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... →
Ohio’s State Senate plans to start moving a bill (SB 58) by State Senator Bill Seitz this week that would severely weaken the renewable energy standards that Ohio passed in 2008. We posted about about the bill back in June. Since then, nearly every paper in the state, as well as Ohio’s largest corporations, has come out against the changes Seitz in proposing.
As the The Cleveland Plain Dealer pointed out back in October, the current standards passed nearly-unanimously in 2008, with both Bill Seitz and House Speaker Bill Batchelder voting for the bill. The PD [...]Full Story... →
The United Steelworkers released a new video this morning of Mike Cooper, a volunteer firefighter and a recently laid off employee at Ormet.
Mike was starting his 20th year with Ormet when the Ohio-based aluminum smelting company shut down its Ohio factory last month. The closure came after John Kasich’s Public Utilities Commission announced it would not provide the company a break on electricity rates.
Mike, like hundreds of other Ormet employees, is now without a paycheck and without health insurance. In the video, Mike does not mince words: ”I got an idea for you Governor,” he tells John Kaisch. ”Put [...]Full Story... →
A few weeks ago we asked our readers to share their stories about the fight of Senate Bill 5 and Issue 2. Some of the stories we received were about families coming closer together. We thought we’d share a few.
Courtney Johnson shared this story about canvasing with her son…
I was driving in my car listening to the Ed Schultz show on the radio. The host was discussing the attack on collective bargaining in Wisconsin, and then he mentioned that this bill in Ohio, this Senate Bill 5, was even worse for unions than the bill introduced [...]Full Story... →
A few weeks ago we asked our readers to share their stories about the fight of Senate Bill 5 and Issue 2. We received dozens of wonderful stories and images from which we chose 4 at random to recieve a copy of Professor John McNay’s book on the SB5 fight.
You can read those stories here.
This week we will be sharing some more, like this great story by Robert Heltzel about Kasich’s visit to Youngstown and a showdown between protesters and supporters of the Governor’s plan to destroy collective bargaining rights in Ohio…
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The House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee will be meeting in Room 116 this Tuesday to discuss two Republican voting bills:
Republican State Senator Bill’s Coley’s SB 205 prevents the Secretary of State from mailing absentee ballot applications to Ohioans during primary and special elections, and only allows ballots to be sent during a general election if the General Assembly approves funding for the ballots, which they’ll likely never do. It also prevents any other official besides the Secretary of State from mailing ballot applications.
Secretary of State Jon Husted mailed absentee ballot applications to every registered [...]Full Story... →
John Kasich’s Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray sent an email to everyone at ODOT this week announcing that District 5 Deputy Director Joe Rutherford had been removed from his position, and District 5 Business and Human Resources Administrator Colleen Ryan had been placed on administrative leave.
Both Ryan and Rutherford are Republicans appointed to their positions under John Kasich.
Earlier this year Republican State Auditor Dave Yost praised Rutherford for his work at ODOT during a Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Guernsey County.
District 5 serves Coshocton, Fairfield, Guernsey, Knox, Licking, Muskingum and Perry counties. The district headquarters is in Jacksontown.
We’ve heard [...]Full Story... →
The United Steelworkers released a new website this week, SaveOhioJobs.org, urging Governor Kasich to come back to the bargaining table to help save the jobs of nearly 1,000 Ormet employees who are now out of work and without health benefits.
Those layoffs came when the aluminum smelting companyshut down its Ohio factory last month after John Kasich’s Public Utilities Commission announced it would not provide the company a break on electricity rates.
The new website features a very moving video featuring Ormet employees, many of whom are displeased with the Governor’s inaction, pleading with the Governor to help.
Here’s the video:
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In 2011 the Ohio Republican Party controlled redistricting in Ohio. For months they met in a secret hotel room they called “the bunker”, redrawing district lines to give Republicans an edge in both votes and in fundraising.
Today the Constitutional Modernization Commission held hearings in the committee tasked with redistricting reform.
Their guest speaker? Thomas Brunell, the author of a book titled “Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad.“
In his testimony, Brunell argued that we should create noncompetitive districts, like those created by the GOP in 2010, because it increases “voter satisfaction” and decreases “voter regret” by limiting [...]Full Story... →
Last November John Kasich was leading in PPP’s polling against an unknown challenger 44-43.
Polling by PPP released this week shows Kasich tied 41-41 with Democrat Ed FitzGerald. Libertarian Charlie Earl is currently polling at 6%.
More importantly, Kasich’s approval rating has dropped from 42% in August down to 37% this month with only 55% of Republicans approving of Kasich and 26% disapproving.
The same poll shows Connie Pillich leading Josh Mandel 47-43 in the treasurer’s race.
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