From the monthly archives: June 2011

Give the guys at Weapons of Mass Discussion credit, they’re willing to go where Speaker Batchelder and the rest of the GOP won’t.

In separate posts, contributors Matt Hurley and Mark publicly call for State Representative Mecklenborg to resign.  Hurley appears particularly offended by Speaker Batchelder’s weak statement this evening:

These "responses" are weak.  Whatever happened to "zero-tolerance"?

Yeah, GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine, what ever happened to “zero-tolerance?

After his election as chairman, he introduced a 10-point strategy, called the Leading Ohio Plan, designed to center the Ohio Republican Party’s political resurgence on a set of […]

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The following statement is permitted for republication and attribution on behalf of Plunderbund Media, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company and in response to Speaker Batchelder’s statement concerning State Representative Mecklenborg (R-Green Township):

“On behalf of Plunderbund, we share the Speaker’s sympathies to the pain, embarrassment and humiliation that State Representative Mecklenborg’s wife, children, and the rest of his family may be suffering right now.  However, this is not, as the Speaker suggested, a ‘situation’ that is happening.  This is something that is the direct consequence of the Representative’s alleged actions and behavior.   If the Speaker and Representative Mecklenborg […]

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WLWT Channel 5 in Cincinnati admits they’ve been trying to track down whether Mecklenborg’s female passenger was a female stripper at a nearby gentleman’s club:

WLWT has been working to confirm reports that the woman works as a stripper at a club in Lawrenceburg. No one at the club would confirm her employment, but an employee at the club told WLWT they would pass along a message to her. (emphasis added.) Um…. if she doesn’t work there, how do you know you can give her a message?!? Meanwhile, WLWT reports that  Mecklenborg has issued a new statement tonight that […]

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As Modern pointed out earlier this evening, we discovered today that Republican State Representative Robert Mecklenborg was arrested half drunk, with Viagra in his system, back in April.

According to the arrest records, Mecklenborg was pulled over near the Burger King at the corner of Lorey Lane and US 50 in Lawrenceburg Indiana. Records indicate that a woman named Tiona Roberts was in the car when he was pulled over.

According to Google Maps, there are only two points of interest – besides the Burger King, of course – on Route 50 in this area. One is […]

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Mecklenborg arrest information

We’ve obtained a copy the arrest record of State Representative Mecklenborg that I wrote about earlier tonight.

There’s just one new question raised by these documents:

Why was a woman named “Tiona Roberts” a passenger in the State Representative’s car while he was drunk with Viagra in his system after midnight on a Friday night in Indiana?!?

Drip, drip, drip….

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Matt Mayer of the Buckeye Institute and I probably don’t agree on a lot of issues politically, but from our engagements on issues, I’ve grown to respect him.  But lately, the Koch money his organization receives has caused him to put out some pro-SB 5 material that wouldn’t be acceptable in a high school debate class.

Lately, he put out something called “Five More Myths About Collective Bargaining and SB 5.”  Perhaps I misunderstood the purpose.  Ordinarily, such documents suggest that something the other side says is a myth, and then the writer makes a factually-based argument why that […]

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Legislator gone wild

On June 29, 2011 By

Hey, you know how sometimes you’ll get a call from a friend needing “bail” money for some charitable event for M.S. research?  You know how these events get all into character and take photos replete with booking photos, jail jumpsuit, and jail bars?

This is not one of those occasions.  Meet State Representative Robert Mecklenborg (R-Green Township), Member of the House State Government and Ethics Committee, and subject of booking photo 000718042311.

Mecklenborg was arrested in Dearborn County way back in April 23rd at 12:08 a.m.  He refused to take a breath test.  He was driving a car with […]

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We are so foolish.  As we waited to find out the fate of teacher merit pay in the Conference Committee, we assumed it was an all-or-nothing proposition.  A change of this magnitude should only be attempted if it is going to provide a significant benefit for our schools.  Terry Ryan, Vice President for Ohio Programs and Policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, made his argument in early June:

Moving toward a fairer and more modern system of gauging teacher effectiveness and using that information to inform personnel decisions will give districts the flexibility their leaders crave -and need […]

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1,298,301 vs. 847

On June 29, 2011 By

1,298,301.  That’s how many signatures the “We Are Ohio” campaign says they turned into the Secretary of State’s office just now for the SB 5 repeal petition.  In just a couple of months, they were able to get over a million more signatures than they needed.

Meanwhile, the pro-SB 5 campaign “Building a Better Ohio” Facebook page is up to 847 followers.  And that’s after John Kasich and Mitt Romney’s campaigns pushed their supporters to follow it on Facebook as has Shannon Jones’ campaign and the Ohio Republican Party.

Wow.  Never before has Ohio seen a petition with so many […]

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We knew that this State budget was going to be such a big story that we jumped at the opportunity to form our sibling site, Ohio Budget Watch, which is likely to go on a hiatus until the next budget cycle.   Kasich’s budget didn’t disappoint.  There were so many crazy proposals and changes, it’s hard to keep up with them all. 

Obviously, if you’re interested in doing your own comparison, the most comprehensive document is the Legislative Service Commission’s “Comparison Document” that breaks it down by agency what the differences has been between the Governor’s initial proposal, the House […]

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“Josh Mandel is intentionally neglecting the job Ohioans asked him to do just a few short months ago and his claim that he’s focused on the Treasurer’s office is both laughable and insulting,” said Ohio Democratic Party press secretary Justin Barasky. “Ohio deserves a full-time Treasurer, not someone who begins planning for yet another campaign before the paint has time to dry in his new office.”

It’s pretty much been amateur hour at the Mandel campaign.  As he touts his conservative bona fides by getting the endorsements of various conservative leaders, he’s cowardly avoided a visible role […]

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