From the daily archives: Friday, September 15, 2017

Last month Ohio Gov. John Kasich matched baseball great Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak with his own streak of 56 months below the national average for job creation. This month, Kasich’s streak extended to 57, the same number of pickle varieties the H.J. Heinz company located in Pittsburgh, PA made famous in its “57 varieties” advertising campaign.

New estimates of Ohio employment for August 2017 were released Friday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, showing that current sub-par job growth, including all months between December 2012 and August 2017, has reached 57 consecutive months, […]

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Ten years after running for mayor of Bexley, filmmaker and comedian Travis Irvine will return to his hometown for a screening of his documentary, “American Mayor,” at the Drexel Theater on Main Street in Bexley Monday evening.

Irvine grew up in Bexley, graduated from Ohio University in 2006, and ran for mayor the next year, in 2007. He said in an interview last week that after graduating, he had moved home and was unsure what to do next.

“I moved back home with my parents in the suburb city of Bexley,” he said. “My neighbors in Bexley had been dealing […]

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The Ohio Supreme Court will consider whether the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) will ultimately be responsible for paying back $60 million owed to the state of Ohio for “ghost students” – even though three of the court’s seven justices have taken campaign contributions from ECOT’s founder Bill Lager.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the state high court has accepted one ECOT case, and only one point from that case, for review.

From The Dispatch:

The state’s largest online charter school and the Ohio Department of Education are battling over how to properly calculate […]

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One in five Ohio children are struggling in poverty. Nearly 95,000 Ohio children lack health coverage. They are suffering from hunger and lacking basic essentials like toiletries. They fall behind in education as they miss the opportunities and support systems their non-impoverished peers enjoy.

After trillions in tax cuts delivered in 2003 by Republican President George W. Bush that were supposed to unleash America’s might and create jobs and prosperity as far as the eye could see, the nation soon found itself mired in the Great Recession, an economic meltdown second in severity only to the Great […]

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