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When Tea Party member Jim Lewis ran for a seat on the West Clermont School Board last year he vowed to “to slay the dragon that is public education in West Clermont” and promised to fight against teachers unions.

This past week Board Member Lewis, along with Board President Tina Sanborn and Vice President Mark Merchant, introduced a motion to hire anti-union law firm Frost Brown and Todd.   Sandorn, like Lewis, is a member of the Clermont Tea Party.   Merchant was endorsed by the Tea Party during his run in November.

The motion came as a surprise to board members Steve Waldmann and [...]

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Judging by the latest candidate filings, a civil war is happening inside the Warren County Republican Party, with three Republican incumbent legislators being challenged in primaries.

State Senator Shannon Jones, infamous for sponsoring Senate Bill 5, the union-busting bill that was later recalled in a massive win for labor in Ohio, is being challenged by our old pal Kelly Kohls in Ohio’s 7th State House District.   Kohls heads up the Warren County Tea Party.  She also did a stint as President of the Spingboro School Board where she tried to get the school system to sponsor classes on the U.S. Constitution  Full Story...

Four years ago our friend and fellow blogger Jill Miller Zimon took the leap from political writer to politician, winning a seat on Pepper Pike City Council.   This year she’s running for the newly-redrawn 12th Ohio House District.

Jill will be taking on current State Rep John Barnes in a Democratic Primary on May 6th.   Barnes and Bill Patmon, another Democratic State Rep from the Cleveland area, have angered many Democrats with their public support for some of Governor John Kasich’s questionable bills and policies.

Both Patmon and Barnes were front-and-center at the signing of Kasich’s transportation [...]

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Last week we found out Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has been awarding lucrative state contracts to law firms that gave large, and sometime illegal contributions to his campaign.  This morning, DeWine’s Democratic opponent, David Pepper, announced his five point plan to clean up the mess.

Pepper’s plan would ensure work is allocated “on merit, not campaign contributions” while providing transparency throughout the process, something that is severely lacking under DeWine.   Here are the five steps from the announcement on his campaign website:

 

Add Transparency in Contract Bidding – Lack of transparency allows pay-to-play to happen. Pepper will [...]

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Five former Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) employees filed a lawsuit in federal court yesterday against Brown County Prosecutor Jessica Little and Former Inspector General Tom Charles.   The lawsuit stems from an IG investigation initiated by Charles, and charges brought by Little, both of which were politically motivated and eventually dismissed.

The story starts back in 2006 with wildlife officer Allan Wright helping his friend, a wildlife office from another state, get an in-state Ohio hunting license.   In the past, this type of reciprocity was common and encouraged.  The officer had asked, and received permission from his supervisor [...]

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Below is the full prepared text of tonight’s State of the Union Address

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Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

Today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift America’s graduation rate to its highest level in more than three decades.

An entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech startup, and did her part to add to the more than eight million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years.

An autoworker fine-tuned some of the best, most fuel-efficient cars [...]

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Dayton Daily News reporters Laura Bischoff and Jackie Borchardt dropped a bombshell about a brewing pay-to-play scandal in Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office in yesterday’s paper.

You can read the full story here if you are a subscriber. If not, here are the bulletpoints:

Mike DeWine loaned his campaign $2 Million dollars in 2010. While many politicians forgive this type of loan, DeWine seems to insist on being paid back. His campaign has returned $1.65 million so far. Meanwhile, law firms seeking work with the AG’s office have donated $1.3 million to DeWine, the ORP and Mike DeWine’s son, Hamilton County Appellate [...]

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The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released data today showing that Ohio’s unemployment rate is now 7.2%.  This Dispatch ran this Kasich campaign-approved headline:  ”Ohio unemployment drops for second straight month”.

While technically true, it fails to capture the important context, which is that Ohio continues to seriously lag the country in job growth.

While it’s true Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped two points, from 7.4% in November to 7.2% in December, the U.S. unemployment rate dropped three points, from 7.0% to 6.7%, meaning Ohio’s unemployment rate has continued to steadily get worse compared to the national average.

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First Eric Kearney dropped out as Ed FitzGerald’s running mate over tax issues. Then Tea Party Republican Ted Stevenot dropped his bid to challenge Kasich in a primary because his running mate, Brenda Mack, had tax issues. Third Base Politics is now reporting that the Tea Party has another ticket gearing up to face Kasich in a primary, with Dr. Donald Allen of Youngstown as their candidate for Governor and our old friend Kelly Kohls as their Lt. Governor candidate. Would it surprise you at all if I told you Kohls also has financial issues? While Kearney and Mack both have tax [...]

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Today the Columbus Dispatch reported that nearly 30% of Ohio’s charter schools have closed or been shut down since Ohio started its charter school experiment in 1997.

The City of Columbus saw a record-breaking 17 charter schools shut down last year for financial mismanagement as well as “health and safety problems — students weren’t getting nutritious lunches, or the buildings were unsanitary.”

Last week we also read two eye-opening letters from former charter school teachers that shine some much-needed light on K12 virtual charter schools and on a chain of charter schools run by a religious group out of Turkey.

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West Virginia just declared a State of Emergency after up-to 5,000 gallons of a poisonous chemical, 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, used for processing coal, was leaked into the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians.  According to Reuters, over 700 people have called poison control lines with symptoms, and 70 have showed up at emergency rooms.  Residents have been warned against using the water for drinking, bathing or anything short of flushing the toilet.

Back here in Ohio, John Kasich continues to purge Ohio EPA officials who oversee water quality in Ohio, likely at the behest of the coal industry.

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