Husted Implements Early Voting Schedule as Set by Bipartisan Ohio Association of Election Officials

Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court Order that stayed a lower court’s ruling which had expanded early voting in Ohio.

Husted made clear that fair elections involve consistent rules across all counties and that the voting schedule created  pursuant to Ohio’s early voting law was approved by local Democrat and Republican election officials.

Secretary Husted’s statement reads:
“Today’s ruling validates what I have long said, elections in Ohio should be […]

By |October 1st, 2014|All Posts|0 Comments

First Grader Sets Teacher Straight on Math Fact

IJR Review provides an example of the ludicrous Common Core math problems children are being subjected to.

A child (probably a first grader) is asked to make 10 by adding 8+5.  The child responds,
“You can not make 10 withe 8 + 5.”  (You can not make 10 with 8 + 5.)
The teacher writes back,
“Yes you can. Take 2 from 5 and add it to 8.   (8 + 2 = 10).  Then add 3.”
The teacher is […]

By |September 30th, 2014|All Posts|0 Comments

U.S. Supreme Court Delays Start of Early Voting in Ohio

WBNS 10TV reports the U.S. Supreme Court has delayed the start of early voting in Ohio until October 7th. In a 5-4 decision, the justices put a hold on a lower court’s ruling that had restored “Golden Week”, a period during which people can register to vote and cast a ballot.

The Ohio Assembly had passed a law eliminating “Golden Week” and some evening and weekend hours for early voting. The law was challenged by […]

By |September 29th, 2014|All Posts|0 Comments

HHS Report on ACA Exchanges Masks True Condition of Ohio’s Health Insurance Market

Gongwer News Service reports on an HHS report titled “Health Insurance Issuer Participation and New Entrants in the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015.”

HHS paints a rosy scenario noting that the number of participating insurers is up 25% across the country.

The report indicates Ohio’s exchange will have a greater number of insurers than most other federally assisted exchanges.  Open enrollment starts in November and Ohioans will choose from plan offerings from 16 companies.

Gongwer quotes from a statement […]

Judicial Update: Ohio Anti-lie Law and Early Voting

Not willing to allow themselves to be relegated to obsolescence, the Ohio Elections Commission has decided to appeal U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black’s decision which struck down Ohio’s law banning campaign lies.

The Ohio Elections Commission must not have received the memo that in a free republic the government doesn’t determine truth, the people do.

The Cincinnati Enquirer noted that the Commission stands little chance of having the decision overturned given that recent U.S. Supreme […]

Common Core Platitudes Dispelled by High School Principal

In her article, “Four Common Core ‘flimflams'”, Carol Burris strikes down the most oft-heard statements from Common Core proponents. Ohio parents will recognize these talking points as they are frequently parrotted by school officials, the Kasich administration, and some members of the state legislature. 

The Washington Post published Burris’ article and reported that she is a New York high school principal and a previous supporter of Common Core. Once NY started implementing the standards, Burris […]

Ohio Teachers to Have Their Say on Common Core Repeal

The Ohio House Rules and Reference Committee has heard over 30 hours of testimony from proponents and opponents of HB 597, the Common Core repeal bill, but the Committee wants to hear more. Another hearing has been proposed with a tentative date of October 14th. This time the focus will be on practicing teachers and so the hearing will be held in the evening to accommodate teaching schedules.

So far the Committee has heard from […]

By |September 24th, 2014|All Posts|0 Comments

Blow to Minnesota’s Health Exchange Signals Broader Obamacare Woes

Obamacare does not seem to be working as expected in the State of Minnesota.  Its state-based health exchange known as Mnsure received a major blow with the announcement that its lowest cost insurance provider, Preferred One, will be pulling out.

Preferred One had garnered 59% of the Mnsure customer base by offering the lowest premiums of any of the four remaining insurance providers.  But the company indicated that continuing to do so was “not sustainable” […]

By |September 23rd, 2014|All Posts|0 Comments

A Tale of Two Kasichs

The 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 […]

Ohio Teachers Win Class Settlement Against OEA and Regional Affiliates

Score 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 […]

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