From the daily archives: Monday, February 3, 2014

Medina is the name of a quaint Republican town in a quaint Republican county in northern Ohio that boasts of a quaint Republican Ohio House speaker, William G. Batchelder lll, as its influential native son and pal of Gov. Kasich.

It also is the ancient name of a holy city in Saudi Arabia that boasts of being the burial site of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, an historic landmark that would doubtless be a hard sell to the Medinans of Ohio, where the folks are preparing for the arrival of Kasich later this month to convey his state of the state […]

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Four years ago our friend and fellow blogger Jill Miller Zimon took the leap from political writer to politician, winning a seat on Pepper Pike City Council.   This year she’s running for the newly-redrawn 12th Ohio House District.

Jill will be taking on current State Rep John Barnes in a Democratic Primary on May 6th.   Barnes and Bill Patmon, another Democratic State Rep from the Cleveland area, have angered many Democrats with their public support for some of Governor John Kasich’s questionable bills and policies.

Both Patmon and Barnes were front-and-center at the signing of Kasich’s transportation […]

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Last week we found out Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has been awarding lucrative state contracts to law firms that gave large, and sometime illegal contributions to his campaign.  This morning, DeWine’s Democratic opponent, David Pepper, announced his five point plan to clean up the mess.

Pepper’s plan would ensure work is allocated “on merit, not campaign contributions” while providing transparency throughout the process, something that is severely lacking under DeWine.   Here are the five steps from the announcement on his campaign website:

 

Add Transparency in Contract Bidding – Lack of transparency allows pay-to-play to happen. Pepper will […]

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