Ohio has near-even numbers of Democratic and Republican voters, but gerrymandering has Republicans controlling about two-thirds of the state legislature.

The people and policies Democrats champion are suffering as a result.

Some examples:

Despite a modest economic recovery under Gov. John Kasich, poverty in Ohio has actually ticked up. Our state has not recovered all the jobs lost in the Great Recession. Most other states have. Ohio’s infant mortality rate is among the nation’s highest – even worse than Guatemala. For black babies, it is the nation’s worst. Our charter schools are nationally ridiculed yet a reform bill that won […]

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A new online advertising campaign kicked off this week for the Defending The American  Dream Summit to be held in Columbus, Ohio this August.  The event is sponsored by the Koch Brother-funded group Americans For Prosperity (AFP).

The ad campaign features many well-known governors who are running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 such as Marco Rubio, Rick Perry and Jeb Bush.

Ohio Governor John Kasich still appears to be off the invitation list, as we first reported back in May.

So why isn’t Ohio Governor Kasich joining top tier presidential candidates like Jeb Bush at an event that will be […]

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I see that Gov.Kasich has scheduled five more visits to New Hampshire next week , one short of qualifying him for dual citizenship in that state. That will come.  Among other things, it will permit him to establish residence there to run for governor when his second term expires in Ohio.  It also serves as his Pearly Gates for his presidential campaign until something better comes along.

Speaking of Pearly Gates, it is part of his outburst to the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick, a wealthy Republican,  at a conference sponsored by the Koch Brothers in California in […]

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In August 2013, the Kasich Administration announced it was hiring David Hansen for the newly created position in the Ohio Department of Education to be  the “state’s first executive director for the office of quality school choice and funding. The position comes with an annual salary of $105,000.”  The position was intended to improve the Ohio Department of Education’s oversight of charter schools and make them more accountable after a decade of nationally embarrassing headlines that Republican Administrations routinely ignored in favor of large campaign donations from executives of White Hat Management.

If Hansen’s name rings a bell, […]

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On my way to 68 years old, with a Medicare card with my name on it in my wallet and my monthly Social Security check of earned benefits showing up like clockwork on the fourth Wednesday of the month, I was well suited to be at the White House Monday to cover and report on the once-in-a-decade Conference on Aging [COA] started in 1961 under President John F. Kennedy.

For the hundreds who were in the East Room of the White House, there were many topics on the day’s agenda that were near and dear to their health, hearts […]

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Gov. John Kasich loves to spread his peacock feathers showing how pleased he is with his job creation numbers, mentioning he’s now “created” 360,000 private sector jobs.  That number sound impressive by itself. But when the numbers are put into context, the go-go CEO governor who thinks his record in Ohio is proof he can lead the nation sounds as out of touch on this key issue as he does on so many others.

New data from Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages shows Ohio gaining 69,953 jobs between 3Q 2013 and 3Q 2014, a growth rate of 1.4 percent […]

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It’s a fact: Gov. John Kasich and his handlers don’t lose sleep out of fear Ohio media will ever question their well-crafted, but largely false narrative, that Ohio was doing well until Gov. Ted Strickland spent down the state’s emergency fund down to 89 cents for no apparent reason.

The history of Ohio’s troubles can be easily found for anyone who cares to look. It started well before voters elected Ted Strickland by a nearly 2-1 margin in 2006, following GOP pay-to-play politics that was so egregious that voters finally voted Republicans out of power after having controlled it top […]

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While Gov. John Kasich readies his presidential announcement, which will include his boilerplate call to rise above politics, new documents show that the governor’s team spared no expense last year when it successfully derailed the Libertarian Party of Ohio’s candidate for governor, Charlie Earl, from appearing on the ballot. Had Mr. Earl been on the ballot, he was guaranteed to take votes away from Kasich, who would have won anyhow but not by the thundering margin he crows about now.

Team Kasich Spares No Expense To Plow Field Of Competitor

A report by the Associated Press, based on a […]

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When the Ohio budget bill (House Bill 64) was finally adopted by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Kasich, it included a very specific provision prohibiting the use of certain value-added ratings in teacher and principal evaluations.  This was considered a victory as the ratings would have been based on the now-scrapped PARCC assessments from this past school year and the not-yet-created AIR tests scheduled to be administered this coming school year.

Our initial take on the provision was that it meant that teacher and principal evaluations over the next two years would not include any value-added ratings […]

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What’s perfectly clear is that the district lines of gerrymandered Ohio are absurd. What’s less clear is what’s to be done about that.

Business Insider has made a fun game out of this sad problem throughout America: Gerrymandered U.S. Congressional District or Rorschach Inkblot?

Here in Athens, Ohio, we are represented by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers in Ohio’s Fighting Fifteenth, which steamrolls from the foothills of Appalachia over to the cornlands of Clinton County before snaking through portions of the city of Columbus to claw its way into Upper Arlington, the hometown of Mr. Stivers.

If Ohio Democratic Party Chair […]

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John Kasich’s self-described “Ohio Miracle” is widely known, among those who pay attention, as a mostly fabricated tale crafted by a political performance artist, who after nearly 40 years in the business of politics knows an ounce of perception is worth a pound of production.

Momentum for Ohio’s progress out of the mire that was the Great Recession came courtesy of a roaring recovery orchestrated by former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, whose management savvy and budget boldness kept Ohio from falling into a true economic depression. Citizen Kasich criticized Strickland for “not getting the jobs done,” so his greatest fear is to […]

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