Tag Archive: Ohio

Aug 15

Congressman: Repealing death tax would be ‘nirvana’

It was Founding Father Benjamin Franklin who said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” One Illinois congressman wants to disconnect the two by eliminating the so-called death tax.

Tax reform is one …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/294387/congressman-repealing-death-tax-nirvana/

Aug 14

Haupt: Abandoning the gold standard created legalized theft

“The gold standard kept us honest and forced us to control out of control spending.”

– Lane Brody 

Alan Greenspan told us, “Gold is a good place to put money, given its value as a currency outside of the policies …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/294362/haupt-abandoning-gold-standard-created-legalized-theft/

Aug 09

New health care plan would make smaller, bipartisan reforms

A number of Congressional members have begun working on a new alternative health-care plan after the last effort to replace Obamacare stalled. But a healthcare expert says it’s likely too late.

The Problem Solvers’ Caucus, consisting of a bipartisan group …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/294289/new-health-care-plan-make-smaller-bipartisan-reforms/

Aug 07

Haupt: America and the Roman Empire’s political downfall

“At the height of its mastery, Rome was the pulsing heart of the earth. The day the empire fell the world learned even the most stalwart empires can fail if avarice replaces prudence.”

– Solon Greco

There is not a …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/294260/haupt-america-roman-empires-political-downfall/

Aug 04

Congressman pushes for federal tax reform to help offset state income tax hike

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., is embarking on a tour to talk federal tax reform, and he’s getting an earful from constituents.

One of the participants in the roundtable discussion in Springfield Aug. 1, Merrill Lynch financial adviser Gary Seitz, …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/294220/congressman-pushes-federal-tax-reform-help-offset-state-income-tax-hike/

Aug 03

Ohio policy group joins federal legal fight against forced union dues

Illinois workers whose fight against being forced to pay dues to a union they don’t want to join have an ally in an Ohio policy group.

The Buckeye Institute last month filed what’s called an amicus brief with the U.S. …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/294032/ohio-policy-group-joins-federal-legal-fight-forced-union-dues/

Aug 02

Krug: President Trump disrupting news consumption, bringing in more women

This just in: President Donald Trump is polarizing.

Some love him. Some hate him. Hate is a strong word, but they hate him.

There are probably some who are too busy watching “The Price Is Right” or rainbow-vomiting cat videos …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/294192/krug-president-trump-disrupting-news-consumption-bringing-women/

Aug 01

Haupt: No confidence in the political class

“There is no act of treachery, infidelity, or avarice of which a politician is not capable; for in politics it’s every man for himself to remain in the graces of the political party.”

– Marty Blunt

The Articles of Confederation …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/294166/haupt-no-confidence-political-class/

Jul 26

VP Pence breaks tie to open debate in Senate on Obamacare replacement

Both parties in Washington D.C. know Obamacare is flawed and getting worse, but no Democrats and two Republicans voted Tuesday against opening debate to change things.

That meant it took Vice President Mike Pence to break a 50-50 tie just …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/294107/vp-pence-breaks-tie-open-debate-senate-obamacare-replacement/

Jul 25

Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin score well in manufacturing report; Illinois not so much

The Midwest as a whole received relatively high grades in an annual rating of states’ manufacturing industries, but Illinois’ manufacturing sector is still struggling due to an unpredictable economic climate and unfunded public liabilities.

The 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293898/michigan-ohio-wisconsin-score-well-manufacturing-report-illinois-not-much-2/

Jul 24

Haupt: America needs group of Tom Paines to take government back from elites

“Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.”

– Thomas Paine, Common Sense, January 10, 1776

The year was 1776 and the time had come …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/294084/haupt-america-needs-group-tom-paines-take-government-back-elites/

Jul 21

Ohio grants property tax relief to farmers, but some fear homeowners will pay a price

Ohio just modified how it calculates property taxes for agricultural lands in order to rescue farmers from soaring tax bills, but some fear the fix will eventually burden homeowners and provide less funding for some school districts.

The state’s operating …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293969/ohio-grants-property-tax-relief-farmers-fear-homeowners-will-pay-price/

Jul 19

Proposed legislation would open up records on federal pension recipients

A Florida congressman and an open-government organization have launched a campaign to make key information on federal pension recipients subject to public disclosure.

The legislation, which is being sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, would make information about pension recipients …

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Jul 18

Haupt: Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

– Francis Bellamy

Those that crossed the Mason-Dixon …

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Jul 17

Krug: Editors and publishers fail when transparency is absent in reader ‘comments’

Where the media falls down so badly so often is in its approach to stories.

Slanted and misleading headlines, hyperbolic and unsubstantiated reporting that’s short on facts and long on opinion, and manufactured outrage probably are the worst of what …

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Jul 17

GOP tax reforms stoke debate in states with large manufacturing, agriculture sectors

A congressional panel last week spotlighted how federal tax reform could help small businesses, but one possible component of the GOP reform plans would cost businesses an estimated $1.5 trillion over the next decade.

Though a hearing scheduled Thursday by …

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Jul 14

Ohio gets down to business of retooling its workforce

Ohio’s state government leaders are venturing beyond tax policies, fiscal issues and regulations and into the wonky realm of realigning its workforce and higher education system to better meet the needs of businesses.

Since taking office in 2011, Gov. John

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293877/ohio-gets-business-retooling-workforce/

Jul 12

Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin score well in manufacturing report; Illinois not so much

The Midwest as a whole received relatively high grades in an annual rating of states’ manufacturing industries, but Illinois’ manufacturing sector is still struggling due to an unpredictable economic climate and unfunded public liabilities.

The 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293942/michigan-ohio-wisconsin-score-well-manufacturing-report-illinois-not-much/

Jul 06

Overtime rule changes great news for small businesses

Small businesses across the country are breathing a sigh of relief on news that the Trump administration is walking back former President Barack Obama’s proposed overtime expansion.

Small businesses were dreading the Obama-era order that would have doubled overtime eligibility …

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Jul 03

Haupt: Let freedom ring this Independence Day

“This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing, ‘My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing: Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293849/haupt-let-freedom-ring-independence-day/

Jul 03

Krug: Trump hunt begs question: What is the media’s business?

Supporters said all along that President Donald Trump would be good for American business.

But many didn’t anticipate that the American media business stood to benefit from his presidency.

Currently the greatest love-hate relationship in U.S. politics, the mainstream and …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293845/krug-trump-hunt-begs-question-medias-business/

Jun 30

Congressional bill would fix income tax confusion for businesses who send employees across state lines

A bill fresh out of the U.S. House of Representatives would fix a long-standing problem in states’ tax code that has likely resulted in businesses and employees overpaying the state for decades.

Companies that send a worker to another state …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293807/congressional-bill-fix-income-tax-confusion-businesses-send-employees-across-state-lines/

Jun 28

Congressional bill would allow private donations to fund abandoned mine redevelopment

A bill filed in the U.S. House would  allow private donations help revitalize the nation’s abandoned mines so they can be used for recreational areas.

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, says there’s a hurdle keeping private foundations from renovating abandoned …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293739/congressional-bill-allow-private-donations-fund-abandoned-mine-redevelopment/

Jun 26

Haupt: Only we can cure D.C.’s swine flu

 “It is interesting back in 2011, shortly after the swine-flu epidemic broke out; Congress enacted an earmark moratorium that would supposedly put an end to pork-barrel spending.”

– Jenny Reed

The phrase “pork-barrel spending” derives from the antebellum period. Plantation …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293757/haupt-can-cure-d-c-s-swine-flu/

Jun 21

Study: Heroin use costs U.S. more than $51 billion a year

Heroin use and addiction in the U.S. costs more than $51 billion every year, according to a new study released by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s school of Pharmacy.

Researchers came to the figure by tallying the costs of …

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Jun 20

Haupt: Fed up with elder abuse

“The Federal Reserve can continue to print more money, but cities and states can’t.”

– Rob Liner

The central bank has crushed the interest rates seniors have relied on for centuries to supplement their incomes and live lives that are …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293661/haupt-fed-elder-abuse/

Jun 19

Supreme Court’s ruling on Wisconsin mapmaking case could impact gerrymandering across U.S.

There could be changes coming to how Illinois’ legislative maps are drawn every ten years with the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to take up a Wisconsin case on the very issue.

Longtime Democratic Party activist Bill Whitford brought the case …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293659/supreme-courts-ruling-wisconsin-mapmaking-case-impact-gerrymandering-across-u-s/

Jun 16

Group seeks transparency in high-stakes Puerto Rico bankruptcy case

A group of investigative journalists in Puerto Rico is suing the congressionally created board that acts as the island territory’s representative in bankruptcy proceedings, claiming they are failing to be transparent in their financial dealings.

The stakes are high for …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293640/group-seeks-transparency-high-stakes-puerto-rico-bankruptcy-case/

Jun 13

Forbes: New York Shakespeare Festival received $30M from taxpayers

New York City’s Public Theater “Shakespeare in the Park” production of “Julius Caesar” sparked political drama for its on-stage assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler. Before the performance Donald Trump Jr. asked via a tweet, “I wonder how much

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293579/forbes-new-york-shakespeare-festival-received-30m-taxpayers/

Jun 12

Haupt: Your governor, your guardian of the 10th Amendment

“The Tenth Amendment said the federal government is supposed to only have powers that were explicitly given in the Constitution but I think the federal government’s forgotten that.”

– David Mills

Our founders penned the Tenth Amendment out of necessity. …

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Jun 12

U.S. Supreme Court asked to take case challenging forced union dues

The nation’s high court is being asked to take up the issue of whether government employees should be forced to pay dues and fees to government unions.

The case Janus v. AFSCME originated in Illinois. Mark Janus and several other …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293555/u-s-supreme-court-asked-take-case-challenging-forced-union-dues/

Jun 05

Hauft: Buying loyalty to sell your agenda

“Liberalism is spread by those who feel the world owes them a living, not by those who work for it.

Those who work for every dollar they bank have nothing to gain from being a liberal.”

– Jay Kites

It …

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Jun 01

Fed report: Obamacare exchange insurance costs double in past four years

The latest look at Obamacare prices show insurance through the marketplace costs more than twice as much now as it did in 2013.

New numbers from the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show health insurance in Illinois …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293462/fed-report-obamacare-exchange-insurance-costs-double-past-four-years/

May 28

Ohio Senate picks up bill barring undocumented workers’ comp elligibility

Undocumented workers would be barred from receiving workers’ compensation benefits in budget legislation passed by the Ohio House of Representatives and now in the state Senate.

The bill includes an amendment that would require the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation …

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May 25

McCaleb: Public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff’s Ponzi scheme

“In a world full of lies, the most dangerous ones are those we tell ourselves.” 

― Diana B. Henriques

HBO debuted its original movie on Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff over the weekend. Based on Henriques’ book “The Wizard of Lies,” the …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293393/mccaleb-public-pensions-ways-mirror-madoffs-ponzi-scheme/

May 22

Haupt: Justice and the political machine

 “Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.”

– Kin Hubbard, political humorist

For those who are not familiar with Justitia, the symbol of law, she is the badge and emblem that mirrors the values and morals …

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May 18

Hearing aid legislation would raise cost of personal sound amplification products

With a committee vote pending on the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, critics of the legislation warn the bill would increase government regulations and raise the cost of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs).

A gun-owner group warned in …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293324/hearing-aid-legislation-raise-cost-personal-sound-amplification-products/

May 16

Haupt: Politics a grandiose sales pitch

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.”

– Oscar Ameringer

According to a recent Gallup report, Americans regard the clergy as the …

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May 15

Frontier League supports bill that would exempt certain players from state minimum wage

Independent minor league baseball could be threatened without help from lawmakers, the attorney for the Frontier League with teams in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and elsewhere said.

Tom Ysursa, general counsel for the Frontier League, said league officials support a …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293283/frontier-league-supports-bill-exempt-certain-players-state-minimum-wage/

May 10

Overhaul of Dodd-Frank headed to U.S. House

A financial reform bill is heading for a vote in the U.S. House after clearing the Financial Services Committee.

The CHOICE Act is an overhaul of the Dodd-Frank legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. Illinois Congressman …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293234/overhaul-dodd-frank-headed-u-s-house/

May 10

Haupt: Identity politics handcuffs democracy

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

During the height of the Cold War, everyone was seeking refuge …

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May 06

Guest Voice: How the New York Times misrepresents the U.S. Supreme Court

A recent New York Times story, titled “A Polarized Supreme Court, Growing More So,” illustrates how left-of-center media distort perceptions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The story’s problems begin with the lead paragraph’s assertion that Justice Neil Gorsuch’s appointment is …

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May 04

Study: Income tax rate has major impact on pro sports teams win-loss record

Upset that your favorite basketball or hockey team is watching the playoffs from their sofas? A UIC professor says a state’s tax burden shares some of the blame.

University of Illinois at Chicago professor Erik Hembre has released a working …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293161/study-income-tax-rate-major-impact-pro-sports-teams-win-loss-record/

May 03

Congressional plan for coal miner health care bailout begs question: Who’s next?

Republican members of Congress face a dilemma, particularly those from coal-mining states.

As Congress considers a $1.3 billion bailout of health benefits for retired union coal miners, they must weigh the arguments for and against such federal bailouts.

 

“My …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293157/congressional-plan-coal-miner-health-care-bailout-begs-question-whos-next/

May 03

Haupt: How overtaxation can kill an economy

“I hate big government, but I really hate a government that doesn’t work. So when they say we either have to raise taxes or cut core services, it’s actually a false choice.”

– Scott Walker

During the late 1970s and …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293117/haupt-overtaxation-can-kill-economy/

Apr 20

Obamacare repeal-and-replace efforts revived

Efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are gaining new momentum in Washington D.C. weeks after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pulled a replacement bill from the floor after it failed to gain enough Republican support.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/293009/obamacare-repeal-replace-efforts-revived/

Mar 27

Ohio county picks electronic polling vendor that had previous election snafu

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AT THE POLLS: Electronic poll books can make the polling process more efficient, but their implementation in one Ohio county in 2015 caused many headaches.

 

An elections vendor recently got a contract to operate electronic poll books in Ohio’s …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/291873/ohio-polling-vendor/

Mar 15

Ohio pauses ESSA implementation

Ohio education officials are delaying their ESSA implementation plan until fall, giving the state more time to gather feedback on issues such as statewide testing and teacher evaluations.

The move was popular with the Ohio teachers union and state legislators …

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Mar 03

The case against Case: College ignored own policies in biased sexual assault investigation

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CASE LAW: A student alleges anti-male bias in sexual assault investigations at Case Western Reserve University.

In a scenario that has become common on college campuses, a school ignored its own policies when conducting a sexual assault investigation, according to …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/290125/lawsuit-college-ignored-policies-railroad-student-accused-sexual-assault/

Mar 03

GOP lawmaker confronts Kasich on Ohio’s green-energy mandates

In the final days of 2016, Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed legislation that would have delayed the state’s renewable energy mandates from going into effect for two years.  Instead, they are set to resume this year.

Now state Rep. Bill …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/289415/cincinnati-republican-looks-to-rein-in-green-energy-mandates/

Feb 13

A quick guide to Ohio’s changing charter school landscape

A little more than a year out from an overhaul of the state’s charter school assessment system, Ohio’s charter sector is in a period of transition.

Crain’s Cleveland Business has a guide to the changes that have happened and those …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/288319/288319/

Jan 18

Ohio charter law shows early signs of success

Researchers who studied the first year of Ohio’s charter school reforms say the 2015 law is “bringing promising changes to the state’s charter school sector.”

A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute cites tougher oversight of Ohio charter …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/286175/ohio-charter-law-shows-early-signs-success/

Jan 03

Accel may take over I Can schools in Ohio

Consolidation could be coming to Ohio’s charter school sector.

The I Can charter school network is considering turning its schools over to the Accel network, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Accel founder Ron Packard said the move “would be …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/285220/accel-may-take-can-schools-ohio/

Dec 23

College football meccas are no havens for homesharing

Alabama is the heavy favorite to win this year’s college football playoff, with Clemson, Ohio State and Washington looking to unseat the defending champion Crimson Tide. But fans of the challengers can take some solace in knowing the University …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/284080/college-football-meccas-no-havens-homesharing/

Dec 14

Five developments in Ohio education

As 2016 draws to a close, the Thomas Fordham Institute decided to share five interesting developments in Ohio education policy to wrap up the year. The piece, written by Ohio Research Director Aaron Churchill, includes ESSA accountability, more data accessibility, …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/284279/five-developments-ohio-education/

Dec 01

Judge: Accused students have right to cross-examination

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DUE PROCESS WIN: A judge ruled that accused students deserve to cross-examine their accusers

An Ohio judge has ruled that a student accused of campus sexual assault potentially had his …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/283187/judge-accused-students-right-cross-examination/

Dec 01

Ohio civil forfeiture reform bill set to pass next week

A bill designed to curb civil forfeiture practices in Ohio is set to pass next week despite opposition from the state’s law enforcement community.

The U.S. Justice Action Network, a coalition of conservative and progressive organizations, and fellow proponents of …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/283075/ohio-civil-forfeiture-reform-bill-set-pass-next-week/

Nov 28

Online school loses appeal on attendance

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Ohio’s largest online charter school, has lost an appeal against a ruling on how attendance is measured. The ruling allowed the state to use the amount of time a student is logged in to calculate …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/282738/online-school-loses-appeal-attendance/

Nov 28

Michigan lawmakers, regulators poised to choke out electricity choice

White Pigeon Paper Company, located in a tiny corner of Southwest Michigan, is the nation’s last family-owned mill in North America that produces clay-coated recycled paperboard.

“We are it,” White Pigeon Vice President and General Manager Dave DiBiaggio tells Watchdog.org. …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/282710/michigan-lawmakers-regulators-poised-choke-electricity-choice/

Nov 10

School board, teachers union outline ways to end Louisville teachers strike

The Louisville Education Association and Louisville Board of Education issued letters outlining what needs to happen for a teachers strike in the Ohio city to end.

The LEA asked for the district to bring in a mediator to help settle …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/281617/school-board-teachers-union-outline-ways-end-louisville-teachers-strike/

Nov 07

Ohio set to back away from new graduation rules before implementation

They haven’t been implemented yet, but it already seems that Ohio is planning to lower its new graduation requirements amid concern too many students won’t be able to meet them. “It’s important to get this right, and not graduating in …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/281225/ohio-set-back-away-new-graduation-rules-implementation/

Nov 03

In double standard, Dems sue GOP over poll monitoring

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HAULED INTO COURT: Democrats are accusing the Republican National Committee, chaired by Reince Priebus, of violating a 1982 court ban on poll monitoring by the RNC.

 

A court ruling that outlaws “ballot security” efforts by the Republican National Committee …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/280814/gop-poll-monitoring/

Nov 02

Ohio county with plenty of broadband looks to build its own network

An Ohio county is considering building a fiber-optic network even though several providers in the area already offer broadband-capable speeds.

The Stark County Area Broadband Task Team recently heard a presentation from Magellan Advisors in which the consulting firm advised …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/280717/ohio-county-broadband/

Oct 20

Agile Networks also got sweetheart tower management deal in Ohio

An Ohio-based company that recently received an exclusive contract to manage Indiana’s communication network also benefited from an “unusual deal” in its home state.

Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services paid Agile Networks about $2.2 million last year to maintain the …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/279434/agile-networks-also-got-sweetheart-tower-management-deal-ohio/

Oct 19

Ohio to spend $500,000 in online education battle

Ohio education officials have had a $500,000 expenditure approved for their legal fight against the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Ohio’s Department of Education claims ECOT has been inflating attendance numbers, while ECOT says the state is using requirements that are …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/279209/ohio-spend-500000-online-education-battle/

Sep 26

Nanny State of the Week: Chicken nannies hatch new regulations

Part 98 of 98 in the series Nanny State of the Week

Backyard chicken farming in urban and suburban areas has been growing in popularity recently, which can only mean one thing: government regulators can’t be far behind. So …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/276771/nanny-state-week-chicken-nannies-hatch-new-regulations/

Sep 14

Ohio, online schools battle over documenting attendance

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow finds itself at the center of a dispute regarding online charter school attendance, but the Columbus Dispatch reports the group’s situation is hardly unique.

ECOT stands to lose at least $80 million in funding if …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/275698/online-schools-struggle-to-document-attendance/

Aug 30

Donald Trump Event Coming to Wilmington this Thursday at Noon

Standing with TrumpMost TEA Party members and conservatives are supporting Donald J. Trump to be the next President of the United States. Therefore, we would like everyone to be aware of the campaign rally to be held this Thursday at noon …

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Aug 16

Cleveland Teachers Union calls for strike

The Cleveland Teachers Union has voted to go on strike beginning Sept. 1.  Schools opened Monday. “It is unfortunate that after 11 months of negotiating that we do not have a [contract],” Teachers Union President David J. Quolke said in …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/273533/cleveland-teachers-union-calls-strike/

Jul 29

Political hangover: Conventions are over, bill goes to taxpayers

PHILADELPHIA – The major parties’ political pep rallies may be over, but the costs live on for American taxpayers.

While the 113th Congress in 2014 eliminated the 40-year-old Presidential Election Campaign Fund – and the $18-plus million that went …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/271949/conventions-taxpayers-political/

Jul 20

RNC: Protesters keep protesting, GOP yells back

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Several groups showed up to protest at the 2016 Republican National Convention held in Cleveland this week.

CLEVELAND — It’s a scene so chaotic that at some points it’s difficult to guess which person is protesting what cause.

Some are …

Permanent link to this article: http://watchdog.org/271048/rnc-protesters-keep-protesting-gop-yells-back/

Jul 13

Study: Ohio vouchers study shows need for more study

Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarhip Program has provided vouchers to nearly 20,000 students in Ohio who would otherwise attend low-performing schools. A new study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute examined the program to determine how it is working by analyzing data

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Jun 17

Cleveland’s first union-charter contract agreed upon

Teachers at Cleveland’s I Can charter schools now have a union contract for three years, the first in the city. The contract sets teacher pay to start at $37,000 with a maximum of about $62,000.

“This contract is historic for …

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Jun 08

Ohio students get welding certification

Fourteen Ohio high school students and recent graduates took part in a “welding boot camp” to earn their certification last month. “This is an opportunity high school students rarely have,” said Arlette Robinson, career and technical education supervisor for Bradley …

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May 30

Nanny State of the Week: FDA fries family’s potato chip business with new cooking oil mandates

Part 81 of 81 in the series Nanny State of the Week

Back in 1940, Frederick Jones of Mansfield, Ohio, was facing a serious problem. He ran a small company that distributed potato chips, but his suppliers couldn’t keep up …

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May 20

Ohio scraps ‘archaic and unnecessary’ limitation on alcohol content in beer

Raise a cold one, Ohio!

We get a lot of mileage out of poking and prodding the scolds, meddlers and nannies in government who think they know what people should want and whether they should get it. Today, …

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Mar 13

CCV Action PAC Endorses Senator Ted Cruz for President

Senator Ted CruzCitizens for Community Values Action PAC (CCVA PAC) is endorsing Senator Ted Cruz for United States President in the 2016 Ohio Primary Election taking place this Tuesday, March 15.

CCVA PAC is a pro-family organization that supports candidates with …

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Mar 11

Ted Cruz wins Ohio and Florida Conservatives United Preference Poll

Senator Ted Cruz

Six months of polling among Ohio and Florida Conservatives have produced the same winner in their Presidential Preference Polls.  Read here to see how this poll can affect the respective Primary Elections on March 15, 2016.

 

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Feb 29

Common Core must go – Primary votes needed on State Central Committee

Ohio Republican State Central CommitteeCommon Core is a problem that has plagued Ohio’s education system since 2010. Parents and teachers all over the Buckeye State have been fighting to remove the Common Core State Standards from our children’s schools. The Republicans in the Ohio …

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Feb 18

State Central Committee – Most important vote in the primary

State Central Committee

Click on the map to find the State Central Committee candidates in your district

The most important vote you will make in the primary is not for President, it is for State Central Committee. State Central Committee is the Governing …

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Jan 28

A Two-Way Republican Race By the March 15 Ohio Primary?

 

Republicanlogo 553 wideThis article describes the “Proportional” and “Winner Take All” primary process of the Republican Party. Dick Morris also explains his rationale why the Republican list of candidates could be down to “two” by 15 March. Since the …

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Jan 09

Out of Touch State Central Committee wants you to support John Kasich for President

Ohio GOP State Central Committee

Ohio GOP State Central Central Committee Meeting.

The Ohio Republican Party wants you to support John Kasich as President of the United States. Friday, the Ohio Republican Party’s leadership, the State Central Committee endorsed John Kasich for President of the …

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Dec 21

Tell us about good candidates in your area

Now that the filing deadline has passed for March 15, 2016, primary, we need to organize our collective efforts to help the candidates who share our values to win their primary races. To help the candidates YOU support, we need …

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Dec 04

Ohio filing deadline is December 16th

OPP_LogoCentral Committee is the way we can change politics. The filing deadline to run is December 16th. Is your seat open?

  • Are you tired of politicians telling you one thing when running for office and then doing the opposite once

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Nov 22

Right to Work in Ohio – Action Needed Now

Cincinnati legislator Tom Brinkman introduced House Bill 377, Right to Work for the private sector in Ohio.  Right to Work gives workers the right to choose if they want to be a member of a union.  Everyone should be able …

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Nov 22

Trouble on the Right for Governor Kasich

Ohio will begin running deficits in 2016The following was recently obtained by Ohio Conservative Review and is published with the author’s permission as an open letter to Bret Baier of Fox News.

Mike Snead, President Dayton TEA Party

Special Report

special@foxnews.com

Subject: Refuting Mr. Baier’s assertion

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Oct 31

Report Confirms Marijuana is Dangerous – Issue 3 Vote is Tuesday, November 3

cannabis-plant public domain 440 x 292If State Issue 3 is approved in the Ohio election this Tuesday, November 3, Ohio will become the first state east of the Mississippi River to legalize recreational (and medicinal) marijuana, and grant a monopoly for the …

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Oct 27

Citizens for Community Values Urges NO Vote on Ohio Issues 1, 2, and 3

 

Voter IQ logo square 180Three issues on the ballot in Ohio next Tuesday, November 3, would result in significant changes to the Ohio Constitution. Issue 1 would rewrite legislative redistricting policy in Ohio and Issue 2 would make it more difficult …

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Oct 10

Gov. Kasich Tumbles to Third Place in Ohio Poll

John KasichOhio Gov. John Kasich has fallen to third in a recent poll of Ohio Republicans. At 13%, he is a distant third behind Donald Trump at 23% and Dr. Ben Carson at 18%. Gov. Kasich is only slightly …

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Sep 28

Tom Zawistowski, “We the People” at MVCI Meeting Monday October 5, 2015

MVCI logo

Dynamic Ohio TEA party leader Tom Zawistowski will speak on “We the People” at a Miami Valley Citizens Informed (MVCI) Meeting Monday October 5, 2015, from 7 to 8:30 PM at Washington Heights Baptist Church, 5650 Far Hills Avenue, …

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Sep 09

Learn how Ohio’s Online Checkbook Can Provide Government Transparency – Meeting September 14

MVCI logo

MVCI, together with SMCLG, NMCLG, and GCTP, will be meeting together to learn about Ohio’s Online Checkbook.   Mr. Spencer Gross, a representative of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office, will teach us how to navigate and use the Online

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Jun 11

Gov. John Kasich Signs Bill Changing 2016 Primary Date

Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on June 10 to move the date for the 2016 Ohio primary election from March 8, 2016, to March 15, 2016. Many believe that this bill was requested by Gov. Kasich because (1) …

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May 03

DTP’s president’s message: Let’s go. The woodshed is this way… You come along too. You need to hear this as well.

Liberty

Wise parents understood that the reason to take the child, “verbally”, behind the woodshed is because of their failure to exercise personal responsibility. Leadership in the adult world — you know, where we live — is primarily about holding …

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Jan 22

While in South Dakota, Ohio Gov. Kasich promotes Obamacare federal debt growth

Gov. John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich

Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich wants to be on the Republican presidential ticket in 2016, probably as the vice presidential candidate. He is kicking off his progressive campaign to build his name recognition with an out-of-state …

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Nov 27

White paper: Criticism of Ohio’s Common Core Educational Standards

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Over this Thanksgiving weekend, this is a good time for concerned citizens/parents/grandparents to become familiar with the mandated Common Core educational standards now befuddling K-12 students and parents all across Ohio. Following a public presentation on the “merits” of

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Aug 27

Common Core news: La Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) sues feds to get rid of Common Core

La Gov. Bobby Jindal

La Gov. Bobby Jindal

Demonstrating a clear recognition of the harm being brought by the Common Core K-12 educations standards, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today sued the Obama administration in federal court to get rid his state of this …

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