From the monthly archives: July 2014

More incriminating evidence surfaced this weekend in Mike DeWine’s ever-growing pay to play scandal when the Dayton Daily News published the results of their investigation into how AG’s office awards lucrative contracts for collections work.   The article provides the most convincing evidence yet that DeWine is personally handing out state work to his friends and donors.

In the most shocking example, “Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine passed over more experienced vendors in favor of a friend’s new collections agency,”  said the paper.   The experienced firm, Value Recovery Group (VRG), had done work for the past five attorneys general and had extensive experience [...]

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The Consumer News and Business Channel, which went live in 1991, is a network dedicated to promoting business, especially the CEO stars de jour. Most newspapers publish a business section that generally adulates and cheers for business owners.

The invention of so-called “job creators ” entered into the political parlance in the 2012 race to the White House between Mitt Romney and Republicans, whose declaration of “We built this” was a verbal counter offensive to “You didn’t build that,” a phrase President Obama and Democrats used that admonished those who conveniently forget that everyone pays for infrastructure like roads [...]

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In the Republicans’ efforts to make conservatism palatable to 51 pct. of the voters, they have yet to agree on a workable code name. George W.Bush came up with “compassionate” conservatism, which oddly suggested that other forms were not. Sen. Rob. Portman arrived at the Cleveland City Club on Friday to promote his anti-poverty , “constructive” conservatism, a term which you may fairly conclude, dismisses all that came before it as quite destructive.

Nearly a decade ago, Rod Dreyer, one of National Review’s gurus, introduced “crunchy” conservatism to define those who “embrace a counter-cultural, yet traditional (!) conservative lifestyle.” I [...]

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A “Dear Patriots” letter, sent from Buckeye Tea Party activists, called the faithful to anti-illegal immigration rallies scheduled in eight cities across the state this weekend, including one on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. Reporters from Plunderbund were there to capture the action.

“We are a nation of immigrants, but none the less, as a nation we must protect our sovereignty,” read the letter.  “That means that we have actual borders, and that we can decide who comes into our nation and who does not come into our nation. We support LEGAL Immigration. But we do not support Illegal Immigration or [...]

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When I think of Mike DeWine, I think of God-given goodness.

(Bear with me, folks.)

When I think of Mike DeWine, the over-achieving Republican attorney general of Ohio, I think of random acts of kindness, of rainbows, of the morning dew glistening in the break of day, of the yellow brick road of Oz, of….

At least , that’s what Mike DeWine wants me to think. But he’s been around long enough for me to have second thoughts, that his political career invokes something much less warmly engaging than his current public mythiness despite friendly editorial embraces from Ohio’s mainstream [...]

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Weeks after Ohio’s Republican Gov. John R. Kasich signed into law SB 310, legislation that started a two-year freeze on annual increases in standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency that was accompanied by a second bill that included new setback restrictions on wind turbines, he’s come under fire for saying he is “as committed to green energy as ever” then proving how little his commitment really is by junking a bill that a Republican-controlled legislature approved nearly unanimously in 2008; a bill that former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland signed into law.

“I spent more time and more effort [...]

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At the State Board of Education meeting this week, four former teachers from the Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School testified about years of questionable practices and behavior, some of which had been previously reported and ignored by the Ohio Department of Education.

The things the teachers observed while teaching at the school are nothing short of appalling and the teachers were told by school administrators to avoid contacting the Ohio Department of Education and they feared losing their jobs and jeopardizing their careers if they reported the incidents.

Former teachers Kellie Kochensparger and Richard Storrick, reported [...]

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For a governor like John Kasich in Ohio, who believes the private sector is superior to the public sector and who generally doesn’t miss a chance to tap into funds from Washington, his silence now on backing a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank  is interesting since 15 other Republican governors, including one that harbors aspirations to run for the White House, have signed a letter to legislative leaders urging them to keep it going past the end of the year when its charter expires.

Thirty-one governors in all signed a letter dated July 15 backing Ex-Im and [...]

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Did you like the last shutdown of the federal government last October, which lasted more than two weeks and cost taxpayers a cool $25 billion? Look no further than the end of the year, when it could happen all over again, so speculates Ohio senior U.S Senator, Sherrod Brown.

If comments made during a 30-minute conference call with reporters today are prescient, what happened nine months ago could happen again this fall.  Taking questions following a press briefing on why the Charter of the Export-Import Bank [Ex-Im] needs to be reauthorized, Sen. Brown said that while he thinks the [...]

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By all real measures used by actual economists, Ohio’s job growth stalled two years ago - right about the time that JobOhio, Kasich’s non-transparent and unconstitutional money hole, started handling economic development for the state.

While the U.S. has regained all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession, economists calculate that Ohio is still down 139,900 jobs from our pre-recession peak.   Not surprising since Ohio’s job growth has lagged the U.S. average for almost 20 months in a row.

But Kasich isn’t going to let facts get in the way of him continuing to push his Ohio Miracle story.   Especially not [...]

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Rep. Darrell Issa, America’s grim subpoena king, apparently has decided that his pool of political targets is shrinking beyond recovery. He is said to be despairing, one insider said, because Darrell “loves to question famous people”. Indeed, there are now whispers in his ranks that Issa, an unrequited madman really, may turn to sports for his next batch of subpoenas.

Topping the list is Derek Jeter. Issa reportedly wants to question the Yankee star about the legitimacy of the infield fly rule, which the congressman considers just one more burdensome regulation. Jeter shrugged off the report, saying the rule is [...]

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