From the daily archives: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dayton Democratic Fred Strahorn [OH-39] has been chosen to lead Ohio House Democrats forward starting early next year. Now even more of a minority party after Republicans boosted their numbers to 65 in the recently concluded midterm elections, Rep. Strahorn appears undaunted in spite of the lopsided numbers in the people’s house.

The Legislature can override a governor’s veto with a three-fifths vote of both chambers, which means GOP members will be able  to take on Gov. John Kasich if they really want to without the help of Democrats. Depending on the nature of the bill, Gov. Kasich could find more […]

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Ohio’s House Education Committee Chair, Gerald Stebelton, had pushed for the minimum teacher salary schedule to be rendered moot when he quickly amended House Bill 343 recently.  While the committee rapidly passed that amended bill along partisan lines, support for the change apparently didn’t carry forward to the larger General Assembly.

In a flurry of events yesterday, Representative Andy Brenner backtracked on his support (after voting affirmatively as the Education Committee Vice Chair) for the bill and referred it from the full House to the House Rules and Reference Committee where the bill was “un”-amended and sent back to the […]

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Democrats around the country struggled on Election Day 2014, and while what happened in Ohio happened everywhere, David Pepper believes it’s more important that the party get things fixed in Ohio than just about anywhere else.

“Although it was a national trend and we had some statewide issues that made it especially bad here, I don’t think pointing fingers at the national scene is the answer for Ohio,” he said in an interview this week. “It’s so important that Ohio be organized, Democrats in particular, for 2016, and then mobilize and take whatever we build in ’16 and make it […]

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In the remaining days of Ohio’s lame duck legislature, lobbyists were as thick as thieves Tuesday at the Statehouse in Columbus, where substitute bills were accepted for two controversial bills, HB 661 and HB 5.

The former bill, controversial because it dares to set automatic pay raises for elected officials well into the future, remained in the House Finance and Appropriations committee following acceptance of a sub bill today.

The later bill, likewise controversial because  is messes with revenue sources cities depend on to operate, is widely anticipated to pass out of Senate Ways and Means Committee Wednesday, following acceptance […]

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