If you live in Ohio’s 10th congressional district, you have a choice this fall: Democrat Sharen Neuhardt or Republican Mike Turner.
According to Congressman Turner’s campaign website he spends his days in Washington “reigning in out-of-control spending”. But like so many other things that have come from the Turner campaign, this statement is very far from the truth. Instead, Turner has spent the past year fighting to get $6 Billion in funding for a nuclear plant in New Mexico that no one needs or even wants, except a handful of his campaign donors.
Back in May, the House and Senate Finance [...]Full Story... →
Greg wrote yesterday about the decision of the Columbus City and Franklin County Prosecutors to not pursue criminal charges against Stan Heffner.
Heffner, recall, was the subject of a scathing report from the Ohio Inspector General. The Inspector General found that Heffner committed “wrongful acts or omissions” by (1) testifying to the legislature in support of a bill that could and ultimately did benefit a corporation with which he had entered into an agreement of employment; and (2) using his state issued cell phone and email account, as well as state employees, to pursue his private business interests.
This [...]Full Story... →
We’re forty-four days until the end of the election and some early voting (overseas and military) is ready to begin this week. The first poll to show Obama was opening a lead in Ohio after the DNC Convention was Public Policy Polling, but it was dismissed by some on the right as a Democratic poll that was merely seeing a post-DNC Convention Obama bounce. Then came another and another.
Just as we said with the Mandel “surge,” it’s more accurate to look at the trendlines within polling outfits as the poll a race over time than to compare what one poll [...]Full Story... →
Last month we covered the refusal of Josh Mandel’s office to respond to a record request filed with his office in March. After five months, eight emails, two phone messages and a certified letter, we had received exactly zero responses from Seth Metcalf, Mandel’s General Counsel, or anyone else in Mandel’s office. Out of choices, we hired legal counsel. And yesterday we filed our complaint with the Ohio Supreme Court.
A little history… on March 15, 2012 we sent the same record request (see end of post) to every statewide office holder including the Secretary of State, Governor, Auditor, [...]Full Story... →
We recently reported that a local Tea Party activist was attempting to intimidate Ohio State University students through voter challenges. We’re happy to report today that the Franklin County Board of Elections recognized her claims as bullshit (just like we predicted) and they sent her packing.
Today’s meeting of the Franklin County BOE only had one thing on the agenda: the voter challenges sought by Hilliard Tea Party member Carol D. Bicking.
If the challenges were accepted, notices would have been sent to the hundreds of OSU students whose voting status had been challenged and they would have a [...]Full Story... →
In case you read yesterday’s post about Randy Newman and wondered “what kind of person wouldn’t vote for President Obama simply because of the color of his skin”, today we have the answer.
His name is Jason, and he called in to today’s Talk of the Nation on NPR with Neal Conan.
The show centered around Washington College History Professor Richard who recently wrote a piece for the New York Times about President Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.
In the middle of the show, after hearing lots of interesting information about Lincoln and slavery and the huge [...]Full Story... →
“I accept the findings of the Inspector General’s report. I was wrong and I’m sorry for my lack of judgment,” said Stan Heffner on August 2, 2012, the day the Inspector General released a detailed, 14-page report exposing Heffner’s “lack of judgment”, or as we call it in the real world — breaking the law. Heffner did not mean that he would be more than willing accept the appropriate punishment for his misdeeds.
Inspector General Randy Meyer made it perfectly clear that Stan Heffner unequivocally ignored the law as he testified before the Senate Finance Committee (Heffner feigns [...]Full Story... →
It’s a pattern we have become familiar with:
Columbus Dispatch breaks a controversial news story; The central Ohio newspaper reports suspicious activity of public officials; Published stories result in an investigation by the State Auditor; State Auditor launches months-long investigation that includes state agency; And finally, the Auditor finds that the laws and guidelines were not sufficient to find anyone guilty of breaking any laws.
We’re talking, of course, about use of the state plane by Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Speaker William Batchelder, though we understand if you thought we were talking about the investigation into school attendance records [...]Full Story... →
We can discuss policy until the cows come home, but when it comes to presidential politics, there is no doubt a certain percentage of the population that will never, ever, ever vote for Barack Obama for one very specific reason.
It’s not the health care program Republicans named after him, or the myths about him being a communist or socialist or secret Muslim.
It’s the color of his skin. Plain and simple.
We all tend to avoid discussing this topic because it’s uncomfortable for people on both sides of aisle. No one wants to admit – not Democrats or Republicans [...]Full Story... →
On September 13th, Hilliard Tea Party member Carol D. Bicking submitted a voter challenge to hundreds of OSU students. Bicking appears to be following the strategy promoted by True the Vote which aims to intimidate Democratic voters, like students or African Americans, into staying away from the polls this November.
If the Board of Elections accepts the challenge, students would be sent a subpoena to appear at a hearing to question their voting status. Students would then have a minimum of three days to prepare for the hearing, and possibly hire legal counsel, all because some nasty Tea Partier didn’t [...]Full Story... →
Back in June Politifact gave the Ohio Democratic Party a “half-true” rating on their claim that John Kasich’s budget caused “many communities to seek school levies, local tax increases, layoffs.”
The rating was primarily given because of conflicting information about the layoff claims. Despite a number of examples of layoffs provided by ODP, Politifact noted that the number of local government jobs in Ohio had ticked up slightly since Kasich’s budget had been enacted. As such, they ruled the claim half true.
That was June and they were looking at May’s numbers.
Had they waited a few weeks until the June employment [...]Full Story... →