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This week we learned the ECOT ripoff cost taxpayers at least $200 million, while Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine did nothing but cash their campaign checks. Local Ohio school officials are not happy.

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With a special election just weeks away, very little coverage has focused on the GOP candidate for Ohio’s 12th Congressional district. Troy Balderson has posted some particularly swampy fundraising reports with energy companies effectively bankrolling his run for Congress.

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Forcing a trusted teacher, administrator, cafeteria worker, janitor, guidance counselor, or other caring adult in a school to out children experiencing gender dysphoria teaches a lesson of distrust to kids, many of whom already struggle with bullying, depression or worse.

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Just in time for 2018, our complete archive of posts about Phil Robinson and Jim Trakas, candidates for Ohio’s 6th House District.

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Just in time for 2018, our complete archive of posts about Andrew Brenner and Louise Valentine, candidates for Ohio’s 19th Senate District.

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by John K. Hartman

The Columbus Dispatch cannot give Dave Yost enough sweetheart coverage in his bid for Ohio Attorney General. The newspaper might as well be named deputy campaign manager for the Delaware Republican and current state auditor. This is hardly the way the recently crowned Ohio’s best newspaper should behave.

In fact, it is hard to remember the name of Yost’s Democratic opponent. Let me take a moment to look it up. The Democrat candidate for attorney general is Steve Dettlebach. He gets little coverage in the newspaper and dispatch.com and when he did get covered, the Dispatch […]

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April 15, 2018 is Tax Day and is also the first Tax Day under the TrumpTax Scam— which makes it the perfect day to take to the streets again.

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We hear that citizens across the country are more engaged and paying attention to politics like never before. But does it even matter? Last month, in Ohio, it clearly did. 

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Do you think there is enough tension and division in the United States right now? Are folks hot enough around the collar? Y’know what might cool things off here in Ohio?

Opening up our gun laws to “stand your ground” so that Ohioans have no duty to retreat and can kill each other whenever they feel under attack. Great. Perfect. Run with it.

That’s apparently the thinking of some Ohio Republicans.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

“We want to eliminate your duty to retreat when you are under threat of violent attack,” said (state) Sen. Jay Hottinger, […]

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The GREAT Scholarship
Ohio’s first city-sponsored scholarship program in Green picks up where state has fallen short

It is no secret that investing in a highly skilled workforce is becoming the most important factor in whether companies choose to locate somewhere, with 90 percent of economic development organizations in one February survey identifying that delivering a skilled workforce is more important in the site selection process. The business community recognizes this key to future economic development, applauding especially New York State’s commitment to making two-year and four-year state colleges free for students as long as they remain […]

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Taxpayer Dollars Must Not Be Wasted On Failing Charter Schools
by State Representative David Leland

I introduced HB 220 to improve charter school transparency and accountability by permitting the state auditor to track all taxpayer money received by the private, for-profit schools. I did this to shine a light on how charter schools spend taxpayer dollars, which has become even more critical after the ruling last week that ECOT, Ohio’s largest, failing online charter school, misappropriated at least $60 million in taxpayer funds by falsely inflating student attendance.

Ohio taxpayers deserve a full and complete accounting for every one […]

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