From the daily archives: Monday, August 19, 2013

Though it hasn’t officially been announced yet, what appears to be a pro-Columbus school levy group has set up a website and posted a video starring Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.

The video and the website,, both tout the Columbus Education Plan, a series of recommendations developed by a mayoral commission recently codified in House Bill 167.

The plan calls for the creation of a new independent auditor position and requires the school board to put a levy on the ballot that will include sharing funding with charter schools.

The video and the website were both paid […]

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One day after we pointed out the number of independent economists who have called the recovery under Governor John Kasich underperforming, today Gov. Kasich tweeted this:

And, yes, it’s true that the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor does show that Ohio in July is just below the number it was in November 2008.

But think about what Kasich is saying.  And then you get that moment when John Kasich is bragging about Ohio having as many private sector jobs as it did… under Ted Strickland… almost.

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Republican State Rep. John Becker, has stated that he will introduce a bill to expand the death penalty to certain sex offenses.

According to the Associated Press, Becker would change state law to allow the death penalty in certain cases of rape, sexual battery and improper sexual contact with a minor.

Becker – who is from Clermont County – said that his proposal is motivated by the Ariel Castro case. (Irony: Castro wouldn’t be eligible for the death penalty under Becker’s proposal.)

What is wrong with this?  Only that it is flatly unconstitutional.

In 2008, the United States Supreme […]

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During the 2010 campaign, both John Kasich and Rob Portman tried to suggest that Ohio lost 400,000 jobs, not from the Great Recession, but because Ohio was bleeding jobs to other States because of its “uncompetitive” taxes and regulations (never mind that Ohio cut taxes 24% during Strickland’s term and he eliminated hundreds of regulations that Republican Governors maintained under his regulatory reforms.)

Of course, it turns out it was all bunk.  The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Service was able to find out that out of 264,016 jobs lost from 2007-2010, only 4,820 jobs were […]

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