Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has known William Schenck for decades. Which may explain why DeWine has chosen not to suspend or fire Schenck from his job at the AG’s office after his December 2nd DUI arrest.
Schenk worked with DeWine in the Greene County Prosecutors Office. They worked in private practice together at the firm DeWine, Schenck and Rose. When DeWine served in the senate, Bill’s wife managed DeWine’s state office. In the Senate, DeWine nominated Schenk for job at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
So, when DeWine came into the Attorney General’s office, he [...]Full Story... →
A month ago we reported that Joe Rutherford, Kasich’s District 5 Deputy Director at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), had been fired and District 5 Business and Human Resources Administrator Colleen Ryan had been placed on administrative leave. At the time we hinted that an IG’s investigation into Rutherford and Ryan was likely ongoing.
Since that last report, we have confirmed that the Ohio Inspector General is indeed investigating Rutherford and Ryan. The Inspector General’s Office has not yet released the report and is not commenting on the investigation.
We have also confirmed that ODOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity has a [...]Full Story... →
If you recently tried to read our story about JobsOhio’s disappointing third quarter report you may have noticed that the link to the report no longer works. That because JobsOhio removed the original report and replaced it with a new, modified version of the document.
The first file had a create date of 11/21/2013 at 3:18:08 AM and a modified date of 11/22/2013 at 3:29:08 PM. It was quietly released on JobsOhio’s website sometime over the weekend of November 29th.
We wrote about the report on Sunday December 1st, noting that every single metric JobsOhio tracks was lower [...]Full Story... →
State Rep John Becker has been proudly and valiantly working to protect the rights of Ohio’s straight, white, not-poor men since taking office in January 2013. And we got news this week that he’s urgently looking for support on another bill that would help fix a horrible injustice being perpetrated against straight married couples in Ohio: what Becker calls the “the Heterosexual (only) Marriage Penalty”.
In an email dated December 10, 2013, Becker asked fellow legislators to co-sponsor a bill that could only come from the desk of a true patriot like John. According to the letter, the recent US Supreme Court [...]Full Story... →
Despite concerns from OSU’s chief investment officer and others, Former OSU President E. Gordon Gee forced through a $50 Million investment with former head of JobsOhio Mark Kvamme on behalf of the university. Gee and Kvamme are friends and have worked together on multiple projects in the Kasich administration.
ProgressOhio released documents on Monday revealing that Kvamme and his partner at Drive Capital could make “approximately $4.5 million a year in management fees, plus 20% to 30% of any profits their investments make” for the Ohio State University.
The Dispatch’s original story on the topic was titled:
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Republican Bryan Williams just announced he is resigning his position on Ohio’s State Board of Education after suddenly realizing that it was illegal for him to be on the board while, at the same time, working as a registered lobbyist and actively advocating for a group that operates a trade school governed by the board.
Williams’ resignation letter referenced a ruling from the Ohio Ethics Commission “which [...]Full Story... →
There’s a certain kind of legislation that Republican State Rep John Becker likes to introduce. Like his bill that would eliminate voting on days preferred by African American churchgoers, or his bill that would kick pregnant women and low-income families off Medicaid, or his bill that would force Ohio’s poor to be treated at certain poor-only hospitals staffed by students and interns.
Oh, and let’s not forget his resolution to impeach a federal judge who ”ordered that Ohio recognize the homosexual marriage” of a dying man.
Becker’s bills are very often mean and spiteful, and [...]Full Story... →
Back in September, shortly after it was reported that six of the nine JobsOhio board members have serious conflict of interest issues, Board Chairman James Boland admitted to the Dispatch that JobsOhio is seen as a “self-dealing, secretive and unaccountable” organization by the public. (Note: Boland was one of the six with potential conflicts )
Boland denied there was any problem at JobsOhio (“We have nothing to hide here”, he said) and said he didn’t have any plans to provide more transparency or public oversight of his organization to help change the image.
Instead, he planned to hire some new public relations experts.
Today [...]Full Story... →
Our friends over at Michigan’s Eclectablog are working diligently this week to help raise money for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a same-sex couple challenging Michigan’s discriminatory marriage ban.
Before you do anything else, please read this amazing interview with the women and their three adopted children.
The couple’s fight began when they realized Michigan law prevents them from adopting their children together, meaning the non-adoptive parent has no parental rights if something were to happy to her partner.
Their lawsuit has expanded, and they are now fighting to overturn Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Seriously, go read the interview. [...]Full Story... →
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has released their second annual Worst Governors in America report and, for the second year in a row, Ohio’s John Kasich made the cut.
According to CREW “Gov. Kasich will do whatever it takes to keep the public in the dark about the non-profit he created, and played partisan politics with his state’s voting laws.”
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Release bad news when no one is looking. That’s one of the tricks of political communicators. And that’s exactly what Kasich’s JobsOhio did today.
On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, two days after Black Friday, and the day after the OSU-Michigan game, most Ohioans are not following politics or job numbers. They are likely still hung over, possibly still wearing the same scarlet and gray clothes they went to bed in the night before, and most certainly are wondering what they can do with all those scraps of turkey they still have in their fridge.
Or, like me, they spent [...]Full Story... →