From the daily archives: Friday, September 1, 2017

Well, it looks like while prescription painkiller overdoses are down, overall overdoses are way up. This problem has already been off the rails. Now it’s down the cliff and into the river.

From Cleveland.com:

Last year, 4,050 Ohio residents died of unintentional drug overdoses, up 32.8 percent from 2015, according a state report released Wednesday. …

State officials are attributing the surge to stronger drugs, including fentanyl and the emergence of a similar drug, carfentanil. Carfentanil was involved in 340 overdose deaths, most of them in the second half of the year, according to the […]

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Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck governor John Kasich may go to bed each night counting his Electoral College sheep now that his new bromance with Colorado’s likewise term-limited Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on healthcare is fresh fodder for media that fantasizes about a viable alternative in 2020 to major party candidates.

Kasich, whose flim-flame career as a hard-right Republican who misunderstands most of today’s major fiscal and social issues, is hoping beyond hope that his forced retirement into a shadowy world where holding no political office is a weakness and not a strength will help him catch fire as […]

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Ohio Gubernatorial candidate Betty Sutton proposed Wednesday that Ohio create a new Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.  Sutton’s proposal would put Ohio workers at the center of economic policy and planning, while streamlining state bureaucracy focused on training, worker safety and job growth, a release said.

“I believe that when workers are at the center of our policy we will increase jobs and wages and prosperity. As governor, I will make Ohio the ‘Opportunity State’ — a place that creates opportunity for everyone,” Sutton said.

Sutton announced her new proposal at a rally at the Iron Workers Local 17 […]

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Congratulations Bloomberg News! You finally caught Plunderbund fever with your report “There’s Something the Matter With Ohio Too.

The article made some good general points about why the Buckeye State is lagging in so many areas, including state support for higher education (falling), percent of immigrants in the population (low) and still living off the fat of land from legacy industries like rubber, glass and steel (barley).

Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck Gov. John R. Kasich talks a good game on job creation, but the chart Bloomberg offers in its post shows with graphic clarity why the state does […]

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