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New Details Emerge on How Team Kasich Hurt Struggling Home Owners
Remember when the Kasich administration sent back $400 million from the federal government for high speed rail? Or how about the Policy Matters Ohio report that showed the administration sought federal money to help hungry people in Appalachia – but not in Ohio’s urban centers? In the latest chapter of fiscal nonsense, the Plain Dealer provides new information about Kasich’s decision to forego millions that could have helped struggling homeowners stay in their homes.
But he expanded Medicaid.
National Consumer Watchdog Preparing to Crack Down on Payday Lenders
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has outlined new rules to protect us from predatory lenders and their questionable practices. This week the CFPB announced new regulations on Pay Day and Auto Title Lenders. In 2008, Ohioans voted to eliminate the exorbitant fees charged by predatory lenders but these lenders found loopholes. The Ohio General Assembly has done nothing to close loopholes or rein in predatory lenders. The CFPB’s new rules are a good start for getting the industry under control, says the New York Times, but called for additional “strong, more explicit consumer protections.”
Ohio’s GOP Elections Chief Purged Voters In Democratic Neighborhoods at Twice the Rate of Republican Ones
Reuters released a study examining Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s practice of purging lawfully registered voters from the rolls simply because of infrequent voting. The study found that people in strongly Democratic neighborhoods were kicked off the voter rolls at twice the rate of those who live among GOP strongholds.
The office of the Secretary of State removes a voter who has not cast a ballot in the past three federal elections. States periodically cleanse their voter rolls, but only a handful remove voters simply because they don’t vote on a regular basis. And nowhere could the practice have a greater potential impact in the state-by-state battle for the White House than Ohio, a swing state that has backed the winner in every presidential election since 1960.
Ohio’s Republican Governor and Treasurer Continue Their Family Feud
It is no secret that Treasurer Josh Mandel isn’t a fan of Governor John Kasich. Mandel even broke ranks with his GOP buds and endorsed Senator Marco Rubio for President. The feud continues to simmer as the Dayton Daily News reports that Mandel was bashing Kasich and his administration for killing the legislation that would have created an ongoing Ohio Checkbook. Things are expected to heat up over the summer as the national spotlight focuses on Ohio for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
A Public Service Announcement: Week In Review Is Undertaking a Trump Blackout
Too many news outlets cover Donald Trump’s every word. Week in Review plans to ignore him, at least for now. We know what we need to know: He is a reckless, narcissistic, bigoted man with a passion for the Big Lie. Nothing new.
University of Akron President Scarborough’s Long, Strange Trip Ends in Resignation
The embattled University of Akron President, Scott Scarborough resigned this week. Thus ending a two-year tenure that saw the University’s name change, 161 employees lose their jobs and a flurry of scandals. Amid the cutbacks, Scarborough hired life coaches for freshmen and had the president’s residence updated for nearly $1 million. Even though the University is still facing a $60 million deficit and enrollment continues to drop – two of the issues Scarborough was hired to address – he will be paid an additional year’s salary of $450,000. If he wants he can stay and teach among those who gave him a vote of no confidence.
Gov. Kasich Urged to Veto Bill That Contains a Modern-Day Poll Tax
The Cleveland Plain Dealer urges Governor John Kasich to veto a bill sponsored by Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati). The headline points out that Senate Bill 296 is nothing more than a modern-day poll tax. Senator Seitz and his GOP brethren should reconsider their attempts at impeding access to the polls since they’re a breach of our civil rights and they’ll just get overturned in the courts anyway.
Columnist Tom Suddes Sees Medical Marijuana Bill as Win for Lawmakers and Patients
Veteran Statehouse observer Tom Suddes gives background on the win for Ohio’s patients with the passage of the medical marijuana bill last week. The usually slow-moving state legislature took quick action amid polls showing strong voter support for medicinal pot.
WHY COURTS MATTER
Judge Extends Order That Temporarily Blocks Ohio from Funding Planned Parenthood
Another legal win for Planned Parenthood and the women they serve in Ohio. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett extended his temporary restraining order until August 5. This halts the $1.5 million funding cut that was pushed through the state legislature and signed by then-presidential candidate Governor John Kasich. Judge Barrett also scheduled a hearing on the law so there may be future victories.
The ruling is noteworthy for both its impact and the judge who handed it down. Judge Barrett is a former Republican Party Chairman from Hamilton County, home of Cincinnati, the place that launched Right to Life.
Federal Government System of Doling out Charter Grants Needs an Overhaul
The Youngstown Vindicator takes the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the Obama Administration to task on federal funds continuing to award grants to failing Ohio charter schools – a national embarrassment. The Vindy highlights its previous editorials and some by the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s in its call for the feds to deal with the problem.
The federal government sent Ohio the money after the Ohio Department of Education submitted a grant application that was false in some parts, misleading in others.
ODE’s latest criticism comes from state Auditor David Yost, whose guest column calls it Ohio’s “worst agency in all of state government.”
Taxpayers Get Stuck with Legal Bill for AG DeWine’s Assault on Planned Parenthood
Remember when Ohio taxpayers had to pay $1.3 million in legal fees in the anti-LGBT efforts of Attorney General Mike DeWine? Well his zealotry has cost us again – more than $45,000 this time. That’s what it cost Planned Parenthood (PP) to defend itself against DeWine’s false claims. The witch hunt began when highly edited, wildly discredited videos came out claiming that Planned Parenthood was profiting off the sale of “baby parts,’’ or fetal tissue. DeWine started his own investigation that turned up nothing so he then accused PP of inhumanely disposing of fetuses.
The Republican federal judge on this case has so little trust in the State that he is retaining jurisdiction over this for the next two years.