From the daily archives: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Yesterday we posted a video of Josh Mandel in an elevator manhandling a tracker’s camera.  Dispatch reporter Joe Vardon was riding with Mandel and he reported on the event this way: “Mandel approached the tracker, called him loudly by name, and at one point grabbed the monopod attached to the tracker’s camera.”

During a press event today Marc Kovac, Dix Capital Bureau Chief and master of all things #Pero, asked Mandel about the incident.   Josh responded that “Joe [Vardon] and I have a different recollection, but (the tracker) made the initial physical contact with me, which is inappropriate.”

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State Auditor Dave Yost’s objectivity and integrity surrounding a statewide investigation into school attendance reporting can officially be called into question (if his biased recruiting video hadn’t already knocked you off of the fence).

The Auditor is scheduled to appear as a featured guest at the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s October 10 lunch alongside Columbus Dispatch editor Ben Marrison, he of the unabashedly slanted opinions about the Columbus School District’s attendance investigation — a probe that is ongoing and in which no official, illegal findings have been confirmed by anyone, including the State Auditor.  In […]

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One of John Kasich’s very first cabinet appointments was Mark Kvamme, a venture capitalist from California, appointed to lead the Department of Development.  He was soon replaced by Jim Leftwich when his appointment was challenged for being unconstitutional.

Kvamme moved to Kasich’s staff and quickly began developing what would become known as JobsOhio: a private development organization that would replace the Department of Development.  JobsOhio would be funded with state money but would not have any of the transparency or accountability requirements of a state agency.   Kvamme was eventually appointed to lead JobsOhio and, since taking over, has […]

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James Leftwich served as John Kasich’s third Development Director – taking over on March 28th, 2011 for now-JobsOhio President Mark Kvamme, who was constitutionally unable to serve.  Leftwich made it 106 days before being replaced himself, stepping down to become “an informal economic development adviser to Gov. John Kasich”.

State salary records show Leftwich has been drawing a salary from the Ohio Department of Development non-stop since his appointment.  He made $4,165 last pay period, which works out to nearly $110K per year, a drop from the $144K per year he made while serving as Director.

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