From the monthly archives: July 2011

8:00 – Almost two hours later and there is still no sign of a vote any time soon. Wanted to take a chance to update you all on what the twitter universe is saying first this:

@thinkprogress We still have 25 names on our list of NOs. But Labrador (UT) and Gowdy (SC) are both still leaning NOhttp://thkpr.gs/o8xuhH

 

Sounds like we haven’t moved any closer to seeing a vote if that is the case.

And then this.

@LukeRussert #GOP aide tells me “vote will happen later tonight.” I asked by 2am? No response.

Looks like there [...]

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We did a LOT of research after the Mecklenborg scandal broke. And a good deal of the information is still confusing the hell out of us.

We already know that on April 23rd, 2011, Ohio State Representative Robert Mecklenborg was driving around Indiana with temp tags from Kentucky and a stripper (also from Kentucky) in his car. And according to official state records, he was legally drunk and had viagra in his system at the time. That’s all pretty clear.

But other records related to his official duties back here in Ohio still don’t make a lot of [...]

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve recently partnered with Wellstone Action to enhance their upcoming progressive training in Columbus, Ohio on August 12-14.  More information about the camp at that link or you can download a pdf brochure.

Here’s the punchline:

2 PB scholarships to attend the training ($200 value each)

Plunderbund is sponsoring two scholarships to attend Camp Wellstone Ohio for free.  Whether you’re interested in becoming a better citizen activist, learn how to be on a political campaign, or even run for office yourself, Wellstone Action is the way to do it!  Based [...]

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Mitt Romney will be in Ohio tomorrow for his first visit to The Buckeye State for the 2012 Presidential Cycle.  He’ll be in Pataskala visiting Screen Machine Industries as well as fundraisers in both Columbus and Cleveland.

Let’s all welcome this Wolverine fan, shall we?

Can I get an OH?

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The Dayton Daily News beat us to it, but yet ANOTHER Republican state legislator has had a brush with the law.  Second-term State Representative Jerrod Martin (R-Beavercreek) was cited for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OVI) in Jackson County on Friday.  The good news?  No alleged strippers in the car!

The bad news?

Martin had two kids and two adults as his passengers, [Ohio Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Anne Ralston] said.

He had kids in the car.   Martin, like most of the House GOP caucus, supported soon-to-be former State Representive  Robert Mecklenborg’s bill that would eliminate the alternative forms of identification other than [...]

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As we sit around waiting patiently for Robert Mecklenborg’s delayed resignation to take effect, I thought I’d help clear up some questions that came up during our investigation – and also present some of the outstanding questions that still remain with the hope that maybe someone can help me answer them.

For now, let’s focus specifically on the car.

If you remember, Mecklenborg was pulled over while driving a Silver, 2004 Lexus with temporary Kentucky tags.

Earlier in the month Modern raised the question about the car. Given that the temporary plates were from Kentucky, he surmised [...]

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Beware the law of unintended consequences. Bill Bush in today’s Dispatch notices a little problem with the current attempt by Republicans to depress Democratic voters by requiring a state issued driver license or ID card in order to vote:

…records from the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles show about 8.83 million voting-age residents have an Ohio driver’s license or photo ID – about 28,000 more than there are voting-age residents in the state, according to the 2010 census.

Sounds like 28,000 potential cases of voter fraud right?  There could be an epidemic of people voting more than once because there [...]

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In light of today’s disappoint June jobs report in which the State of Ohio saw for the first time in twenty-two months its unemployment rate go up, I thought I search to see if there was any indication that we should expect July’s jobs report (which we’ll get roughly a month from now) will be any better.

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that the U.S. Department of Labor released its data for new unemployment claims for the week of July 9th.  Here’s what the AP reported said:

The Labor Department said Thursday that Ohio [...]

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According to documents obtained by Plunderbund, on June 28th, 2011 Gary C. Mohr, Kasich’s director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), officially requested to abolish 1,135 positions within his department. This will include the direct layoffs of 800 employees. If approved, the positions would be eliminated by Dec. 31, 2011.

According to the documents, ODRC had originally submitted a reorganization plan on March 15, 2011 that called for the reduction of 181 positions. This was intended to address the proposed budget cuts to the department. The layoffs were slated to be effective on July 16th, 2011.

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We’ve talked about how through February 2010 until April 2011, Ohio was on a consistent fourteen-month streak of seeing its unemployment rate drop every month.  That was second only to the streak that began in 1983 in terms of longest consecutive streak of consistently dropping monthly unemployment rates in Ohio.  The streak ended in May when Ohio’s unemployment rate stayed the same as it did in April.

This morning, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released its June unemployment report for Ohio.

The number of Ohioans that are unemployed grew by 9,000 from May to June [...]

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“Ohio is building comprehensive evaluation and compensation plans that aim to identify and well-compensate great teachers based on multiple measures of their student achievement and their individual practice.  Ours is not a bonus plan.”  This is how the Ohio Department of Education explains the difference between the recently released study of the failed teacher merit pay system in New York and the one they are helping Governor Kasich create from scratch.

Except it’s not the Ohio Department of Education, it’s the Governor’s office pretending to be the Ohio Department of Education by using their website.

Quick update: Senate [...]

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