Ohio government issues

In today’s Dayton Daily news- “reporter” Laura Bischoff questions State Representative Jim Butler’s official bio: In his official Ohio House biography, state Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood, tells the public that he “served in the United States Navy as a fighter pilot, flying the F-14 Tomcat. ”Butler trained on the F-14 but received a medical discharge […]

The changes to taxes and distribution under the Kasich administration has had devastating effect on local governments. Most are scrambling to replace revenue that used to come from the “local government fund” and the windfalls of the inheritance tax used to prop up some communities that wouldn’t exist had it not been for wealthy residents […]

If you are reading this, more than likely you have internet access. In fact, you probably take it for granted. Not so in many of the homes with doors I knock on to campaign for the Dayton City Commission. Using Google to look things up, or email to communicate is as foreign to them as […]

Full Disclosure: my business, The Next Wave, does limited amounts of graphic design work and printing for the Sidebar and Brian Higgins. His websites for both the Columbus and Dayton restaurants are on our server. Front page, center, top of fold. Multiple photos. Even when Mayor Clay Dixon took me outside to be his punching […]

Apparently, Jon Husted has been reading esrati.com Ohio’s elections chief is seeking a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss elements of federal law that he says are preventing the state from maintaining accurate voter rolls. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) says he sent a letter to Holder on Friday containing […]

Sure, Ohio State makes a mint selling “officially sanctioned” merchandise. Terrelle Pryor jerseys made the school a lot of money before he tried to cash in on his fame and brought the machine down to its knees. Now, we’re going to try to solve our pre-K-12 funding problems by allowing schools to sell merchandise instead […]

From the very first time I ran for office, I believed that government should stick to doing things that only government should do: provide universal services and amenities to the community it serves. Police, fire, roads, parks, water and sewer are great starting points. Some things aren’t so black and white: trash collection, golf courses […]

As someone who has filed to run for office a whole bunch of times, I can tell you there is chapter and verse on every possible way to keep a candidate off the ballot. We’ve even had people rejected for the type of paper they used for their petitions. So, when the Ohio House and […]

It’s funny- just as Secretary of State Jon Husted claims that the problems at the Montgomery County Board of Elections are a local issue- the Ohio Supreme Court decides in a Cuyahoga County case of BOE workers behaving badly that they work for the SOS: The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by two […]

As one of the last stands of racism, Greene County became the only county with two state universities- back in 1964. That was when “White State” was founded- and the role of Central State was firmly assigned as a  Negro school- of course, we sanitize it by calling it a HBCU- Historically Black Colleges and […]