Ohio’s 15th U.S. Congressional District is Picasso-esque in the strangeness of its geometry. It stretches from western Clinton County across the state to eastern Morgan County, but when it gets up north to Franklin County it gets truly weird.

It twists, it turns, it loops back and around, it weaves in and out and around and claws back down just enough to include the home of its elected congressman, U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington. Ohio’s Fighting Fifteenth, taken alone, looks more like something to be found in a Rorschach Test than a map of U.S. Congressional Districts.

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The Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA) released a statement today about the state of their negotiations with the School Board and Administration:

“This is the latest disappointing action taken by the Board. It’s a shame that rather than focus their energies on reaching a fair agreement that addresses reasonable class sizes and unprecedented teacher turnover, the Board chose instead to file a charge against us today. I can only imagine what our district would look like if the Board spent it’s time working with the teachers in the best interest of high quality public education, rather than finding new ways to attack us and negotiate [...]

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One one hand, Gov. John R. Kasich never misses a chance to dwell on his compassionate conservatism, because it makes him look human and sympathetic to the less fortunate. One the other hand, policies championed by the former Lehman Brother banker and Fox TV network political talk show host actually push more needy Ohioans into the very shadows the governor uses to camouflage his long-held but misguided beliefs that divide people into those who deserve the few crumbs government is still allowed to give those who need it from those who don’t deserve them.

For even part-time students of [...]

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Sean Chichelli, Director of Labor & Human Resources Policy for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce penned an article recently titled “Employers should have a right to know about criminal past of potential employees.” Chichelli said, “In today’s world, if someone is the best candidate for the job, many businesses are willing to consider them whether or not they have a criminal record. However, businesses must maintain their ability to inquire about job candidates’ criminal histories, and to conduct background checks on those candidates.”

Based on the sage advice from Chichelli, questions abound about why the Kasich Administration would hire [...]

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Asked recently if JobsOhio has proven its worth, Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said, “The numbers speak for themselves.” What she said is true and unfortunate. The numbers for jobs in Ohio do speak for themselves, and what they say is Ohio’s recovery under Taylor and her boss Gov. John R. Kasich, who are asking voters to rehire them again in November, is way too slow, especially for two politicos who promised voters in 2010 that they would turnaround Ohio.

According to new economic analysis performed by George Zeller, one of Ohio’s top data crunchers, Kasich and Taylor have [...]

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Ah… the ALS ice bucket challenge. Seems like everyone is doing it. As the name suggests, the challenge involves dumping a “bucket” of ice water over your head to raise awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

John Kasich took the challenge this week, along with many other Ohioans including Ted Strickland and OCSEA President Chris Mabe.    We’ve included screen shots of these three videos below.   See if you can identify the one that’s not like the others…

 

 

Clearly Kasich missed the point.

It’s unclear if Kasich actually donated any money to [...]

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Since charter (“community”) schools began in Ohio in 1998, they have continued to increase in number, taking an ever-growing amount of funding away from Ohio’s real community schools – public school districts.  99% of Ohio’s school districts lose state funding to charter schools every year — charters that are grossly underperforming their public school counterparts.

If you want to help stem the tide of charter school expansion in Ohio, it’s important to look at the past.  Look at this chart that shows the number of charter schools in Ohio since 1998.

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Little progress has been made in the Columbus suburb of Reynoldsburg since the School Board there made their first contract proposal back in May.  After making the absurd initial demands, the School Board engaged in a strategy of negotiating in public to try and drum up support from the community by painting the teachers in a bad light.

Meanwhile, the Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA) continued to try to negotiate with the School Board while the existing contract expired in July.  As the school year approached, the union took the official step of voting to authorize their leadership to issue a 10-day [...]

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Our favorite Republican Prosecutor is back in the news.

Remember David Fornshell?  The ambitious prosecutor in Warren County Ohio with eyes on statewide office?

In February 2013, we highlighted Fornshell’s effort to intimidate a Schools Superintendent who sent a letter home urging parents to join him “in an active campaign to ensure Gov. (John) Kasich and any legislator who supports him are not re-elected.”

A month later, we reported that Fornshell permitted a man to be indicted and remain in jail even though the grand jury has voted not to approve charges.

Now, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that [...]

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John Kasich wants me to know that he grew up in humble surroundings that seeded his deep concern for ordinary, hard-working folks. He seldom fails to mention in his TV ads that his father was a mailman for 29 years. His reelection campaign is spending millions of soft-earned contributions from the highest rollers that pay for these ads. He’s just a regular guy, they tell us – or as National Review defined him, “a blue-collar kid from a little town near Pittsburgh called McKees Rocks. (Historians tell us Alexander McKee was a colonial British Indian agent who was loyal to [...]

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Last week, Governor Kasich announced his plan to combat algae blooms, responsible for the release of the toxin microcystin into the state’s waterways and the recent shutdown of Toledo’s municipal water supplies. The proposed plan combines grants for local water systems, research and support for farmers. Specifically:

Ohio will provide more than $150 million in grants and interest-free loans to help cities fight the kinds of toxic algae that shut down Toledo’s drinking water two weeks ago, the directors of three state agencies announced yesterday. The state also announced that it will spend $1.25 million to help farmers [...]

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