How much does a prosecutor cost? That’s the question ECOT founder Bill Lager and disgraced former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger are asking themselves as Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien faces public pressure to investigate both of them — pressure that he’s ignored so far.
On the same day that ProgressOhio launched a petition calling for Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien to return campaign contributions from ECOT, O’Brien announced a separate attorney will determine whether to pursue criminal charges. Unfortunately, Twitter Porn Ron’s announcement was just a political ploy: he still gets to keep ECOT’s money while personally selecting the outside reviewer.
We doubt that payday lending lobbyists are so fun they’re worth all this hassle and probably jail time. This week, the FBI raided not only Rosenberger’s home but also a storage unit miles away, and seem to be closing in on Rosenberger’s pay-to-play scheme.
That being said, Rosenberger’s probably laughing his ass off at all the Republicans who threw him under the bus and now can’t run the Statehouse…
No speaker. Cancelled sessions. Threats of extortion and blackmail. Corruption scandals explode. No ability to pass laws – but committees keep voting them out of committee. In the wake of the Rosenberger scandal, the House GOP has completely imploded, and there’s no end in sight.
In yet another power grab over women’s bodies, the Trump administration is set to impose a domestic gag rule, which would allow doctors to withhold information about abortion from patients and block people from preventive care. Remember, this rule is coming from the same guy who doesn’t know the difference between HPV & HIV. Presidents don’t have to be medical experts, but, like, come on.
Despite the ECOT scandal that came about in part because of lax oversight, the Ohio Senate passed a law lessening reporting requirements by small groups of students – including racial minorities and students with disabilities.
The ECOT scandal has been getting a lot of news over the past year or so. Check out this explainer to catch yourself up with how Ohio got in this mess.
Though ECOT owes the State tens of millions of dollars that caused the school to go into bankruptcy, apparently they’re not so desperate as to piss off a bunch of politicians. The pictures used to adorn ECOT headquarters but as Republicans flee from ECOT (well, most Republicans – see O’Brien above) they are clearly pressuring the school to not release images of them with the founder or at the school.
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Living up to his reputation, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch opined that employers can ban their employees from participating class action lawsuits – even those concerning sexual harassment. The ruling also strengthens mandatory arbitration clauses, which are used by companies to keep their mistreatment of employees quiet and reduce awarded damages.
Though Ohioans overwhelmingly passed Issue 1 this month, Ohio wouldn’t get a new congressional map until 2022. The ACLU thinks this is too long to wait – encouraged by wins in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, they’re suing now to try to get the map changed in time for the 2020 election.
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