Thursday, October 20, 2011


*  People all over the world are reacting to the events at the wild animal farm in Zanesville, Ohio.  Even the Times of India carried the news, and invited comments.

*  It looks like Gov. John Kasich is on the hot seat for allowing the executive order on exotic animal ownership to expire.  Kasich detests regulations, but he really made a big mistake that resulted in a complete disaster in Zanesville. His arrogance caused this mess.


...Now Gov. John Kasich is coming under fire from some animal groups Wednesday night, ONN's affiliate WEWS reported.

A ban on exotic pets expired in April and Kasich didn't renew it. Now some groups are criticizing the governor for not doing enough fast enough.

Before leaving office, former Gov. Ted Strickland issued a ban barring people from bringing exotic animals into Ohio.

It also prohibited people convicted of animal cruelty, like Terry Thompson, from owning exotic animals.....

Even Republican friendly Ted Nugent was upset with Kasich.
Detroit News:

Ted Nugent has a bone to pick with Ohio Gov. John Kasich over an exotic animal escape near Zanesville that captivated the nation Wednesday. 

The Motor City Madman and conservation activist monitored the situation from a hunting cabin on his 1,200-acre Jackson County farm, and said Kasich was to blame for failing to ban exotic animal ownership. 

"I'm going to make a call to Gov. Kasich because he (ended) an executive order by the previous governor that did prohibit and control wild animal ownership," Nugent told The Detroit News on Wednesday. "These are real, wild, dangerous, capable and dangerous animals and they belong in the wild."

I agree with Ted Nugent, and trust me, I never agree with Ted Nugent on anything.
***  The PPP poll has Gov. John Kasich's approval rating at 37%.

* The TV ads which detail how Republican Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15th) is working to overturn the Clean Air Act, are attracting a lot of attention from voters.  Students at Ohio State are probably as mortified as I am.

>>>>>  Gov. John Kasich's Development guru is being accused of some ethics violations.

Four Democratic state lawmakers want an ethics review of Ohio's economic development chief, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist.
The challenge to Mark Kvamme was referred Wednesday to the Ohio Ethics Commission by Reps. Teresa Fedor and Michael Ashford, of Toledo, Mike Foley, of Cleveland, and Robert Hagan, of Youngstown.

They say some of Kvamme's private business dealings pose a conflict of interest with his state government work.....

And  The Examiner has more on this----

....According to their statement, the complaint asserts that some of Mark Kvamme's private business dealings conflict with his public duties. Among the potential conflicts raised, the group said, is his role as a “special limited partner” in Sequoia Capital, a California-based venture capital firm.
The lawmakers, who are in the minority in the Ohio, said Sequoia has a significant stake in VanceInfo, a leading China-based software development firm. VanceInfo’s clients include IBM and Microsoft, both of which have operations in Ohio. Kvamme has a personal stake in VanceInfo and Sequoia Capital’s website lists him as a member of the “Outsourcing Team.”
We'll see what happens with that.