From the monthly archives: July 2017

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released data Friday on employment and unemployment in Ohio during June 2017.

The good news: Ohio gained 11,500 jobs in June 2017. The bad news: June 2017 was the 55th consecutive month when Ohio’s job growth rate under the Kasich Administration was below the national average, which includes all months between December 2012 and June 2017, according to Ohio’s premier job analyst, George Zeller.

Zeller noted that job growth rate in June 2017 improved to 1.30 percent compared to the national job […]

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When the opening line of an article about you starts out this way, “This is some seriously sick shit,” you know it’s not going to end well.

But that’s exactly how David Nir at Daily Kos started his piece Friday on Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and his loony tune attack on the Anti Defamation League (ADL), as he tries not to lose to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown two consecutive times should he  become the GOP nominee next year.

The Defamation League

The ADL and its Center on Extremism released a report naming 36 leading […]

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Ohio’s term-limited governor penned another op-ed in the New York Times on Republican health care bills in Congress and how unacceptable they are in their current form.

Nearly identical to previous pronouncements by John Kasich, his latest piece in the NYT, “The Way Forward on Health Care,” is mostly made from political gobbledygook, a word with synonyms that include gibberish, claptrap, nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, blather, and garbage.

Kasich will wander off the political radar screen when he leaves office at the end of next year, but until then, he’s all-in on giving “states the flexibility to […]

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What is it about Donald Trump that has motivated so many people to get out their old psychology textbooks and notes from college days to understand this bizarre man? In fact, The Donald is such a bizarre figure to the commentariat that he has become the subject of verbiage that identifies him variously as a sociopath, narcissist, and pathological liar, all the while harboring an ample amount of hypocrisy and projection.

But these descriptors for Trump only scratch the surface. For those who have discarded their psych books, […]

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It’s standard practice to not answer questions from reporters when answering them will detract from the message of the day. That was the case Wednesday, when Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general and state treasurer, made repeated statements that he wasn’t going to talk about whether he would or would not enter the race for Ohio governor next year.

Cordray, a Democrat, lost his race to continue as Ohio attorney general to Mike DeWine in 2010. Since that loss, he’s been running the CFPB, a federal agency that Republicans in Washington want […]

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Ohio’s kids will head back to school in about a month.  Stores have already swapped the sunscreen and pool floaties out of their seasonal sections.  Now it’s all backpacks and school supplies.

Families are enjoying their last few weeks at the pool, finishing up summer sports seasons, and not-so-secretly looking forward to using “sorry, it’s a school night” as an excuse to send their kids to bed early.

It’s also time for another back-to-school season tradition.

This week The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), Ohio’s behemoth online charter school, started its yearly push to poach students from traditional public schools […]

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In 15 years as a journalist, the most gut-wrenching, powerful story I’ve ever written happened this past January when I interviewed Athens resident Alex Andrews less than a week after he had been shot in the face through his kitchen window around 2 in the morning by an unknown assailant.

He remembered it all, in vivid detail.

As I wrote in The Athens NEWS at the time:

He remembers getting up at around 2 that Thursday morning for a snack. He recalls cutting up vegetables. He remembers hearing a sound at the window and turning to see the […]

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Case File A Secret, Too

A three-judge panel dismissed an ethics complaint against Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy that was filed by ProgressOhio and signed by doctors, patients, consumer groups and medical students.

Though the ethics complaint was dismissed, the identity of the deciding judges and legal reasoning remain secret.

“This dismissal shows that Ohio’s most powerful state court is also its least accountable,” said ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis. “Those handling the complaint refused to even identify the judges who cleared Kennedy.”

brief letter that announces the dismissal states, “[u]nless the justice against whom the […]

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It’s not a new rule, but whether she likes it or not, and regardless of her claim that she’s her own person, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s burden going forward as she runs for governor next year is to carry Gov. John Kasich’s cross, hand hewn over eight years from policies and programs that ranged from merely misguided to brazenly bad.

Now that he’s endorsed her for his job, Kasich’s cross will naturally weigh heavy upon her like the burden Ohioans feel who face an uncertain, if not fearful future from tax cuts they didn’t benefit from, and healthcare benefits they […]

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Some week, huh? It’s getting so that a columnist can’t limit the words to a single exciting episode.

So let’s begin with Donald Sr. He and Melania shot off to Paris for Bastille Day (As if he cared about such trivial things). But, yep. Photo-ops galore where he told the world that France was “beautiful” and, to her face exclaimed to Brigitte Macron, the French president’s wife, “You’re in such good shape,” undiplomatically adding, “She’s in such good physical shape. Beautiful.”

(She’s 64; Emmanuel Macron, 38 – a non-issue for French voters.)

But The Don had to find […]

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After being caught lying last week about Ohio, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence came back with – you guessed it – more lies.

Lying has become the default modus operandi of the Trump Administration, so this should surprise exactly no one.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Pence, former governor of Indiana, singled out Kasich during a speech at the National Governors Association gathering in Providence, Rhode Island.

“I know Gov. (John) Kasich isn’t with us, but I suspect that he’s very troubled to know that in Ohio alone, nearly 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on waiting lists, leaving […]

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