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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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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Voters who place a premium on education, and want to support candidates who champion education, have a new tool: Ohioballot.com.

The site allows Ohio voters to enter their address, then receive a customized sample ballot showing which candidates have been recommended by their local educators as “Champions of Public Education.” If the sample ballot only shows statewide candidates, but not any legislative or state school board contenders, that means there are no down-ballot candidates who have been recommended.  The website has been paid for by the Ohio Education Association.

OEA Executive Director Sheryl Mathis said the group views the website [...]

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The Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA) announced today that teachers have approved a tentative agreement with the school board.

The agreement would set goals for class sizes at 25 for grades K-4, and 32 for 5-8, and 35 for grades 9-12, and provide a framework for dealing largest sizes if those limits are met.

“The push for smaller class sizes has been the major point of concern for teachers, students, and parents, and this agreement is a step in the right direction,” said REA Spokesperson Kathy Evans in a statement released to the press. “We’re pleased that we were able to make progress here, but we will [...]

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Each year Cincinnati Right to Life sends questionnaires to candidates around Ohio.  The respondents are typically Republicans looking for an endorsement from the anti-abortion group and they run the gamut: local judicial candidates to Ohio Supreme Court justices, state rep hopefuls to the governor of Ohio.

Over the next few weeks we will reviewing the 100+ candidate questionnaires included below, highlighting the often scary, sometimes confusing and very rarely enlightened responses Ohio’s elected officials and candidates have provided to CRTL.

In the meantime, we encourage you to take a look for yourself and to let us know what you think!

Anspach, Cathy Anspach, Cathy [...]

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