
Rob Nichols offered the kindest assessment of Senate Bill 310, the two-year freeze in the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. The governor’s press secretary spun: “It’s naive … to think that government could create that system perfectly the first time and never have to check back to see if everything’s OK.”
To prepare for this column, I watched soccer. I didn’t catch as much as I would have liked as group play unfolded across Brazil in the World Cup. I mostly nabbed passages, shorter and longer, plus a few complete games, including the tense, joyful American victory over Ghana last week.
Go to the website Ohio Historical Election Results, and you will find a rich trove of data (http://ohioelectionresults.com). It was put together by Mike Dawson, a political consultant, former senior aide to Mike DeWine and once the voice of Gov. George Voinovich. The figure that caught my attention was 5,722,443.