From the daily archives: Monday, January 1, 2018

Ohio has been the No. 1 state in the country for purging eligible voters from its rolls and it’s time for this attack to be stopped, 2018 Democratic Secretary of State candidate Kathleen Clyde said in a recent interview.

On Jan. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted violated the National Voter Registration Act by purging eligible voters from the rolls for being inactive in recent elections.

“We have purged 1.5 million Ohioans from the rolls the last seven years simply for not voting in a few elections,” Clyde said. […]

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Governor John Kasich has long promised to improve Ohio’s weak job growth rates.  But new estimates of Ohio employment, released Friday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS), show a very different picture: 60 consecutive months of job growth below the national average.

60 Months = 5 Years

According to an analysis of ODJFS’ job information, Economic Research Analyst George Zeller of Cleveland, seen by some as Ohio’s class-A digester and interpreter of such detailed information, said new October 2017 data extends Ohio’s “terrible sub-par job growth streak to 60 consecutive months,” including all months between […]

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On what was likely his last conference call of the year with Ohio media, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said he and state-mate U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will safeguard the $50 million “Smart City Challenge” grant awarded to Columbus by former President Barack Obama’s department of transportation, should White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney try to repurpose it.

Brown, running for a third term next year, told this reporter that he doesn’t worry the Trump Administration would try to take away the funding because he and Portman would shut it down.

This reporter’s […]

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What is it about a small Ohio town that can provide both an uplifting story about kindness for this holiday season as well as a real bummer of a tale that is sure to bring you down from an otherwise festive spirit?

We can find the answers to that question by looking at two people who both have roots in Urbana, a small town that could serve as a model for understanding the often contradictory nature of America.

The uplifting part of the story about Urbana is provided by Traci Bild, who grew up in the Champaign County community and […]

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