House Panel Removes Faculty Union-Busting Language
by John McNay
On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee removed union-busting language from HB 64, the budget bill under heavy criticism by Ohio faculty.
How this language, straight out of 2011’s Senate Bill 5, got into the budget bill is something of a mystery. No one is claiming credit for it. In fact, everyone seems to be running from it. The Inter-University Council (the council of four-year college and university presidents) denies any involvement. Several university presidents have denied any involvement.
The language comes from a Supreme Court decision in 1980, NLRB v. […]Full Story... →
Health Care under Attack in Ohio
by Ohio State Rep. Michael Stinziano
Ohioans who signed up for health insurance through the federally run health insurance exchange will have their premium assistance protected by legislation that I’ve introduced in the General Assembly along with Rep Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) to establish the Ohio Health Care Exchange.
As the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, I introduced this legislation in anticipation of an upcoming United States Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell which will determine the legality of paying federal premium assistance to policyholders in states like Ohio which do not […]Full Story... →
COLUMBUS—Allies who commonly support the Obama Administration offered sharp criticism of an upcoming trade plan at a town hall meeting Wednesday night, insisting it could cost American workers jobs and undermine Wall Street and environmental reforms.
The two-hour meeting featured a half-dozen speakers who each advised Congress not to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, a complex treaty to govern international trade among the United States and a dozen other nations. As a group, these nations control more than 40 percent of global trade.
“Ohioans would be well served to look at the catastrophic results of recent such arrangements,’’ […]Full Story... →
What I Would Say to Governor Kasich About Wilmington
by Kelsey Swindler
Welcome to Wilmington, Governor Kasich. We look forward to hearing what you have to say when you give your State of the State speech in my hometown on Tuesday.
My name is Kelsey Swindler. I am a candidate for City Council in the November Municipal election.
I am also one of those under-30 “millennials” you may have read so much about. My family has called Wilmington home for over a century, it was my choice to return to Wilmington after college. I started my career here, I […]Full Story... →
John Kasich on Language: Educators, Superintendents and Politicians
by Denis Smith
Ohio Governor John Kasich has a way with words. Without resorting to understatement, let’s just say that with his practice of oral communication, he is certainly no Prince Charming.
In January 2011, just weeks into his term as the state’s chief executive, he gave a speech to a group of state employees in which he described an encounter with a police officer in 2008. Kasich used the word “idiot” three times to characterize the officer who ticketed him for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Following an […]Full Story... →
The Columbus Dispatch and Its “Commitment to Watchdog, Investigative Reporting”
By Denis Smith
After reading the first paragraph of Editor Ben Marrison’s piece in the December 21 edition of The Columbus Dispatch, it reminded me of one of my mother’s favorite expressions. “That would make a cat laugh,” she would say when reading a hilarious item in the newspaper. Indeed, if I had a cat, he would have laughed with me as I read the editor’s standard, self-congratulatory Sunday column.
“One of the things readers tell us they value most about The Dispatch is our commitment to watchdog, investigative reporting,” […]Full Story... →
Ohio needs more readily available and convenient public transportation, and that should be a given. We have the 7th highest population out of any state in the Union and we’re the 10th most densely populated, according to US census data. Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus are all major urban centers, with the latter being the 15th biggest city in the entire country. It’s just common sense to expect that our politicians can meet their residents’ needs and provide us with alternative transportation choices like rail systems, more bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure.
Unfortunately, expecting common sense […]Full Story... →
For years, I looked up to Columbus TV reporter Carol Luper. She was tough, smart, fearless and a refreshing change from the twinkies too common among women broadcast journalists. Her 40-year TV career ended last year but she recently re-emerged to do a political ad for court of appeals judge Betsy Luper Schuster – her daughter – and she makes the case that Betsy learned the value of impartiality, in part, by growing up with a mom who made a living calling them as she saw them.
As they say in the news business, there are at least two sides […]Full Story... →
John Kasich donned his Halloween costume as a champion for Ohio women several weeks ago when he started running campaign ads that tell us that he is the “right prescription for Ohio women.” But who is the real John Kasich under that carefully crafted mask?
John Kasich is the most anti-choice Ohio governor since Roe v. Wade in 1973. He has enacted 11 measures that interfere with access to abortion, contraception, and even information for rape survivors. With that sort of record, no wonder he has to pay for campaign ads to say nice things said about his record on […]Full Story... →
Fire Fighters Support Those Who Support Them
by Mark Sanders
In 2011, Senate Bill 5 opened up many fire fighter’s eyes to the importance of state government. The attack on our professional voice gave rise to a new appreciation of who supported fire fighters and their rights in the Statehouse. We learned who supported us and who did not. We discovered who our true friends were.
2014 gives us the opportunity to again stand up and let our voice be heard. It provides us with another opportunity to remind our elected leaders that we are the ones who elect […]Full Story... →
Kasich’s Mishandling Of Higher Ed Is A Problem For Everyone
by John McNay
Back in 2007, Ohioans were looking forward to some genuinely positive changes in the state’s approach to higher education. Gov. Ted Strickland recognized that universities and their faculty were genuine assets in building a stronger Ohio and introduced a 10-year plan to improve access and graduation rates. The University System of Ohio, for example, was established and faculty across the state worked together to move the state’s universities to semesters and to make sure that courses, especially the introductory surveys, were compatible and would transfer from […]Full Story... →