In a new report released in July by the Violence Policy Center, the gun death rate outpaced deaths from cars in 14 states, including 10th place Ohio and the District of Columbia, with Alaska leading with the highest gun death rate state and the State of Washington with the lowest.

In 2011, the most recent year for which state-level data is available for both products from the federal Centers for Disease Control Prevention, VPC reports there were 32,351 gun deaths nationwide for a rate of 10.38 per 100,000 and 35,543 motor vehicle deaths (both occupant and pedestrian) nationwide for a [...]

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Kasich has not been a friend to Ohio’s public safety workers over the past four years, fire fighters especially.  In 2011, he championed Senate Bill 5, which would have stripped fire fighters of the ability to bargain for salary, safety equipment and staffing levels.   And in his two biennium budgets, Kasich cut over $1.8 Billion to local governments.

These drastic funding cuts have forced many cities and towns to raise local taxes through EMS and fire levies.  Bucyrus, Canton Township, Defiance, Mansfield, Violet Township, Sheffield Lake, Bath Township, Conneuat, Delphos and Moraine all passed new fire levies.  Others weren’t so lucky, like Franklin [...]

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Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard J. McMonagle still needs to approve a settlement agreement announced Wednesday evening between plaintiff lawyers and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation that would return $420 million in overcharged premium payments to approximately 230,000 businesses.

Tonight’s agreement stems from a lawsuit filed in January of 2008 by businesses who asserted a claim for common law “unjust enrichment” based on violations of Section e, Article 1 and Section 35, Article II if the Ohio Constitution. Later that year in August, a trial court conducted a multiple day trial on the plaintiff’s claims and granted [...]

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In his latest unscripted conversation that must drive his advisers crazy, Governor Kasich vehemently defended the actions of his friend and appointee, State Superintendent Dick Ross, and the Ohio Department of Education as he spoke about the scandal involving the Horizon Science Academy in Dayton.

According to Joe Vardon of the Columbus Dispatch, when asked about the scandal and ODE’s response, Kasich said, “As soon as the department (of education) found out (about the Horizon controversy — which stems from sexual acts between students that were not reported to parents by the school) it referred them to the authorities, which is the [...]

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Ohio’s Senior U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown was joined Wednesday by Tammy Duckworth (IL-8), an Iraq War veteran, to explain reasoning behind a bill already introduced in the Senate, that Duckworth will soon introduce in the U.S. House of Representatives, that would make it easier for veterans with war-related injuries to claim benefits.

In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Brown said “invisible injuries,” like Post Traumatic Stress that nearly 300,000 vets nationwide struggle with and the 25,000 who combat mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, are often hard to document. The bill—The Significant Event Tracker (SET) Act of 2014—will help [...]

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now with a quite studious image wearing dark-rimmed glasses and without a cowboy hat, says he will seek the Republican nomination for president again with a three-step plan of (1) sending the 82nd Airborne Division to the Texas border (2) sending himself to Iowa and (3)…and (3)…he concedes he can’t remember the third!

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In recent weeks, the negotiations between the Reynoldsburg School Board and the Reynoldsburg Education Association have focused on the Board’s proposal to switch to merit-based pay and eliminate district-sponsored healthcare.  These proposed changes are dramatic and have rightly deserved much scrutiny.

A larger-than-usual number of teachers have resigned from the district this year, leading the School Board to argue that the exodus of quality educators is a reason their proposed “more competitive” pay structure is needed.  In our last post on the subject, we pointed out that the pay structure in Reynoldsburg is actually comparable and competitive [...]

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Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the downtown Columbus headquarters of the Ohio Democratic Party, David Pepper, Democratic Nominee for Ohio Attorney General, came down hard on incumbent Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine for overseeing a culture of pay-to-play politics, the likes of which has not been seen since the second term of Gov. Robert Taft, when Ohio voters rebelled at the many pay-to-play scandals during his administration that became front page news, giving Ohio voters good reason to vote Democrats into all but one statewide office in 2006.

The Dayton Daily News published an article based on public records recently, [...]

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In an exclusive video interview Tuesday at Ohio Democratic Headquarters in downtown Columbus, David Pepper confronts incumbent first-term Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine for failing to act on the many scandals that became public last week, when four teachers who taught at Horizon charters schools in the Dayton-area brought their first-hand testimony to the Ohio Board of Education.

Pepper provided this exclusive comment following the regularly scheduled press conference at which he lambasted Ohio’s current attorney general, elected in 2010 along with other Republicans who won office with the help from Tea Party activists, for what he said called “revelations [...]

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With a former student and teacher from the Horizon Science Academy flanking him Monday, Ohio Rep. John Patrick Carney charged Republican Auditor of State David Yost with not launching an investigation contemporaneous with the violations that the Ohio Board of Education heard last week from four teachers who worked for the charter school.

But the whistleblower teachers might soon find themselves under the microscope. The agency headed by Dr. Richard Ross, an appointee of Gov. John R. Kasich, whose future aspirations to jump into presidential politics in 2016 or sooner rests wholly on winning a second term this [...]

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More incriminating evidence surfaced this weekend in Mike DeWine’s ever-growing pay to play scandal when the Dayton Daily News published the results of their investigation into how AG’s office awards lucrative contracts for collections work.   The article provides the most convincing evidence yet that DeWine is personally handing out state work to his friends and donors.

In the most shocking example, “Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine passed over more experienced vendors in favor of a friend’s new collections agency,”  said the paper.   The experienced firm, Value Recovery Group (VRG), had done work for the past five attorneys general and had extensive experience [...]

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