From the monthly archives: June 2015

After the Ohio House removed language from the original version of the Ohio budget bill (HB64), Senate Bill 148 was created, proposing many of the long-overdue reforms to the charter school system that the House dropped.  SB148 received strong support from a diverse group of backers, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial board, StudentsFirst Ohio, The Fordham Institute, and the Ohio Education Association.  Even Darlene Chambers, president of the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, expressed support for most of the components of the bill in a May 7 Columbus Dispatch article:

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The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows the federal government to provide subsidies to individuals who purchase insurance on a federally-run exchange, like in Ohio.

The Chief Justice, John Roberts, wrote for a 6-to-3 majority upholding the original interpretation of the law.

The real fun – and it is fun because the good guys won – is found in Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinion.  The short version:  Justice Scalia is pissed that the Supreme Court won’t invalidate the Affordable Care Act.

The highlight: Justice Scalia calls the arguments of the […]

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Buried deep within the Ohio Budget Bill (HB64), and as agreed upon by the Conference Committee working out the details between the House and Senate versions, is the following language:

Of the foregoing appropriation item 200597, Education Program Support, $2,000,000 in each fiscal year [of the two-year budget] shall be distributed to Teach For America to increase recruitment of potential corps members at select Ohio universities, train and develop first-year and second-year teachers in the Teach for America program in Ohio, and expand alumni support and networking within the state.

Teach for America already charges school districts taxpayer-funded dollars as a […]

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A swing state Senate race poll released by Quinnipiac this week shows Former Governor Ted Strickland with a six point lead over Rob Portman.

The same poll shows that Republican Senator Portman would beat Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld (49-24) if the election was held today.

According to Quinnipiac:

[Portman] has a 49 – 28 pethat rcent job approval rating and a 43 – 21 percent favorability. Strickland gets a 47 – 29 percent favorability rating, while 85 percent of voters haven’t heard enough about Sittenfeld to form an opinion.

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Sequestration as proposed by Republicans in Washington was supposed to be so awful and painful for purposes of budgeting that common sense would intervene to reverse it. If sequestration was to be as repulsive and hurtful as eating ground glass, it appears Republicans have acquired a taste for ground glass in their daily diet.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, Aviva Aron-Dine, Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget Eric Schultz, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary, discussed the House Republican budget bill they said would shortchange students, workers, health care and the economy.


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Peggy Cooley wasn’t at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s meeting in Washington D.C. last week to hear Ohio Gov. John Kasich tell a new crowd his story of faith and how his calling is to help people who live in the shadows.

Ohio’s governor said he’s been called by the Lord to lift everyone up no matter their circumstances, as he famously promised to do last year if Ohio voters gave him a second term. They did, even though voter turnout was the lowest in about 70 years, with Ohio’s go-go CEO governor still getting viewer than one in […]

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Last month we wrote about the upcoming Defending The American  Dream Summit to be held in Columbus, Ohio this August.  Sponsored by the Koch Brother-funded group Americans For Prosperity (AFP), the Summit will feature a slew of well-known Republican office holders, many of whom are running for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Georgia Senator David Perdue and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have all been invited to speak.

Still not on the invitation list?   Ohio Governor John Kasich.

A recent Politico story may provide some insight into why Kasich has not […]

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The national election for president isn’t until November 8 of next year, but polling has already started now to make a guess about who might win then.  It’s unclear which one of the GOP White House wannabees will survive the asteroid belt known as the Republican primary cycle. Jeb! Bush is ascending again as Marco Rubio nips at his heels.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has not declared his candidacy for leader of the free world yet, remains a one state wonder. Even though fewer than one in four registered voters bothered to vote for him last year, his narrative that […]

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At the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual conference this week in Washington D.C., the Republican Party’s evangelical wing was treated to heavenly auditions from many of the ever expanding platoon of GOP contenders who have already declared their candidacy or  will soon.

Among those on hand to preach their brand of political gospel to the choir of evangelical Christians in attendance were top tier candidates like Jeb! Bush and second tier candidates like Ohio Gov. John Kasich.  Kasich can’t seem to say more than two sentences without including God in his remarks, but he has a very uphill climb to the White […]

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Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper kicked his administration off by going on a listening tour around the state, gathering feedback from local Democrats across Ohio. He went back to the drawing board and with his team developed a plan. He is now traveling around the state again to share that plan.

“We have a lot of work to do,” he told a crowd of Athens County Democrats last Tuesday evening. “When you lose like we did last November, you have a lot of soul-searching to do. I’m not here to give a happy song.”

This past […]

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Did you see that the new Gov. Kasich has now decided to reveal his more engaging  side by cracking one-liners during his standup campaign appearances? Henny Youngman he’s not, but that doesn’t discourage him from snapping off several in a single monologue,  as he did at  the Ingham County Republican reception in Lansing, Mich.

A brief sample of his humor is all that I can suffer from the hard-edged guy who once limited his talent to acidly  slamming anybody who annoyed him.

“Do you know  why God created economists?” he cracked. “To make astrologers look accurate.” There are countless variations […]

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