From the daily archives: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cosmopolitan Magazine took a break this week from the typical lists of celebrity stuff, couture, quizzes, sex tips and such to talk about Ohio.

I’ve posted on my blog about Ohio’s abhorrent abortion laws and the push to return to the 19th century in regulating women’s healthcare. Hell, in their wisdom, the GOP-controlled legislature decided they knew more about science and medicine than the AMA. To prove it they ignored accepted biologic definitions by putting a new definition for pregnancy into law.

As of last July, stuck into the state budget with other reprehensible regulations, Ohio declared that pregnancy starts […]

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Back in Dec. 2011, the conservative Columbus Dispatch said of Ohio Lt. Gov/Insurance director that “she makes no secret of her contempt for the federal health care law.” In her own words:

“I will do everything I can to protect Ohio’s citizens and job creators from this catastrophic law.” People born in Johnstown, Pa., (me) attach a somewhat different meaning to catastrophes. The great floods, for example.

So determined was Taylor to block (as did Ohio Att. Gen. Mike DeWine) the law, she returned a cool $1 million federal grant obtained by former Gov. Ted Strickland to set up the […]

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Five Republican Justices on the Ohio Supreme Court just did Governor John Kasich a huge political favor.

The Ohio Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of JobsOhio on a legal technicality.

You can read the whole opinion here:, Inc. v. JobsOhio, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-2382.

There is little doubt, in our view, that had a court been permitted to review the merits of the claims that JobsOhio violates the Ohio Constitution, the court would have ruled the centerpiece of the Kasich Administration unconstitutional.  We won’t get into why here; just trust us, or read this […]

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On Friday, Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s office announced that her chief of staff and an administrative assistant were resigning after an investigation by Plunderbund revealed Laura Johnson and her assistant Heather Brandt had been billing the state for hours they were not working.   Plunderbund initiated the investigation after receiving a tip that Johnson and Brandt had been working on the Kasich/Taylor reelection campaign while being paid by the state.

Both Johnson and Brandt were paid employees of the Kasich/Taylor campaign in 2010.  Brandt continued to be paid by the campaign for all of 2011, long after the election was over and Kasich and Taylor had taken office.   Monthly payments […]

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