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The Northeast Ohio Media Group and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland put together a voter survey this year, sending questionnaires to each campaign and posting the responses for each race on their website.   The candidate questionnaires for Ohio Governor covered topics including taxes, same-sex marriage, gun laws, right-to-work and job growth.   The FitzGerald campaign used the opportunity to share Ed’s views with the voters.  The Kasich campaign refused to answer the questionnaire.

For example, when candidates were asked if Ohio should “become a right-to-work state,” FitzGerald answered “Absolutely not.”  “Kasich’s signature “right to work” legislation, SB 5, would have [...]

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Yesterday the Cleveland Plain Dealer/Northeast Ohio Media Group removed a video they had previously published online. The video showed the paper’s 40+ minute joint editorial board interview with Kasich, FitzGerald and Green Party Candidate Anita Rios. In the video, we got to see FitzGerald fired-up and on message while Kasich slumped in his chair, refused to acknowledge the other candidates and ignored repeated attempts by PD staff to answer even basic questions about his policies and programs.

We felt the video was important and so, after they removed it, we posted a short clip of it online. Today we [...]

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The closest thing Ohioans got to a televised debate int this year’s race for Ohio governor was a video posted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The PD recorded their joint editorial board interview with John Kasich, Ed FitzGerald and Green Party Candidate Anita Rios and posted it online.

In the video, we got to see FitzGerald fired-up and on message while Kasich slumped in his chair, refused to acknowledge the other candidates and ignored repeated attempts by PD staff to answer even basic questions about his policies and programs.

If you wondered why Kasich rejected multiple debate offers from FitzGerald this [...]

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Readers of the Columbus Dispatch were treated to a recent report showing that board members of a North Side charter school asked their management company to reduce a $700,000 per year rent payment to a subsidiary so they could free up more money for things like reading materials, a school nurse and teacher pay.  The response from the school’s management company, Virginia-based Imagine Schools, was tone-deaf and totally inappropriate:

An official with Imagine Schools Inc. suggested that the board “celebrate” teachers in other ways, such as having cake for them at the next board meeting….

The person who favors cake over compensation is [...]

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A new Kasich mailer is hitting homes around the state this week and, just like the earlier one, it’s full of half-truths and straight-up lies.   While the first mailer tried to blame Obamacare for Ohio’s horrible job growth under Kasich, the new one lists Kasich’s favorite campaign talking points, all of which have been debunked again and again.   Let’s go through them one-by-one, shall we?

Eliminated $8 billion budget shortfall

Ohio never had an $8 billion budget deficit in any way, shape or form.  We’ve debunked this claim half a dozen times now.  as has the Plain Dealer when they recently fact-checking a [...]

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When a reporter politely asked Ohio’s Republican governor why he wouldn’t be appearing at tonight’s City Club debate alongside his Democratic challenger, John Kasich nearly went ballistic. With his RLS fully on display, Kasich chided the reporter for daring to raise the issue, making it clear that he was not-so-secretly sick of questions from “people like you” – aka members of the press.

“I’ve already explained all the stuff I have to explain,” said Kasich. “I’ve spent about ten and a half hours here with people like you… and letting people across the state know how I feel about things and… uh… [...]

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We warned readers in 2010 about the dangers of electing Andy Thompson to the Ohio House of Representatives.  And we were right on the mark.  Since being elected Thompson has been busy pushing his extreme, hard-right agenda, leading the fight on important issues like banning Obamacare in Ohio, banning human-animal hybrids and banning common core.

It turns out Andy has become so extreme, that he’s even trying to ban… Nuns!

In 2012 a group of Catholic nuns took a tour of the U.S. to highlight issues with the poor and to draw attention to planned cuts for [...]

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In October 2008, during the height of the presidential race between then-Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain, the Columbus Dispatch revealed that state databases had been searched in Ohio for information on Joe “the Plumber” in the days after he was mentioned by McCain during a debate.  Republicans across the country freaked out over the incident.  “It’s outrageous to see how quickly Barack Obama’s allies would abuse government power in an attempt to smear a private citizen,” said Paul Lindsay, Ohio spokesman for the McCain campaign, after the incident in.

It’s now nearly six years later to the day, [...]

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According to a post on the Tea Party Nation (TPN) website earlier this month, TPN founder “Judson Phillips will be joining… Josh Mandel in Ohio” on October 23rd for multiple rallies in Ohio.

You may remember Phillips from, among other things, his over-the-top homophobic rant over Arizona’s SB1062, the bill that would have allowed any individual or business to legally discriminate against the LGBT community because, well, that’s what Jesus would have done.

In his post, Phillips insisted the bill was necessary protect God-fearing straight folks from the “homosexual lobby” who are “pushing slavery using the Orwellian concepts of ‘tolerance’ and ‘inclusiveness’.”   [...]

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Some of you may be worried that the spreading Ebola outbreak landed in Ohio on a Frontier Airlines flight from Texas a few days ago.  But have no fears.  You can all rest easy knowing that a medical professional with extensive public health experience is guiding our state’s response to the looming Ebola crisis… Right?

Ohio law requires that the head of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the agency responsible for managing public health emergencies, be either a “physician holding the degree of doctor of medicine” or an “individual who has had significant experience in the public health profession.”  But as we reported in early August, Governor [...]

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Yesterday the World Health Organization announced new Ebola cases could soon hit 10,000 per week in Africa.  Closer to home, we found out today that an Ebola-infected individual visited Cleveland on a Frontier Airlines flight a few days ago.

Mike DeWine’s campaign manager D.J. Eckert, clearly amused by the news of rising death tolls in Africa and Ebola in Ohio, sent out a Tweet attempting to mock David Pepper for his extensive plan to combat the growing heroin crisis in Ohio:

Ohio’s heroin crisis has become an issue during the race for Attorney General with Pepper accusing DeWine of [...]

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