House GOP: An Earnest Look at 2009

COLUMBUS— House Republicans today highlighted the 2009 legislative year with the following solutions as offered by the caucus throughout the year.

“I am honored and humbled to serve in the Ohio House of Representatives,” said House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina). “Throughout 2009, I welcomed the opportunity to work in a bipartisan manner with members from across Ohio. However, many Republican-offered solutions were either silenced or ignored completely throughout the process. It is my hope that the New Year will encourage an open and honest discussion.”

Ohio Open Records Case Filed Against Private School - Misuse of State Funds


A longtime Cleveland area special education teacher has filed an open records case in the Ohio Supreme Court seeking records of The Ratner School, a private school located in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The lawsuit alleges that Ratner discriminated against the teacher in wrongfully discharging her for the 2009-2010 school year. The lawsuit contends that Ratner offered the teacher a part-time position for the current year for less than half-time to negate the teacher’s eligibility for the Ratner group health insurance plan. That plan is only available to teachers who work over 20 hours a week.

Mayor Finkbeiner Insulted Blacks - Million Dollar Lawsuit

The Toledo Journal is reporting online that Carty insulted blacks, and one of his top aide's confrims this!

The Journal is reporting that Mayor Finkbeiner made insulting remarks about black men and probably about black women. Mayor Finkbeiner turned down a recommendation to hire a black man because he would be "crucified" if he had two minorities serving as co-directors of the city's Youth Commission.

House Republicans Anticipate Vote on House Bill 318

Columbus – In preparation of a vote on House Bill 318 State Representative William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) releases the following radio statement:

“I am very disappointed that today we are going to have a vote on legislation which will increase the taxes paid by Ohioans in a way that can be very damaging to job creation. This tax will come down particularly hard on small business people—those who are in retail, those who have small businesses.

Can Cincinnati overtake OSU as Ohio's top team?

Fox Sports Ohio is asking that question. Will the Cincinnati Bearcats finish higher than Ohio State in the rankings and can they maintain it? Will the Bearcats be able to maintain their momentum into the future? Of course this was written right before Kelly accepted a job at Notre Dame but they still have a strong foundation. Could this be the birth of two major Ohio Football teams? What are your thoughts?

750 Square Feet of Solar Power per Hour

After three years of researching, developing, fund-raising, and expanding, Toledo solar tech start-up Xunlight Corp. grew up yesterday by delivering its first shipment of commercially manufactured solar modules. It went to the University of Toledo, the institution that played a significant role in the company's birth.

The modules will be installed on a 10-kilowatt thin-film solar array on the grounds and the roof of the university's Scott Park campus, which is being renamed the Campus of Energy and Innovation.

Catastrophe. Devastation.


State budget cuts would devastate Toledo area schools, superintendents say
Catastrophe. Devastation.
No matter how hard area school superintendents and legislators tried to explain yesterday how the state budget mess could affect their districts, the theme was one of impending doom.

Wachtmann: Lawmakers from Columbus or Washington?

Wachtmann: Lawmakers from Columbus or Washington?
Hard to Tell the Difference

COLUMBUS— State Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R- Napoleon) today issued the following statement:

Huffman introduces County Good Government Act

COLUMBUS – State Representative Matt Huffman (R-Lima) today introduced legislation to help Ohio’s counties deal with their economic difficulties.

“All 88 Ohio counties will have another tool in their toolboxes to deal with their local budgetary issues,” Huffman said. “It is my intent to give all local officials the resources they need to help address their daily local financial struggles.”

ACORN Lawsuit in OH a Victory for Democracy

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has won a substantive victory on behalf of the voters of Ohio --- perhaps hundreds of thousands of them --- via a court case filed in 2006, challenging a number of voter suppression tactics employed by the state's then Sec. of State, J. Kenneth Blackwell (R).

Ohio man: terrorist or Glenn Beck listener?


Following a pipe bomb explosion Monday night, police and federal law enforcement officials are trying to figure why a Center Avenue man turned his apartment into a bomb factory.


"He was always trying to get me and another neighbor to listen to anti-government tapes and watch anti-government videos," said Vachon. "I would never watch them. He was some kind of radical, and he didn't believe in the government." (more)

House GOP: Show Taxpayers the Money!

Lawmakers Seek Accountability and Transparency in Government Spending

Columbus—State Reps. Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) and Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) today introduced House Bill 388 which, when enacted, will require any legislation that appropriates money or raises taxes to be publicly available for at least 48 hours prior to consideration by the House or Senate.

Sherrod Brown's response on healthcare

I am a bit late on posting this but this is Sherrod Brown's response to my request for him to vote no on the healthcare reform proposal.
Dear Mr. Myers:

Thank you for sharing your views on health reform.

Statement from House Republican Leader Batchelder re: Third Frontier

COLUMBUS— House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) issued the following statement in response to a partisan effort of the House Democrats earlier today to expand and renew the Third Frontier program:

Lawmaker Works to Protect Children from Sexual Predators

COLUMBUS—State Rep. William P. Coley, II (R- Liberty Twp) today introduced legislation that will increase the penalty for sexual imposition committed against Ohio’s children between the ages of 13 and 16. When enacted, House Bill 380 would make such an offense a first-degree misdemeanor, versus the current penalty of a third-degree misdemeanor.

Ohio newspapers set to report on Ohio pensions

The Toledo Blade and other Ohio newspapers are collaborating on a investigation into Ohio pensions set to be released 11/29.
Ohio Newspapers Join in First Reporting Project

NEW YORK A group of Ohio newspapers that began sharing content nearly two years ago, and have also conducted several joint polls, are about to publish their first joint reporting project.

An investigation into public employee pensions that will utilize staffers from seven Ohio papers is set to run Nov. 29, according to Editor Ben Marrison of The Columbus Dispatch.

Owner of Burnsys Burgers & Brew in Oregon, Ohio Charged with Grand Theft.

Owner of Burnsys Burgers & Brew in Oregon, Ohio Charged with Grand Theft.
An Indictment was filed by the Lucas County Grand Jury on November 12, 2009.

The Indictment states a Charge of Grand Theft a Felony of the 4th Degree.

Patrick L. Burns of 434 Cambridge Dr. Oregon, Ohio 43616 is named in the Indictment.
His past address is listed as 6029 Grisell Rd. Oregon, Ohio.

Patrick L. Burns and his wife Sandra I. Burns were the Owners of the former GameTime Sports Pub at 506 S. Lallendorf Rd. in Oregon, Ohio. Which went out of business and the property was sold at sheriff sale.

Should the Ohio Legislature Remove the Pit Bull Dog from Its Vicious Dog Law ORC 955.11

Ohioans Demand Real Reforms and Accountability

House Policy Committee seeks to diminish government waste, increase accountability

COLUMBUS—The Ohio House Policy Committee today unveiled a package of ten proposals to spur government reform, streamline efficiency, strengthen accountability and transparency in state government while working to reducing the economic turmoil suffered by families across Ohio.

Rep. Watchmann: Enough Political Pandering, Ohioans Demand Action

Public Disapproval of Inaction While Democrats Silence Real Solutions

COLUMBUS— State Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R- Napoleon) issued the following statement in response to a recent Quinnipiac University poll finding that the Ohio Legislature has a 47 percent disapproval rating:

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