Politicians Do Not Take Education Seriously

June 19, 2011
By
schoolhouse

Ohio children had their highest scores on the graduation test since it was implemented in 2004. This is good. However, it doesn’t solve the age old problem of relying on property taxes for school funding. In addition, in order to fill budget shortfalls many states are cutting school funding. The nation and the State...

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Kasich and the General Assembly are Heartless

June 13, 2011
By
kasichlarge

I have thought for a while that many Republicans adhere to a form of Social Darwinism. Today, with the release of the new state budget, Governor Kasich and the Republican controlled General Assembly have given me no reason to change my mind. There are many definitions of Social Darwinism, but the main tenant of...

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Where are the Serious GOP Presidential Challengers?

June 10, 2011
By
GOP

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll has found that President Obama holds a commanding lead over his Republican rivals. But before progressives get too excited, let’s take a look at the Republican field. There are those who have quit the race. Trump and Huckabee. Both tried to use the race to pump up the ratings of...

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It was Time for Tressel to Leave

June 1, 2011
By
Jim Tressel

This is a post I didn’t want to write. However, Ohio State Football Coach Jim Tressel has broken the rules and he has paid for it with his job. When you’re asked to resign it means you were fired. I liked Tressel. He seemed to be as advertised. Trustworthy, loyal, courteous, kind, brave, clean,...

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When Will the Ohio General Assembly Discover Designer Drugs

May 29, 2011
By
bathsaltsrock

I think it’s a little and too late. I first posted about “legal” designer drugs on March 19 after traveling to Wisconsin and Minnesota. Not surprising since Minnesota is the unofficial home of drug and alcohol treatment. My question is why is it taking Ohio legislators so long to wake up to this threat?...

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Guess Who is not a Friend of John Kasich

May 28, 2011
By
boyprotect

Recently I’ve written several posts about John Kasich’s friends getting special treatment despite his campaign promise that they would not. Well, guess whose not a friend of the governor… Neglected and abused children. Ohio is last among states in spending on children’s protective services. The state only provides 10% of the money needed to...

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Kasich Ignores Campaign Promise Again: Yes There’s More

May 27, 2011
By
David L. Brennan

A few days ago I posted about how three of Governor Kasich’s best friends were making a killing by opening lobbying firms. This despite Kasich’s campaign vow that there would be no special treatment for his supporters or special interests. Well, here we go again. A group of schools has sued David Brennan the...

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Settlement House has Funding Cut: The Poor Get Screwed Again

May 26, 2011
By
southside

As a social worker, settlement houses have a special place in my heart. The founder of social work, Jane Addams, started Hull House in Chicago during the late 1800′s. It was the first settlement house. Today The Columbus Dispatch reported that the South Side Settlement House took another funding cut from the United Way....

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Kasich Ignores Campaign Promise

May 23, 2011
By
kasichlarge

During his campaign for governor John Kasich stated there would be no favors for his supporters. Supposedly, he dislikes special interests. But an article today in the Columbus Dispatch casts doubt on that assertion. Three of Kasich’s best friends, Donald Thibaut, Robert F. Klaffke and Douglas J. Preisse, have set up lobbying operations. Amazingly,...

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Get Your Obama Birth Certificate Coffee Mug Now

May 21, 2011
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Get Your Obama Birth Certificate Coffee Mug Now

I received an email from Julianna Smoot who is with BarackObama.com. Usually when I get an email from a progressive politician they almost always start out with something wrong a conservative has done or said, and then they ask for money. I’m sure the other side does this as well. However, this email was...

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Bill May Shut Down Pill Mills, However There Could be a Problem

May 18, 2011
By
vicodin

Yesterday the Ohio Senate passed a bill to closely monitor the dispensing of painkillers. In addition, there is a renewed effort to shut down pill mills and identify patients who are doctor shopping. However, the bill could have an unintended consequence. Most painkillers are opiates which are very addictive. This means the patients who...

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End Big Oil’s Corporate Welfare

May 18, 2011
By
Reid

This came to me in an email from the DSCC and was written by Harry Reid. Dear Jeffrey, It’s a no-brainer: Big Oil doesn’t need taxpayer subsidies. After all, the five largest oil companies raked in profits of $32 billion in the first quarter of 2011—while Americans are paying four bucks a gallon at...

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Kasich Should Veto Guns in Bars Bill

May 15, 2011
By
gun

I’ve always thought it was stupid to go to a bar, drink alcohol, and then go get on a motorcycle to travel home. I felt it could be deadly. But now in their great lack of judgement, our General Assembly has decided to pass a bill that allows patrons with a conceal and carry...

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Louisiana Law Pushes Creationism

May 10, 2011
By
cnb Evolution bf 0083.jpg

More and more we see right wing evangelicals push the false science of creationism onto their students. We have seen this already with the John Freshwater case in Mt. Vernon. Thankfully, Freshwater lost his job as a science teacher after a protracted legal battle. In Louisiana they have a law that not only pushes...

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The Most Important Thing I Did Yesterday

May 6, 2011
By
The Most Important Thing I Did Yesterday

Now that I’m back in Ohio I can concentrate on Ohio’s politics and not so much on Wisconsin and Minnesota. While it has been apparent to me for a long time that there are a group of American’s whose greed is so great they do not care if it brings down the American economy....

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