Kasich to give State of the State speech in Lima

For the second year in a row, Gov. John Kasich is making plans to deliver his State of the State speech outside the capital city, a practice he says exposes more Ohioans to their government but which critics say sets a bad precedent.
Associated Press
Jan 18, 2013


Assuming state lawmakers agree, this year's venue will be Lima, a rebounding Rust Belt city of 38,000 that sits equidistant between Toledo and Dayton in northwest Ohio. Kasich would give the speech on Feb. 19 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

In another departure from tradition, Kasich hopes to deliver the speech in the evening this year, rather than the usual noontime start.

In 2012, Kasich became the first governor in modern memory to take the year's big policy speech outside the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

The first-term Republican chose Steubenville for the occasion, using the award-winning Wells Academy, named the best school in the state, to tout education successes and the benefits of the region's burgeoning shale gas industry.

Justices were unable to attend last year's speech because court was in session the day it was delivered, and some statewide officials and legislators couldn't or chose not to attend.

Choosing Lima this year gives Kasich a chance to highlight economic successes he has touted on both the state and national stages.

Unemployment in Allen County has fallen since he took office, moving from 10.8 percent to 6.7 percent. The selection of Lima, the county seat, was first reported by The Lima News.

The newly elected president of the Ohio Senate, Republican Keith Faber, also resides nearby. He issued a statement Friday praising the governor's efforts to use the State of the State speech to highlight new areas of the state.

"I'm especially honored to host the governor and my legislative colleagues in Lima, one of the economic hubs of my district," he said. "We've got a great story to tell, and I know Gov. Kasich has an incredible record and vision to share in this important address. This is how government 'of the people' should work."

Lawmakers, Supreme Court justices, Cabinet officials and statewide officeholders would need to make the trip to convene the joint legislative session where the speech is delivered. Lima is about 100 miles west of Columbus.

Before 2012, the Ohio General Assembly last convened a joint session outside Columbus in 2003, when lawmakers traveled to the first state capital, Chillicothe, to celebrate the state's bicentennial. The time before that was in the 1950s.

Some Democratic lawmakers have called on their colleagues to reject Kasich's request to take the speech outside the Statehouse, saying it breaks a long-held and important tradition. Others have criticized the added costs of the event.

To counter them, Kasich sent a letter to state lawmakers along with his venue request Friday asking them to support his decision.




Why does he need to go to Peru. Just like the outsourcer n chief he is...for shame.


Apparently you didn't get the memo. Obama is the president who is working to STOP job outsourcing. You're thinking of Bush and Romney...


coasterfan writes:

"Obama is the president who is working to STOP job outsourcing."

And he's doing that how?

Yea, centralized economic planning worked great for the USSR and other historical failures right?

BTW: The term is "offshoring," not outsourcing. Outsourcing can occur domestically.

What subject are you a "retired teacher" of?


Obama's Job Committee just celebrated it's one year anniversary today. Do you know how many times they met this past year.....ZERO. The campaigner in chief doesn't care about jobs, he just wants our guns and to further expand the government's reach into our everyday lives.

The Big Dog's back

Another phoney outrage.


Ok, the second part was my personal opinion. But the facts are the Obama's Job Committee met zero times this past year.

The Big Dog's back

So, should he attend all these commission meetings?


@ Dog:

Nonsensical response; your King set this one up:



Guys, it's a joke about the headline. Lima is also the capital of Peru.

The Big Dog's back

I got it right off the bat. I had to reread it to see where the posts were coming from. I know what you meant.


I lived and worked in Lima, OH. If one were to consider the State of OH as a human body, Lima would be considered as the *t'aint*. JMHO.

There you go again

WiredMamba666- This is about Kasich, not Obama. I think you are confused.

Dr. Information

^wired has a hard time staying on track and getting to the facts. Dont fault this person, its bad wiring.


It's an odd decision, but certainly not the first thing Kasich has done that has people scratching their heads.


His topic.........
Jobsohio and how his secret organization will transfer more wealth to the trickle down crowd.

The Big Dog's back

So how much more is this costing the taxpayers since he can't stay in Columbus? Just like he couldn't stay at the Governor's house, had to have his own. Why did he want to be Governor?


@ Dog:

You don't even live in OH. Why do you care?


Don't bother with Brutus. He is all heart broken one of his Regressive heroes is going to work for Fox.

That and Wisconsin won in Federal Court with its effort to reign in the parasites.


Probably alot less than Obama's $6 million vacation to Hawaii during the fiscal cliff talks.


@porch puppy........what did Obama's inauguration cost the tax payer? How about his trip to Hawaii. How about Michelle's constant vacationing? Before you speak, think.


West central Ohio has two guys high up in state government in Keith Faber (senate president) and Matt Huffman (majority floor leader) so I suspect the governor anticipates a friendly crowd. luvblues2 is essentially spot-on in his assessment of Lima, it is a bigger slag pit than Sandusky, although Mayor Berger is well-regarded and is very proactive in promoting Allen county in general and the city of Lima in particular. His leadership is a major reason why Lima is at least spinning its wheels as opposed to the gradual decline Sandusky finds itself in.


Yeah Dog 1 guy whines about being Texas bound. Many here want that to occur.


What kURTje said.....



What? You guys think that just cause Contango is moving to Texas that he won't be in here anymore? If you believe that, I have a river to sell you.


mark...1, 2, 3, ...twain...

There you go again

Not sure what you meant?!


You have to be kidding! Are you that unaware of where Lima, OH. is, or are you from another state? Here's modern education at it's finest. And if your thinking your pulling a gag, don't, it makes you look stupid!
It may be named after the town in Peru, but it's pronounced differently.
It's Lima (Lee-ma) Peru. Here it's Lima (Li-ma) Ohio. There's a show on your favorite Ohio PBS station explaining the names in Ohio and where they came from.
Think before you write.