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Ohioans need to know how candidates will fight big money
By Catherine Turcer

Ohioans are gearing up for what will likely be the most expensive election in history. Over $18 million has already been spent by outside groups in this year’s race for the U.S. Senate race between Senator Rob Portman and former Governor Ted Strickland. That’s more than five times the total amount of outside money spent during Sen. Portman’s first senate race in 2010.

We all pay the price when wealthy special interest groups are able to dump unlimited amounts of money in elections. It’s the big […]

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Was Melania Trump’s speech plagiarism?  Definitely.  And comments like those from Chris Christie trying to defend the speech saying that it was OK because it was 93% her own work – only illustrate how poorly plagiarism is understood by many people.  This is what is often called a teachable moment.

Plagiarism is passing off the words and ideas of others as your own, which is what happened last night in Melania Trump’s speech at the RNC in Cleveland.  It is pretty clear that she (or her speechwriter) copied parts of Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech.  You can see the relevant […]

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By Jack Frech

A few months back, a “Black Lives Matter” sign was defaced here in Athens, Ohio. It reminded me just how deeply racism is ingrained in our society. It is a harsh reality that has been pushed to the forefront by the now finally documented killing of young African-American men by law enforcement.

But equally tragic are the many ways that our racism has manifested itself that are less obvious. African-Americans have a much higher infant mortality rate, and a higher incidence of other serious health issues. They have worse education outcomes. They have a much higher unemployment […]

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This week’s winner in the “Even right-wingers can be right every so often award” is Ann Coulter for her description of John Kaisch:

“ …the spitting image of a homeless man. He’s got the slouch, the facial tics, and a strange way of bouncing his head and looking around that makes you want to cross the street to avoid him. It looks like he cuts his own hair, and his suits are Ralph Nader cast-offs. He wolfs down food like a street person, has a hair-trigger temper, and rants about religion in a way that only he can understand. “


Dick […]

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Protecting Affordable Health Care In Ohio
by David Balto

Make no mistake, companies always merge to benefit their shareholders. Often consumers end up suffering through higher prices, less service and less choice. Consumers’ pocketbooks feel the pain from recent airline, media and healthcare mergers.

That’s why we have laws for the government to block harmful mergers. Four of the five largest health insurers plan to merger – Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana. In Ohio the mergers will be reviewed by the State Attorney General and the Insurance Commissioner. They should just say no and block these deals.

The Ohio Department of […]

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By David Knox

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said something during Saturday’s presidential debate in New Hampshire that he didn’t say in the previous seven Republican debates.

“And we’ve grown jobs by 400,000 — that’s one of the fastest growing states in the country,” he told the audience at St. Anselm’s College and an estimated 13.2 million television and online viewers.

The first part of that sentence is true — Ohio has gained more than 400,000 jobs since Kasich took office in January 2011, according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

But those same figures don’t support Kasich’s […]

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By David Knox

Now that Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential poll numbers are up — at least in New Hampshire — will the national news media finally take a hard look at his job creation record?

Maybe. But don’t bet the rent money on it. The lure of the horse race is hard to resist. And the poll numbers show Kasich coming up fast on the outside in the final stretch of the Granite State’s Feb. 9 primary contest.

RealClearPolitics’ average of five surveys of likely New Hampshire voters, conducted Jan. 13-25, shows Kasich in third place with 11.5 percent […]

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By David Knox

Five months before declaring his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president on July 21, Ohio Gov. John Kasich took to YouTube to lay the foundation for his campaign for the White House — or, more likely, for the vice presidential slot on the GOP ticket.

“Guess what, I’ve got some really good news, Ohio,” Kasich said in proclaiming his gospel of economic salvation through job creation. “Our great state has more than earned back all the private-sector jobs we had lost in recent years. That’s right. We had lost 350,000 jobs upon my entering office and […]

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Kasich’s Cockroaches
By Kellie Copeland

Why did John Kasich hide his agenda against women? Why didn’t he claim his role in crafting targeted regulations on abortion providers? He even tries to distance himself after the Associated Press has exposed email exchanges between his staff, legislative staff, and Ohio Right to Life.

Discovering the evidence of Kasich’s legislative actions is like finding a cockroach in the kitchen — where there is one, there are surely more.

Passing new laws was just the beginning for John. He also sat Ohio Right to Life president Mike Gondiakis on the state medical board, […]

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The mostly male-dominated movements angling to ban abortion have a history of peddling Big Lies:  Abortion causes breast cancer (studies prove otherwise); women commonly suffer from post-traumatic abortion syndrome (neither the American Medical Association nor the American Psychiatric Association recognizes such an ailment); abortion threatens future fertility (no evidence of that either.)

But the past month has seen the biggest lies of all.

I’m talking about those selectively edited videos that dominated the news and falsely accused Planned Parenthood of breaking the law by profiting from the sale of aborted fetuses.

Just this week, experts determined that […]

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During my time on the State School Board I served on three search committees to find the next State Superintendent of Public Education.

Each time there was a representative of the Governor that served on the committee and that person had just as much input as any other member of the committee.

So now it seems that the Governor is not happy with the make up of the State Board, 11 elected members and 8 appointed members.

So why is the Governor upset? Because 7 State Board members want the Ohio Department of Education and the State Superintendent investigated concerning […]

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