From the daily archives: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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

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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

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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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