When the Cleveland Plain Dealer endorsed John Kasich over then Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, it became irrationally infatuated with Kasich’s razzle dazzle rhetoric, so much so that it went with the fast but erratic hare instead of the slow but steady tortoise.   Strickland, you may remember, withstood the worst the Great Recession could dish out and still put Ohio back on a path of recovery.

“John Kasich, is a former congressman from suburban Columbus given to Reagan-style optimism and bold, sometimes questionable, ideas. He is just as clearly the wild card, eager to shake up the status quo and even challenge [...]

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We warned readers in 2010 about the dangers of electing Andy Thompson to the Ohio House of Representatives.  And we were right on the mark.  Since being elected Thompson has been busy pushing his extreme, hard-right agenda, leading the fight on important issues like banning Obamacare in Ohio, banning human-animal hybrids and banning common core.

It turns out Andy has become so extreme, that he’s even trying to ban… Nuns!

In 2012 a group of Catholic nuns took a tour of the U.S. to highlight issues with the poor and to draw attention to planned cuts for [...]

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On Monday, just 15 days before Election Day, Democratic nominee for Ohio Attorney General David Pepper joined women from across Ohio, including Kathy DiCristofaro, Chair of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus, to lambaste Dewine over what they described as a “troubling pattern of harassment cases and short-circuited investigations” in the AG’s office. Pepper is making his first run at AG, while DeWine is running for reelection as Ohio’s top cop,

The latest issue in DeWine’s office involves Tim Miller, an assistant AG in DeWine’s employment-law section, who told a legal secretary that “there is nothing more fun than smacking a [...]

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In October 2008, during the height of the presidential race between then-Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain, the Columbus Dispatch revealed that state databases had been searched in Ohio for information on Joe “the Plumber” in the days after he was mentioned by McCain during a debate.  Republicans across the country freaked out over the incident.  “It’s outrageous to see how quickly Barack Obama’s allies would abuse government power in an attempt to smear a private citizen,” said Paul Lindsay, Ohio spokesman for the McCain campaign, after the incident in.

It’s now nearly six years later to the day, [...]

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What’s a little harassment and threat of violence between colleagues?

Just a bit of fun in Mike DeWine’s office, apparently.

According to the Associated Press, two cases of internal harassment cases have recently surfaced in DeWine’s office that involved a “partial departure from protocol.”

The first occurred after “DeWine requested and received the name of a confidential informant thought to have knowledge of someone committing sexual harassment.” That case was reportedly “closed days later after the initial witness declined to cooperate and no harasser could be identified.”

The second case involved an assistant AG in DeWine’s employment-law section, [...]

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According to a post on the Tea Party Nation (TPN) website earlier this month, TPN founder “Judson Phillips will be joining… Josh Mandel in Ohio” on October 23rd for multiple rallies in Ohio.

You may remember Phillips from, among other things, his over-the-top homophobic rant over Arizona’s SB1062, the bill that would have allowed any individual or business to legally discriminate against the LGBT community because, well, that’s what Jesus would have done.

In his post, Phillips insisted the bill was necessary protect God-fearing straight folks from the “homosexual lobby” who are “pushing slavery using the Orwellian concepts of ‘tolerance’ and ‘inclusiveness’.”   [...]

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As we careen down the home stretch of the Ohio mid-term elections, we have to focus on what is important: your vote.

We fight wars so others may exercise their franchise in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. Remember the press and Bush Administration gushing about the purple fingers? Here in Ohio, the Kasich Administration simply gives us the finger.

Since 2011, the Ohio GOP has made a concerted effort to undo the reforms enacted after Ken Blackwell made Ohio ground zero for voter suppression and questionable shenanigans. Ohio was front page news (for the wrong reasons) in the run up to G.W. Bush’s [...]

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Pay freezes, the exodus of experienced teachers, and increased class sizes are exactly what Reynoldsburg School Board Vice-President Elaine Tornero has wanted since she her term began in 2010.  Tornero was one of the two school board members to draft the board’s initial contract offer to teachers that ultimately led to contentious negotiations and a work stoppage by the teachers.  But the conditions that prompted the impasse, most noticeably increased class sizes and experienced teachers leaving the district in unprecedented numbers, were no accident, and had been brewing for years under Tornero’s leadership.

In October 2009, the district [...]

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The good news in job figures released Friday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services [ODJFS] is that Ohio added 6,000 jobs last month. The bad news is that job growth in the Buckeye State is continues below the average for the United States for the 23rd consecutive month. The release today for September will be the final job numbers posted before Election Day arrives on Nov. 4. Continuing to lag the nation doesn’t play well into the job narrative constructed by Governor John Kasich, who won his seat in 2010 by promising to outperform the nation. [...]

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At a media event held Thursday morning at Commons at Livingston, the first development of its kind in Ohio that provides 25 one-bedroom apartments for disabled vets and another 25 one-bedroom apartments for chronically homeless and disabled vets, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) outlined a plan to further support the Department of Veterans Affairs goal of eliminating veteran homelessness by 2015. At the event, Sen. Brown, now viewed by many as the top Democratic official in Ohio, announced nearly $220,000 in new federal funding to provide rental assistance and clinical services for homeless veterans in Columbus as part of the [...]

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Fire Fighters Support Those Who Support Them
by Mark Sanders

In 2011, Senate Bill 5 opened up many fire fighter’s eyes to the importance of state government. The attack on our professional voice gave rise to a new appreciation of who supported fire fighters and their rights in the Statehouse. We learned who supported us and who did not. We discovered who our true friends were.

2014 gives us the opportunity to again stand up and let our voice be heard. It provides us with another opportunity to remind our elected leaders that we are the ones who elect [...]

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