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Moving Ohio Forward (MOV) is out with a new ad about Mike DeWine and his ever-growing pay to play scandal. The 30 second video, included below, does a great job of explaining and highlighting the problems with DeWine’s decision to hand out lucrative, unbid contracts to lawyers and law firms making obscenely large, and very unusual donations to his campaign coffers.

The video also points out that DeWine’s furious fundraising isn’t just for campaign purposes.  Instead, AG DeWine appears to be actively and aggressively courting fundraisers so that he can pay himself back for the $2 Million loan he personally gave [...]

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Mike DeWine released a statement to the press this week, along with Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, warning Ohioans about “scam artists” who are “posing as … law enforcement officials.”  While the threat may be real, the source of the warning comes from two guys who are hardly role models on the topics.

DeWine, you may remember, used photos of actors ‘posing as law enforcement officials’ on a flier he distributed at the recent state FOP convention in Ohio, hoping to sway the endorsement vote.  The Ohio FOP overwhelmingly endorsed DeWine’s Democratic opponent David Pepper, as did the Ohio State Troopers Association, the union [...]

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According to the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Ohio had 40,516 bargaining unit employees working for the state in January, 2011 ,when John Kasich first took office.   As of July, 2014, three and a half years later, we are down to 35,868.  That’s a loss of 4,648 union jobs – or 8.6%!  Nearly half – 2,318 in total – were corrections/prison-related positions.

Some of these losses came when the Kasich administration privatized Ohio’s prison food service.  Kasich pitched the idea as a way to save the state money, but the contract with Aramark to provide meals to Ohio’s inmates has ended up causing nothing but [...]

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Before you do anything else, go follow Central Ohioans Countering Kasich on Twitter and Facebook. These guys are more than just an Ohio PAC whose sole purpose is “stopping the reelection of Governor John Kasich.”  They also make some of the best Kasich-mocking videos we’ve ever seen!

 

Their latest online ad shows “John Kasucks” reacting to the recent Ohio FOP endorsements.  “I don’t want your idiot endorsement anyway you bunch of idiots,” says the button down shirt, khaki pants wearing “Kasucks” – a clear reference to the speech Kasich gave to a bunch of EPA employees back in 2011 [...]

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Earlier this week Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine continued his fight against a Federal Judge’s decision to grant John Arthur the right to have his husband’s name appear on his death certificate.  Arthur and  Jim Obergefell, a Cincinnati couple, were legally married in Maryland.   John recently passed away from ALS, but Mike DeWine continues to battle his dying wish in court.

In response,  Freedom to Marry Ohio and other groups held a rally in Cincinnati with Ted Strickland and David Pepper, Mike DeWine’s Democratic opponent for Attorney General.

“Mike DeWine continues to waste his time and our taxpayer dollars on his crusade [...]

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Earlier this week over 400,000 people in the Toledo area were left without water when toxins from an algae bloom in Lake Erie poisoned their public water supply.  Yesterday Ohio Attorney General  Mike DeWine vowed to fight a rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency intended to protect lakes like Erie from the agricultural runoff that likely caused the problem.

According to Gongwer Ohio, DeWine signed a letter with 14 other state Attorneys General intended to fight the U.S. EPA on a rule that would restore Clean Water Act protections to 60% of Ohio’s waterways that were left without protections [...]

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Yesterday it was revealed that AG Mike DeWine shut down a sexual harassment investigation in his office when the investigation began to focus on his long time friend.    When that same friend, William Schenck, was later arrested for a DUI, DeWine refused to suspend or fire him.

DeWine assigned Schenck, his senior adviser, to the Steubenville rape case.   Months before the case began, DeWine gave immunity to witnesses who admitted to filming and taking photos of the rape in progress, possibly because he and his advisers incorrectly believed the witnesses had no legal requirement to intervene or call authorities.

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Ohio Democrats held a rally in Columbus today in support of hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention in our state’s capital. Ted Strickland’s short speech stole the show.

The former governor welcomed the “contrast” between the recently announced Republican convention in Cleveland, and the Democratic convention, which he predicts will be held in Columbus.  He offered a few important examples…

“Every citizen of our country should have the right to marry the person they love,” said Strickland,  echoing his appearance at Tuesday’s Freedom Ohio rally in support of overturning Ohio’s ban on same sex marriage.

Strickland also touched on important labor issues.  “In order [...]

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This past weekend we broke the story of John Kasich’s questionable appointment of Richard Hodges as director of the Ohio Department of Health.  By Ohio law, the position requires the appointee be a medical doctor, or at least have “significant experience in the public health profession.”   Hodges has neither, though he did update his LinkedIn page to include additional, dubious healthcare-related “experience” after our story was published.   We can only assume he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express the night before.

While Hodges résumé does not include any experience qualifying him to serve as the health department director, it does contain enough experience [...]

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On July 18th, 2014, Sara Marie Brenner, wife of Ohio State Representative Andrew Brenner, announced she was “taking a hiatus” from her right wing blog and radio program.  The announcement came in the form of an email sent to subscribers of her email newsletter.  The message, image-heavy with photos of Mrs. Brenner’s face, was sent using the Mad Mimi email marketing tool.  This week, the Brenners began using that same email list and marketing tool to promote and fundraise for Mr. Brenner’s campaign.

Ms. Brenner’s hiatus was announced a few days after Sara and Andrew got into a Twitter battle with well known conservative talk show host Dana [...]

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John Kasich recently appointed Richard Hodges, his turnpike director, to head the Ohio Department of Health.  As we pointed out yesterday, Ohio law requires appointees to this position to either be a medical doctor or to have had “significant experience in the public health profession.”    Hodges is not a doctor and, according to every bio we could find, including his own LinkedIn page, nothing in his employment background provides any indication that he has had any experience whatsoever in a “public health profession.”

Then, suddenly, out of the blue, Third Base Politics “obtained” a copy of Hodges resume this afternoon [...]

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