State Government Should Be Accountable to the Taxpayers

In the words of the President Ronald Reagan, “Governments tend to not solve problems, only to rearrange them.”

This is especially true in the current state biennial budget, which fails to fix the deficit with structural improvements to the way Ohio does business and instead procrastinates Ohio’s true problem—skyrocketing spending and waste, as well as the unbearable tax rates that support it.

Rural Hospitals Get State, Federal Grants


COLUMBUS – Small and rural hospitals across Ohio are improving services to their communities thanks to $663,300 in federal and state grants administered by the Foundation for Healthy Communities of the Ohio Hospital Association. The federal funds are provided through the Ohio Department of Health and its State Office of Rural Health.

Judicial Crisis Network's concerns on the Ohio Supreme Court race

Letter from JCN:

March 3, 2010

Justice Maureen O’Connor
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

Dear Justice O’Connor,

Rep. Sears Honors Local Athlete on the House Floor

COLUMBUS— State Representative Barbara Sears (R- Maumee) yesterday honored Meredith Wagner of Northview High School on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Wagner won the state competition for Division I Girls High School Cross Country, besting more than 5,000 other young women and finishing with a time of 18:03. She has signed a letter of intent to continue running for the Ohio State University.

Representative Sears stated, “It is always such an honor to have students from our district recognized and honored on the floor of the House.”

Ohio Politics as usual?

This forwarded to me by e-mail:

Dear Ohio Citizen
Below is an alarming example of what the politics as usual. A candidate is being cut out by an unethical secretary of state. Please take the time to read the information below and call the media and alert them of this travesty. The status quo will continue if you do nothing. We must stand up to corruption and say, “NO More!”

Here are the facts:

Waniewski and the Walleye

I’m having a fundraiser in my bid for Ohio Senate. It’ll be at the new Arena downtown during the Toledo Walleye’s last home game of this their inaugural season.

The event is Sunday March 28th at 2 p.m. (the game starts at 4 p.m.). Your support of my campaign will get you into the game and a great lunch.

I would love to see you at this event in support of my Senate race, and get a chance to chat and catch up on things with you. The attached flyer has more info.

Please remit your contribution as soon as possible to:

Committee to Elect Waniewski
P.O. Box 8904
Toledo, OH 43623

Ohio Secretary of State loses petitions? You decide


How can this discrepancy happen? Are these more shenanigans in Columbus? Mike DeWine runs unopposed ..
Approximately 2,750 signatures were obtained and submitted to the Secretary of State’s office. The petitions containing these signatures were submitted to place Steve Christopher on the Republican primary ballot this May. Somehow, only 788 signatures were processed and sent to the appropriate counties for validation. Almost 2,000 signatures were lost or never sent to the proper boards of elections for validation.

Bipartisan Measure To Reward Ohio’s War Veterans


Reps. Boose and Pillich Introduce Bill to Award Bonuses and Increase Efficiency

Columbus—State Reps. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) and Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) yesterday introduced House Bill 461, which when enacted will authorize the Department of Veterans Services to award veterans of the conflicts in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan bonuses of up to $1000 for their service.

Blatant Right Wing Radio Promotion- Mayor Bell On 1370 WSPD Tuesday 7:30

Tuesday morning at 7:30a Mike Bell will be on the show to talk about the budget turned over to City Council this afternoon. 'Nuff said.

Support, Investment in Health Care Jobs Crucial to Economy

Health industry growth slows, hospital tax costs jobs
Although one of the key features of the health care industry is its ability to withstand economic cycles, Ohio’s public policy agenda must make investments in health care to keep the state’s economy growing. Ohio’s health care industry is one of the few sectors with strong growth potential for the future.

Ohio Economy Depends on Health

Rep. Sears continues the fight for jobs and economic growth

Columbus—This is 2010, and Ohio's new job-rich economy is on the horizon! State Representative Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania) recently announced her candidacy to return to the 46th Ohio House District seat in 2011.

“It would be my honor to continue to serve as your voice in Columbus,” Rep. Sears said. “This General Assembly has faced many challenges with job loss and budget deficits, but with good leadership in 2011, we can work together to turn this state around and fix our economy. That is what I have always strived to do, and I will continue keep my sights set on Ohio's future.”

Ohio's pain is Atlanta's gain



In all, 43 Midwestern companies have established headquarters, warehouses, distribution centers, factories, branch offices or testing labs across the region since 1999, according to the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ohio alone has shipped 20 of those companies or their units down Interstate 75. Only three other states -- California, Florida and Texas -- have been more generous toward Atlanta.

House GOP to Attorney General: Challenge the Federal Health Care Proposal

COLUMBUS—Ohio House Republican members today issued the attached letter to Attorney General Richard Cordray urging him to join their caucus in an effort to challenge the federal health care legislation that is currently being discussed in Washington D.C.

“As more details emerge from the compromises that are being brokered behind-the- scenes, I grow more concerned for the state of Ohio and the hardworking tax payers of our state,” State Representative Matt Huffman (R-Lima) said.

Buckeye Institute State of the State

Here is the 2010 Buckeye Institute State of the State. I will write some more about it in just a bit, but here it is now for your perusal.

House Republicans Continue Robust Presence to Regain Majority

Veterans, Business Owners, Doctors among Qualified Field of Candidates

COLUMBUS –The Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee (OHROC) today announced that House Republicans are well positioned to help put Ohio back on the right track. A strong slate of candidates are set to run this November to help Republicans regain the majority in the Ohio House.

Lawmaker Works Toward Efficient Medicaid Spending and Services

COLUMBUS—State Representative Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today introduced House Bill 440, legislation that requires the director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to seek federal approval to establish an alcohol and controlled substance testing and treatment component within the Medicaid program.

Granholm vs Strickland's State of State Speech Comparison

 Granholm's 2010 Michigan State of the State Speech

 Ted Strickland's State of the State Speech

Story out of Perry HS, Massilon, OH.


Just ran across this news story,,, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/02/03/ohio-high-school-accused-prom... ...those of you that will, go ahead and complain...education SHOULD BE UNBIASED...g'nite.

Facts and Fiction About House Bill 428 - remove the $20 late license plate renewal fee

Over the past two months I have received many calls from constituents objecting to the new $20 late vehicle registration fee that was implemented by House Bill 2, the biennial transportation budget. When this fee was first brought to my attention during the debate on HB 2, I had to admit that I was perplexed. I already thought it was illegal in the state of Ohio to operate a motor vehicle with expired tags.

Rep. Sears: Improve Medicaid, Save Tax Dollars

Offers testimony on cost-containment legislation to improve Medicaid system

Columbus—State Representative Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania) today offered sponsor testimony on House Bill 240, legislation that would fix inefficiencies in Ohio’s Medicaid system.

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