From the daily archives: Thursday, September 18, 2014

We’ve been covering the devastating impact of the Reynoldsburg School Board’s refusal to listen to the community’s feedback as they have been involved in “negotiations” with the district’s professional educators.  The story has gained national attention for the Board’s staunch insistence to implement changes to the teachers’ contract that are direct from the Michelle Rhee and John Kasich playbooks.  With a strike looming for tomorrow, the Reynoldsburg Education Association‘s negotiation team entered a final session with the school board and superintendent today at 1:00 to try and come […]

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John Kasich has apparently found his comfort zone for re-election in a kind of political pantomime in which he is silently acting out his role to the voters in paid-TV imagery while his narrators assure you that he means well in everything he sets out to do for you.

So until election day we will be served with body language and thoroughly encrypted feel-good messages without him really showing up as a real person. (Exception: When the governor, anticipating a generous contribution, called upon God to bless Sheldon Adelson, the Midas-like casino owner. Those are the moments that don’t […]

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The documentary Pay 2 Play, opening September 26 in Columbus and Cincinnati, brings us back to Ohio’s outlandish Noe/Coingate scandal to tell the tale of quid pro quo.   Described by filmmaker John Wellington Ennis as capturing “the grand opera of Ohio politics,” the 2005 scandal highlights everything that is wrong with our system.  How political connections and campaign contributions led to the state of Ohio investing in beanie babies continues to be jaw-dropping.

To remind us all that we aren’t just talking about corruption from years ago, in the film the man described by senior columnist Tom Suddes as […]

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