Monday, July 28, 2014


Ohio has seen dramatic job losses under the administration of Republican Gov. John Kasich. With cuts to local governments, Kasich has created deep losses in cities/counties.


According to an AP story published Saturday, Ohio has seen “nearly 25,000 jobs lost in local government” since John Kasich has been governor of Ohio.  And “median incomes in Ohio have fallen about $7,000 over the past decade.”

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why: Kasich has cut nearly $2 Billion in state funding to local governments in the past four years in order to fund lopsided tax breaks to his rich, millionaire friends.

These lost jobs are teachers, fire fighters and police officers; your friends, family and neighbors....

School districts have see millions cut from the state resulting in larger class size, less teachers, and program elimination. However, charter schools are getting more money, even though a majority of them perform poorly, provide less to students, and pay teachers far less. Kasich's friends that own charter schools continue to provide him and the GOP large campaign contributions. Kasich might be happy, but our school children are losing.

Ed FitzGerald has called on Kasich to end the charter school mess. DailyKos has the story.

Kasich's inability to keep jobs in Ohio has forced many layoffs with some employers cutting hundreds of jobs (see How can some corporations get millions of dollars to keep a few jobs but Kasich is unable/unwilling to save hundreds of jobs at a time? Are only certain friendly companies getting tax breaks and incentives? Why are other companies and workers ignored?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Don't eat the food!

Facilities are under attack by maggots?


Maggots in food, staffing shortages and reports of running out of foods are among new complaints facing the vendor that won the contract to feed Ohio inmates.

Reports obtained by The Associated Press through records requests found numerous problems reported since April, when the state took the rare step of fining the vendor because of contract failures.

The records show 65 instances where Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services failed to provide food or ran out of it - usually the main course, such as hamburgers or chicken patties - while serving inmates, leading to delays and in some cases security concerns as inmates grew frustrated. Substitute items were provided in most cases.....

This is disgusting! Then again, ARAMARK was a contributor to the 'transition' of the Kasich-Taylor administration.


The Kasich-Taylor transition report, filed Saturday as prescribed by state law, shows the winning campaign for governor and lieutenant governor of Ohio raised $1,632,115 and spent $604,960.58 so far....

....On the expenditure side, here are the top 15 recipients of donor cash based on amounts paid out by date:

1. ARAMARK - 120,627.77 - FOOD & COAT CHECK

If a corporation contributes that much money to your 'transition,' you might forgive a few maggots going to prisoners and school children. Sure, the corporation paid some fines, but they continue their contract of providing food service.

The Kasich-Taylor administration has created quite a mess in Ohio--- flat wages, cuts to cities/counties, cuts to food programs, cuts to schools/safety services, dismal job growth, etc., etc.  Now we must deal with the possibility that our school children could be looking at maggots in their food.

Just say NO! to Kasich-Taylor.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Chosen Few

It appears that if you are a friend of Ohio's Republican Governor John Kasich, you can get a cushy part-time job.


Stephanie Ranade-Krider, former legislative director of Ohio Right to Life, has been named executive director of the organization after a six-month stint in Gov. John Kasich’s administration.

Ranade-Krider, who, starting in January was paid $32.41 an hour in a part-time position as program manager for the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team, will return to Right to Life on Aug. 4, President Mike Gonidakis announced yesterday. She will oversee programs, activities and lobbying....

Wow! A part-time job at $32.41/hr. would be a good thing for those in Ohio that are unemployed and underemployed!  Unfortunately, only special friends can get jobs like that! Meanwhile, the waitress at your local restaurant has either a teaching or accounting degree.

Special part-time jobs and those multi-million dollar development grants to retain jobs tend to go to Kasich's special friends. Kasich ignored the job losses at Ormet, Lockheed Martin, Bechtel, EveryWare, and other large employers, while smaller well-connected companies got grants to retain under 50 jobs. When Kasich did respond, it was too late.

We need a governor that cares about all the people of Ohio---not just his friends!

Support and vote for Democrat Ed FitzGerald for Ohio Governor.

Monday, July 21, 2014

I'm back.....

> Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, Ed FitzGerald, has promised to help the state's average families. Under John Kasich, the rich have gotten richer, and the middle class has been forgotten.

> I continue to be amazed at the b.s. coming from the administration of Ohio Gov. John Kasich regarding job growth in the state. Ohio continues to lag behind the rest of the country in job creation, but Kasich and his pals don't want you to know that. Kasich still has to add 139,000 jobs to get to the 500,000 lost during the recession.

Ohio continues to see layoffs as evidenced by the growing list of warn notice posted at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services:

Potential Number


Notice ID
07/11/2014 Advance Engineering Northwood/Wood 40 09/01/2014 (313) 537-3500 N/A 007-14-004
07/10/2014 KMart Store #4966 Cleveland/Cuyahoga 200 10/05/2014 (847) 286-5904 unknown 003-14-003
07/10/2014 WSI-AllStar WPAFB/Greene 86 08/31/2014 (561) 472-3620 N/A 007-14-002
07/02/2014 Walmart Distribution Center Grove City/Franklin 73 09/15/2014 (614) 871-7000 N/A 011-14-001
06/23/2014 TriHealth Cincinnati/Hamilton 131 08/31/2014 (513) 569-6624 Unknown 013-13-078
06/09/2014 EveryWare Lancaster/Fairfield
08/11/2014 (740) 681-6417
United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial Service Workers union, AFL-CIO, and it's local unions 25, 25-01, 144, 540, 561, 576, 577, 578 and 578-01 ( the "USW")
06/04/2014 Community Development Institute- Head Start Toledo/Lucas
(202) 402-9215
Ohio Association of School Employees/ AFSCME Local 4
05/30/2014 The Toledo Blade Toledo/Lucas
(412) 263-1644
Graphic Communications Union, Teamsters Local 20, Detroit Typgraphical Union, IBEW Local 8, Toledo Mailers Union
05/27/2014 Ace Hardware- Ohio Retail Support Center Perrysburg/Wood
07/25/2014 (614) 937-8675
Teamsters, Local 20
05/21/2014 Acosta Solon/Cuyahoga
07/21/2014 (410) 551-1404
05/19/2014 Leggitt and Platt Elyria/Lorain
07/18/2014 (417) 358-8131
05/13/2014 Ormet Hannibal/Monroe
05/31/2014 (740) 483-2641
USW Local 5724
05/07/2014 Believe to Achieve Academy  Various
06/30/2014 (212) 644-8619
05/07/2014 Champlain Enterprises, Inc. Cleveland/Cuyahoga
07/08/2014 (440) 779-4588
Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
04/30/2014 Ford Motor Company Walton Hills/Cuyahoga
06/30/2014 (216) 587-7854
United Auto Workers
04/25/2014 Howden New Philadelphia/Tuscarawas
06/30/2014 (330) 308-7000
United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers Industrial Union
04/24/2014 Magna Strongsville/Cuyahoga
06/26/2014 (440) 846-5680
04/22/2014 DecisionOne Grove City/Franklin
04/11/2014 (610) 296-2924
04/01/2014 WSI All Star Dayton/Greene
05/31/2014 (561) 472-3620
03/24/2014 RMC-USA Jefferson/Ashtabula
05/31/2014 unknown
03/21/2014 Giant Eagle Rossford/Wood
05/24/2014 (216) 591-2729
03/21/2014 Giant Eagle Toledo/Lucas
05/24/2014 (216) 591-2729
03/19/2014 USEC, Inc. Piketon/Pike
05/19/2014 (740) 897-2923
03/18/2014 CenturyLink Mansfield/Richland
03/06/2014 (318) 683-2019
03/17/2014 Beulah Park Gaming Ventures, Inc. Grove City/Franklin
05/01/2014 (407) 831-1600
Seafarers Entertainment and Allied Trade Unions (SEATU)
03/11/2014 PACS industries, Inc. Mt. Vernon/Knox
03/07/2014 (516) 465-7110
03/06/2014 Consolidated Transport Systems, Inc. Vanlue/Hancock
03/31/2014 (800) 348-8532
03/05/2014     Sid Tool Co. Cleveland/Cuyahoga
05/02/2014 (516) 812-1035
03/04/2014 Emerson Network Power Delaware/Delaware
06/30/2014 (740) 833-8598
03/03/2014 Gannett Publishing Services Newark/Licking
05/23/2014 (740) 349-1171
03/03/2014 MACtac Stow/Summit
05/03/2014 (330) 689-3902
Teamsters Local #348
02/28/2014 Dots Glenwillow/Cuyahoga
02/28/2014 (440) 349-7022
02/26/2014 Bechtel Power Generation Oak Harbor/Ottawa
04/01/2014 (301) 639-7087
02/10/2014 HDA, Inc/N-Store Merchandising Various/Various
02/03/2014 (314) 770-2228
02/10/2014 Millard Refigerated Services Streetsboro/Portage
04/07/2014 (402) 896-4709
02/03/2014 Verizon Youngstown/Mahoning
03/31/2014 (330) 965-8118
01/29/2014 Lockheed Martin Corp. Akron/Summit
06/26/2014 (407) 306-2629
United Auto Workers, Local 856
01/22/2014 Diversified Machine Edon/Williams
03/31/2014 (419) 272-5326
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America
01/21/2014 Catholic Charities Corporation Parma/Cuyahoga
03/16/2014 (216) 334-2909
SEIU 1199
01/20/2014 CP Redi, LLC Columbus/Franklin
03/28/2014 (614) 255-0250
01/17/2014 TeleTech Amherst/Lorain
03/17/2014 (303) 397-8228
01/16/2014 Schenker, Inc Circleville/Pickaway
02/09/2014 (757) 473-2956

Monday, June 30, 2014

Today's News.....

The Supreme Court made a decision today that protected the rights of the owners of Hobby Lobby while the health and rights of women got kicked into the trash.

Daily Kos:
The White House reacts to our bold new era of closely held corporate sharia:
"Today's decision jeopardizes the health of women that are employed by these companies," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. He added: "We believe that a company should not be able to assert their views to deny employees federally mandated coverage." [...] "President Obama has said that [women] should be able to make decisions for themselves rather than their bosses deciding for them," he said. "As millions of women know, contraception is often vital to their well-being. We will work with Congress to make sure that any women affected by this decision will still have the same coverage and vital health services as everyone else."

Ladies and gentlemen, please boycott Hobby Lobby, if you haven't yet.

The Republican controlled House of Representatives has done nothing to help women, the jobless, the poor, or solve our immigration policy. It is time to throw the Republican bums out of office!

> Some old dinosaurs have been discovered and Plunderbund has the news of where they can be found!!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In case you missed it....

Politico has a very interesting news story:

The chief of staff to Ohio GOP Rep. Steve Stivers has resigned after a former porn actress posted an explicit photo of the aide online.

Adam Kuhn, a longtime Stivers aide, resigned on Tuesday. Kuhn is single, while the actress is married.....

....Kuhn was a key player in Stivers’ campaigns for several election cycles, including serving as campaign manager in 2010, according to media reports. He became Stivers’ deputy chief of staff in January 2011 and was promoted to chief of staff two years later, House payroll disbursement records show, with an annual salary of $130,000.....

Read the rest of the article at Politico.

>>> There is more bad news for Ohio.

  • According to recent ranking from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State, Ohio ranks number 38 in non farm job growth.

  • ODJFS shows the layoffs continue in Ohio.

  • Pothole claims are up in Ohio, according to Looks like the Kasich administration hasn't done a good job maintaining our roads.


If you really want to know what is happening in Ohio politics, you MUST read Plunderbund.

Monday, June 23, 2014

It continues...

Claims by Gov. John Kasich of his economic "Ohio miracle" appears to be a figment of his imagination. Certainly the unemployment rate has decreased, but many Ohioans have just dropped
out of the workforce. The layoffs continue to be displayed at ODJFS Current Warn page. Many of those jobs don't come back.

> Gov. John Kasich's budget cuts have proven dangerous to those fighting drug addiction. Kasich's cuts to community drug prevention programs have had serious consequences.


....The death toll due to overdose of heroin in Ohio was 680 in 2012, 60 percent more than the previous year.

> Those budget cuts are hitting communities hard.


Local communities and governments in Butler County have lost a combined $6.6 million in taxpayer-backed funding from the state since 2011.

More than $308 million, or 50 percent, has been axed from the local government fund- which means the state is sending that much less in tax dollars back to local townships, villages, cities, counties and parks across Ohio - since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011.  The drastic cuts were initially proposed under his administration.....

Innovation Ohio points out that "local taxes up 34% under Kasich." 
Local communities and governments in Butler County have lost a combined $6.6 million in taxpayer-backed funding from the state since 2011.
More than $308 million, or 50 percent, has been axed from the local government fund — which means the state is sending that much less in tax dollars back to local townships, villages, cities, counties and parks across Ohio — since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011. The drastic cuts were initially proposed under his administration.
- See more at:

Where is our tax money going? Kasich has provided more money to charter schools, and to his super secret JobsOhio development group. Unfortunately, all that money going to corporations to create jobs hasn't produced many jobs.  Someone is making money, and it isn't average Ohioans.

Local communities and governments in Butler County have lost a combined $6.6 million in taxpayer-backed funding from the state since 2011.
More than $308 million, or 50 percent, has been axed from the local government fund — which means the state is sending that much less in tax dollars back to local townships, villages, cities, counties and parks across Ohio — since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011. The drastic cuts were initially proposed under his administration.
- See more at:

Local communities and governments in Butler County have lost a combined $6.6 million in taxpayer-backed funding from the state since 2011.
More than $308 million, or 50 percent, has been axed from the local government fund — which means the state is sending that much less in tax dollars back to local townships, villages, cities, counties and parks across Ohio — since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011. The drastic cuts were initially proposed under his administration.
- See more at:

Local communities and governments in Butler County have lost a combined $6.6 million in taxpayer-backed funding from the state since 2011.
More than $308 million, or 50 percent, has been axed from the local government fund — which means the state is sending that much less in tax dollars back to local townships, villages, cities, counties and parks across Ohio — since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011. The drastic cuts were initially proposed under his administration.
- See more at:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Moving Backwards

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his Republican pals are moving our state to the past:

• Women have lost rights to control their reproductive systems.

• Schools have lost millions of dollars in support so that the failing charter schools can get more tax dollars.

• Cities, villages, and counties have lost funding for road repairs, fire and police staffing, and administrative support.

• Colleges have lost money from the Kasich budgets because of his bizarre funding plan that has nothing to do with the number of enrolled students.

• Thousands of people have lost food and living support with cuts made by Kasich.

• Physicians, teachers, fire fighters, police officers, and community leaders have seen their security and daily jobs altered by cuts and restrictions imposed by the right wing GOP.

• Kasich and the Republicans pushed and passed a third grade reading guarantee law without any funding going to school districts.

• School districts have had to turn to more school levies because of Kasich's cuts to districts.

• Cuts to green energy rules will cause Ohio to lose even more jobs because of the small-minded, Neanderthals in the Republican Party that want us to return to the past.

Etc., etc., etc.

It is time for progress. Ohio needs to support Ed Fitzgerald for governor. Period.

Monday, June 09, 2014

More Ohio Republican Scandals?

If your Ohio community or school district has deficits popping up, there might be an explanation.


A representative from the Athens City Schools joined a conference call Thursday criticizing state budget cuts impacting local governments and school districts across Ohio.

Assistant Superintendent Tom Gibbs joined the call organized by One Ohio Now, a coalition of more than 100 progressive advocacy groups, labor unions, and health and human service organizations.

The group recently launched a website at that allows users to click a given county and obtain a figure on how much the area has lost in state budget cuts to education and local government....

Check out to see how your community is doing.

* * *

>>>> People are talking about the scandal surrounding the staff resignations from the office of Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. Questions surround the time sheets, attendance, and even the office atmosphere.


Cuyahoga County executive and Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald and the state's Republican party sparred on Sunday after FitzGerald called for answers to questions surrounding the resignation of Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor's chief of staff and her assistant.

Taylor's chief of staff, Laura Johnson, and Johnson's administrative assistant, Heather Brandt, both resigned on Friday after Taylor discovered irregularities between their time sheets and key card information that detailed in and out access in offices and a parking garage.

"Governor Kasich needs to demand some answers from his lieutenant governor," FitzGerald's campaign said in a statement....

An article in the Columbus Dispatch has one of the staff members describing Taylor's office as having an "unhealthy hostile work environment." Well! That is very interesting!

How did this all come to the public's attention?   Plunderbund had requested records:

Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s chief of staff and her administrative assistant resigned today after a record request from Plunderbund revealed that Laura Johnson and her assistant Heather Brandt had been billing the state for hours they were not working....

...Plunderbund filed the request after receiving a tip that Johnson and Brandt had been stealing state time, working on John Kasich’s reelection campaign while being paid by the state.
Links to the requested records can be found below:

 There have been lots of rumors that Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor spends little time in her Columbus office. The state set up a "satellite office" near her home. The problem is that if you are not in your designated office every single day, you have no idea what is happening in that office. If Taylor is not doing her job, which person is overseeing staff and work?

>>> The Ben Suarez trial continues with  plenty of questions about how the campaigns of Republicans Rep. Jim Renacci and Ohio Secreatry of State Josh Mandel received such large sums of campaign money from Suarez and his employees. Check the link for details.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Climate Change Deniers?

Central Ohio is the home of the Ohio State University and many faculty members live in the metropolitan area. Some of those professors would be shocked to learn that climate change deniers are representing them in Congress.

Plunderbund has detailed how both Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15) and Rep. Pat Tiberi (OH-12th) have worked to put their backward, anti-science thinking into their legislation and votes.

Ninety-seven percent of scientists believe in climate change. The people of central Ohio have 2 members of the House of Representatives who've aligned themselves with the quacks that make up the 3% who deny climate change.

Read the entire posting at Plunderbund and you'll never look at Stivers and Tiberi the same way again.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ohio Notes....

Do not miss the HBO special,  The Normal Heart.  The movie, which is based on a play, is about the AIDS crisis as it started to unfold in the United States.  Those of us who lived through those days, lost family members, and watched the lack of support from the government, cannot forget. Warning:  The themes are not appropriate for youngsters.

>>> It appears that another manufacturing plant is closing in Ohio. According to a warn notice posted at the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services,  90 people will lose jobs when the plant closes. Both salaried and union members will be out of work as of the end of June 2014. Gov. Kasich seems uninterested in saving these jobs. Does the fact that these are union jobs make him turn his back on this company and the employees? I'm just asking.

> What is going on with the $1.6 billion owes to the U.S. government? Why is Gov. Kasich refusing to explain why our utility costs may increase? Where is the transparency? Why does Republican Josh Mandel continue to be in the news over some letter he submitted to help one of his campaign contributors?  If you are looking for answers, check out this article at

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Job News?

If you talk to employed people in Ohio, you'll find that many of them are underemployed. The jobs that have come to Ohio under Gov. Kasich do not appear to be providing jobs for college grads. The only jobs that seem to be plentiful are those at Walmart and fast food restaurants. Many highly qualified people continue to be out of work.

In the latest news on the Ohio job front, a large number of people were furloughed at a large manufacturing plant.


A Central Ohio glassware manufacturer has stopped production. Anchor-Hocking in Lancaster abruptly halted operations with little notice to the company’s 1,100 workers.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services spokesman Ben Johnson says it’s uncertain how long the lay-offs will last....

....On its website, Anchor-Hocking’s parent firm, Every Ware Global says the shutdown of Lancaster’s glassware factory is expected to last three or four weeks. But the length of the lay-offs depends on what the company calls “numerous business factors.” Some workers are being furloughed without pay.....

A warn notice has not been posted at ODJFS. There have been other layoffs announced at the state website. 

> With Kasich's cuts to local governments, it appears that a community will lose safety services---


The Norwich Township trustees on May 20 decided to notify Brown Township they will terminate the townships' contract for EMS and fire-protection services next year if Brown trustees cannot find a funding solution.

“It is with regret that I move we adopt a resolution informing Brown Township that if the levy does not pass in November, Norwich will cease to provide EMS and fire, May 15, 2015,” Norwich Trustee Larry Earman said.

“This puts (Brown Township) on notice. We’re frustrated but serious (about suspending services) if they can’t pass a levy."

Kasich would rather cut money to towns, schools, fire and police services in order to give tax cuts to the rich. Lives are at risk, but some people just don't care.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Shouldn't DeWine Know the Laws?

It is no secret that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has been flying all over the country to appear in state courts to fight against the Affordable Care Act. DeWine goes to other states to argue his opposition to the birth control mandate. Unfortunately, real issues in Ohio are being ignored because DeWine has spent a lot of time out of Ohio (and also holding nearly weekly press conferences).  People are demanding answers from Mike DeWine.

Sandusky Register:

...The Register has reported about lawsuits and complaints from numerous families against Sandusky County officials and has discussed those issues with Attorney General DeWine in detail in late March, asking direct questions the families have raised.

DeWine said he would look at the concerns further and review the Ohio Revised Code to determine what action the attorney general's office was authorized to consider. 

DeWine has not followed up or offered further comment....

Why does Mike DeWine need to review the Ohio Revised Code if he is the Attorney General? Doesn't he know state laws?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Good, and the Bad

The Good Stuff---

Let me offer a Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, Grandmothers, and Great Grandmothers!

Here is the bad stuff-----

1.  Franklin County residents have been warned by the Koch Brothers and their organization, Americans for Prosperity.


A conservative anti-tax group funded by the Koch brothers is warning Columbus Zoo officials not to seek any tax increase in their next levy attempt or again face well financed opposition.

"We will oppose any tax increase of any kind," said Eli Miller, Ohio director of Americans For Prosperity.  "Don't ask for a tax increase at any level.  We are a community based organization here in Ohio and if you're going to raise taxes you're going to hear from us."

It doesn't matter what the people of central Ohio want ----the overlords (aka the Koch Brothers) have spoken!  The lesson here is that the Koch Brothers want things to go their way and they will spend any amount of money to oppose what the community wants.

2.  Despite the baloney being pushed by Gov. John Kasich and the Republican Governors, Ohio continues to lose jobs. The update of warn notices shows layoffs continue, while Kasich is far behind in replacing all of the jobs lost in the recession.  Why didn't Kasich save these jobs:  Why does he continue to give away our money to his CEO buddies when there are plenty of jobs here to save? Why didn't he work to save the 1,000 jobs at Ormet? Did he not like the fact that the jobs at Ormet were union jobs?

The RGA ad promoting Kasich has been fact checked and apparently ad is wrong: LINK.

3.   Did you know that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has failed to recover over $30 million from failed charter schools? That is an awful lot of money to not collect! NBC's channel 4 did an investigation on this scandal.  If you owed the state $30 million, would DeWine go after you? Are these political donors that DeWine doesn't want to offend?

Here are a few points from the NBC4i investigation:

  • Every student in the public school loses 6.5 percent of their state revenue to money going to charter schools
  • The state spends about 7200 dollars a pupil in charter schools
  • Once you remove charter schools and vouchers, the state spends about 3500 dollars per pupil in public schools
  •  Students in Columbus Schools lose almost 25 percent of their state revenue to charter school students
  •  The average student in a charter schools loses a full marking period in math and about a third of a marking period in reading compared with their public school
  •  According to a recent Stanford Study (2013). Since 2009 Ohio is 1 of 4 states whose charter schools have actually lowered its performance.

According to Mike Collins, of the Ohio Board of Education
  • In 1998, $10 million was spent on the initial experiment of charter schools  
  • Only about 10 percent of charter schools can be identified as successful
  • $1.4 billion has been spent since 2005 through school year 2012-2013 on charter schools that have never gotten any higher grade than an F or a D...
This is absolutely disgusting! Our children in public schools are being cheated and it appears that Mike DeWine has failed to do his job!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Was Ohio heroin epidemic caused by budget cuts?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Attorney General Mike DeWine, both Republicans, have been on a crusade to tell parents and teachers to talk up drug prevention with youngsters. Kasich calls his program 'Start Talking' and has funded the program through a federal fund.

Gov. Kasich has made significant cuts to health, and addiction programs. Democratic candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald notes on his website:

... Heroin Overdose Deaths Increased 59.6% Under Kasich’s Leadership: “Overdose deaths related to heroin increased 59.6 percent between 2011 and 2012 — the largest increase of any drug, according to Ohio Department of Health numbers.” [Mansfield News Journal, 4/18/2014].....

....Funding for Social Workers, Mental Health Programs, and Other Human Services Slashed over 50 percent Across the State on Average: “Deep cuts have been made to all local governments and to special districts. Health and human service levies were hit especially hard, losing 54 percent of state aid, on average.” [Policy Matters Ohio, 9/13/2012]

Kasich Eliminated Separate Departments Of Mental-Health And Substance-Abuse, and Combined Into One Agency: “Two state departments serving Ohioans with mental-health and substance-abuse problems will be merged into a single, more-efficient agency with ‘less bureaucratic clutter,’ the Kasich administration announced yesterday. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services will be combined effective July 1, 2013, pending legislative approval.” [The Columbus Dispatch, 5/5/12]....


When drug counselors, nurses, doctors, and social workers lost their jobs, it was only a matter of time before drug abuse would increase. People who abuse drugs need help, but Kasich eliminated or decreased the amount of intervention that is available to those that are addicted.

Cuts to local governments resulted in less police and emergency personnel available to prevent crime and assist the overdosed individual.

Kasich cuts have hurt our communities, our schools, and our people. It is time to support Ed FitzGerald for Governor.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kasich vs. the Truth

Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich is running on his job creation record. We need to separate his rhetoric from the facts. As the Examiner noted, that "...The number of unemployed workers in Ohio in March was still 353,000..."


...Information specific to Ohio, supplied by the widely recognized and respected workforce data collection group Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. located in Moscow, Idaho, many of the jobs Kasich is touting as a GOP comeback governor don't pay a living wage for Ohio, which amounts to about $20-hour....

...Ohio, the nation's seventh most populace state, only regained 600 of the 2,300 jobs it lost in February, and lost 3,500 lost jobs in manufacturing. Trade, transportation and utilities also lost 4,900 jobs and local government jobs decreased by another 3,500, according to information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And while Gov. Kasich hopes Ohioans believe the recovery started on his watch, his own budget director, in his last Monthly Budget Report, notes that Ohio started its recovery under former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in 2009, almost two years before Gov. Kasich's first budget became official. Nearly 80,000 jobs returned to Ohio under Strickland before Kasich's policies—and especially his pet project JobsOhio became official more than year after he became chief executive—were in place, with the help of a very friendly GOP-led legislature.

Look around Ohio and you'll see closed and empty businesses, an increase in homeless families and individuals, and workers struggling to put food on the table. I would not define this situation as success for Kasich or Ohioans. In a state where Walmart is the largest employer, Kasich's job creation has been a failure.

* A lot of people are already getting sick of Kasich's re-election ad with his homey approach. In our house, we turn it off as soon as it starts.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Where do you stand?

Ohio has already started to see and hear political ads on TV and radio. Which candidate for governor will the middle class support--- Democrat Ed Fitzgerald or Republican John Kasich? Everyone has an opinion about how Ohio is doing in creating jobs. Right now, there are plenty of people that remained under-employed and unemployed.

Here is a comment from a former elected official.

“John has done a good job,” said Hobson. “He’s engaged the Springfield community here and paid attention to its needs. The only blemish on his record is that Senate Bill 5.”

I strongly disagree with Mr. Hobson.

> Ohio's public school children have been abandoned by Gov. Kasich so that he and the GOP can prop up the poorly performing charter schools. Those charter school owners contribute a massive amount of campaign money to Kasich and the GOP. Schools have lost programs, teachers, and support staff because of Kasich's budget cuts. Yet Kasich and his GOP gang push forth an unfunded mandate, Third Grade Reading Guarantee, hoping that teachers and students fail.

> Women in Ohio have found that Gov. Kasich and the Ohio Republicans are a little too intrusive into the biological functions of a woman's body. They've restricted women's programs and cut funding for women's health facilities.

> Ohio's autoworkers have been instrumental in bringing back the state's economy. Kasich did not support the program to save the American auto industry, but he continues to show up for every photo op at auto factories.

> Gov. Kasich and JobsOhio are giving away millions of our dollars to companies that bring jobs to the state. Unfortunately, the jobs that have been created are small in number and low paying. The workings of JobsOhio have been called secret, even though it is our tax dollars that are being used.

> Ohio's safety forces have been disrespected by Gov. Kasich. With his comments about the police officer that gave him a traffic ticket, and his continuing disregard for the work environment of police and firefighters, Ohioans have been shocked by the governor's demeaning rhetoric.

> Counties, cities, and towns have had to layoff safety forces, cut maintenance, and restrict services because of the massive budget cuts signed into law by Gov. Kasich. Citizens are very unhappy with how their communities have been hurt.

> People are disgusted at how Ohio is now experiencing earthquakes and polluted areas caused by fracking. This Republican administration has allowed corporations to dictate how, when, and where our environment, and water will be used.

> The only people making money in Ohio appear to be those that are politically connected. The rich are getting rich, the poor are getting poorer, and the middle class is left struggling.

I could go on, and on, and on.......

It is time to end the economic disaster that the Kasich administration has created in the state. We need Ed Fitzgerald and Democrats to run the state.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Play It Smart!

Voters have to start thinking about smart choices.

There are minority voters that support Republicans even though the GOP tries to stop people from voting. The Republicans have cut back voting rolls, poll hours, registration requirements, and even access to bathrooms at poll stations (Miami, Florida). The Republican Party fights for economic issues that help rich, white, men. If you are not a rich, white, male, there is no reason to support a Republican. The GOP just doesn't care about you (unless of course you are a mega campaign donor to their campaign).

Republicans have continued to push for bans on women's access to health care and birth control. The Republicans, especially the males, have no idea about the medical needs of women. Unfortunately, their ignorance about a woman's biology and medical needs has not stopped them. They want to make decisions about a woman's uterus, ovaries, menstrual cycle, and pregnancy. That is insulting to every woman.

Recent tax cuts pushed by Republicans, especially here in Ohio, benefit only the wealthy.  Funding has been cut for schools, hospitals, road maintenance, prisons, the elderly, and the poor. Those massive potholes on the roads are reminders of what tax cuts have created---danger.

If you are looking for fairness and pay equality, you cannot count on Republicans to assist you. Republicans dislike unions, work safety, pay equity, working women, and raising the minimum wage. Why? Republicans believe that workers should be able to be fired whenever a business owner wants, that safety on the job is too expensive, and having a minimum wage is unfair to them. They dislike regulations that protect human beings and provide dignity for people.

Republicans say that they care about you, but in reality they don't give a damn about you.

In Ohio, we have a chance to throw out John Kasich and the Republicans in the next election. Kasich has demonstrated that he dislikes unions, fairness, women's rights, public schools, police, teachers, the LGBT community, etc., etc.  We need to vote for people that work for us, not against us.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Money Talks

A writer from Circleville, Ohio, explains the influence of money in politics.


Where was our Governor John Kasich last week? Was he looking out for your family? Not likely, since he has already shifted the burden of taxes from the wealthiest citizens and corporations among us onto your family. Kasich’s higher sales tax means the poorer you are, the higher proportion of your already over-stretched income is taken in taxes. Was Kasich out traveling the byways of Pickaway County to support schools? Not likely, seeing as he cut state help to local school districts, thus abandoning poorer students .

Where was John? He and Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker were in Las Vegas, sucking up to Sheldon Adelson, the multi-gazillionaire casino owner and bestower of over $93 million to Republican candidates in 2012. So, when push comes to shove, when Ohio budgets and priorities are being decided in smoke-filled rooms (well, they used to be smoke-filled until we started listening to medical scientists instead of the tobacco lobbyists) - anyway, will Kasich be thinking of Ohio school kids, struggling Ohio families, or will he be thinking of Sugar Daddy Adelson? Money talks, thus Adelson gets heard. You and I get shown the door - the rear door servant’s entrance, that is.....

...“Democrats work to help people who need help, that other party, they work for people who don’t need help. That’s all there is to it,” observed President Harry Truman. Republicans believe folks with more money deserve to be heard more than you.....

Face it. We don't matter to this governor or the Republican party. Just before the election, Gov. Kasich decides to boost funding for communities, roads, and programs, as though he was throwing manna to citizens to win re-election.

You might want to bookmark or print out that opinion piece above so that you are prepared to explain campaign finance to your uninformed brother-in-law. When will all working class people get it that the Republicans don't give a damn about regular human beings?

> The layoffs in Ohio continue:

> If you have a chance to view the Paycheck to Paycheck special on the Oprah Winfrey Network, it will open your eyes to the world of working women.  HBO has a documentary on the plight of women workers. Huffington Post has a few articles about the documentary.

Thursday, April 03, 2014


* When Gov. John Kasich visited Sheldon Adelson's shindig for Republicans in Las Vegas, Kasich thanked Adelson over, and over, and over again. Once again we see Kasich's schmoozing going over the top.

Forbes has an article about Adelson and his wealth. Will Adelson be able to buy the next election now that the Supreme Court has opened the door?

Don't miss the PlainDealer's editorial cartoon featuring Kasich: HERE.

* What is Ohio doing to mentally ill boys? MotherJones has some of the shocking details:

An Ohio juvenile correctional facility placed a child, who was on suicide watch and psychiatric medication, in solitary confinement for 1,964 hours between April and September of last year, according to the Department of Justice. Referred to as "K.R." in court documents, the boy's longest uninterrupted stretch of solitary confinement lasted about 19 days. And his experience isn't unique: Four juvenile correctional facilities in Ohio imposed almost 60,000 hours of solitary confinement on 229 boys with mental-health needs in the second half of 2013, according to the government agency.

These details, and other harrowing accounts, are included in a March 12 lawsuit filed by the the Justice Department against the state of Ohio, Republican Gov. John Kasich, and others, on the basis that the state's excessive use of solitary confinement among children with mental-health issues is unconstitutional. The lawsuit names four state juvenile correctional facilities that are engaging in confinement practices that "will cause irreparable harm to these youth," according to the agency. "The way in which Ohio uses seclusion to punish youth with mental health needs victimizes one of the most vulnerable groups in our society," Jocelyn Samuels, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said in a March statement....

Why is the state refusing to provide mental health treatment for these young people? Warehousing them does not solve their problems.

>>>  Is John Boehner a little concerned about his re-election? 

Speaker John Boehner is running his first television advertisement in four years.

The ad is on the air in the Cincinnati and Dayton television markets until April 16, according to sources who track advertising.

Boehner (R-Ohio), a 24-year veteran of Congress, has three opponents in the May 6 primary election, but is widely expected to sail to victory....

Boehner hardly goes to his district since he spends so much time golfing at fundraisers and attending events with GOP candidates. Some in his district will at least be able to be reminded of what he looks like with the ads.