Ohio Gov. John Kasich will bring his presidential campaign to Gulfport at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cafe Climb.
Here are some issues of interest to Mississippians:
His campaign website says: "Throughout his career, John Kasich has been a strong, consistent and committed believer in the sanctity of human life. During his 18 years in Congress, John Kasich consistently opposed federal funding of abortion and voted to ban partial-birth abortions. As Governor of Ohio, he has enacted more measures to protect unborn children than any other governor in the history of the state, including bans on late-term abortions and bans on elective abortions in public hospitals. As a result, on Gov. Kasich's watch abortions have hit a record low."
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The record: On Sunday, Kasich signed a bill essentially defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio, cutting state and federal funds for health clinics that perform and promote "nontherapeutic abortions." Planned Parenthood said state and federal laws already prohibit using state and federal money for most abortions but the cuts would affect access to the organization's screenings for breast cancer and STDs and its programs that aim to prevent violence against women. Those screenings and programs, the governor's office said, are available elsewhere.
The Campaign: "Education For American students to be prepared for success in an increasingly competitive global economy, they must receive strong education support from parents and educators, including high expectations -- especially in math and English. John Kasich has put this priority to work in Ohio. He has also reinforced that education is a local responsibility, not one to be micromanaged by federal bureaucrats. Additionally, he has expanded school choice, worked to prevent students from dropping-out and is helping make college more affordable."
The record: The Washington Post's Answer Sheet and reporter Valerie Strauss called Ohio's education system "a mess." She cites Ohio's plunge in EdWeek rankings from fifth to 18th between 2010 and 2014. Public schools, she reported, have had funding cuts totaling $515 million since Kasich took office while charter school funding rose 27 percent. She details several problems with charter school funding and performance. The official in charge of school choice and charter schools was forced out because of improprieties in charter school evaluations. A Cincinnati Enquirer survey of southwest Ohio teachers found 340 out of 355 surveyed said they would not vote for Kasich. Eleven said they would and four didn't answer. Much of the opposition, the Equirer said, was because he signed a bill limiting collective bargaining by public-sector workers. The law was overturned by a statewide referendum.
The campaign: "Gov. John R. Kasich continues to be a strong supporter of the right to bear arms and, as governor, has enacted sensible legislation to defend this basic, constitutional right. John Kasich is a gun-owner himself, and in his 2014 re-election was endorsed by the National Rifle Association for his support of the Second Amendment as an inviolate part of our Constitution."
The record: The Trace, a nonprofit news organization that reports almost exclusively on gun violence, noted that Kasich hasn't always been pro-gun. His record in Congress was mixed (he voted for the assault weapon ban and against the Brady Bill, for example), it said, but he has been pro-gun since he was elected governor in 2010. Kasich, according to The Trace, has not vetoed any pro-gun legislation sent him by a Republican-dominated legislature. He signed bills allowing concealed handguns in bars and easing gun purchases by people with misdemeanor drug convictions. The NRA gave him an F after the assault weapons vote but has given him at A as governor.
The Campaign: "Everyone knows that Obamacare must be repealed and replaced with something that actually works in line with America's market-based principles to help Americans be healthy. So, let's not only oppose Obamacare but also put in motion real solutions that will work to improve health care access by holding down costs and help Americans live healthier lives. The Ohio model provides a path forward for the nation: patient-centered care, choices, market competition, decentralized decision-making, higher quality, respect for individuals and an end to Obamacare's big government interference."
The record: After Ohio lawmakers passed a budget that banned the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in 2013, Kasich used his line-item veto to remove the ban. He then expanded Medicaid under the Obamacare law. Watchdog.org said the expansion added 650,000 people to Medicaid at a cost to the federal government of $6.4 billion. And, according to Forbes, Kasich at first favored creating a state-run health care exchange under Obamacare. It said it wasn't until after Ohio voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of an amendment that made exchanges unconstitutional that Kasich publicly opposed the exchanges.