From the monthly archives: April 2012

Don’t be a slacktivist!

On April 22, 2012 By

Slaktivism (n):

a term formed out of the words slacker and activism. The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes “feel-good” measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it feel satisfaction.  (Thanks, Wikipedia)

Ohio government is now firmly controlled by Republicans. With that power, they’re doing exactly what everyone feared, which is writing incredibly bad legislation and passing it into law. Laws that we may not be able to wipe off the books for decades—perhaps ever.

You may be angry. You [...]

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John Kasich has been running around the state telling anyone who’d listen that Ohio was “the No. 1 job creator in America in February”. He said it so many times that Polifact decided to verify his claim.

It turns out Kasich was right.

According to a news release by the Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS), for the month of February, 2012 “the largest over-the-month increase in employment occurred in Ohio (+28,300)”.

Great Job, Governor. We were number one in February. But oh what a difference a month makes.

According to the BLS report that came out today, [...]

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A few weeks back Democrats again called out Jim Renacci for his membership in the all-male Sharon Golf Club in Medina County and for refusing to apologize for supporting sex discrimination. Renacci was invited to “join the 21st century and renounce his personal support for this type of sexism best left in the past.”

Renacci is running head-to-head against Betty Sutton in the newly gerrymandered Ohio 16th.  And while he didn’t officially respond to the criticism, his actions today should serve as sufficient evidence for where he stands on the issue.

During hearings on the Republican-sponsored Small Business Tax Cut Act, Democrats [...]

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Back in February we highlighted Kasich’s anti-crime agenda. The two key components were: stern warnings and a bill to make hidden compartments in cars illegal.

First, the signs.  By now, everyone has seen them.  The problem is that there is no evidence that they have led to any actual, you know, arrests.

If the signs had worked, the Highway Patrol would be bragging about it.  The Highway Patrol puts out a ton of press releases highlighting major drug busts.  Heck, the Highway Patrol earlier this month “invited” the public and the media to follow a new class of [...]

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Kasich endorsed Romney today. No surprise there. Joe Vardon has a piece in the Dispatch today covering the announcement, but he also delves into what will likely be one of the most important campaign issues and determiners of success in November: the economy.

Vardon quotes a professor of political science from the Ohio State University who says that the improving economy helps Kasich politically, but it also helps Obama. When asked about the professor’s comments, Kasich responded:

“You know why God made political scientists? So they could make astrologists look accurate.”

“I would advise kids not to take their [...]

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With their move to defund Planned Parenthood, Ohio Republicans have put our state on center stage in the nationwide assault on women’s health. While the national party sought to quell the talk of a “war on women” and make these issues go away, the Ohio party jumped in with both feet.

We are in the national spotlight and that’s a good thing. When Virginia tried to require vaginal ultrasounds for an abortion, thousands of women took action and scared politicians to change the bill. [...]

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As our Budget Watcher noted, the big news from the Legislature today was a vote to effectively defund Planned Parenthood.  According to the AP story, the Republicans sought to “avoid constitutional issues” by placing “Planned Parenthood at the back of the line for money rather than defunding it entirely.”

Don’t believe it.

The law passed has a number of significant legal and constitutional consequences.  The Dispatch notes that the Ohio plan is modeled after a law passed in Texas.  So Texas provides a pretty good example of what to expect.

Others can discuss why this is a [...]

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In our previous post, we raised an alarm about the hasty insertion of an amendment into a budget bill quickly moving through the legislature that would prevent the distribution of federal family planning funds to Planned Parenthood. We made that claim because that’s what other bills (HB298 and SB201) currently pending in the Ohio General Assembly aim out to do.

It turns out that it’s actually much, much worse than that.

In addition to restricting the flow of federal “family planning” funds, House Bill 487, sponsored by Representative Ron Amstutz and adopted without a recorded vote by members of the [...]

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I swear Josh Mandel is on a mission to melt my brain. Seriously. I think he just continues to do/say insane things to try and drive me crazy.  He isn’t going to quit until my brain is reduced to a soup like substance that just sits in my skull.

Every week it’s a new thing. Last week it was hiring political cronies to fill cushy jobs in the Treasurer’s office. Prior to that it was raising campaign funds from loan sharks and before that it was about him not doing the job he was elected to do.

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Remember that thing about how there’s not really a war on women and that democrats were just making it all up to scare people? Apparently nobody at Republican headquarters remembered to get that memo to their people in Ohio.

Earlier today, the Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee met and voted to adopt a number of amendments to HB487, Governor Kasich’s “mid-biennium review” of the two-year state budget. Hidden within a five-page summary of the various amendments is the following innocuously worded item:

“provide a prioritization of family planning funds”

This is shorthand for a proposal, pending in the [...]

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In an attempt to distract from the latest “War on Women” media coverage and Mitt Romney’s plunging support with female voters, Republicans started pushing a story around last week about the pay differential between women and men working at the White House. According to the Washington Free Beacon: “female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).”

It’s important to note here that the Free Beacon does not provide data for review, which should already raise questions about the validity of their findings. It’s [...]

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