From the daily archives: Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cleveland.com reported this week that Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has been traveling the state (on your dime) promoting his Open Checkbook initiative, which aims to put government spending records online.  Despite promises from Mandel to update the data monthly, all of the data is over a year out-of-date.

Unfortunately, compared to the rest of the data available on Mandel’s website, the Checkbook data is actually some of the most up-to-date.

Mandel introduced his “Transparency Project” initiative shortly after taking office.  The initial roll-out was a complete disaster in both technical and self-promotional terms.  He not only “accidentally” excluded the salaries of many of his own […]

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Ohio has near-even numbers of Democratic and Republican voters, but gerrymandering has Republicans controlling about two-thirds of the state legislature.

The people and policies Democrats champion are suffering as a result.

Some examples:

Despite a modest economic recovery under Gov. John Kasich, poverty in Ohio has actually ticked up. Our state has not recovered all the jobs lost in the Great Recession. Most other states have. Ohio’s infant mortality rate is among the nation’s highest – even worse than Guatemala. For black babies, it is the nation’s worst. Our charter schools are nationally ridiculed yet a reform bill that won […]

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