Did you like the last shutdown of the federal government last October, which lasted more than two weeks and cost taxpayers a cool $25 billion? Look no further than the end of the year, when it could happen all over again, so speculates Ohio senior U.S Senator, Sherrod Brown.

If comments made during a 30-minute conference call with reporters today are prescient, what happened nine months ago could happen again this fall.  Taking questions following a press briefing on why the Charter of the Export-Import Bank [Ex-Im] needs to be reauthorized, Sen. Brown said that while he thinks the [...]

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By all real measures used by actual economists, Ohio’s job growth stalled two years ago - right about the time that JobOhio, Kasich’s non-transparent and unconstitutional money hole, started handling economic development for the state.

While the U.S. has regained all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession, economists calculate that Ohio is still down 139,900 jobs from our pre-recession peak.   Not surprising since Ohio’s job growth has lagged the U.S. average for almost 20 months in a row.

But Kasich isn’t going to let facts get in the way of him continuing to push his Ohio Miracle story.   Especially not [...]

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Rep. Darrell Issa, America’s grim subpoena king, apparently has decided that his pool of political targets is shrinking beyond recovery. He is said to be despairing, one insider said, because Darrell “loves to question famous people”. Indeed, there are now whispers in his ranks that Issa, an unrequited madman really, may turn to sports for his next batch of subpoenas.

Topping the list is Derek Jeter. Issa reportedly wants to question the Yankee star about the legitimacy of the infield fly rule, which the congressman considers just one more burdensome regulation. Jeter shrugged off the report, saying the rule is [...]

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A new xenophobic petition by Ohio Tea Party groups urges Governor Kasich to fight any attempts by the federal government to use Ohio “as a dumping ground” for “illegals.”

The petition appears to be a response to recent news stories that tens of thousands of children from countries like Honduras and Guatemala are stuck in the US awaiting deportation thanks to a 2008 law signed by George W. Bush.

The Tea Party petition declares that “illegal aliens are being admitted into the United States with contagions” without providing any details or evidence to support the claim. It continues to insist that Ohioans would [...]

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As Mike DeWine’s pay to play scandal continues to unfold, we are seeing new evidence and new stories about the widening scope each week.  This week was no exception…

Back in January we found out that law firms seeking work with the AG’s office have donated $1.3 million to DeWine, the ORP and Mike DeWine’s son, Hamilton County Appellate Court Judge Pat DeWine.    And recently it was revealed that lawyers from firms seeking special counsel work with DeWine have donated over $359,000 to his campaign.

DeWine and his team continue to claim that the contracts are awarded to the best firms, and [...]

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No sooner had Ed FitzGerald aired his first campaign TV spot of the 2014 election season Wednesday morning, that  Ohio Republican Party tried to take a bite out of a candidate little known outside his home turf of Cuyahoga County who appears unshakable by Gov. John R. Kasich and his many allies.

In an email blasted out today that announced a new negative website called “Meet the Real Ed FitzGerald,” a GOP state party spokesman repeated the half-truths and full-blown fibs Gov. Kasich and his team have reiterated over and over again that fail to tell the whole story [...]

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With Election Day in Ohio just over 15 weeks away, Gov. John R. Kasich, running for a second term this year, has already had three TV spots designed to convince voters they should rehire him to a second and final four-year term.

Gov. Kasich, 62-years old, has been a Republican since before he won his first election for state senator in 1978. But voters wouldn’t know that from watching his positive TV spots so far. Not one identifies him as a member of the GOP who has embraced virtually every position rank and file Republicans support.

Elected in 2010, the year [...]

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It seems Mike DeWine’s unfolding pay to play scandal hasn’t stopped his closest friends and political allies from holding big dollar fundraisers for his campaign.  Just recently Mike Kiggen, a friend of DeWine’s from his law school days, held a fundraiser that featured some exotic guests.

According to ProgressOhio, Kiggen lobbies on behalf of law firms seeking special counsel work with the AG’s office.  And Kiggen’s fundraiser comes just days after it was revealed that DeWine has no formal process in place for choosing who is awarded lucrative special counsel contracts from his office.  Instead, [...]

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In his bid to unseat incumbent first-term Republican Auditor of State David Yost, John Patrick Carney, who represents Ohio’s 22nd House District, found time Friday afternoon to answer questions in the first in a new series of interviews that will be featured exclusively at Plunderbund called Profile Ohio.

Conducted at the downtown Columbus headquarters for ODP, Mr. Carney takes on one subject after another: JobsOhio and Yost’s refusal to drill into the secret group’s books, the need for more transparency in government, charter schools, job creation and other many other topics including an amendment to the Ohio Constitution that [...]

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The Teachers and the Educational Support Professionals attending the National Education Association’s annual Representative Assembly in Denver, the first week of July, voted to ask for the resignation of Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Last week the American Federation of Teachers followed suit.

It seems the rank-and-file members of the NEA are becoming increasingly frustrated, borderline angry at the educational policies being pushed by Duncan, supported by President Obama, and in Ohio, mandated by Governor Kasich.

When the Representative Assembly opened, a short video message from President Obama welcomed the teachers and ESPs to the annual meeting and thanked them for [...]

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New polling from Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows one Democratic statewide candidate leading, and most within a few points of the incumbent Republicans they are trying to oust.

In a PPP poll released today by the Ohio Democratic Party, Connie Pillich leads Josh Mandel in the race for Ohio Treasurer 46% to 43%, with 11% undecided.   Pillich holds decisive leads with women and across all age groups except those 65 and older.   The other races show similar demographic preferences, with Republicans securing the old white male vote, and Democrats winning with younger, female and African American voters.

In the [...]

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