From the monthly archives: November 2017

Ohio Attorney General candidate Steve Dettelbach announced last week a series of reforms he will fight for as Attorney General to combat sexual harassment in Columbus and Ohio state institutions.

Dettelbach’s plan will reinstate reforms in the Attorney’s General office that were rolled back under questionable circumstances in 2014, and will put in place new procedures in public workplaces to permanently end the culture of silence that allows offenders to continue abusing victims.

“I’m introducing this plan because it’s clear that too many in positions of power in our government – whether it’s in D.C. or Alabama or Columbus – […]

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Plan Establishes The Right In Ohio To A Sexual Harassment Free Workplace

Democratic candidate for Ohio governor Betty Sutton last week released Ohio’s first comprehensive plan to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault in state government. Her plan establishes the right to a sexual harassment free workplace.

The plan builds on Sutton’s call to create a Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity as well as a bi-partisan letter organized by State Senator Charleta Tavares and efforts by the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus and Senator Tavares to address the pervasive misconduct in the state legislature, a press release said.

Sutton will create an […]

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Something strange is going on at the Ohio Statehouse.

The week’s headlines were dominated by the story of freshman Republican State Representative Wes Goodman, whose habit of chatting up young men online was revealed after his abrupt resignation over sex acts in his office. We’ll set aside the details of that story and let Wes and his wife work out their issues in private. The interesting part of the story is how it is being pushed from the sidelines and why.

ECOT, Ohio’s Scammiest Charter School

First, a quick review of the recent history of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow […]

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Candidate for Ohio Auditor of State to highlight systemic issues of political justice during stops in nine Ohio River counties

Ohio Auditor candidate Zack Space will kick off his 3-day, 11-stop “Ohio River Tour to Restore” in Lucasville on Monday, Nov. 27, followed by stops in Lawrence, Gallia, Meigs, Athens, Washington, Monroe, Belmont, and Jefferson counties.

“This tour is about restoring Ohioans’ faith in our broken political system,” Space said announcing the tour. “There is no better place to highlight the need for political justice than in Appalachian Ohio.”

Space represented all or parts […]

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How else can I react to the torrent of campaign fliers from state Sen. Frank LaRose, the Hudson Republican who has his career clock set on being Ohio’s next secretary of state?

Although the election is still a year away, it seems that the 38-year-old conservative with strong leanings to  President Trump has been on the stump ever since the days of William McKinley. (Actually, at least since he was elected to the legislature in 2010.) The press releases go on forever about the intensity of his candidacy.

I got my first hint to his behavior in the legislature […]

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ATHENS – State Sen. Joe Schiavoni said Thursday that southeast Ohio has been left out of the equation when it comes to investment from the state, and if he is elected governor next year he will change that.

Schiavoni, a Democrat from Boardman who is also an Ohio University alum, is seeking his party’s nomination to run for Ohio governor in 2018.

Schiavoni took a tour of southeast Ohio on Thursday. The tour started with a roundtable discussion at Tecumseh Theater in Shawnee (in Perry County) about sustainable development in Appalachia.

He then attended a roundtable discussion in Nelsonville about […]

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Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown got into a short but important verbal dustup with the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee pushing a smash-and-grab tax bill Republicans want President Trump to sign before the year’s out so they can finally tell voters back home they got something done.

Street Fighting Man

The altercation wherein Brown bested Hatch bigly by blasting him with both barrels of simple clarity and biting reality showed why he’s on track to win a third term next year against any candidate Republicans throw at him, especially Ohio’s term-limited Treasure Josh […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has now overseen 59 consecutive months of sub-par job growth back in the Buckeye State.

Last week Kasich joked to a group of school administrators, asking them what more they could ask for with a balanced budget and Ohio “up 490,000 jobs?” Impressive figure until it’s put into context, when it actually looks pretty bad. Those who do know the context of Kasich’s scoreboard numbers, like Ohio’s premier job number data cruncher, George Zeller, what it means is Ohio continues to lag the national average in job creation. That is no joke.

Kasich takes […]

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Congressional Budget Office Says Senate Tax Bill Would Kick 13 Million off Healthcare, Raise Premiums 10 Percent and Force $25 Billion Cut to Medicare

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown voted against so-called tax legislation in the Senate Finance Committee Thursday night that would actually dismantle the Affordable Care Act and force cuts to Medicare.

Throughout the course of the committee consideration of this bill, Brown offered multiple amendments to try and cut taxes for working people in Ohio, prevent jobs from being sent overseas and protect the healthcare of Ohioans, a press release said. All of those amendments were blocked […]

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Ohio Attorney General candidate Steve Dettelbach called out current term-limited AG Mike DeWine and other career politicians in Columbus in a press release last week for using voter purges to rig the electoral process.

Dettelbach, the former U.S. District Attorney for Northern Ohio who has spent his career fighting corruption, penned an opinion piece in the Columbus Dispatch urging the Ohio Supreme Court to reject the political gamesmanship of voter purging and uphold the Sixth Circuit court’s ruling that the Jon Husted-purge now being defended by DeWine violated the National Voter Registration Act.

Dettelbach also called on Ohio voters to conduct […]

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Millionaire U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci voted Thursday for the House Republican tax plan, which will raise taxes on 36 million middle-class households across America, in order to give massive tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations that ship jobs overseas, the Ohio Democratic Party said in a release this afternoon.

As one of the richest members of Congress, Jim Renacci has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for the Republican tax giveaway to […]

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