We’re honestly not sure if Attorney General Mike DeWine has a problem understanding the law or if he simply chooses to ignore it in favor of expediency and political and religious fervor.
Either way, it’s scary knowing Ohio’s top attorney is so often wrong when it comes to interpreting the law.
Yesterday we wrote about DeWine’s anti-contraception letter and how the legal foundation for his argument holds little water. This follows on the heals of the contraception-related lawsuit DeWine joined last year which also faces serious constitutional issues.
These are just two in a long line of [...]Full Story... →
When it comes to the power and sway Ohio’s social conservatives hold in our state, especially the homophobic ones, a lot has changed in Ohio in the past nine years. The story of Phil Burress provides a good example.
Mr. Burress is a self-professed porn addict turned head of Citizens for Community Values, an organization that has crusaded against LGBT rights, pornography, and adult-oriented businesses in Cincinnati.
Remember when Ohio revised its laws regarding strip clubs a few years ago? That was Burress.
In 1993, during the apex of his political influence, Burress was part of the campaign to enact Article 12 [...]Full Story... →
We’ve been waiting for weeks to hear what the Ohio Chamber of Commerce thinks of Kasich’s plan to expand Ohio’s sales tax to nearly every business in the state.
Today we found out.
As reported by Gongwer, the Chamber’s Dan Navin called the sales tax expansion “an overall ‘unhealthy shift’ of the tax burden to Ohio’s employers.”
The Chamber has been a staunch supporter of John Kasich since he announced his plan to run for Governor. The group supported Senate Bill 5 and Kasich’s failed private prison experiment.
Not so much with his anti-business sales tax plan.
Representatives of the [...]Full Story... →
While Washington is again bedeviled by the kooky return of Paul Ryan’s latest version of a drive-by budget, Gov. Kasich is finding himself bedeviled by of all people, Republicans, for his own budget proposals that spread sales taxes while accepting an expansion of Medicaid with federal dollars.
For a governor girding for a reelection campaign, a family fight can be the sort of distraction that will test Kasich’s presumed invincibility as the budget fracas betrays any sense of solidarity within the GOP ranks. And with the Tea Party managing some of the dissent, it could be a long hot summer. [...]Full Story... →
In 2011 Governor John Kasich helped lead the charge against public sector unions in Ohio. He put the full force of his office behind the effort to protect the union-busting provisions of Senate Bill 5, sending key members of his team – including Chief-of-Staff Beth Hanson – over to the pro-SB5 group Building a Better Ohio.
His efforts failed and Ohio’s workers won a victory. As a result, the Governor’s approval rating took a nose dive. Kasich has since tried to distance himself from overtly anti-labor causes like a proposed Right to Work ballot initiative, but his budget priorities [...]Full Story... →
We’re hearing State Rep Ron Hood is is preparing to introduce a version of Kris Jordan’s crazy, anti-law enforcement, unconstitutional gun bill in the Ohio House.
The Ohio FOP called the bill “grandstanding” and blatantly unconstitutional.
Hood and Wes Retherford, the bill’s other sponsor, are currently looking for co-sponsors in the House.
An attorney who regularly deals with constitutional issues described the bills this way:
Let me be blunt: this [...]Full Story... →
John Kasich loves to talk about his “Jobs Budgets”. But when you really look at the numbers, it’s hard not to see the real goal: the elimination of union jobs in Ohio. Corrections is one of the largest and most heavily unionized areas of state government, and these workers appear to be one of his primary targets.
Kasich’s first budget cut nearly $129 Million from the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (DRC) and the Department of Youth Services (DYS). He also sold one state facility, the Lake Erie Correctional Institution, to private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America and privatized the [...]Full Story... →
The results of a surprise inspection of the Lake Erie Correctional Institution (LECI) were released yesterday and they provide further evidence of what we already knew: Kasich’s decision to sell the facility to private prison operator CCA (the former employer of Kasich’s Corrections Director) was an amazingly bad idea.
Privatization of the facility under Corrections Corporation of America has lead to serious violations, safety issues for inmates and employees, an increase in drug use and crime in and around the prison and a dramatic increase in calls to local law enforcement. We’ve discussed the big problems again and again here at Plunderbund.
According to the [...]Full Story... →
Plans by the Kasich administration to privatize food service and other functions at facilities operated by the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (DRC) and Department of Youth Services (DYS) could eliminate nearly 500 state jobs this year.
Privatization of Food Service at DRC – 400 jobs Privatization of DRC Warehouse at each Institution – 36 jobs Privatization of Corrections Medical Center Laboratory – 12 jobs Privatization of Food Service at DYS – 60 jobs
The Kasich administration claims the privatization effort could save over $16 Million a year, but if previous experiences with privatizing food service at state prisons are any indication, fraud, over [...]Full Story... →
When a series of fights broke out at the Lake Erie Corrections Institution last week, the company that operates the prison, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), was forced to call Special Response Teams (SRTs) from the state of Ohio for assistance.
According to representatives of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA), CCA’s own special response team has been in Mississippi since May when a riot broke out at a CCA facility in that state. One guard was killed and multiple others were injured in that incident.
To assist CCA in Friday’s disturbance at the prison in Conneaut, Ohio, two [...]Full Story... →
According to Conneaut City Councilman Neil LaRusch, Governor John Kasich is not living up to the promises he made to the city when he decided to sell off the local prison to private operators for a one-time payment of $73 Million dollars in order to balance his first budget.
A letter sent by Mr. LaRusch to the Governor’s office claims the Governor assured Conneaut City Council that “the City of Conneaut Police Department would not be responsible for investigations at the [prison]“.
At first, it seemed Kasich was going out on a limb to live up to his promise: he [...]Full Story... →