Election Day 2014 is now less than 90 days away. Based on prevailing political winds, which have been fueled by lopsided negative coverage of Ed FitzGerald, the party endorsed Democrat to challenge first-term incumbent Republican Gov. John Kasich and a series of polling results that show Kasich holding a lead that swings back and forth between double-digit and single-digit leads, the next governor until 2018 may very well be the same governor who barely won his last race in 2010.

Democrats, especially Ed FitzGerald, have had to fight off a war of words waged against them by the Cleveland Plain Dealer [...]

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In what may be the final chance to repeal Common Core in Ohio, Representative Matt Huffman has signed on to fellow Representative Andy Thompson’s latest version of a bill to repeal the curriculum and its associated standardized tests.  Huffman’s inclusion on the bill is of significant importance as he is the Chair of the House Rules and Reference Committee — the committee that typically decides the fate of a bill.  The previous version of the bill to repeal Common Core (House Bill 237) was referred to the House Education Committee where the chairman, Gerald Stebelton, himself a supporter of Common [...]

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Husted’s DOA Redistricting Ideas

On August 16, 2014 By

Among the more aggressive political myths projected by the state’s editorial writers and garden variety pundits is that Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, has earned a big gold merit badge for his concern about Ohio’s scandalous congressional district lines. After all, he talks about it all the time.

But wait! Husted is a Republican. The gerrymandering was carried out by Republicans who are quite comfortable with their congressional victories at the polls. Both houses of the General Assembly are controlled by Republicans. Gov. Kasich and his crowd are all Republicans. Question: Why would any of these operatives want [...]

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Ohio House Representatives Andy Thompson (R) and Matt Huffman (R) have introduced their latest version of a bill designed to prevent the Common Core curriculum from being implemented in Ohio. Their previous attempt at accomplishing this task, House Bill 237, was stalled when Education Committee Chairman, Gerald Stebelton, a supporter of Common Core, chose to ignore the bill and prevent it from ever coming up for a vote.

Now, Thompson is back with a new bill, House Bill 597, that is remarkably simple as it has been introduced:

Section 1. It is the General Assembly’s intent that sections [...]

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On Friday morning the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released the July jobs report and revised June figures for Ohio. The changes didn’t paint a pretty picture for a governor desperate to win a second term even though his weak performance so far would argue he has no control over job creation.

According to job data offered by Gov. John Kasich’s own agency, nearly 3,000 more jobs were lost in May that first reported. July’s report showed Ohio lost 12,400 jobs overall with 2,900 jobs lost in manufacturing. Ohio’s unemployment rate increased by two-tenths of a percentage [...]

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Moving Ohio Forward (MOV) is out with a new ad about Mike DeWine and his ever-growing pay to play scandal. The 30 second video, included below, does a great job of explaining and highlighting the problems with DeWine’s decision to hand out lucrative, unbid contracts to lawyers and law firms making obscenely large, and very unusual donations to his campaign coffers.

The video also points out that DeWine’s furious fundraising isn’t just for campaign purposes.  Instead, AG DeWine appears to be actively and aggressively courting fundraisers so that he can pay himself back for the $2 Million loan he personally gave [...]

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Mike DeWine released a statement to the press this week, along with Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, warning Ohioans about “scam artists” who are “posing as … law enforcement officials.”  While the threat may be real, the source of the warning comes from two guys who are hardly role models on the topics.

DeWine, you may remember, used photos of actors ‘posing as law enforcement officials’ on a flier he distributed at the recent state FOP convention in Ohio, hoping to sway the endorsement vote.  The Ohio FOP overwhelmingly endorsed DeWine’s Democratic opponent David Pepper, as did the Ohio State Troopers Association, the union [...]

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May we pause for a moment to give thanks to the presence in our midst of comic opera diva Sarah Palin, who brightens each day with cheerful lyrics that sustain us in the rush of awful news from around the world.

Her latest aria, voiced from a truck stop north of Fairbanks, and played quite broadly, told us there is a brighter future for people who work for minimum wages – or less. Reaching a high C, she reminded all of us that such jobs are not lifetime endeavors but rather “stepping stones” to something quite more rewarding. Another controversy [...]

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Once again, Governor John Kasich has released a campaign video that is purely personal in nature and devoid of any details about his track record as Ohio’s Governor.  Kasich’s latest ad, Purpose, is intended to humanize the Governor and remind us that he’s just a humble, gentle man.

Apparently the Governor doesn’t want to run on his record — and for good reason.  Throughout his term, the Governor has enacted numerous changes at the expense of public education in Ohio.  Not only has he enacted many reforms that have not been adequately funded (if funded at all), he has subsequently [...]

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When Richard M. Nixon, the 37th President of The United States, resigned 40 years ago last Wednesday, on August 8, 1974, following the now-infamous politically purposed break-in of national Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, it brought him, close confidants and advisers and the Republican Party down.

It’s important to “Remember this November” who, exactly, was one of his adoring fans?

That adoring young fan at the time was none other than Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich. Kasich, who barely won four years ago with only 49 percent of the low 49 percent voter turnout, [...]

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FirstEnergy recently joined American Electric Power (AEP) and Duke Energy in filing a request before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) – the state agency in charge of keeping utilities in check.

What do these big electric utilities want? They want to increase customers’ bills to prop up their aging coal plants. AEP alone wants to charge customers an estimated $117 million to keep two dirty, expensive coal plants in operation. These plants, which hail from the 1950s, are uncompetitive in the wholesale energy market. But keeping them alive – by asking customers to subsidize this dirty energy [...]

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