There’s a certain kind of legislation that Republican State Rep John Becker likes to introduce. Like his bill that would eliminate voting on days preferred by African American churchgoers, or his bill that would kick pregnant women and low-income families off Medicaid, or his bill that would force Ohio’s poor to be treated at certain poor-only hospitals staffed by students and interns.
Oh, and let’s not forget his resolution to impeach a federal judge who ”ordered that Ohio recognize the homosexual marriage” of a dying man.
Becker’s bills are very often mean and spiteful, and [...]Full Story... →
Back in September, shortly after it was reported that six of the nine JobsOhio board members have serious conflict of interest issues, Board Chairman James Boland admitted to the Dispatch that JobsOhio is seen as a “self-dealing, secretive and unaccountable” organization by the public. (Note: Boland was one of the six with potential conflicts )
Boland denied there was any problem at JobsOhio (“We have nothing to hide here”, he said) and said he didn’t have any plans to provide more transparency or public oversight of his organization to help change the image.
Instead, he planned to hire some new public relations experts.
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Our friends over at Michigan’s Eclectablog are working diligently this week to help raise money for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a same-sex couple challenging Michigan’s discriminatory marriage ban.
Before you do anything else, please read this amazing interview with the women and their three adopted children.
The couple’s fight began when they realized Michigan law prevents them from adopting their children together, meaning the non-adoptive parent has no parental rights if something were to happy to her partner.
Their lawsuit has expanded, and they are now fighting to overturn Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Seriously, go read the interview. [...]Full Story... →
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has released their second annual Worst Governors in America report and, for the second year in a row, Ohio’s John Kasich made the cut.
According to CREW “Gov. Kasich will do whatever it takes to keep the public in the dark about the non-profit he created, and played partisan politics with his state’s voting laws.”
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Release bad news when no one is looking. That’s one of the tricks of political communicators. And that’s exactly what Kasich’s JobsOhio did today.
On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, two days after Black Friday, and the day after the OSU-Michigan game, most Ohioans are not following politics or job numbers. They are likely still hung over, possibly still wearing the same scarlet and gray clothes they went to bed in the night before, and most certainly are wondering what they can do with all those scraps of turkey they still have in their fridge.
Or, like me, they spent [...]Full Story... →
Dennis Spisak , 2010 Green Party candidate for Governor of Ohio, has “unofficially” announced that he will be seeking the Green Party nomination for Governor in 2014. His running mate will be Suzanne Patzer, an Instructional Design Supervisor for Columbus State and a community advocate. “We need a Governor and Lt. Governor who will make Ohio greater and greener”, said Spisak. ”Suzanne Patzer and myself are in this race because there are progressive concerns that John Kasich has not addressed nor has offered any progressive solutions to fix problems facing Ohio today. John Kasich has remained silent.” Spisak listed the following concerns about Kasich: John [...]Full Story... →
The State Auditor’s Office released much-anticipated audit reports for JobsOhio and for Ohio’s Development Services Agency yesterday. We already discussed the conflict of interest issues uncovered in the first report. Today I’d like to discuss the over one million dollars in undocumented spending uncovered by the audits. And then briefly wonder out loud why Auditor Yost has no interest in asking where all of that money went.
First up: JobsOhio employees and their corporate credit cards.
The JobsOhio audit found that JobsOhio employees were issued business charge cards for personal expenses and, in a large number of [...]Full Story... →
Numbers released today by ODJFS and by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Ohio’s unemployment rate exceeded the US average for the past two months. In September Ohio’s rate was 7.4% and in October it again jumped to 7.5%. The average US rate is current 7.3%.
The following chart shows the change in the US and Ohio unemployment rates over the past 12 months. While the US rate has trended downward for most of 2013, Ohio has continued to trend upward, jumping from 6.9% last October to the current rate of 7.5%.
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In 2010, while running for Ohio Treasurer, Josh Mandel told the Dix Newspaper Editorial Board that “cronyism is bad”.
“A hallmark of our campaign,” Mandel proudly proclaimed, “is restoring character and integrity to the treasurer’s office.”
A few months later, after winning the election, Mandel proceeded to hire a bunch of his inexperienced, 20-something friends to run the show at the Ohio Treasurer’s Office. Some of his friends were so inexperienced that he had to send them to entry-level classes just to be able to do their jobs.
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And the award for worst headline of the day goes to… The Columbus Dispatch for this misleading BS about the state auditor’s report on JobsOhio:
“JobsOhio: Audit finds no conflicts of interest; some safeguards lacking”
Let’s talk about that conflict of interest thing first, since the Dispatch brought it up.
Back in July, the Dayton Daily News revealed that six of nine JobsOhio board members had financial ties to companies receiving money from JobsOhio.
JobsOhio Spokesperson Laura Jones told the paper that “We have a conflict of interest policy that we have in place that we utilize here at JobsOhio. If [...]Full Story... →
Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature is set to hear a bill today (HB 203) that will seriously loosen Ohio’s already lax concealed carry requirements while adding new ‘stand your ground’-type exceptions to existing self defense laws.
For starters, the bill will eliminate the requirement that CCW training be conducted for a minimum of 12 hours. Which is completely ridiculous. I took the CCW course from a very good instructor and still I thought it was much too short and much too easy. A couple of hours of range time, and being able to hit a target at whatever random [...]Full Story... →