From the daily archives: Monday, February 14, 2011

From today’s Dispatch:

For the first time in three years, Ohio’s Medicaid rolls declined.

In December, the tax-funded health care program for the poor and disabled covered 1,600 fewer Ohioans than the previous month.

With a total enrollment of more than 2.1 million, the decline amounts to a tiny fraction of a percent.

“It is entirely a statement of an improving economy. (The rolls) decreased because people were going back to work,” said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

John Kasich has yet to lower one tax, sell one state asset or […]

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From today’s Newark Advocate we first get some good news:

Schaffer, who represents Fairfield, Hocking, Licking and Perry counties and part of Pickaway County, had introduced a similar bill last session, but he said it languished in the Finance Committee and never was put up for a vote.

And let’s hope it stays this way.  Schaffer today adds a whole new component to his bill that just makes a horrible, unconstitutional bill even worse:

I think either way it would benefit the people getting the aid and state," Schaffer said. "If the state pays for tests, we might be […]

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DISCLOSURE: I am presently one of the attorneys representing David Krikorian and the Krikorian for Congress Campaign Committee in defense of a defamation lawsuit filed by Congresswoman Jean Schmidt.

Roll Call breaks the story that the Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating Congresswoman Jean Schmidt and her arrangement with attorneys of Turkish-American organizations who have been providing her with legal services at no charge for a few years now.  Advancements of credit that the Congresswoman has yet to report as a gift or a loan in her annual congressional ethics filings. 

Schmidt attorney Bruce Fein declined to […]

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“The governor always defaults in favor of transparency”

That’s the statement Rob Nichols gave last week in response to a question about the JobOhio bill and it’s complete lack of transparency.

“The governor always defaults in favor of transparency”

I guess Rob thinks he can repeat this enough times and maybe it will magically be true. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Judging by the ever increasing list of attempts by the Kasich administration to avoid transparency, openess and accountability, the exact opposite seems to be true. The Governor always seems to default to secrecy.

I thought this might be […]

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