Republican leaders tax Ohioans with costly second primary for rigged Statehouse districts
To market members of the Grand Old Party as money-saving, by-the-book, principled conservatives must be a Herculean task in Ohio. Especially after state Republican officials blew a giant hole in their party brand with an election held for no good reason last Tuesday. Their part deux primary — that nobody knew about — destroyed any […]
Despite promises, one Ohio tax break is costing $1B and creating few jobs, study says
When it was created in 2013, a tax break in Ohio was billed as a way to help small businesses create jobs. But as the tax break approaches its 10th anniversary, it is disproportionately benefiting the wealthy while doing little to deliver on its promise, a new study says.
ECOT owes Ohio $117 Million. What are we going to do about it?
Like the famed Casablanca police captain Louis Renault, Ohio taxpayers were shocked, shocked to learn recently from the state auditor’s office that the notorious online charter school ECOT, which closed in 2018, owes the state $117 million. A “Finding for Recovery” posted last week on the auditor’s website provided the details. The announcement by Auditor […]
Ohio redistricting charade continues as GOP again passes more clearly rigged maps
The conclusion that Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission do not want Ohio voters to enjoy free and fair elections is unavoidable. They want to rig the game to enshrine their power and will stop at nothing to do exactly that. They will defy the Ohio Supreme Court while supporters murmur about impeaching the […]
Map drawers tell high court why they shouldn’t be held in contempt
(This story has been updated.) Seven of Ohio’s top public officials on Wednesday explained to the Ohio Supreme Court why they shouldn’t be held in contempt for not meeting a deadline last Thursday to submit another set of proposed state legislative maps. Some said they tried to do what the court ordered. Others said the […]
Redistricting commission insults Ohioans by waiting until last minute to meet
The contempt majority legislative leaders on the Ohio Redistricting Commission are showing to the public by waiting until the last possible day to draw a third round of Statehouse maps is nothing short of astounding. The maps they drew in September were ruled by the Ohio Supreme Court to be unconstitutional gerrymanders. Then the second […]
RNC calls Capitol violence “legitimate.” Do Ohio statewides agree?
The top elected Republican tried this week to give his colleagues cover to disagree with a party claim that the violent attack on Congress on Jan. 1. 2021 was "legitimate political discourse." Most Ohio's statewide elected officials have been less definite.
GOP says ‘attempts’ on partisanship make Ohio Statehouse maps constitutional
The GOP members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission have said objections to their maps have no merit because they made their best attempt at politically balancing the maps. Democrats on the commission filed their own response in favor of invalidating the second version of the maps, just as those who objected to them want. The […]
How cheating voters with gerrymandering poisons everything
Would you play poker with someone who has taken all the face cards in one deck to deal to themselves while you’re left to get cards from a deck with no kings, queens, jacks, or aces? Would you play Monopoly with someone who gets to start the game pre-owning hotels on Boardwalk, Park Place, Pennsylvania, […]
Ohio government panders to hard-right at expense of fair-minded majority
State government has taken a hard right turn down a dangerous road in Ohio. It’s not where most Ohioans want to go, but that doesn’t matter. The legislature doesn’t answer to us. An extreme minority is calling the shots with GOP lawmakers. Same thing is happening in other states where Republicans, with an absolute lock […]
Redistricting court challenges move forward
The fight over the legislative redistricting maps is ongoing in the Ohio Supreme Court, with a few wins already registered for opponents of the new maps. In the three different cases being considered by the state’s highest court, one from the League of Women Voters of Ohio, another from the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and yet […]
Ohio GOP leaders broke promises, failed us all by creating more rigged maps
The oddest part is Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine acting as though he’s somehow powerless and had no choice when he voted to rig Ohio elections with partisan, gerrymandered maps for the next four years. After all, he’s only the governor. It’s an absurd position. Maps were proposed to the commission that actually represent the 54-46 […]