Just when we thought the Springboro School Board race couldn’t get any more crazy, the Tea Party jokers come out and prove us wrong.
Today a PAC called Educate Springboro, run by existing school board members Jim Rigano and David Petroni, began placing signs around town supporting two Tea Party-endorsed candidates, David Bitner and Kolton Vaughn.
Underneath the candidates’ names appears the name of Charles Anderson, another candidate who has been actively running against the Tea Party folks.
Rigano, Petroni and current School Board President Kelly Kohls have actively controlled the board for the past two [...]Full Story... →
The race for Cincinnati’s school board is supposed to be non-partisan. But that hasn’t stopped area Democrats from endorsing candidates or some Republicans from spending money on the race.
There are nine candidates running for four seats on the school board this year. The list includes Melanie Bates, Ericka Copeland-Dansby, Marcia Futel, Daniel Minera, Victoria Straughn, Martha Good, Elisa Hoffman, Sally O’Callaghan and Betsy Shank. The Enquirer has profiles of each of the candidates, with links to their websites, available here.
The Hamilton County Democratic Party has endorsed four of the candidates: Bates, Futel, Shank and Minera. Other [...]Full Story... →
For months the Ohio Republican Party has been trying to stir up fake outrage over a $1000 campaign contribution Ed FitzGerald received in April and returned in July.
Yesterday, realizing absolutely no one cared about their non-existent scandal, and likely realizing that they were going to have their complaint dismissed for a second time, the Ohio Republican Party pulled the complaint from the election commission.
Strangely, the very next day, I received a fundraising email from ORP Communications Director Chris Schrimpf claiming Ed FitzGerald was still “remaining silent about an illegal donation he received from one of his [...]Full Story... →
Everyone in Ohio needs to read Collective Bargaining and The Battle of Ohio, a wonderful new book from University of Cincinnati Professor John McNay that provides a detailed history of Senate Bill 5, John Kasich’s anti-union initiative that was overwhelmingly overturned by voters in November 2011.
Next Friday, November 8th, will be the two year anniversary of the day Ohioans came together and said “Hell no!” to Kasich and his Republican allies and their attempt to strip collective bargaining rights from Ohio’s police officers, fire fighters, teachers, college professors and other public workers.
In honor of this anniversary, we [...]Full Story... →
Ohio Tea Party activists have set their sights on controlling local school boards around the state, and they are doing it through deceptive marketing campaigns, claiming to care about “students.” Many are following the lead of Springboro’s Kelly Kohls.
Last week we reported that Kohls, the School Board President from Springboro who tried to push Creationism and Christian Nationalism into the curriculum of her public school district, was taking her show on the road, training Tea Party school board candidates in the Olentangy district.
Dr. Kohls (she has a PhD in Nutrition), has [...]Full Story... →
Mike DeWine’s office has received a report on its facial recognition technology.
The report from DeWine’s hand-picked Advisory Committee was released on Friday. The report makes a number of recommendations aimed at tightening up access to the facial recognition software.
That is good.
Unfortunately, the report does not recommend any changes to how information can be gathered, used, and maintained on a day to day basis.
That is bad.
The report acknowledges that facial recognition technology is a new tool, and that it “is important to examine the security and technology behind OHLEG to ensure the system is serving as a tool for criminal justice practitioners and not being used improperly.”
So what recommendations were made to guide the proper use of this technology? None.
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Every time I hear the word “BOO!” – which is rather often now that Halloween is nearly upon us and my kids are constantly drawing and eating and wearing things shaped like ghosts – I can’t help but think of the ever-heated race for Toledo Mayor.
And no, I’m not talking about Mayor Mike Bell and his anti-union relationship with Governor Kasich.
I’m talking about the mayoral race in 2009 that sparked this amazing video…
And yes, in case you wondered, that IS the Columbus Dispatch’s own Joe Vardon, who was working as Ben’s spokesman at the time, [...]Full Story... →
Last week supporters of a so-called “right-to-work” amendment in Ohio announced that they had finally gathered over 100,000 signatures. It seems like a lot, except when you consider that they have been gathering signatures since February 2012, nearly 20 months now. At this rate, just to collect the over 385,000 VALID signatures needed to get on the ballot, they will need another 40 months.
In reality, they need to collect twice that many to account for duplicates and other invalid signatures. And the longer the process takes, the more likely they are to receive duplicate signatures.
At this rate, Ohioans could [...]Full Story... →
When Michigan’s semi-private, economic development organization (Michigan Economic Development Corp) faced criticism this week over some incorrect job creation numbers, defenders of the group came up with a great response: hey, at least we’re not JobsOhio.
The mistakes in Michigan were caught during a public audit of the organization, something GOP lawmakers in Ohio have specifically outlawed with JobsOhio.
As the week progressed, JobsOhio suffered even more bad press.
Just yesterday it was revealed that Kasich’s pal Mark Kvamme, the mastermind behind JobsOhio who left government work to start his own Ohio-based venture capital company, received a 50 Million dollar investment from [...]Full Story... →
Kasich’s first appointed African American cabinet member resigned last week. The Dispatch reports that tensions between Michael Colbert, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and John McCarthy, Kasich’s new head of the Department of Medicaid, led Colbert to tender his resignation.
Kasich quickly announced Cynthia Callendar Dungey as Colbert’s replacement. Dungey is currently the chief of staff at the Department of Medicaid and, as the Cleveland Plain Dealer noted, “also a person of color”.
In April 2013 Kasich appointed Andre T. Porter to head Commerce, increasing the number of African Americans [...]Full Story... →
On October 2nd, John Kasich’s Public Utilities Commission announced it would not provide aluminum smelting company Ormet a break on electricity rates.
The following week the company announced it would be closing its doors, laying off the last 700 of the over 1000 workers Ormet employed at its peak.
Kasich Spokesman Rob Nichols quickly tried to shift the blame to someone other than the Governor of Ohio.
First up: West Virginia!
The press and [...]Full Story... →