Ohio government issues

RIP citizen comments- victim of COVID or just too damn inconvenient?

Ohio has “Sunshine Laws” that are supposed to help provide transparency in government. Yet, for those of us who try to collaborate or suggest ideas to elected leaders, the place to do it was during “citizen comments” during public meetings. While the sunshine laws are toothless in Ohio- and force citizens to expend copious effort Read More

The Un-Democratic democratic party really hates voting

Last night, the Montgomery County Democratic party held another zoom meeting. They blamed the ODP for giving them a different zoom account to use, which changed things up a bit. This time- you could see who was there. Not that many, when you realize there are about 360 precincts in Montgomery County- and they had Read More

Why do we elect a Clerk of Courts? And how much is the ransom to get a competent one?

This is a story of institutionalized incompetence, the reality is, it could have happened to anyone who was dumb enough to run for a lot of public offices that have no business being elected positions. Most voters can’t tell you what the treasurer, auditor, recorder actually do, never mind who they are. The County engineer, Read More

Esrati files appeal to Ohio Supreme Court over legality of “Information Sessions”

Judge Richard Skelton said the School closing task force was a public body and subject to the Ohio Sunshine Laws- AKA Open Meetings Act covered in ORC 121.22 Then he and the 2nd district court of appeals claimed the task force, which had already violated the OMA multiple times, was perfectly legal to meet behind Read More

Ohio uncoordinated clerk of courts systems of injustice

In preparation of watching oral arguments this morning at the 2nd District Court of Appeals I visited 5 different websites to try to prepare myself for the cases to be heard. That should be your first clue that something smells in Denmark. The docket notices are filed as PDF’s (Portable Document Format) as are many Read More

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