From the daily archives: Thursday, February 10, 2011

Today, Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) introduced SB 69 which, if passed, would say that if you request the following from the State government:

Heating assistance Housing assistance Medical assistance Food Assistance

Then you must first agree to submit yourself to a urine screen.  If you refuse or if you test positive for any controlled substance that is not prescribed to you, then you are ineligible for any aid, but unemployment. (Yeah, I don’t know why that was the only one exempted either.)  The bill has no exception, even if you tested positive but are currently undergoing treatment.  Relapse? Too […]

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Sometimes, the headlines write themselves.

Yesterday, the Chair of the Ohio Ethics Commission, Ben Rose, testified before the Senate Finance Committee regarding RobsOhio.  State Representative Matt Lundy (D-Elyria) had asked the Ohio Ethics Commission to review the RobsOhio legislation and to give their input.  This act, on top of his fight in the committees and the floor of the House to make RobsOhio more transparent and accountable  along with his Taxpayers Right to Know Act has made him Plunderbund’s newest BFF.

Attached below is a copy of the letter from the Ohio Ethics Commission’s Chief Advisory Attorney giving […]

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I got a tip from a reader last week about a states’ rights/nullification event being held in Columbus in early March.

The events’ organizers intended to promote their argument that states have the right to nullify any federal law that they deem unconstitutional – in this case the recent health care reform legislation that congress passed last year.

The event is being supported by the usual suspects: the Ohio Liberty Council, Cincinnati 912 Project and the Cincinnati Tea Party.

These guys have been pushing this idea since last year and it has yet to get any real traction. So […]

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The Dayton Daily News reported that in comments to the Ohio Newspaper Association, Governor Kasich indicated that if the legislature doesn’t quickly pass the kind of collective bargaining rollbacks he wants, he’ll include them in his budget.

Kasich said his own bill would outlaw strikes and penalize those who do walk off the job by firing them or docking their pay. He also noted that he wants fact-finding reports produced during contract negotiations open to the public so taxpayers know the details.

Kasich specifically said that if he’s not satisfied with the progress on the Shannon Jones’ collective […]

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Okay, seriously, we don’t even have congressional districts yet.  We don’t even have proposed districts yet.

Anyway, the DCCC has unveiled a new website called  It’s basically a counter showing how long Boehner has been in the majority, and the utter lack of any job creation bills.

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I know Modern has covered some of this before, but I thought State Rep. Dennis Murray deserved a shout out for his great opinion piece published in the Morning Journal yesterday SLAMMING Kasich’s JobsOhio plan.

According to Murray the bill “makes a mockery of public records laws through its Alice-In-Wonderland assertions that a government function is not really a government function and that a government agency exercising the powers of government is not really a government agency.”

He goes on to explain why the bill is unconstitutional:

In the early part of the 19th Century, Ohio became an investor […]

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Ohio Daily Blogger/political consultant Anthony Fossaceca apparently isn’t wasting any time.  Today, he declared that he’s planning to run for the Ohio House of Representatives in a district that has yet to be drawn and a year before the primary.

Anthony’s already created his campaign website, too!  No word yet on when the yard signs will be available. 🙂

I haven’t checked with the Secretary of State’s office, but that makes Anthony the first announced candidate for any office in the 2012 election cycle in Ohio, I’m sure.  Which is pretty remarkable when you consider that […]

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One of the state reasons given yesterday for SB 5 is that the State of Ohio and local governments need to eliminate collective bargaining to help with the budget.  Hogwash.  The “budget” is become an excuse as a phantom menace for just about every ideological radical idea the Republicans are shoving down Ohio’s throat.  And like the “Phantom Menace”, it is entirely predictable, disappointing, and a sign of even worst crap yet to come.

There is no positive correlation between eliminating public unions and fiscal health in the United States.  None. 

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