From the monthly archives: August 2014

Sean Chichelli, Director of Labor & Human Resources Policy for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce penned an article recently titled “Employers should have a right to know about criminal past of potential employees.” Chichelli said, “In today’s world, if someone is the best candidate for the job, many businesses are willing to consider them whether or not they have a criminal record. However, businesses must maintain their ability to inquire about job candidates’ criminal histories, and to conduct background checks on those candidates.”

Based on the sage advice from Chichelli, questions abound about why the Kasich Administration would hire […]

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Asked recently if JobsOhio has proven its worth, Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said, “The numbers speak for themselves.” What she said is true and unfortunate. The numbers for jobs in Ohio do speak for themselves, and what they say is Ohio’s recovery under Taylor and her boss Gov. John R. Kasich, who are asking voters to rehire them again in November, is way too slow, especially for two politicos who promised voters in 2010 that they would turnaround Ohio.

According to new economic analysis performed by George Zeller, one of Ohio’s top data crunchers, Kasich and Taylor have […]

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Ah… the ALS ice bucket challenge. Seems like everyone is doing it. As the name suggests, the challenge involves dumping a “bucket” of ice water over your head to raise awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

John Kasich took the challenge this week, along with many other Ohioans including Ted Strickland and OCSEA President Chris Mabe.    We’ve included screen shots of these three videos below.   See if you can identify the one that’s not like the others…



Clearly Kasich missed the point.

It’s unclear if Kasich actually donated any money to […]

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Since charter (“community”) schools began in Ohio in 1998, they have continued to increase in number, taking an ever-growing amount of funding away from Ohio’s real community schools – public school districts.  99% of Ohio’s school districts lose state funding to charter schools every year — charters that are grossly underperforming their public school counterparts.

If you want to help stem the tide of charter school expansion in Ohio, it’s important to look at the past.  Look at this chart that shows the number of charter schools in Ohio since 1998.


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Little progress has been made in the Columbus suburb of Reynoldsburg since the School Board there made their first contract proposal back in May.  After making the absurd initial demands, the School Board engaged in a strategy of negotiating in public to try and drum up support from the community by painting the teachers in a bad light.

Meanwhile, the Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA) continued to try to negotiate with the School Board while the existing contract expired in July.  As the school year approached, the union took the official step of voting to authorize their leadership to issue a 10-day […]

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Our favorite Republican Prosecutor is back in the news.

Remember David Fornshell?  The ambitious prosecutor in Warren County Ohio with eyes on statewide office?

In February 2013, we highlighted Fornshell’s effort to intimidate a Schools Superintendent who sent a letter home urging parents to join him “in an active campaign to ensure Gov. (John) Kasich and any legislator who supports him are not re-elected.”

A month later, we reported that Fornshell permitted a man to be indicted and remain in jail even though the grand jury has voted not to approve charges.

Now, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that […]

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John Kasich wants me to know that he grew up in humble surroundings that seeded his deep concern for ordinary, hard-working folks. He seldom fails to mention in his TV ads that his father was a mailman for 29 years. His reelection campaign is spending millions of soft-earned contributions from the highest rollers that pay for these ads. He’s just a regular guy, they tell us – or as National Review defined him, “a blue-collar kid from a little town near Pittsburgh called McKees Rocks. (Historians tell us Alexander McKee was a colonial British Indian agent who was loyal to […]

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Last week, Governor Kasich announced his plan to combat algae blooms, responsible for the release of the toxin microcystin into the state’s waterways and the recent shutdown of Toledo’s municipal water supplies. The proposed plan combines grants for local water systems, research and support for farmers. Specifically:

Ohio will provide more than $150 million in grants and interest-free loans to help cities fight the kinds of toxic algae that shut down Toledo’s drinking water two weeks ago, the directors of three state agencies announced yesterday. The state also announced that it will spend $1.25 million to help farmers […]

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Even though Gov. Kasich, his Administrative Team and his campaign tout him as a “comeback” governor, a moniker affixed to him and other GOP governors who rose to power in 2010 by the Republican Governors Association, his comeback record, based on an assortment of economic metrics and measures, is far weaker than the average voter understands.

A new study of jobs produced under Gov. Kasich exposes his turnaround story as essentially false, now that job numbers show a majority of the jobs he touts having created don’t pay enough to support a family. Innovation Ohio, a progressive think tank […]

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“Stop Protesting and do something productive. But not voter registration. That would be outrageous.”

– Republicans to Ferguson, Missouri today.

Not a day has gone by when I have not been completely shocked by the behavior of people in leadership roles in response to continued demonstrations of the officer-involved shooting of Missouri teen, Michael Brown. As reported by Breitbart, the head of Missouri’s Republican party is currently freaking out that people in Ferguson are being registered to vote:

[…] Missouri RNC executive director Matt Wills expressed outrage about the reports.

“If that’s not fanning the political flames, […]

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A few months ago, Chris Roberts, a young teacher in Northeast Ohio, received an email through StudentsFirst recommending that he sign up for their Teachers for Transformation Academy.  He signed up for their mailing list a few years ago because he was initially attracted to the StudentsFirst talking points.  A self described libertarian-leaning Republican, Chris was intrigued and decided to apply for the position.  After some recent phone interviews, Chris was offered the position of Ohio’s Teacher for Transformation Fellow along with an attractive $5,000 stipend – a very nice paycheck for the young teacher and father of three.

As the fourth-year teacher researched into […]

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