Well it sure is nice of the radical right to provide a blueprint of at least part of their agenda this year. This way we know exactly what the crazy-and-dangerous soup du jour shall be in 2014.
Koch Brother Industries’ pet model legislation agency, ALEC, over the last couple of years, has given us through our various state legislatures everything from attacks on collective bargaining (Senate Bill 5), to the Stand Your Ground laws, to “right-to-work,” to disenfranchisement bills, to moves to privatize schools andprisons, to anti-environmental protection legislation.
In fact, when one [...]Full Story... →
I’ve written a lot of posts over the past three years, but none have ever struck me with the sense of urgency that this one has and I have a special request that is completely out of character for me to ask: please share this post intentionally and widely. The futures of thousands of Ohio’s young children are at stake. We need the General Assembly to take action immediately to enact emergency legislation to amend Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law to protect our children. Read on to understand why.
The Kasich Administration’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law has the [...]Full Story... →
To hear U.S. News & World Report contributing editor Peter Roff tell it, candidate for Ohio Governor, Ed Fitzgerald, and all of Ohio’s Democrats, for that matter, are despicable individuals who are inappropriately “exploiting” an Ohio law that permits individuals to take a $50 tax credit for donating that amount to political candidates. Apparently, Fitzgerald had the nerve to send out a “humdinger” of an end-of-year fundraising email asking for donations and informing those on his email list of their ability to take the tax credit under Ohio law.
This simple action infuriated Roff and he apparently had no [...]Full Story... →
2014. A midterm year and all the statewide offices are up for grabs here in Ohio. There will likely be little movement in the State Legislature or Ohio Congressional Delegation since Republicans gerrymandered the State to within an inch of its life in 2011. Those current districts resemble some mad Rorschach test put together by someone tripping their ass off.
Governor John Kasich is in a make-or-break reelection bid that may determine whether he makes a run for The White House. It is doubtful if, after losing the Governor’s Office, he could make a case to the GOP Primary voters [...]Full Story... →
A friend of the site wrote this personal and quite powerful essay about her experiences dealing with difficult pregnancies and how paternalistic, anti-women measures included in Ohio’s two-year budget legislation would affect real families. We greatly appreciate her honesty and willingness to share her family’s story.
Government On My Mind
by Emily in Columbus
My husband and I, even when grieving, have a dark sense of humor. You know those adhesive stick-figure characters people put on their cars to depict their families — Dad, Mom,, two boys, a girl, a dog and a cat — well, we thought ours [...]Full Story... →
We recently reported that one of the state’s top tax law firms analyzed the Kasich plan to expand Ohio’s sales tax to most services, declaring it to be a “nightmare.” Our reporting may have gotten folks at Vorys in hot water with the Kasich administration, as the analysis now carries the following note:
Funny, we never realized that “nightmare” was a technical term, but our apologies to whomever at Vorys we got in trouble.
The fact is, Vorys is not alone. To [...]Full Story... →
[A reader writes with a poem of sorts. We were inspired to apply a bit of Photoshop.]
I am John.
John-I-am, and I am the Governor of this land.
That John-I-am, that John-I-am! I do not like that John-I-am!
Would you like me to tax you here or there?
I would not like you to tax me here or there. I would not like that anywhere. I do not like your sales tax scam. I do not like them, John-I-am.
Would you like me to tax you when you groom your cat? Would you like me to [...]Full Story... →
After a day like today, many of us are still trying to process the unthinkable tragedy in a Connecticut elementary school. As a parent, I’m horrified and extremely grateful to be able to tuck my kids into their beds tonight, thinking about those who won’t have that pleasure.
And I’m angry. Angry, mostly because these events keep happening and nothing is ever done. After Virginia Tech and again after Tucson, we had brief national conversations about mental illness and guns, but nothing happened. More recent incidents haven’t even led to a conversation. The NRA and gun advocates have become so [...]Full Story... →
Today, John Kasich announced that he will reveal his plan to unlock a pile of cash from the Turnpike this week, likely Thursday. If I had to guess, I’d say he’s going to hand over control to ODOT who will issue bonds against future toll revenue in order to pay for Kasich’s political pet transportation projects.
But nothing really surprises me about Kasich anymore.
Given that JobsOhio still can’t work out a bond deal for liquor profits because of the constitutional uncertainty, it also wouldn’t shocking if Kasich went a different direction and entered a decades-long lease with a private [...]Full Story... →
The bill establishes requirements for “navigators” who will help consumers shop for health insurance on the state’s healthcare exchange, a key component of the President’s plan. As Gongwer puts it, the bill:
“establishes that navigators would be allowed to conduct public education activities related to exchange health plans. It would also give them the authority to distribute impartial information regarding enrollment in an exchange, available tax credits and cost sharing reductions.”
Notably, the bill enshrines the name of the controversial [...]Full Story... →
That’s how close Democrats are to avoiding something just shy of the worst-case-scenario in the Ohio statehouse.
Republicans currently control the 99-member Ohio House of Representatives with a 59 member majority. That’s plenty to pass legislation into law, as we’ve seen since 2010. But if the GOP had 60 votes, their powers increase.
With a 60-vote “super majority,” legislative Republicans add to their powers in two key ways:
1. With 60 votes, the GOP can unilaterally put measures on the ballot. Typically, because of the 60-vote requirement, measures placed on the ballot legislatively are popular, bipartisan proposals like [...]Full Story... →