Republicans Pick Cleveland for 2016 Convention

On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced that it had chosen heavily Democratic Cleveland to host its 2016 national convention. A meeting of the full RNC will ratify the choice next month in Chicago. The RNC had narrowed the field to Cleveland and Dallas, both of which aggressively courted party officials. Republicans believe that […]

Kasich: Right to Work “Not on My Agenda”

Republican Governor John Kasich said last week that “right-to-work” legislation, which weakens labor unions, isn’t on his agenda. That’s not the same as saying he would fight or veto it. The divisive measure should not be enacted. Putting aside the likely partisan explosion, Ohio’s voters signaled as recently as 2011 that they do not favor such […]

Support a Federal Minimum Wage Increase

Workers that make the federal minimum wage haven’t gotten a raise since 2009. Tipped minimum wage workers haven’t gotten a raise since 1991. These people work hard. They struggle to provide for their families. As many as 25% of those making the federal minimum wage have children. Ohioans believe that if you put in a […]

Rep. Ryan Wants Manufacturing Focus at SOTU

During last year’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama highlighted the success of a Youngstown manufacturing innovation institute that specializes in 3-D printing technology. Representative Tim Ryan (D-Niles) and other boosters of domestic manufacturing say they hope to hear more along those lines during Obama’s State of the Union address tomorrow night. Ninety percent of the […]

Toledo Threatens Eminent Domain

Toledo and AT&T have reached an impasse over a land sale, forcing the city to begin the process of eminent domain against the telecommunications company. The city plans to widen parts of Dorr Street in West Toledo so it can build center median islands and designated turn areas along the roads between Byrne Road and […]

Former JobsOhio Chief Could Make Millions on OSU Deal

Former JobsOhio chief Mark Kvamme and his new business partner might make millions from Ohio State University’s $50 million investment in their new venture capital firm. Kvamme’s company could make $9 million in fees, $500,000 in expenses, and 20% of future profits from Ohio State’s investment. Ohio State’s investment was made in part at the […]

Ohio Senators Fighting for American Steel

Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are urging the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to protect Ohio-based companies like U.S. Steel from illegal Chinese trade practices. The letter led by Senators Portman and Brown was also signed by ten of their Senate colleagues. Senators Portman and Brown have worked together to champion the […]

JobsOhio Fails to Save Jobs in Mahoning Valley

The consolidation of Verizon Wireless offices in Ohio is leaving one major casualty: the loss of 370 Mahoning Valley employees. JobsOhio, a privatized nonprofit created by Governor John Kasich’s administration to head the state’s economic-development efforts, recommended a $4.5 million job creation tax credit to Verizon. That proposal was approved in March by the Ohio […]

Petition: Confirm Binz for FERC

  The email below is from Dillon Holmes, the president of a solar power installation company. Dillon started a petition on CREDO Mobilize.  As the president of a solar power installation company, I know how important it is to have federal regulators in place who understand the issues and support clean energy. Ron Binz, whom President […]

Appeals Court: Corporation Can’t Deny Employees Contraception

The Obama Administration won a victory Tuesday as a Cincinnati-based federal appeals court rejected objections raised by two Michigan corporations to a mandate that they cover contraception for female employees. Autocam Corp. and Autocam Medical, for-profit firms, challenged the federal Affordable Care Act rule. A Roman Catholic family that holds a controlling interest in the […]