Newspapers are historically a tricky subject for Republican governors, thus ever-unpopular Gov. John Kasich (R) wants you to know that he avoids them completely. “You should know, I don’t read newspapers in the state of Ohio. Very rarely do I read a newspaper,” he told an audience in Columbus, Ohio. “Because just like I think presidents have done in the past, reading newspapers does not give you an uplifting experience.”
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Contempt for papers, transparency, and up-to-date information is a long-standing tradition with Kasich, but his frank confession that he avoids the news may explain why he continues to pursue policies that are unpopular in his state. “Time to time, people will send me articles and things I need to know about. I have found that my life’s a lot better if I don’t get aggravated about what I read in the newspaper,” he said.