From the monthly archives: April 2018

As politicians shift from the primary to the general election, thousands of high school students face an uncertain road to a diploma due to an inequitable and flawed assessment system. With a long-term solution to the graduation problem a few years away, the legislature applied a temporary, if unproven, fix for the class of 2018. They have yet to act in the interest of the classes of 2019 and 2020 despite increasing pressure to do just that.

Just over a dozen states require students to satisfy the requirements of an assessment system in order to graduate. Ohio is one of […]

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Thanks to gerrymandering, Democrats face an uphill battle to take back any seats in the 33-member Ohio Senate. But fundraising numbers last week show encouraging signs about Democratic enthusiasm and candidates who may have what it takes to win in November.

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Stormy Daniels isn’t the only one who has been offered hush money.

Some past employees of ECOT were offered some, too.  In ECOT’s case, kids and taxpayers got screwed – not a porn star.

News that several past employees were offered public money in exchange for agreeing not to disparage the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) follows an Associated Press story that quoted a whistleblower saying the Department of Education was informed last August that ECOT manipulated software to garner unearned money from the state. The whistleblower also provided the information to Auditor David Yost last year.

The whistleblower turned […]

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If Ohio citizens thought that state media were having a field day reporting about the demise of ECOT, the notorious and very dead online school, the former behemoth’s former spokesman was quick to add his own perspective about the decaying charter carcass. And then some.

“I think most of this is made-up, ridiculous attempts to abuse a corpse,” Neil Clark said.

It was a deft choice of words for Clark, who a few years back famously referred to school districts as “government schools” while he championed an ECOT monster that ravenously consumed government funds as it tried to masquerade […]

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It’s primary season and health care is on the ballot. With Tuesday, May 8 fast approaching, I wanted to offer some thoughts on the positions taken by each of Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates specifically in the area of health policy.

Given the uncertainty of the partisan composition of the U.S. Congress after the coming mid-term elections, the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still unknown. It appears that Congressional Republicans may even be making a play to attempt to repeal the ACA before the midterm election in November.

While federal politics are uncertain, the positions taken by the major […]

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The race for Ohio Governor is shaping up to be a race for the future of healthcare for the state’s most vulnerable residents. And one candidate in the race refuses to say whether he would preserve coverage for over 700,000 low-income Ohioans.

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Campaign finance reports were due today, and in all four of the downticket races — for Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Auditor — Democrats outraised their Republican counterparts. 

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Newly filed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documents reveal links between a newly created SuperPAC called Conservative Alliance PAC and the same Ohio Dark Money players behind Rob Portman’s 2016 single-candidate SuperPAC, Fighting for Ohio PAC. Conservative Alliance PAC is running attack ads in the Ohio Primaries, which go after Republican primary challengers who are allied with former Ohio Speaker, Larry Householder. The mailers and radio spots attempt to tie the candidates to a corruption scandal that swirled around Householder and his aides in the early 2000s.

In a Shakespearean twist, the same aide who emerged most tarnished from that […]

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The Orwellian Trump

On April 20, 2018 By

Jonathan Chait begins his essay in New York Magazine’s withering report on the Trump dynasty’s corruption with a direct quote from Trump himself:

“I’ve grabbed all the money I could get. I’m so greedy. But now I want to be greedy for the United States.”

Candidate Trump spoke those words during the 2016 campaign and could have stopped with the first part about his extraordinary avarice. Since entering the Oval Office in a red or white cap, yellow hair and orange face, Trump has given no indication that he and his equally greedy family have any intention of giving up their […]

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There might be an anti-incumbent wave building in the midterms, as six Ohio Democrats seeking to flip districts to blue raise over $100,000, four of them topping the fundraising of the incumbents they are challenging.

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Following President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will lead missile strikes against the Syrian regime under Bashar Assad for the use of chemical weapons, members of the GOP came out in waves of support. It seems these republicans forgot their previous stances.

Many Republican congressmen, who had previously opposed interference in Syria under Obama, applauded President Trump for his leadership. Of course, Senator Rob Portman was one of these flip-floppers. Portman tweeted on Friday, April 13 the following:

The senator’s tweet completely switches his previous stances of Syrian strikes when Obama was an office. During a debate regarding the issue on […]

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