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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Kasich’s Mishandling Of Higher Ed Is A Problem For Everyone
by John McNay

Back in 2007, Ohioans were looking forward to some genuinely positive changes in the state’s approach to higher education. Gov. Ted Strickland recognized that universities and their faculty were genuine assets in building a stronger Ohio and introduced a 10-year plan to improve access and graduation rates. The University System of Ohio, for example, was established and faculty across the state worked together to move the state’s universities to semesters and to make sure that courses, especially the introductory surveys, were compatible and would transfer from [...]

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Even in these shrinking days before the November election there are still a few surprises left in the media world.  I refer to the Plain Dealer’s full-page endorsement of Democrat Nina Turner over her Republican opponent, Secretary of State Jon Husted.   The paper’s statement was more than an act of altruism for a hometown candidate, although her residency in Cuyahoga County couldn’t hurt.

No, Turner is an aggressive, extremely savvy  state senator – the kind of spirited person you would  want to have on your side in any confrontation with the enemy.  In a state buttoned down by a Republican dynasty, she [...]

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Cast Your Vote for Clean Water and Clean, Affordable Energy
by Eric Britton

The last few years have been rough on Ohio’s environment.  If you’re like us, you are shocked and even furious about the constant attacks on clean air, clean water, and public health in Ohio.  Our state government should be protecting Ohio citizens. We need clean water, should be moving towards a clean energy economy, and should be preserving our public lands for future generations.  Instead, Governor Kasich’s administration and the Ohio General Assembly clearly have a different idea – that Ohio should be “open for business” for [...]

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Following the death in 2011 of David Broder, the dean of Washington political reporters who wrote for the Washington Post for 40 years, Dan Balz, another WaPo reporter who others used as a political divining rod, moved to the head of the class of Beltway pundits. This reporter crossed paths with Balz on several occasion in 2012, when both of us were crisscrossing Ohio as the presidential election cycle between President Obama and his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, ground on in Ohio, a tipping-point state no Republican can lose and still expect to be elected president.

Writing a conventional [...]

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Some of you may be worried that the spreading Ebola outbreak landed in Ohio on a Frontier Airlines flight from Texas a few days ago.  But have no fears.  You can all rest easy knowing that a medical professional with extensive public health experience is guiding our state’s response to the looming Ebola crisis… Right?

Ohio law requires that the head of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the agency responsible for managing public health emergencies, be either a “physician holding the degree of doctor of medicine” or an “individual who has had significant experience in the public health profession.”  But as we reported in early August, Governor [...]

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Chuck Todd, the NBC news pundit, has added his spin to red state-blue state America, dividing us  into  “Starbucks Drinkers” and “Chick-Fil-A  eaters.

Well, now.  As anyone who frequently lines up at the Starbucks  counter at a mall, it’s only natural to want to learn more about how Todd’s yin and yang shakes out to  represent  Americans.    According to Talking Points Memo, Todd classified states llke Montana as Chick-Fil-A Eaters. But there are  no Chick-Fil-A-Eateries in the Big Sky Country.  On the other  hand it is the home of a dozen Starbucks places.

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Yesterday the World Health Organization announced new Ebola cases could soon hit 10,000 per week in Africa.  Closer to home, we found out today that an Ebola-infected individual visited Cleveland on a Frontier Airlines flight a few days ago.

Mike DeWine’s campaign manager D.J. Eckert, clearly amused by the news of rising death tolls in Africa and Ebola in Ohio, sent out a Tweet attempting to mock David Pepper for his extensive plan to combat the growing heroin crisis in Ohio:

Ohio’s heroin crisis has become an issue during the race for Attorney General with Pepper accusing DeWine of [...]

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Remember John Charlton? He’s the spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education who got in hot water after a twitter spat with a charter school critic whom he told to “get laid.’’

The tweet was in bad taste for lots of reasons, particularly the controversy centering on teachers who told the state school board that kids as young as 6th grade were caught on surveillance video having oral sex at a school function —  but officials from the Horizon Science Academy of Dayton didn’t tell parents about the incident.

Eleven. That’s how old you are in 6th grade. [...]

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