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Eliot Spitzer collects signatures for his run for New York City comptroller in New York earlier this week.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich argues for Medicaid expansion.

Ohio sets example on Medicaid expansion

A former Republican congressman now leading a Midwestern state told a packed Statehouse rally Wednesday that Medicaid must be expanded to cover tens of thousands of the state’s uninsured.

Gov. Mike Pence? No, it was Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Pence’s former GOP House colleague, calling for his state to do the right thing.

“As Americans, we need to beat back this notion that when somebody’s poor, somehow they are lazy,” Kasich told a cheering crowd.

The Ohio governor, whose approval ratings are at their highest point since his term began in 2011, is calling for lawmakers to return to Columbus and vote to expand Medicaid to an estimated 275,000 people.

Before adjourning for summer recess, Republican leaders in the House and Senate rejected a measure in Kasich’s budget proposal to authorize the expansion.

They promised to work on a separate bill through the summer.

By contrast, the Indiana governor and the GOP-controlled General Assembly continue to reject Medicaid expansion plans.

Unsexy truth on candidates

How upset will you be when someone with a sex scandal in his past is running for office again? The answer will be directly proportional to how much you disagree with what he stands for politically.

In other words, if you hated what Eliot Spitzer did as attorney general and then governor of New York, you will be outraged – outraged! – that he is subjecting the people of New York City to a campaign for city comptroller. You were also probably pleased that a prostitution scandal brought him down in 2008.

The converse is also true. If you liked what Mark Sanford stood for as governor of South Carolina, you probably would have voted for him when he ran for Congress this year (and won). You won’t mind very much that while he was governor, he claimed to be hiking the Appalachian Trail but was really visiting his mistress in Argentina.

Both left and right are hypocritical when it comes to sex scandals. The people who voted to keep David Vitter as a Louisiana senator would very likely rise in high dudgeon about Spitzer’s intentions to run again. Vitter was linked to the D.C. madam in 2007, the year before Spitzer was caught with his, um, guard down.

What is clear is that as juicy as sex scandals are, they frequently are just a detour for the candidates. Voters seems to forgive and forget: The electorate has re-elected or given new jobs to Edward Kennedy, Barney Frank, Sanford, Vitter and others. Anthony Weiner, the New York congressman who resigned after he texted photos of parts of himself in underwear, hopes to join that list as a candidate for mayor.

When sex scandals erupt, talk or even joke about them with friends and coworkers. But in making up your mind about the candidates, focus on what they’ve done and what they want to do in public policy. Try to ignore what they do in a bedroom.

Or office.

Or car.

Or closet.

Paper plans to remain in Centre of Indy

A potential deal would move the Indianapolis Star into the former Nordstrom’s space at the Circle Centre mall.

The proposed move has some Indy residents disappointed that the space empty since 2011 won’t become home to new retailers, but keeping the state’s largest newspaper downtown should bring some significant advantages for both the publishing company and the city.

Karen Crotchfelt, president and publisher of Star Media, released a statement on Wednesday saying the company was in lease negotiations with Simon Property Group over the space at the corner of Meridian and Georgia.

“This location would suit our needs very well,” Crotchfelt wrote. “The extremely large floor plates would allow us to create an open and collaborative environment that would bring all our employees together for the common purpose of serving the community. The location would put us in the heart of Indianapolis and creates opportunities for events to interact with our readers. We are looking for a win-win-win situation – for our employees, our customers and downtown.”

The deal would ensure the prime downtown space does not continue to remain empty as well as ensuring that the paper remains downtown. It’s not a retail store, but an active newsroom is better for sustaining downtown revitalization than an abandoned space.

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