From the daily archives: Friday, October 20, 2017

On Saturday night, Democrats and progressives from across Ohio will gather at The Renaissance in downtown Columbus to pay tribute to former governor and congressman Ted Strickland.

The event, “A Tribute to Ted Strickland,” is being presented by Buckeye State policy think tank Innovation Ohio Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

A reception prior to the dinner will be hosted by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. The dinner will include special guest Governor Jay Inslee of Washington.

“We will look back on the life and career of Governor Ted Strickland, acknowledging the man behind the public service,” an announcement from Innovation […]

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Mississippi Here We Come

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When Cuyahoga County Democrat Tim Hagan ran for governor in 2002 he was heard to lament Ohio’s poor standing in providing social services.

“Thank God for Mississippi!” he satirically declared to make his well considered point that the state ranked just above last place. Former highly-successful four-term governor Jim Rhodes, after all, had once shrugged off weak support of mental health services by noting that “mental patients don’t vote.”

The Buckeye State, with few exceptions like an OSU football team and the Cleveland Orchestra, would scarcely be considered a pace maker. Indeed, it is hardly even progressive but firmly in […]

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In a speech Friday, Ohio Attorney General candidate Steve Dettelbach criticized state politicians for failing to do their job overseeing the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT)

Speaking to members of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE), Dettelbach noted that ECOT has been ordered to pay back nearly $80 million to the state of Ohio after it was determined that the school billed taxpayers for students it could not prove actually attended class over the last two school years.

Since ECOT began operating in 2000, ECOT’s founder and his associates have contributed over $2 million to state officials.

“And here’s […]

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The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is sounding the alarm over the budget bill and tax cuts currently being pushed by the Republican majority in U.S. Congress, saying they threaten longstanding, proven programs that serve tens of millions of vulnerable Americans.

A statement from Ohio Association of Foodbanks Executive Director Lisa Hamler-Fugitt Friday morning said that with the passage Thursday of the GOP budget bill Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman joined his GOP colleagues to set in motion a process for tax ‘reform’ that would give 80 percent of its tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent of households and increase […]

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