From the monthly archives: June 2017

You have to give Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel credit for one thing: the guy knows how to stay on message.

Now engaged in his second run for the US Senate seat held by Democrat Sherod Brown, Mandel is using the Donald Trump 2016 Presidential Election Playbook as his messaging guide. And he followed the guide to the letter earlier today after discovering that some Ohio government websites were defaced with pro-ISIS messages.

“Wake up freedom-loving Americans,” Mandel wrote on Facebook.  “Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland.” The post included an image of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections website, […]

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The trench between proven reality and Republican fairy tale thinking about the magical powers reducing income taxes has on budgets is so wide and deep that it rightfully should be called The Gulf of Ohio.

That gulf of thinking became apparent again when Ohio’s term-limited governor justified in basic Kasich a small business tax giveaway that costs the state one billion in “tax expenditures” each budget cycle. This could better be spent on other higher ROI investments, including more investing in needed infrastructure, restoring public education, tackling the opioid epidemic, and the return of billions the governor stole from […]

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“What’s the difference between ECOT and a group of cats,” the joke goes. Answer: Those friendly furry felines don’t really have nine lives.

On the other hand, maybe there is something that our four-legged friends and the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow do have in common: An ability to jump and land on their feet. With such agility, maybe there is something about reincarnation after all.

It wasn’t that long ago when some of us had trouble with deciphering the ECOT acronym, sometimes confusing it with a similar acronym for a magical place in Florida that provides fantasy and adventure. […]

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For all Ohioans who are still looking for a job, but who can’t find one because Gov. John Kasich can’t create them nearly fast enough even though he has a billion-dollar, hand-picked, private job creation group (JobsOhio) exempt from public scrutiny at his beck and call, keep holding your breath.

While reports last week on monthly job creation figures released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) spawned headlines about a very minor downward tick in Ohio’s unemployment rate, the news buried in the data shows that the governor’s […]

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The Odor Of Mopping Up

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Mop-up from what we called in the barracks “latrine duty”:

When Donald Trump decided to take a break from being president of Pittsburgh to being exiled president of Cuba, he reached the zenith of chest-pounding crowd-pleasing perfection. Speaking to his choreographed audience in Little Havana, Trump expressed his gratitude for their votes last November. (“You voted for me and here I am,” he asserted with chin up in snorting defiance of all who would challenge him, apparently as shocked as anyone that indeed here he was.)

Speaking in what experts describe as a 4th grade level, he didn’t disappoint with […]

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Here is your Monday Round-Up for June 19, 2017. We suddenly regret using the term, “Monday Morning Round-Up” in our previous effort, as it belied an ambition that was not fulfilled here only in its second week. Read on to see what nonsense is going on in Ohio this week.

Guns, Guns, And Guns

That’s what the state legislature will be discussing in hearings on Tuesday. Below we’ve provided a handy list of what shall be covered as America continues to struggle endlessly with its firearm trouble and Ohio lawmakers continue to have some odd ideas about what should be […]

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The news Friday morning for Gov. John Kasich could have been better, much, much better. But it wasn’t. First, some of his ideas on shared services among communities and schools got axed by Ohio Senate Republicans whose strategy to fill a budget hole gaping at not quite $1 billion – a fiscal abyss created in large part due to years of the governor’s over-the-top income tax cuts – caught Kasich’s newest ideas on the horns of a bull called Austerity.

Friday bore more bad news for Ohio’s lame-duck governor when the Department of Jobs and Family Services released data […]

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The June 6 Washington Post article, “What we just learned from Betsy DeVos’s painful appearance before Congress,” validates that the new U.S. education secretary really does not support public education.

According to the article:

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday on Capitol Hill that she won’t offer protections to ensure that public money is not used by for-profit education companies to make their owners rich.

She also said that private schools accepting federal funds in a voucher program would have to follow federal laws but would not promise to protect LGBTQ or other students from discrimination if the law […]

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Did The Cow Jump Over The Moon?

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I ask you: if you were in the same room the past year with the monstrous hulk of Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador with the face of a Royal Doulton toby mug, wouldn’t you recall the moment, and hasten to your friends to boast that you had just exchanged some pleasantries with the best known Russian spy in the diplomatic landscape? Wouldn’t you rank the rare experience higher than, say, sighting a cow jumping over the moon?

I mean, when it came to celebrities, even my father never forgot his glimpse of boxer Sonny Liston in a restaurant and never let […]

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As Ohio’ Budget Bill (House Bill 49) comes ever closer to becoming law, a simple provision eliminating Ohio’s Resident Educator program is garnering a lot of attention – with some now believing that the program could be “saved” when the two houses eventually meet to hash out their differences in the final version of the bill.

Last week, the company that stands to lose $5,000,000 per year if the program is eliminated – Educopia – provided misleading testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in support of keeping the program.  Educopia is in charge of the most […]

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Jokes come in all shapes, sizes and durations. Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck governor loves to joke around, like when he boasted last year running for president about his nation-leading income tax giveaways. He cited them as hallmarks of his two terms in office.

Gov. John Kasich proposed, and the Buckeye State’s very conservative GOP-led legislature went along with a plan to disgorge about $2 billion in tax revenue from small businesses. For some, that program bore an uncanny resemblance to the kind of small, lucrative business run by one of the governor’s inside business buddies, and Drive Capital principle, Full Story...