Ohio Gov. John Kasich will visit West Virginia on Thursday as he continues to push for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution - and, some speculate, gauge support for a 2016 presidential bid.Kasich's stop in Charleston comes at the invitation of state Sen. Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, who hopes West Virginia will join the call for a constitutional convention to propose a federal balanced budget amendment.
Kasich aide: Telephone call for you.Governor Kasich: Tell them I'm busy contemplating a run for president.Aide: But its Ryan, sir.Kasich: Why didn't you say so in the first place? Of course, put him on.Ryan Ferns: Governor, I'd like to personally invite you to a private strategy session with our legislative leaders and then we can have a press conference afterwards.Kasich: Excellent. Can I depend on you to get the word out - you know I may be running for president?Ferns: Don't worry, sir. Ogden newspapers cover everything I say and do!
I’m wondering if he’s going to Disneyland after the Super Bowl
From our newly-elected state senator via the morning Intelligencer:
Sen. Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, introduced a bill Friday that calls for allowing religious exemptions for vaccines for children entering school in West Virginia, a proposal local public health officials are against.
Ferns said he introduced SB 286 on the Senate floor, but noted it likely would go through "substantive changes" before being put through the committee process. The bill also calls for doing away with an interpretive rule that gave county health officers the responsibility to accept or deny a person's request for a vaccine exemption for their child.
The reporter, Shelley Hanson, did something unusual for an Intelligencer reporter – she gave considerable space to another point of view, in this case by interviewing Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health Chairman Dr. John Holloway who explained why the rules should not be changed.
Why did Ferns make this his first sponsored bill? Did he not take any science courses in getting his two degrees in physical therapy? (a scary thought) And I’ll bet West Liberty University’s science department is proud of him after the university created the Ryan Ferns Room in their new science building after a large donation from Ferns.