From the monthly archives: December 2013

To hear U.S. News & World Report contributing editor Peter Roff tell it, candidate for Ohio Governor, Ed Fitzgerald, and all of Ohio’s Democrats, for that matter, are despicable individuals who are inappropriately “exploiting” an Ohio law that permits individuals to take a $50 tax credit for donating that amount to political candidates.  Apparently, Fitzgerald had the nerve to send out a “humdinger” of an end-of-year fundraising email asking for donations and informing those on his email list of their ability to take the tax credit under Ohio law.

This simple action infuriated Roff and he apparently had no [...]

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With the New Year nearly upon us, we should be comforted by a late-breaking 2013 initiative by an imaginative officeholder who combines official work with personal business.  In this instance, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel features himself in a message to voters to advise them that a deadline is approaching for them to claim tax credits.

Well, now.  I’m guessing that you will want to know more.

The copy passed on to me even tells you that you have 37 hours 25 minutes to exact the credits from the state, dollar for dollar.  That would make it midnight Tuesday.  At this point, [...]

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2014 Is Sneaking Up On Us

On December 30, 2013 By

2014. A midterm year and all the statewide offices are up for grabs here in Ohio. There will likely be little movement in the State Legislature or Ohio Congressional Delegation since Republicans gerrymandered the State to within an inch of its life in 2011. Those current districts resemble some mad Rorschach test put together by someone tripping their ass off.

Governor John Kasich is in a make-or-break reelection bid that may determine whether he makes a run for The White House. It is doubtful if, after losing the Governor’s Office, he could make a case to the GOP Primary voters [...]

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On Sunday evening, the President of the Ohio Senate, Keith Faber, sent out an email that included a video that appeared to be an interview in which he talked about the Senate’s “successes” in 2013 and looked ahead to 2014.  Here is the email I received:

This is the type of email I would ordinarily just delete, but the first sentence after the embedded video caught my eye and I decided I had to click through to watch the Youtube video.  The sentence lists “…reforming the Medicaid system…” as a success for Faber [...]

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The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) is the largest charter school in the state of Ohio.  The online school is easily the largest charter school in Ohio, is larger than the vast majority of Ohio’s traditional school districts, and received over $88 million in state funding last school year.  This year that amount is expected to jump to over $92 million.

On the latest report cards released by the Ohio Department of Education, ECOT continues to rank below all of the 8 large urban schools that are often-criticized by legislators and in the media for their “sub-par” performance.

For [...]

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Twenty Years Of Kasich’s BS

On December 28, 2013 By

The New York Times is running a series of video “Retro Reports” where they cover stories from the past, including this one from 1992 in which a 79 year old woman spilled hot coffee on herself and was awarded a large award from a jury.

The first nine minutes of the twelve minute segment discuss how the media misinterpreted and made a joke of the story, even though the women was seriously injured in the incident, receiving burns on 16% of her body, 6% of which were third degree burns. Some were so severe she needed skin grafts to repair [...]

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With the secular War on Christmas safely behind us and no lingering  mushroom clouds,  Bill O’Reilly  has declared total victory over bellicose atheists, agnostics and everyone who spent Christmas Day frantically preoccupied with hauling gift wrappings and broken toys  to the backyard shed.

As peace is restored,  a jubilant Fox News is now said to be preparing to feature O’Reilly as a wise man in a new version of a Nativity Scene that will appear on billboards and in theater lobbies by late autumn; meantime  Sarah Palin is being asked to accept  a role as Glenn Beck’s Valentine to stave [...]

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There has been a lot of progress on the same sex marriage front in recent days.

In Utah, a federal judge declared that the State of Utah’s statutory and constitutional ban on same sex marriages violated the federal constitution.  This led to a flurry of same sex couples seeking marriage licenses and getting hitched.

In Ohio, a federal district court judge ruled that Ohio must recognize same sex marriages legally performed in other states on death certificates.

All of this legal maneuvering can be confusing, so we reached out to some legal experts to answer some of the [...]

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I’m an unmarried man in the state of Ohio.  Regardless of my religious beliefs or affiliation, if I want to get married, I have no choice but to rely on the government to make it happen.  In Ohio, as in most states, marriage is a designation granted by the government after paying the appropriate amount of money, NOT a religious arrangement.

If marriage was ever considered a partnership between one man and one woman and the Church had control over such an arrangement, then I would simply find a woman (with her consent), walk into a church, find a priest, [...]

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When Tim Hagan was campaigning  for governor against Bob Taft he often took note of Ohio’s low standing in so many areas  by telling people, “Thank God for Mississippi, ” which still ranked below Ohio.  Today, with so much poor economic news in the Buckeye State, reports from Mississippi have flipped the comparison.   Their folks now exclaim: “Thank God for Ohio!”.

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Under The Radar

On December 23, 2013 By

Issue 2:
No- 63.7%
Yes-36.3%

At first glance you may think these are the totals from the 2011 SB5/Issue 2 Union attack waged by Governor Kasich (R-OH) and his Tea Party infused Legislature. It’s not. This is the Election Results from 11/04/1958 concerning a failed “Right To Work” ballot measure in Ohio. 1958.

Ohio was a manufacturing powerhouse. A highly unionized workforce drove the advancement of the Middle Class. Good wages, a fair progressive tax system and a world envied infrastructure renewal.

A Republican President presided over a booming economy with a top tax rate over 90%. He [...]

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