The US Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday morning released the September 2015 Current Employment Statistics data on U.S. employment. The nation gained 142,000 jobs in September 2015, way below expectations of 203,000 jobs with stagnating wage growth.

The data caused further grief when data not seasonally adjusted for previous months was reduced by 57,000 jobs nationwide. The year-over-year job growth rate over a three-month period shows a slowing, a trend line to watch that could be temporary or portend further problems.

Sources pointed to the job growth rates in September [1.94%, August [2.04%] and July [2.18%] to spot the trend. Manufacturing and mining jobs […]

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Soon after Texas-bred Scott Scarborough settled into the president’s office at the University of Akron in June 2014 with a unique sweetheart contract, he set out to show everyone that there was a new sheriff in town. If the school was to meet the challenges of heavy debt, declining enrollment and shrinking support from the Kasich Administration, there would have to be dramatic changes in how UA would be tending to higher education. Anybody for “rebranding”?

He zealously put the faculty on notice that he would insist on punctual discipline from everyone, even telling the Chronicle of Higher Education that […]

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Do you recall the tale of Brave Sir Robin? In Monty Python’s search for the Holy Grail, Sir Robin’s minstrels sang, “When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled. Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about, and gallantly he chickened out. Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat.”

Pondering Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s moral courage by sticking up for gun rights in the wake of yet another massacre, I could not help but think of old brave Sir Robin.

Kasich’s reaction to the tragedy, to defend a political constituency that never switches out […]

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Up with this we must not put, dear Ohioans. One-party rule in the Buckeye State is despoiling public education with profit-driven cronyism, fraud, abuse, and corruption. Whistleblowers are falling victim to intimidation and retribution. All avenues of redress are being systematically sabotaged.

Where to begin?

Plunderbund broke a story this week showing that a charter school operation owned by one of Ohio’s biggest Republican donors has been failing standards and retaliating against would-be whistleblowers while Hoovering up $100 million in state government contracts, according to a study out of Ohio State University.

Even worse, the study was conducted as […]

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The Ohio Democratic Party held a conference call for media today that featured national broadcaster Ed Schultz and Party Engagement Chair Nina Turner. The duo discussed how the shutdown politics of the GOP are impacting the U.S. Senate race in Ohio.

Turner, a former state senator, pegged the cost of the last shutdown of the federal government by Republicans at about $24 billion. That cost, she said, showed the GOP doesn’t really care about the citizens they are supposed to represent. She knocked Ohio’s junior senator in Washington, Rob Portman, who is running for a second next year after being […]

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Gov. John Kasich of Ohio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are bosom buddies, or at least that’s the political narrative pushed forward about them. Both are also running to be the Republican nominee for president next year based on their experience as like-minded government managers.

One big difference between these two GOP state leaders, where normally little daylight shines, is how each has reacted to calls to show their compassion in their budgets for the most vulnerable of their constituents, the severely developmentally disabled.

Christie Can Cave, Why Not Kasich?

In the Garden State, Gov. Christie’s […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is legend for exaggerating and playing fast and loose with facts. He showed his performance politician skills again when he claimed on national TV last week that he left Washington with a $5 trillion surplus.

When it comes to the facts, Ohio’s term-limited governor is a master at obfuscating them so much that his PR handlers always have to clean up after him. That was again the case when he failed to inform viewers that what he said wasn’t based in fact but on assumptions that never came true.

When John Kasich Left Washington

“When I […]

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Documents obtained by Plunderbund show that a company owned by one of Ohio’s largest charter school operators is failing to deliver on a major contract with the state.   The documents also indicate that former employees of the company, now supervising the project for the state, likely retaliated against public employees who questioned the company’s failures.  The company’s owner, William Lager, is one of the biggest Republican political donors in Ohio.

According to an investigation report from the Ohio State University’s Office of University Compliance and Integrity (OUCI), “Employees with the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH)… reported that a project to implement a statewide K-12 learning management system […]

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When the presidential nomination of your political party is at stake, as it is for Ohio Gov. John Kasich who finds himself struggling to break out of the low single digits his second campaign for the White House has been mired in despite spending millions to promote himself, which of the 50 states do you court to line up behind you?

If you guessed Mississippi, a Deep South state with an unenviable record of achievements that show why it’s a bottom dweller among the 50 states on so many important fronts, you would be right, far right.

But you’d also […]

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A video is making the rounds today of U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, asking Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards a question and then repeatedly interrupting her with same question each time she tries to answer. He did so 19 times in five minutes.

I imagine Jordan walked out of that room feeling like a tough guy, proud and serenely unaware of what a fatuous boob he looks like in the video.

The whole thing centers, of course, around this summer’s sting video of Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussing the donation of fetal tissue to medical science. Anti-choice activists edited this video […]

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