From the monthly archives: January 2012

Look, unlike Sherrod Brown, we know that State Treasurer Josh Mandel doesn’t tend to his day job.  He’s not even really been campaigning for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate as much as he’s been just simply fundraising.  He’s been traveling everywhere and anywhere where Josh Mandel could raise a buck for his U.S. Senate campaign. 

Up until now, Mandel has been actually raising more money than Sherrod Brown every FEC report that’s been filed in the race so far (although Brown has had more money on hand.)

The latest polling shows Brown still sitting on [...]

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Today, the annual campaign finance reports were due for the State candidates.  And it’s kind of shocking frankly.  The report covers all campaign activity from July 1, 2011 until the end of the year.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, Mike DeWine’s campaign raised over $574,000 but spent nearly a million due to outstanding loans the committee owed DeWine personally for loans DeWine made in order to barely defeat Richard Cordray.  The report also shows over $10,000 in just legal fees.  According to the Secretary of State’s campaign finance website, DeWine’s campaign only has a little over $134,000 on [...]

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The Controlling Board is a bicameral, bipartisan legislative committee of the General Assembly.  By statute, the chair of the board is the director of the Office of Budget & Management or his/her designee.  The purpose of the Board is to review and approve various state contracts, examine and approve or deny applications to waive competitive bidding in government contracts, and make modifications to the appropriations in the State budget.  It’s supposed to be a watchdog type entity that does not approve contracts that seem dubious or questionable.

And yet, here’s today’s headline in the Columbus Dispatch:

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Governor Kasich received approval from the General Assembly to pack up the family truckster and head to Wells Academy in Steubenville to deliver Ohio’s State of the State address.  And make no mistake, Wells Academy and Steubenville are more than deserving of receiving accolades for their student achievement scores, but Kasich is certainly an unlikely messenger given his push to overhaul public education, especially his disdain for public school teachers.  

Wells Academy and the Steubenville City Schools, however, were just too much of a political pawn for Kasich to ignore as he still seeks to enact major changes in [...]

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The Equal Rights Amendment passed Congress in 1972 and went to the states for ratification. The amendment simply says:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification

Simple. To the point. Women have the same rights as men and Congress can pass laws to guarantee they do. Seems pretty basic. [...]

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During the 2010 campaign for Ohio Governor, John Kasich and Mary Taylor announced their Common Sense Initiative (CSI) aimed at reducing government regulations in Ohio.

At the time we jokingly referred to the plan as “Copying Strickland’s Ideas” because it was, and is, very similar to the plan laid out by Governor Strickland in a 2008 executive order. Kasich even stole his CSI name from Strickland’s “Common Sense Business Regulation” plan.

So it’s been over a year now since Kasich and Taylor took office. And nearly 17 months since they announced their CSI initiative. And according to Kasich’s own [...]

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I haven’t seen this directly pointed out in the press coverage yet, nor has anyone pointed it out in comments.

The same guy in the State Treasurer’s Office who wrote to ODP that Mandel’s virtually blank schedule book showed he was the “hardest working State Treasurer in America” is the same guy who has subbed for Josh Mandel at every single one  of the State Board of Deposits meetings Mandel is supposed to chair.  Meetings that every other State Treasurer except Mandel attended.

Here’s the signature on the “hardest working State Treasurer in America” letter:

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ CES survey (a survey of employers) here’s how many jobs Ohio has created in the eleven months since Kasich took office on Jan. 10, 2011 versus the last eleven months under Strickland (Feb. 2010-Jan. 2011):

Net Jobs Created

Strickland

+64,000

Kasich

+38,000

The 3k jobs lost in December sent Kasich’s job creation total under the 40k figure he had been touting since Issue 2 was defeated.  In fact, Ohio created almost as many jobs in Strickland’s final month (34,100 from December 2010-January 2011) than Ohio has [...]

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Yesterday Modern wrote about the many things Josh Mandel has been doing instead of attending to his job as Treasurer of Ohio, and the very funny, and somewhat sad, “Top Bottom Review” document his office released trying to cover for their absentee boss.

In case you haven’t been following the story, the Ohio Democratic Party submitted a record request for Treasurer Mandel’s schedules, and the resulting documents were pretty damning: showing Mandel’s calendar with a lot of blank spaces and very few meetings. The results pretty much proved what Ohio’s Democrats have been saying for months: Mandel has [...]

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It’s no secret that John Kasich likes to spend money, at least on himself and his team. Kasich’s staff got big raises when he took office. And in less than three months, Kasich used the state plane more than Governor Strickland did in an entire year.

Based on records obtained by Plunderbund, it looks like Kasich and his staff are getting other perks as well, including new cell phones and some nice new office equipment.

Staffers in the Governor’s office, and Governor’s office staff at ODJFS and the office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives have all been [...]

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The Ohio Democratic Party makes a public records request to Josh Mandel for a copy of his official calendar to see how much time he’s spent on actual State business when he’s not busy running for his next political office.

Mandel’s office then scrambles to put together a laughable “Top to Bottom review” of the office that largely cites “accomplishments” either things that his predecessors did or other claims already discredited by the Ohio media.  For example, one of the things Mandel’ boasts is Ohio’s high credit rating for certain portfolios, but Mandel omits that it’s the same rating that [...]

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