Posts by: Joseph reported this week that Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has been traveling the state (on your dime) promoting his Open Checkbook initiative, which aims to put government spending records online.  Despite promises from Mandel to update the data monthly, all of the data is over a year out-of-date.

Unfortunately, compared to the rest of the data available on Mandel’s website, the Checkbook data is actually some of the most up-to-date.

Mandel introduced his “Transparency Project” initiative shortly after taking office.  The initial roll-out was a complete disaster in both technical and self-promotional terms.  He not only “accidentally” excluded the salaries of many of his own […]

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A new online advertising campaign kicked off this week for the Defending The American  Dream Summit to be held in Columbus, Ohio this August.  The event is sponsored by the Koch Brother-funded group Americans For Prosperity (AFP).

The ad campaign features many well-known governors who are running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 such as Marco Rubio, Rick Perry and Jeb Bush.

Ohio Governor John Kasich still appears to be off the invitation list, as we first reported back in May.

So why isn’t Ohio Governor Kasich joining top tier presidential candidates like Jeb Bush at an event that will be […]

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A swing state Senate race poll released by Quinnipiac this week shows Former Governor Ted Strickland with a six point lead over Rob Portman.

The same poll shows that Republican Senator Portman would beat Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld (49-24) if the election was held today.

According to Quinnipiac:

[Portman] has a 49 – 28 pethat rcent job approval rating and a 43 – 21 percent favorability. Strickland gets a 47 – 29 percent favorability rating, while 85 percent of voters haven’t heard enough about Sittenfeld to form an opinion.

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Last month we wrote about the upcoming Defending The American  Dream Summit to be held in Columbus, Ohio this August.  Sponsored by the Koch Brother-funded group Americans For Prosperity (AFP), the Summit will feature a slew of well-known Republican office holders, many of whom are running for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Georgia Senator David Perdue and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have all been invited to speak.

Still not on the invitation list?   Ohio Governor John Kasich.

A recent Politico story may provide some insight into why Kasich has not […]

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Anyone following Ohio politics in 2008 will remember the swift and sudden end to then-Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann’s political career over the adulterous and lecherous “hostile work environment” he created in the AG’s Office.

Once it became public that Dann had been cheating on his wife with one of his employees, and Dann’s long-time friend and AG employee Anthony Guitierz was harrassing women in Dann’s office, Democrats from around Ohio came together with Governor Strickland and state party leaders to call for Dann to go.

Within a week, AG Dann had resigned and his temporary, Strickland-appointed replacement, Nancy Rogers, set about to prevent a recurrence of Dann’s disturbing debauchery.  […]

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It’s a bad week to be David Hansen, who heads Ohio’s charter school accountability office.

The Columbus Dispatch tells us that the Imagine Columbus Primary Academy, a chronically failing charter, might be forced to close its doors amid concerns over an exorbitant, conflict-laden lease that leaves little money for classroom instruction.

WDTN in Dayton reports that three people were convicted of bribery and taking kickbacks at a Dayton charter.

And today the ODE sent letters to three charter schools (Imagine Cleveland, Villaview and Cleveland Community School) threatening to shut the schools down because their “performance has generally been […]

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Americans for Prosperity (AFP) recently announced its list of invited speakers for this year’s Defending the American Dream Summit.  The event will be held right here in Columbus, Ohio.

Interestingly, no one from Ohio made the list.

The Koch brother-founded organization (AFP)  always gets the cream of the conservative crop to speak at its events.  Last year they had Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

This year’s list is even more impressive.

According to its website, AFP has secured a bunch of well-known Republicans as speakers for the 2015 conference, many of whom are seeking the […]

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Another charter school scandal is in the news. And once again, GOP leaders who collect millions in campaign cash from failing charter schools are suspicious of the allegations but eager to go after the unidentified whistleblower who brought the matter to their attention.

In case you missed it, this scandal involves the Ohio Virtual Academy, a chronically poor performing online school.

The top Republican and top Democrat on the House Education Committee received the whistleblower’s tip that the school failed to dis-enroll hundreds of chronically truant students in order to pad its rolls. The amount of state money the […]

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A few years ago I was in the Lincoln Theatre for a community meeting to discuss racial disparities in issues like infant mortality. I asked to go early on the agenda because it was also my daughter’s 3rd birthday.

As I left the Lincoln Theatre, I realized that 150 moms and dads in Columbus would never get to celebrate their son or daughter’s first birthday, let alone their 3rd.  I decided right then that his was an issue the City would address immediately and aggressively.

I believe our city’s infant mortality rate is not consistent with our values as a […]

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Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a new, two-year budget today that would increase state spending to record levels, potentially violating a state law implemented by other Republicans nine years ago.   According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, five Republicans voted against it and three “Democrats” voted for it. (More on that soon)

Ohio’s (Republican-driven) State Appropriation Limit (SAL) law, passed in 2006, was supposed to put a cap on General Revenue Fund (GRF) spending increases in Ohio at 3.5%.  Under Governor Strickland this wasn’t an issue.  Faced with a global economic crisis, Ohio’s last Democratic governor confronted the problem head-on: reducing state […]

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Back in September of 2013, John Kasich finally revealed the “secret” to his political success in an interview with the NYT:  God told him to run for governor of Ohio.   With a holy wind at his back, Kasich went on to win a second term the following year.  But “God” seems to be much less vocal this year regarding predictions for the 2016 presidential race.

Kasich’s convenient 2013  confession may have come across as a cheap political stunt to many of Times readers.  But make no mistake: Kasich isn’t just making cocktail chatter when he expresses disbelief in whether important things […]

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