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 [...]Full Story... →
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 [...]Full Story... →
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… [...]Full Story... →
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 [...]Full Story... →
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, [...]Full Story... →
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’.” [...]Full Story... →
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 [...]Full Story... →
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 [...]Full Story... →
Remember John Charlton? He’s the spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education who got in hot water after a twitter spat with a charter school critic whom he told to “get laid.’’
The tweet was in bad taste for lots of reasons, particularly the controversy centering on teachers who told the state school board that kids as young as 6th grade were caught on surveillance video having oral sex at a school function — but officials from the Horizon Science Academy of Dayton didn’t tell parents about the incident.
Eleven. That’s how old you are in 6th grade. [...]Full Story... →
Over the past year, job growth has nearly ground to a halt here in Ohio. From January through August 2014, Ohio gained only 5,289 jobs according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics . Ohio ranks near the bottom in job growth nationwide. And while the U.S. has recovered all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession, Ohio, under the leadership of John Kasich, is still down over 213,000 jobs.
And whose fault is it? John Kasich? Mark Kvamme? JobsOhio?
Well, if you believe a new mailer being circulated by the Kasich campaign, then the blame falls solely [...]Full Story... →
Over the past few years, conservative activists have been quietly and diligently working to take control of local and state school boards around the country. Ohio is no exception. John Kasich used his position as Governor to pack Ohio’s State Board of Education with social conservatives and pro-charter activists. Board member Cathye Smith Flory, for example, believes all kids in public schools should be taught about creationism. Debe Terhar, the outgoing board president, compared Obama to Hitler on her Facebook page. And Mark Smith, who also serves as president of Ohio Christian University, claimed Ohio-born novelist Toni Morrison should be banned for her [...]Full Story... →