Exactly five full weeks ago, the day before David Hansen resigned from his post at the Ohio Department of Education after it was discovered that he withheld damaging charter school ratings from charter sponsor evaluations, we requested copies of his emails – both those he sent and those he received regarding the evaluations.

Despite the fact that those emails were supposedly reviewed internally at ODE, we have yet to receive a response.

Eleven days later, on July 28, we requested emails sent and received by Superintendent Dick Ross concerning the “Youngstown Plan” that he secretly (and illegally) […]

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For everyone who knows Gov. John Kasich well after following his long and lucrative career as a showman politician, and after all his glib declarations about how he single-handily turned Ohio around, he’s just a con man at heart. He needs an anesthetized media to cut him breaks so his story of giving people hope again sounds reasonable and compassionate instead of being the out right lie it is.

For all the lazy, elite national reporters whose work becomes the fodder for lesser reporters, some of whom work for Ohio’s biggest newspapers, their blindness, intentional or not to Gov. Kasich’s […]

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Ohio Governor John Kasich took a shellacking in 2011 when he tried to decimate public union workers and their collective bargaining rights. No doubt he hopes the ghost of SB 5 stays in the past and doesn’t return to haunt his future.

Gov. Kasich showed again recently that he hasn’t forgotten the licking he took at the ballot box, and if the Lord gives him another chance to deliver a divine blow to public school teachers, and the unions that represent them, he’d gladly take up the sword and cross and try again to accomplish what he failed to do […]

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This is one of the easiest legal-issue posts ever.

The latest race-to-the-right-crazy-idea from the GOP Presidential Candidates is to end “birthright citizenship.”

For those who don’t know, “birthright citizenship” means that every person born in the United States is a Citizen.  End of story.  This is from the very first line of the Fourteenth Amendment:  “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”

We don’t need to dwell too long on why this idea is the core of constitutional […]

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This week, the Koch Brothers funded American for Prosperity began a $1.4 million ad campaign attacking Democratic Senate candidate over jobs losses in Wilmington.  Freshman Republican Rob Portman, coincidentally, had just wrapped up a social media campaign testing web ads on attacking Strickland on the economy and had publicly stated it felt bringing up Wilmington was the strongest line of attack shortly before the Koch Brothers group put such an ad on TV.

As the Cleveland Plain Dealer pointed out, the Koch Brothers ad is (shocked face) a bit misleading about the facts on Wilmington.  The Plain Dealer pointed out that […]

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As John Kasich continues to hone his presidential campaign message for a national audience, one top theme seems to be emerging: John Kasich is a budget hawk who will cut taxes, decrease spending and eliminate the nation debt – just like he did in Ohio.

 

This isn’t just everyday political spin… it’s an outright lie.

Since taking office, Kasich has overseen an increase in Ohio’s debt burden and debt service payments, according to the Ohio Office of Budget and Management.   And he’s proposed some massive tax increases while increasing state spending by billions in each of his biennial budgets.

Democratic Governor Ted Strickland’s final […]

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The mostly male-dominated movements angling to ban abortion have a history of peddling Big Lies:  Abortion causes breast cancer (studies prove otherwise); women commonly suffer from post-traumatic abortion syndrome (neither the American Medical Association nor the American Psychiatric Association recognizes such an ailment); abortion threatens future fertility (no evidence of that either.)

But the past month has seen the biggest lies of all.

I’m talking about those selectively edited videos that dominated the news and falsely accused Planned Parenthood of breaking the law by profiting from the sale of aborted fetuses.

Just this week, experts determined that […]

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There is great news on the federal budget deficit. But Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has exaggerated his role in Washington as a budget balancer, won’t talk about it because it turns his story of doing in the nation’s capital what he’s done in Ohio’s capital upside down.

For all his rhetoric about balancing the federal budget at the end of his 18 years in congress, then leaving Washington with a big surplus in the treasury when he left to run a failed attempt for president in 2000, John Kasich would probably have to be tortured before admitting the awful truth […]

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If ever you wondered how bored political reporters can get, look no further than every political headline just about everywhere this morning, all focused on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, and very little else.

I sit here desperately determined not to write about Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s bid for our highest Executive office, but as I scour the landscape of our great river state’s finest digitized ink-sheets, I find little else.

From Cleveland.com and DispatchPolitics, pure Kasich. Reaching further, Toledo? A retrospective on the criminal career of Tom Noe? I’d really rather not.

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John Kasich is a master of making jokes at other people’s expense. His reputation of delivering snide, snarky comments, after nearly 40 years as a performance politician, is legend.

One joke making news Monday is the expectation that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will endorse Gov. Kasich for president. This is funny only if backward Alabama, where Republicans dominate state politics even more than in Ohio, is deemed a state whose policies should be bellwethers for the nation. The pending endorsement is framed as an example of Gov. Kasich’s strength stretching “beyond his home state and New Hampshire, and beyond […]

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“Oh it’s a long, long while from May to December,” Maxwell Anderson’s great lyric tells us, “But the days go short when you reach September.” And with the Ohio legislature’s inaction on anticipated charter school reform, the classic tune also reminds us that “One hasn’t got time for the waiting game.”

We already knew that while its citizens waited, the Ohio legislature left town as one festering charter school scandal after another went unaddressed.  In particular, a long-awaited piece of “reform” legislation, HB 2, proposed to address “governance, sponsorship, and management of community schools,” languishes in the wind […]

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