Back in January, I argued against the general idea of imposing work requirements for Ohio’s Medicaid program. The details of Ohio’s proposed Medicaid work requirements (PDF link) are now open for public comment. As the proposed language makes clear, Ohio is set to go all in on the mythology that forcing the very small population of people on Medicaid who might be able to work, but do not currently, will make them healthier overall. Most health care experts who have looked at the question agree that though the requirements are likely to move a small fraction of […]

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On May 2, 2018, Politico’s Morning Education reported the following statements by the U.S. Department of Education spokeswoman: “Secretary DeVos has always said education is an investment in students, not in schools or school systems, and public education is any education that serves the public. We should stop defining education by the word that comes before school and instead focus on the students the school serves.” Following is a message Secretary DeVos should receive from concerned citizens of Ohio. Secretary DeVos: Public education in the U.S. is a function of each state, not a function of the federal government. Historically, the […]

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The National Education Policy Center (NEPC) study issued May 1. 2018 provides a mountain of evidence that the online charter industry is bad for taxpayers, students and society. The state policy that permits students to enroll in online charters is abusive to a lot of students. If state lawmakers are bent on continuing the online charter industry, they must provide a screening process that eliminates those students who do not have the capacity to succeed in an online environment. Many, if not most, students don’t have sufficient self-discipline skills at a young age to work independently. Rules for […]

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Let’s see….  It was more than a decade ago back in 2006  that then-congressman Sherrod Brown defied conventional wisdom by running against a securely seated Republican, Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine.

The risk was clear, or so some of Brown’s Democratic political supporters feared, that he would dare give up a safe 13th District House seat to challenge a hard-right social conservative  who, to this day, remains firmly in the grip of the National Rifle Association while assuming a cautious political profile that has been regularly polished by Ohio media.  But it has hardly been a profile in courage in a day […]

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This is the second part of “The Ohio Dark Money Blows Its Cover” series.

A recent lawsuit appears to have disclosed the identities of some of the Washington power brokers behind the dark money that has flooded Ohio elections since Citizens United. The lawsuit, brought by Larry Householder, accuses several defendants of making false and defamatory statements through the medium of political attack ads. The lawsuit names Conservative Alliance PAC, GRP Buying, that company’s owner Nick Everhart as defendants; it also names several individuals associated with the American Conservative Union (ACU). These ACU-affiliated individuals have denied involvement with the […]

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Some Ohioans believe nothing has changed due to the Ohio Supreme Court decisions in DeRolph v. State. That is far from fact. A lot has changed. There are more than 1,200 new school buildings in school districts across Ohio in response to the DeRolph decisions. The percentage of the State General Revenue Fund (GRF) budget allotted to public K-12 education has increased from 34.5 in the fiscal year 1992 to 43.9 this fiscal year following 42.8% in FY 2017 and 42.9% in FY 2016. That is quite significant; HOWEVER, part of that which the state gave, the state took away and the current […]

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If pageantry and pretense rely on fantasy to achieve their fullest effect, you should prepare for the longest star-spangled parade in America’s history – led by Donald Trump, who boasts of being the brightest and boldest star in the firmament.

As the exalted ruler of the Kingdom of Base, the president loves patriotic displays of empty loyalties. This mighty procession from the White Guy House schedule has already given us his ceremonial plans to celebrate his vast accomplishments to make America great again as he crusades as the parade marshal on a long journey through the Old South to the […]

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Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost detailed ECOT’s financial records as a part of his investigation into potential illegal activities of the online charter school as a part of its closing.  Among Yost’s findings is nearly $2.3 million in payments in 2017 and 2018 to a company called Third Wave Communications.

In August 2016, we wrote about Third Wave Communications as ECOT was doing business with them back then, too.  Missing from Yost’s January 18, 2018 letter is any mention that Third Wave Communications is operated by Jessica Harris […]

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As the ECOT debacle plays out, it becomes evident that politics gave it life, but now politics is exposing its corruption and thus its shame and destruction.

While the ECOT Man was on the rags-to-riches trajectory, certain state officials, who were immersed in ECOT campaign funds, protected the ECOT business enterprise. ECOT has never been focused on education. Profit has been the objective and when ECOT was caught cheating taxpayers, it went out-of-business not because it was among the worst performing “schools” in the history of the United States, but because it was no longer a profitable business. Now that […]

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As part of the Ohio GOP’s ongoing civil war and the attendant primary mudslinging, some candidates have turned to lawsuits to stop their rivals from airing attack ads.

One such lawsuit, brought by Larry Householder,  has (accidentally!) pierced Ohio Dark Money’s carefully tended veil of secrecy. The lawsuit revealed the identities of the Washington power brokers pumping money into Ohio’s elections. The revealed persons are all top brass at the American Conservative Union (ACU), with strong ties to the Trump Administration and the NRA at highest echelons. Furthermore, some of the people involved are mixed up in the years-long […]

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Not Fake News, Jim!

On May 10, 2018 By

When President Trump blew into Cleveland the past weekend, the Plain Dealer reported with a prominent front-page headline,”Trump uses visit to boost Renacci”.

That’s Rep. Jim  Renacci. He’s the former Wadsworth mayor and wealthy businessman who is now a candidate for the U.S. Senate after first announcing that he would run for Ohio governor and do whatever necessary to win. That was until political temptation induced him to change his mind and challenge Sen. Sherrod Brown.

My first tepid response to the Trump-Renacci tandem was to wonder which of these two guys would be hurt the most by their meeting […]

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