When we posted about this bill last weekend, it quickly became one of the most read posts in Plunderbund history. This speaks to the dramatic effects the new teacher evaluation system in Ohio is having on the practice of both teachers and administrators. You can find our detailed post from last Saturday here.
When the bill is introduced in the Education Committee on Tuesday morning, only sponsor [...]Full Story... →
The House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee will be meeting in Room 116 this Tuesday to discuss two Republican voting bills:
Republican State Senator Bill’s Coley’s SB 205 prevents the Secretary of State from mailing absentee ballot applications to Ohioans during primary and special elections, and only allows ballots to be sent during a general election if the General Assembly approves funding for the ballots, which they’ll likely never do. It also prevents any other official besides the Secretary of State from mailing ballot applications.
Secretary of State Jon Husted mailed absentee ballot applications to every registered [...]Full Story... →
John Kasich’s Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray sent an email to everyone at ODOT this week announcing that District 5 Deputy Director Joe Rutherford had been removed from his position, and District 5 Business and Human Resources Administrator Colleen Ryan had been placed on administrative leave.
Both Ryan and Rutherford are Republicans appointed to their positions under John Kasich.
Earlier this year Republican State Auditor Dave Yost praised Rutherford for his work at ODOT during a Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Guernsey County.
District 5 serves Coshocton, Fairfield, Guernsey, Knox, Licking, Muskingum and Perry counties. The district headquarters is in Jacksontown.
We’ve heard [...]Full Story... →
The United Steelworkers released a new website this week, SaveOhioJobs.org, urging Governor Kasich to come back to the bargaining table to help save the jobs of nearly 1,000 Ormet employees who are now out of work and without health benefits.
Those layoffs came when the aluminum smelting companyshut down its Ohio factory last month after John Kasich’s Public Utilities Commission announced it would not provide the company a break on electricity rates.
The new website features a very moving video featuring Ormet employees, many of whom are displeased with the Governor’s inaction, pleading with the Governor to help.
Here’s the video:
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In 2011 the Ohio Republican Party controlled redistricting in Ohio. For months they met in a secret hotel room they called “the bunker”, redrawing district lines to give Republicans an edge in both votes and in fundraising.
Today the Constitutional Modernization Commission held hearings in the committee tasked with redistricting reform.
Their guest speaker? Thomas Brunell, the author of a book titled “Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad.“
In his testimony, Brunell argued that we should create noncompetitive districts, like those created by the GOP in 2010, because it increases “voter satisfaction” and decreases “voter regret” by limiting [...]Full Story... →
Jobs Ohio Update: Ohio Supreme Court
by Victoria E. Ullmann
The JobsOhio litigation, which has been going on since 2011, reached an important stage when the Supreme Court allowed oral arguments this week. The litigation is not yet near completion however since this stage of the case concerns only whether or not the plaintiffs have standing to sue over this issue at all.
One thing that lawyers try to do is to view things from the perspective of the Court to be a better position to convince them to decide favorably. The Supreme Court’s view of the argument Wednesday [...]Full Story... →
Last November John Kasich was leading in PPP’s polling against an unknown challenger 44-43.
Polling by PPP released this week shows Kasich tied 41-41 with Democrat Ed FitzGerald. Libertarian Charlie Earl is currently polling at 6%.
More importantly, Kasich’s approval rating has dropped from 42% in August down to 37% this month with only 55% of Republicans approving of Kasich and 26% disapproving.
The same poll shows Connie Pillich leading Josh Mandel 47-43 in the treasurer’s race.
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As one of the grouchier members of the overpopulated Blogger Corps, I do find a bit of useless humor in the national media’s rush to add one more Scrabble letter to the 2016 presidential roster. Russell Baker, the New York Times former columnist, and a keen one at that, described such folly as the “great mentioning game”, which seasonably dealt with the eternal question of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
The roster of the mentionables was nearly filled out when Ted Cruz stormed the field with the fury of Morgan’s raiders, stomping over the whimpering bodies [...]Full Story... →
Back in March of 2011, when Ohio was in the midst of the Senate Bill 5 fight, Republicans in the General Assembly passed a law that didn’t garner much attention save for a moronic statement by Governor Kasich at the bill’s signing.
The change in Ohio Revised Code 3319.22(1) now requires the Ohio Department of Education to grant a 4-year Resident Educator License (new teacher license) to Teach for America, Inc. participants. These individuals clearly do not meet the qualifications that are spelled out in Ohio Administrative Code for teacher preparation programs in the State of [...]Full Story... →
Ohio’s Tea Party activists focused on school board races around the state in last week’s election, and they lost big in most cases. Springboro, Olentangy and Westerville all saw their Tea Party candidates go down in flames.
West Clermont Local School District wasn’t so lucky.
In West Clermont, Tea Party member Jim Lewis received the most votes, followed closely by Steve Waldman and Mark Merchant. Lewis, Waldman and Merchant ran together on a Tea Party-inspired platform that vows to protect overtaxed citizens from mooching, overpaid teachers.
According to his candidate questionnaire on Cincinnati.com, Lewis admits to being an “active Tea Party [...]Full Story... →
As reports roll in that Rick Perry is planning another campaign for president, his closest associates say he is much better prepared to answer questions than he was the last time. It was then before a national TV audience that the Texas Republican governor couldn’t remember the third governmental agency that he had said he would oppose. Friends say he has been working with Sarah Palin to help him scribble cheat notes on the palms of his hands as she was caught doing. We should welcome another diverting campaign by Perry, and encourage him to ”Run, Nick, Run!”Full Story... →