From the monthly archives: March 2012

Last week John Kasich submitted his latest education reform bill to the legislature via Senator Peggy Lehner.  We’ve posted about that introduction of ideas now known as Senate Bill 316, and I personally wrote about a proposal referred to as the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.  The proposal is an ill-conceived method of enforcing big-government ideas onto local school board decisions under the guise of providing the “best” solution for students.  But when the administration revealed the research that is the driving force behind this recycled plan, they revealed their own flaws in reading and […]

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Big, big, big news today from the Office of the Ohio Inspector General.

The Inspector General’s Office received a complaint in September 2011 that a lottery employee may have been using a state credit card to purchase gasoline for personal use.

Six months later, the Office released this stunning report.  A lot of work went into this.  The Inspector General’s Office conducted an in-depth review of the fuel capacity and the gas mileage for a Chevy Impala.  (Seriously, see pages 4-5 of the Report).    The employee’s personal bank accounts were reviewed to try to determine how much he and […]

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For months the Kasich administration – with support from Attorney General DeWine’s office – has insisted the Ohio State Highway Patrol already has the legal authority to operate at the newly privatized prison in Conneaut, Ohio.

And for months, we have disagreed.

Last week Kasich finally admitted we were right. Well, kind of. In his mid-biennium budget, Kasich included language to change existing law, which only allows troopers to operate on state owned or leased property, so that the patrol can also investigate serious crimes at private prisons.

While it’s nice to see he’s finally come to realize […]

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Women make up a majority—53 percent—of the national electorate, and are key to any Democrat’s path to the White House. In 2008, while Obama won the election by 7 points, his winning margin among women was 13. In Ohio, the picture was similar: women make up 52% of the electorate and went for Obama over McCain by 8 points.

Because of the importance of winning the women’s vote, we will be monitoring available polling in Ohio to see how this important demographic is feeling about the candidates. We posted earlier this month that the President […]

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Yesterday’s Supreme Court arguments on the Affordable Care Act seemed to cause a bit of a panic by progressives.  We received a little perspective from an attorney friend who is a member of the Supreme Court Bar that made us feel a bit better.  Here is part of his email:

I agree that liberals seemed to be in a bit of a panic.  I think a few things happened that made things appear worse than they are.

First, the Solicitor General didn’t do a very good job.  I listened to the arguments, and the Solicitor was clearly nervous and not […]

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Considering Josh Mandel’s complete and well-documented absence from his current job as Treasurer, it seems pretty ballsy for the guy to suddenly feel qualified to promote himself as the ‘jobs’ candidate. But it looks like that’s his plan.

As part of his plan, Mandel seems to have decided that his campaign website wasn’t “jobsy” enough for his new found moniker – so he’s now redirecting all traffic from to

The is, however, one big problem with the rebranding effort, and if you go to the “Jobs” section of the website it will become pretty clear. Considering […]

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Our “friends” at Americans for Prosperity (AFP) are going to be in town tomorrow (Tuesday, March 27th, 2012) and they are going to be holding an invitation only “rally”.

For those unfamiliar with AFP: they are a Koch-funded and founded organization focused on getting Republicans elected and opposing, usually with deceptive astroturfing tactics, any and every Progressive cause – especially things related to President Obama. They supported Senate Bill 5 in Ohio. They support John Kasich and other Ohio Republicans. And one of their current targets in the Affordable Care Act aka “Obamacare”.

According to the press release, […]

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Two reporters from today’s Dayton Daily News allege that cheating on standardized tests is rampant in Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education is willfully ignoring the evidence.  That evidence being an unscientific model that they were given by reporters from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who are on a quest to prove that the massive scandal in Atlanta wasn’t an isolated case.

Instead, they have embroiled schools nationwide in another witch hunt using methods reminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials where the guilty can never prove their innocence.

Such as the following method used to convict “warlock” George Burroughs in 1692:


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Last week, the Kasich administration quietly introduced a five-fold tax increase on the disposal of chemical-laced fracking wastewater from other states. Disposal of Ohio brine will cost ten times less. Such a move clearly violates the US Constitution’s restrictions on Interstate commerce, something Kasich has in the past acknowledged.

Let’s recap: ODNR recently confirmed that injection of chemical-laced wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) was responsible for a series of earthquakes near Youngstown:

“a number of coincidental circumstances appear to make a compelling argument for the recent Youngstown-area seismic events to have been induced.” – Ohio Department of Natural Resources, […]

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Regardless of how you feel about the Tea Party and their ballot initiatives in Ohio, you have to give them credit for persistence and, at least last year, their success.

I wrote extensively about last year’s “Healthcare Freedom” amendment (aka Issue 3) – the anti-“Obamacare” amendment that Chris Littleton and the Ohio Liberty Council not only got on the ballot, but succeeded in passing. I honestly never thought they’d get enough signatures to get it on the ballot. And when they did, I never thought they’d get the votes to get it passed. I was wrong in both cases.

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On Thursday, Governor Kasich introduced the education version of his “budget reform” bill via Senator Peggy Lehner.  As had been anticipated, Kasich is rolling out his mid-biennium budget revisions in multiple bills in the hopes that by dividing the legislation across different committees he has a chance of getting them passed by the General Assembly before Memorial Day when it is expected that the House of Representatives will adjourn in order to campaign for the November election.

The full text is 521 pages long, though as with the other sweeping legislation a great deal of the pages are taken up […]

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