A Tale of Two Kasichs

taleoftwoThe Cleveland Plain Dealer asks if a conservative advocacy group with close ties to Governor Kasich is laying the groundwork for a Kasich presidential run.  While it’s no surprise to most Ohioans that the Governor has his eyes set on the ultimate political prize, it is interesting to see how the group, American Freedom Builders, portrays Governor Kasich and his policies on their website. The Plain Dealer directs its readers to American Freedom Builder’s newsletters which are focused […]

Farmers, Ranchers, Lawmakers Concerned Over EPA’s Latest Attempt to Define “Waters of the United States”

th  Back in June, The Hill reported on a proposed EPA rule which lawmakers on both sides of the aisle worry could mean an expansive power grab for the feds and the loss of personal property rights for farmers, ranchers, and other property owners. The proposed rule known as Waters of the United States (WOTUS) seeks to establish which bodies of water are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The definition of […]

Workplace Freedom Update for Week of 9/7

workplace-freedom-OHOhioans for Workplace Freedom volunteers were busy on Saturday collecting signatures in Hilliard at the Music and Craft Fair. This proved to be a good venue for Right to Work proponents as 166 signatures were collected.  With a little more help, volunteers could have easily doubled their total. The successful effort on Saturday shows that the Right to Work message resonates strongly in Ohio and serves as motivation for proponents to continue pressing hard to […]

Federal Judge Sides with Free Speech to Strike Down Ohio Law Banning False Campaign Statements

thU.S. District Judge TImothy S. Black stuck down a 19-year-old Ohio law that prohibits false statements in political campaigns.  In his opinion, Judge Black made clear that the government should not be in the business of deciding truth in political speech – that should be left up to voters. The Huffington Post quotes from Black’s opinion, “Lies have no place in the political arena and serve no purpose other than to undermine the integrity of the […]

Ohio Teachers Win Class Settlement Against OEA and Regional Affiliates

thScore a win for the little guy.  The Sidney Daily News reports that 14 Ohio public school teachers won a federal class action settlement against the OEA and 11 of its regional affiliates for overcharging non-full-members and illegally directing the funds to political activities.  As per U.S. Supreme Court precedent, unions cannot force non-members to contribute to a union’s political advocacy or other non-bargaining activities. In addition, the OEA’s regional affiliates were collecting compulsory fees […]

Common Core Isn’t Free: How Much Has Your School District Spent?

An important, but unreported aspect of the Common Core debate is the amount of local taxpayer resources – both in terms of money and man hours – school districts have expended implementing the Common Core Standards. The 2009 federal stimulus bill offered states and local school districts the opportunity to compete for Race to the Top (RTT) grants to help pay for innovative education reform initiatives.  What was not well publicized was that in order to […]

Ohio Supreme Court Argument Tuesday: Can Ohio Agencies Tax You Because It Rains?

1851CenterUnconstitutional Northeast Ohio Sewer District tax on “impervious surfaces” is without legislative authorization, and is a property tax without the required voter approval.   Columbus, OH – The Supreme Court of Ohio will on Tuesday morning hear oral arguments on whether the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, a Cleveland-Akron area administrative agency, lacks authority to tax and regulate property in response to rainwater, which is not “sewage”. The Sewer District seeks to levy a tax […]

Ohio Teacher Speaks Out Against Excessive Standardized Testing

Unknown-5Dawn Neely-Randall, an Ohio language arts teacher, speaks out boldly against excessive standardized testing in her article which was published by the Washington Post.  With the advent of the PARCC tests (the Common Core achievement tests) and the third grade reading guarantee, Ohio students are taking standardized tests multiple times a year. Ms. Randall explains how this increased testing takes away from classroom time prohibiting children from reading “as many rich, engaging pieces of literature […]

O’Keefe Targets Ohio In Latest Effort To Expose Porous Borders

thJames O’Keefe of Project Veritas has been exposing the weakness of the U.S. borders through his video journalism. His latest target, the Canadian border, and more specifically, Ohio. O’Keefe points out that British intelligence believes approximately 500 British citizens have joined ISIS. These individuals have a British passport and can enter Canada without a visa. Watch as O’Keefe demonstrates how easy it is for a person dressed as an ISIS terrorist to cross Lake Erie […]

Feds Strike Back After Oklahoma Repeals Common Core

Mary FallinBreitbart reports that the Obama administration has rescinded Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver in response to the state’s repeal of Common Core making it clear that the feds will not sit idly by as states assert authority over their own education policy. NCLB was put in place under the second President Bush and requires that all schools in a state meet yearly progress goals for their test scores.  Schools which do not meet […]