It looks like helping to sabotage one of Ted Strickland’s solutions for helping to balance the budget has earned Carlo Loparo a job with the Kasich administration.
Or maybe its his experience working for a group that has spent the past year fighting tooth and nail against Ohio’s transparency laws to keep the source of it’s funding private.
Either way, Carlo’s got a new job as the new spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and by every metric Kasich seems to consider important, Carlo totally deserves the job.
As we’ve noted many times […]Full Story... →
Over the years I’ve written more than a few posts here at Plunderbund bitching and moaning about the horrible job Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature has done implementing our charter school system.
There are, of course, a few successful schools. But these minor successes are easily overshadowed by the many horrible and disastrous failures directly resulting from the intentionally limited oversight and amazingly loose restrictions imposed on schools that never had any chance of being successful in the first place. It seems anyone can get public money to start a school and there is little or no requirement to define or track […]Full Story... →
If you haven’t been following the LetOhioVote drama we’ve been covering for the past few months then you can move on to another post.
If you have been following it, then you’ll find
today’s Ohio Supreme Court decision really interesting on many levels.
Here’s the decision:
In a unanimous ruling, justices denied an attempt by LetOhioVote.org to block Brunner from enforcing subpoenas intended to reveal who funded the group’s petition to put the slot-machine issue on the November ballot.
The first thing to remember here is that the people (Gene Pierce, Carlo Loparo, etc) running the show […]Full Story... →
In case you haven’t been following the drama, LetOhioVote.org has been actively fighting a plan by Governor Strickland to use race track slots to help fill a hole in the state budget.
The group has been using the courts to block the plan and delay its possible implementation until after the gubernatorial election in November.
The group was formed by former-Ken Blackwell staffers Carlo Loparo, Gene Piece and Norm Cummings and has received millions in funding from a shady DC-based group named New Models, which is also run by another former-Blackwell staffer named Tim Crawford.
Recently Secretary of […]Full Story... →
A few days ago Carlo Loparo, Ken Blackwell’s former campaign spokesperson and current Strickland revenge seeker, said “he doesn?t know the ultimate source” of the funding LetOhioVote.org has received from a Virginia-based group called New Models.
Today I find out the man running the show at New Models is Tim Crawford, yet ANOTHER Blackwell campaign alumnus.
Wow. Small world.Full Story... →
A few months ago Governor Strickland, with bipartisan support from the General Assembly, put forward a solution to mend a huge hole in the state budget by allowing slot machines at Ohio’s race tracks.
Obviously it wasn’t the best possible solution, but it was, in fact, a solution – which is much more than any of the Republican legislatures had come up with at the time.
Enter Carlo Loparo. Loparo is a good friend of Ken Blackwell whose disasterous campaign for Governor he helped mismanage. He was also a highly paid consultant for the conservative ‘think tank’ (read: lobbying group […]Full Story... →
I know Jerid already broke this story with his mad investigative-blogging skills.
But I thought it worth mentioning again since it is now official. Also- I loved the wonderfully generic quote by David “MMMBop” Hansen…
Former Blackwell Spokesman Named Buckeye Institute Communications Vice President
The Hannah Report
March 9, 2007
Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions has announced that Carlo LoParo, a media relations director for former
Secretary of State Ken Blackwell who also served as his spokesman during Blackwell’s gubernatorial campaign, will
become its vice president for communications.
LoParo will coordinate the institute’s media […]Full Story... →
After spending months reviewing and researching Strickland’s tax records, Blackwell’s campaign finally revealed this important piece of information:??
Ted Strickland filed his taxes using his work address.
According to Blackwell’s campaign spokesman, this information reveals a “scandal” (address-gate?) that brings into question Strickland’s “overall integrity”.
You really think voters need to question the integrity of the guy who, early in this campaign, released his personal tax returns- making them available for public scrutiny?
You want us to question the integrity of a guy who pays for his own heath insurance- refusing to accept the congressional plan until universal […]Full Story... →
Back in 2009 a group of former Blackwell staffers and Kasich allies started a group called Let Ohio Vote. They claimed they were concerned with a provision in the newly passed state budget that allowed video lottery terminals at Ohio’s racetracks. So concerned, in fact, that they felt the provision needed to be put on the ballot so Ohioans could decide if it was good for the state.
The VLT plan was developed with bi-partisan support from the Strickland administration and Republicans in the legislature and was intended to provide a long-term revenue stream for the state that would immediately help compensate for […]Full Story... →
Back in October, County Engineers and officials from ODOT District 11, along with representatives from the Oil and Gas industry, started developing a standardized “Road Use and Maintenance Agreement” or RUMA. The goal was to produce a template agreement to be signed by drillers and local officials that would guarantee the oil and gas companies help in maintaining any roads that might be damaged by the excessive truck traffic related to fracking operations.
From the beginning, the intention was require the RUMA to be signed and in place BEFORE a permit for a new horizontal fracking permit would be […]Full Story... →
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