From the monthly archives: March 2012

We reported earlier today about a number of new legal and ethical problems coming to light in the battle pitting Governor Kasich and his allies and staff against Kevin DeWine and the resources of the Ohio Republican Party.

We’ve discussed the battle in excessive detail already. But this recent influx of complaints and stories about Kasich’s behavior during this intra-party battle is difficult to ignore.

Below is the full text of the ethics complaint about Kasich and his staff that was sent to the Ohio Ethics Commission last week. It’s long – but definitely worth reading…

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A growing cadre of Republicans are asking law enforcement and state ethics organizations to look into allegations that allies of Gov. John Kasich are implementing a conspiracy to win control of the Ohio Republican Party Central Committee by dangling the promise of lucrative state appointments, threatening to remove members from existing state boards and even threatening to get a private company to fire people who refuse to help Kasich topple the party chair.

A prime example of Kasich’s strategy to reward supporters involves his recent pick for head of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).

Given Gov. Kasich’s pledge for […]

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We wrote yesterday about the Request For Proposal put out by Sycamore Township, near Cincinnati Ohio, for private companies to take over their fire and EMS services.

According to a video (see end of post) released by Township Trustee Tom Weidman at the beginning of the process, the Township’s financial problems can be tied directly to Kasich’s budget. Local officials were shocked and amazed when Kasich and the legislature “abruptly ended” the “important source of income” from the Local Government Fund, the Tangible Personal Property Tax and the Estate Tax.

Numbers presented by Mr. Weidman show that Sycamore Township […]

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Think Progress reports that Romney Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom believes Mitt should be given a “reset button” allowing him to change his positions again as he transitions from the primary to the general election.

Romeny has already had to alter many of his positions in order to appeal to the Republican Party base. And Rick Santorum’s recent primary successes, and his increasingly crazy positions, have forced Romney to deliver a more and more extremist conservative message on everything from the health care reform act (despite the similarities to his own health care reforms in Massachusetts) to contraception and issues […]

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We have previously documented how Kasich’s budget has put the squeeze on local government – and especially on public safety and law enforcement.

Sycamore Township in Southwest Ohio has come up with a novel idea – privatize public safety.

Township trustees are considering the unique step of using a private firm to provide fire and EMS services.  According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, this is directly due to a $3.6 million decrease in funding from the local government fund.

We especially liked this quote from the news reports:  “‘This fire department has saved my father’s life twice,’ said Greg […]

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For a Governor and political party that professes to want a smaller government, Ohio’s Republicans sure seem to like laws that impose greater government control over our personal lives.

One latest example that doesn’t involve a uterus is Governor Kasich’s proposal to implement a “guarantee” that all children are proficient readers before being allowed to move on to the 4th grade.  His explanation is that students who aren’t able to pass the third grade reading test are less likely to graduate from high school and should therefore be held back for (at least) a year.

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The first Board of Deposits meeting Josh Mandel has attended since being elected Treasurer ended up being a newsworthy event. Not because Mandel finally decided to do his job, it was because of the actions he took during the meeting.

Mandel announced yesterday that he had formally replaced two banks charged with fraud that were contracted to manage $41 billion of international assets held by Ohio’s four largest public pension systems. According to the Dayton Daily News, the banks Mandel is replacing have bilked the State of Ohio out of $16 million dollars already. The Board moved to transfer […]

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A week ago we wrote about big cuts being proposed to Ohio’s National Guard bases and a letter related to the cuts that Kasich’s chief of staff seems to have lost. When asked about the letter, Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said: “the draft letter opposing the Guard cuts was sent to Kasich’s chief of staff … But ‘it got buried in her stuff’.”

So we asked our readers: What other important documents are buried in Governor’s Office “stuff”?

We proposed a few like: Receipts showing true cost of security at Kasich’s home and The prepared text of Kasich’s State […]

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I received an email today from the Republican National Committee titled “Obama’s War on Women”.

Seriously.

The email reads: “There is a war on women going on, but it is actually the Obama War on Women.”

Honestly! I’m not kidding here.

The email links to a video which shows clips of CNN and MSNBC personalities talking about Bill Maher giving an Obama-supporting super PAC money. While ominous music plays, they also show clips of the same hosts talking about Bill Maher calling Sarah Palin the C-word during a stand-up routine.

Understanding the logic of the video requires some serious disbelief […]

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Today is the 9th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War.  Then President George W. Bush announced the invasion by US ground forces in a nationally televised address.  The trumped up charges of weapons of mass destruction and ties to Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda are well documented.  We lost over 4,400 troops in that time, more than doubling the lives lost on 9/11.  Some estimates of Iraqi civilian deaths number in the 6 figures.  The human cost of the conflict was extremely high.

The war also cost us as a country some $700 billion.  With a […]

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Nineteen states currently allow citizens to recall state officials and if a new group has its way, Ohio may become the 20th.

According to Portia Boulger of “Recall Protects Us All”, volunteers will begin collecting petition signatures for a ballot initiative that would amend the Ohio Constitution to provide citizens the right to a recall referendum of all elected officials other than judges.

The right of recall by citizens is not a new issue. Similar calls for recall power were voiced during the previous Governor’s administration, even prompting a Recall Ted Strickland Facebook group.

But the recent anti-union […]

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