Archive | October 2011

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Is Kasich Worth $148,165?

Governor Kasich earns $148,165 a year, $10,000 more than what his predecessor, Democrat Ted Strickland earned, and he is eligible to receive automatic 3% “step increases.” Gov. Kasich’s twenty-seven cabinet members earn an average pay of more than $131,000. At least twenty-two of them receive an extra $6,000 annual car allowance. At least seven cabinet […]

Everyone Agrees: Issue 3 Is Bad

With all the talk about Issue 2, there is another ballot issue slipping under the radar.  Issue 3 will do damage to Ohio. Law professors across the state agree that Issue 3 is so badly worded that it would likely throw a wrench in many of the following programs: Workers Compensation COBRA insurance coverage in child […]

Nazi Reenactor Rich Iott Donated to Josh Mandel’s Campaign

A 2010 Republican Congressional candidate involved in a World War II reenactment group and dressed in a Nazi uniform gave $1,000 to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is running for the U.S. Senate. Mandel is Jewish. Rich Iott, who challenged Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) gave Mandel, a Republican, the donation on September 5. Mr. Iott […]

Poll Shows Democrats Ahead in 2012 Elections in Ohio

Pizza magnate Herman Cain leads the Republican Presidential pack in Ohio and Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown maintains a comfortable edge over his likely challenger, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University. In Ohio’s 2012 Senate race, the survey found Sen. Brown ahead of Treasurer Mandel by a 49% to 34% margin. […]

Ohio Chief Justice Places Video in Support of Issue 1 on State Website

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor is not shy about supporting Issue 1, the ballot measure that would raise the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 76, but does her video urging a “yes” vote – posted on the Ohio Supreme Court website – go too far? State law prohibits local governments from using public […]

Ohio Attorney General Rejects “Personhood” Amendment

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected the wording of a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would declare that life begins when a human egg is fertilized. He said Monday the summary lists three items the amendment would not affect. He said the group Personhood Ohio should either remove the items or place […]

Exotic Animals Wreak Havoc on Central Ohio

On Tuesday, fifty-six exotic creatures — a menagerie that included wolves, monkeys, and eighteen Bengal tigers, an endangered species — fled their cages on a seventy-three-acre private reserve in Zanesville, Ohio. Friends described the couple who ran it as animal lovers, but they also had a history of run-ins with the authorities. A day after […]

Occupy Columbus Continues Protest Through Chilly Night

Supporters of Occupy Columbus continued their protests in front of the Ohio Statehouse on Monday and kept their posts on High Street through the night. Some Occupy Columbus supporters said they will not give up their efforts to denounce corporate influence in government, despite dropping temperatures. Some demonstrators said they plan to be in front […]

Occupy Wall Street Moves to Cincinnati and Dayton

Protesters marching in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement set their aim on the headquarters of Fifth Third in Cincinnati on Saturday. Two hundred protesters marched from their camp-out site in a park on the edge of downtown and culminated at the Fountain Square headquarters of the bank. The protesters shouted “Banks got bailed […]

Ohio Collective Bargaining Law One of the Biggest Political Battles in the Country

The push to repeal Ohio’s anti-collective bargaining law (called Senate Bill 5) will be one of the biggest battles in the country this Election Day. The law’s supporters and opponents are expected to spend in total more than $20 million in the fight. Supporters say the law is vital to curb labor’s power and to […]