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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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It’s unclear if Kasich and his advisers are completely incompetent or so arrogant they think they don’t need to follow Ohio’s laws.   Either way, they just announced another illegal cabinet appointment.

On Friday afternoon Kasich released a statement saying he was going to appoint Rick Hodges as Director of the Ohio Department of Health.  Hodges, a former lawmaker, currently leads the Ohio Turnpike Commission.   Hodges will be replacing Dr. Ted Wymyslo… and that “Dr.” part is kind of important.

According to Ohio Revised Code 121.10:

The director of health shall be either:

(A) A physician holding the degree [...]

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Ohio State Representatives John Adams (85th House District) and Wes Retherford (51st House District) are currently looking for co-sponsors for a bill that would “prohibit any state agency from entering into an agreement with the federal government to provide temporary housing for illegal immigrants.”   The bill would also “make any local government or private corporation ineligible to receive any state funding, including Local Government Funds, if they enter in to an agreement with the federal government to house illegal immigrants.”

Adams explains the reasoning behind the bill, repeating the false, xenophobic rhetoric of the Right: “Given the clear public health and [...]

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In the run up to today’s Ohio FOP endorsement vote, DeWine made an aggressive effort to win some last minute support from delegates by distributing a flier attacking his opponent David Pepper.  The flier, pictured to the right, not only contains incorrect facts, but it also shows stock photos of “police officers” portrayed by actors.

Both of the images of police officers can be found on dozens of websites like this one for a defense attorney advising his clients never to talk to police officers.    Or this story about a police officer accused of sex crimes.   Both photos came from [...]

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The FOP of Ohio just endorsed David Pepper over Mike DeWine for Ohio Attorney General.  “David Pepper is tough, smart, and independent,” said Jay McDonald, Ohio FOP President. “He has vast experience partnering with law enforcement to fight crime. We know Pepper is the best choice to keep Ohioans safe as our next attorney general.”

Not to be outdone, Mike DeWine took to Facebook to respond, posting a picture of himself with a Republican Sheriff.

 

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Middletown, Ohio sits on the border between Butler and Warren counties.   According to CutsHurtOhio.com, Butler County has lost $31.6 million in local government funding thanks to Governor John Kasich’s budgets.  Warren County lost $15.2 million.   In Middletown, these cuts left the city struggling to find enough funding to pay for proper police and fire protection.

In 2012, when Kasich’s first budget went into effect, Middletown was able to obtain SAFER grants from the federal government to help cover the missing funds and avoid laying off firefighters.

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According to an AP story published Saturday, Ohio has seen “nearly 25,000 jobs lost in local government” since John Kasich has been governor of Ohio.  And “median incomes in Ohio have fallen about $7,000 over the past decade.”

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why: Kasich has cut nearly $2 Billion in state funding to local governments in the past four years in order to fund lopsided tax breaks to his rich, millionaire friends.

These lost jobs are teachers, fire fighters and police officers; your friends, family and neighbors.

Meanwhile, Ohio’s job growth has lagged the U.S. average [...]

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The ever growing list of problems with recently-privatized food service at Ohio’s prisons should come as no surprise to anyone.  Back in 2001 the same vendor, Aramark, was tasked with feeding inmates at the Noble Correctional Institution.  An audit conducted by then-State Auditor Jim Petro revealed that Aramark failed multiple sanitary inspections and was unable to provide acceptable portion sizes as agreed upon in the contract.  Aramark ended up billing the state for millions of meals it never actually served resulting in $2 Million in over payments being made to the company.  Food service was eventually turned back over [...]

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Yesterday we wrote about the BWC settlement and how David Brennan’s law firm, Brennan, Manna & Diamond, had been paid over $4.5 Million so far to handle the case.   The unbid contract was awarded to Brennan by Mike DeWine, who went to controlling board multiple times to get approval for  the 11 payments ranging from $65,000 to $700,000 over a three year period.

And if we’ve learned anything from the ever-growing pay to play scandal involving AG’s office, law firms don’t get huge unbid contracts from DeWine unless they are huge campaign donors.   Brennan, Manna & Diamond are no [...]

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