“If we didn’t have a guy like Secretary of State Husted around, we would probably have to invent him.”
That’s that we wrote about John Husted back in December. What was true then remains true now.
“Voter fraud does exist, but it’s not an epidemic,” Husted recently said in response to a report studying alleged voter fraud and voter suppression.
It was just one year ago that Husted was so fired up about voter fraud that he was demanding a meeting with the United States Attorney General to discuss the fact that some counties appeared to have more registered voters [...]Full Story... →
Lionel Hutz: I’m here defending you on the charges of . . . (looks at sheet) Murder One!? Wow. Even if I lose I’ll be famous!
What is going on with the Republican Prosecutors in Southwest Ohio?
Yesterday, we noted that Republican Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters was thinking about pursuing what can only be described as politically motivated prosecutions of voters who cast provisional ballots after submitting absentee ballots. (Key idea: none of the voters cast more than vote.)
Previously, we brought you the story of Republican Warren County prosecutor David Fornshell, who pursued a politically motivated [...]Full Story... →
Republican Prosecutor Wants to Charge Voters Who Did NOT Vote More Than Once
Republicans and their news operations continue to try to suggest that voter fraud was rampant in Ohio in 2012.
Before the 2012 Election, Secretary of State John Husted tried to appease the base by suggesting that voter fraud was a big problem – we noted that after the election, he quickly backed off that claim. Now, Husted has ordered all county Board of Elections to hold public hearings on voter fraud allegations. If the allegations are found to be credible, the Boards of Elections can [...]Full Story... →
Ohio Inspector General Randy Myers is supposed to be responsible to uncovering wrongdoing in state government.
So how’s that going? Well, as Joseph points out time and again, we are still waiting on a report on the biggest wrongdoing in state government from the past decade, coingate.
The Inspector General seems to spend much of his time covering up for the Kasich Administration. In one report, the IG found that Kasich staffers did not do anything wrong when they attempted to oust Kevin DeWine as Republican State Party Chair. Notably, that investigation failed to examine [...]Full Story... →
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has joined with some other Republican Attorneys General to urge an exception to the requirement in Obamacare that business provide contraceptive coverage for employees.
The most notable thing about DeWine’s letter is that it does NOT suggest that the Obamacare provisions that require contraception coverage are unconstitutional. This is because the Supreme Court has held that although the government have the ability to accommodate otherwise illegal acts done in pursuit of religious beliefs, it is not required to do so. The case is Employment Division v. Smith. You probably heard about it in civics [...]Full Story... →
What did we learn from the arguments at the United States Supreme Court yesterday on same sex marriage? We thought we would check in with our favorite Supreme Court attorney for some insights. The attorney has handled hundreds of appeals, including cases in the United States Supreme Courts, state Supreme Courts (including the Ohio Supreme Court), and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals.
First, just as he did with the Obama care arguments, he warned us against reading too much into oral arguments. “I think a lot of pundits and court observers looked really stupid when they declared Obamacare to [...]Full Story... →
Republican Part-Time Prosecutor David Fornshell keeps digging himself in a deeper hole. Fornshell may have broken the law in an effort to clean up a mistake by his office. A mistake his office made while Fornshell was pursing a politically motivated investigation of a critic of Governor John Kasich.
Earlier this month, we reported on Fornshell’s politically motivated investigation of a school superintendent who criticized the Kasich Administration’s school funding plan. We called the investigation “bullshit.” The Cincinnati Enquirer called for an end to the investigation, calling it “heavy handed.”
We later learned that while Fornshell was playing politics and [...]Full Story... →
Joseph wrote the other day that “Plunderbund fully supports the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio.”
Because it’s the right thing to do?
Well of course. Reducing the number of uninsured Americans has long been a progressive goal. Health care is a right.
Because we get to agree with Governor John Kasich?
Some say that we have “a burning hatred for Governor Kasich” and an “obsession to demonize all things Kasich.” We disagree, and now we have proof that we CAN acknowledge when Kasich has a good policy.
Actually, it seems the Kasich Administration has come around to our [...]Full Story... →
While our favorite Republican prosecutor, David Fornshell, was busy using his office to play politics for Kasich, the actual work of the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office was slipping through the cracks.
If Fornshell applies the same standard to his office as he does to critics of the Kasich Administration, he will start a criminal investigation into his own office. But we aren’t holding our breath.
Let us explain.
Fornshell, you may recall, is the part-time Republican Prosecutor who pursued weak criminal charges against a school superintendent who was critical of Kasich’s school funding plan. Fornshell’s investigation of the Superintendent was [...]Full Story... →
As long as two people love each other, I don’t think God cares whether they both have the same “hoo-hoo” or “ha-ha.” – Marge Simpson
Same-sex marriage is likely to be on the ballot again in Ohio. FreedomOhio, a group pushing to repeal the 2004 Amendment to the Ohio Constitution that prohibited same-sex marriage, claim that they are well on their way to putting the issue on the 2013 ballot. This is good news – momentum is clearly on the side of the proponents of marriage equality, and by adding Greg Schultz, former director of President Barack Obama’s Ohio re-election campaign, [...]Full Story... →
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell has closed his investigation “after Elam agreed to pay costs for his initial letter to the public and sent out a new one saying some of his statements were ‘not appropriate.’”
We are glad to see this come to a just end. But the damage has been done. School officials throughout the state will think twice before criticizing Kasich’s school funding plan – as even the most benign criticism could be interpreted as “political” and lead to a criminal investigation. It’s called “chilling” of speech, and the fact that this [...]Full Story... →