Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that he will relent and allow Cuyahoga County mail unsolicited absentee ballot requests (as it’s done for years now) to voters in order to prevent overcrowded lines on election day after an unanimous, bipartisan Cuyahoga County Council passed a resolution authorizing the program.
Husted has tried to justify his opposition to large counties sending out unsolicited absentee ballots by arguing that making it easier for such voters in those counties to vote was “unfair” to other voters who didn’t have the benefit of such programs and […]Full Story... →
State Senator Kris Jordan says that he’s entitled to his privacy, even though he’s still under investigation of a crime. Robert Mecklenborg said the same thing… a week or two before he resigned.
The one-time recipient of the Ohio Christian Alliance’s Local Elected Official of the Year says he made a mistake, but what was that mistake?
We had an emotional argument and are embarrassed that some very personal issues have become public. We are all human. We make mistakes.
The mistake was their domestic dispute became public? Senator Jordan’s wife didn’t make a mistake calling 911. The […]Full Story... →
In 2006, nearly 57% of Ohio voters passed a constitutional amendment to guarantee a minimum wage law in this State that was automatically tied to inflation. It was an election in which 53% of all registered voters in Ohio voted.
Fast forward to 2010, John Kasich is elected with roughly 49% of the vote in an election in which 49% of all register voters in Ohio voted.
Here is what the voters of Ohio enshrined in the State’s constitution in 2006 with a sizeable majority of the vote (Art. II, Sec. 34a of the […]Full Story... →
[Disclaimer: This post is being offered for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be legal advice, nor am I creating any attorney/client privilege. The scope of this review is what is prohibited under Ohio law. Individual agency policies may vary. As always, I would advise anyone to independently consult with an attorney for questions about their legal rights in their particular situation.]
I’ve gotten at least one State employee who has e-mailed me an agency “policy” statement that suggests that any political activity by classified employees are prohibited on state property. The general structure is a memorandum that […]Full Story... →
Last week, John Kasich expressed regret at his seemingly flippiant attitude towards diversity at the very beginning of his term. He even said that he thinks his Administration should strive harder than Governor Strickland’s to get the State to meet its 1980s mandate of setting aside 15% of all government contracts to minority-owned businesses.
We should support the Governor on this, because we doubt many in his party will. But that support also means we hold him accountable for his budget, which cuts funding for the offices charged with enforcing Ohio’s minority-owned business set asides by over half.
Also, Governor Kasich is making the right call on sentencing reform. If you support gun control, then you probably should support Kasich’s killing, for now at least, of the restaurant CCW bill, too.Full Story... →
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) has finally taken a public position on HB 159, the bill that would require all voters to present a government issue photo identification in order to vote.
First the good news, Secretary Husted doesn’t believe the change is warranted:
"I believe that if you have a government-issued check, a utility bill in your name with your address on it, that no one made that up," Husted said to reporters following his speech during League of Women Voters of Ohio’s annual Statehouse Day. "They […]Full Story... →
Jon Husted is all a-Twitter (TM) about today being Democracy Day, a day to celebrate the ratification of the 26th Amendment which lowered the voting age to 18 that is held by Rock the Vote and the National Education Association (NEA… you know, one of those free loading teachers unions).
Ironic given that Husted has publicly been very quiet about is House Bill 159, a bill that requires the use of a government issued photo identification card which lists your address or a recent address any time you vote. Currently, a person could vote […]Full Story... →
From the Ohio ACLU’s press release:
COLUMBUS- Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter to Governor John Kasich urging him to lift restrictions on members of the press from recording his announcement of his biennial budget on March 15, 2011. According to news reports, Governor Kasich will not allow members of the press to video record his speech or take photos. He will allow audio recording, but only to be used for fact checking and not for broadcast.
“ Ohio’s biennial budget promises to be one of the most significant pieces of legislation to come from […]Full Story... →
Apparently, this morning Governor Kasich’s office took down the MLK, Jr. resolution he signed on January 12th that incorrectly declared St. Patrick’s Day as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and replaced it with one he signed yesterday that, at least.
Here’s the original resolution, since Governor Kasich’s office took it down:
Is this what people mean by calling something a “whitewash?”
[UPDATE:] First, Fark.com, now the Cleveland Plain Dealer picks up our […]Full Story... →
“If [public employees] want to strike they should be fired.” –Governor-elect John Kasich in December. “Either we go up together or we go down together.”—Dr. MLK, Jr. at the rally for the Memphis sanitation workers the night before he was assassinated.
Today, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was assassinated at a Memphis hotel in April 1968 while supporting the strike of Memphis sanitation workers who were protesting discriminatory hiring practices and deadly working conditions. The day before he was assassinated, Dr. King gave his “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” speech:
Forgotten now […]Full Story... →
Outgoing Senator George Voinovich joined Republican Senators Brown (MA), Burr (NC), Collins (ME), Ensign (NV) Murkowski (AK), Kirk (IL) and Snowe (ME) in voting to repeal DADT in a stand-alone bill on Saturday.
How much do you bet that Governor-elect Kasich now doesn’t get the Cleveland Inner Belt named after George Voinovich now?Full Story... →