Thinking Twice

Thinking Twice

From Policy Matters Ohio

http://www.policymattersohio.org/thinking-twice

Understanding fracking – Shale oil and gas drilling is changing the economy, environment and culture of Carroll County, Ohio, according to a case study Policy Matters released as part of a three-state research effort. Our research shows that fracking is complicated. Whether drilling ultimately helps or hurts the economy will depend on whether money stays local, where gas is refined, who gets jobs and business, and what the costs are to our communities, environment and public health. We worked with researchers in …

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In the news: Same-Sex Wedding Receptions Under Review

In the news: Same-Sex Wedding Receptions Under Review

via ABC6

DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS (Chelsea Spears) — After a federal judge ruled on Monday that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages from other states, state leaders are reviewing who can have a wedding at the Ohio statehouse.

via Same-Sex Wedding Receptions Under Review at Ohio Statehouse – WSYX ABC6 – Top Stories.

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VIDEO: Everytown for Gun Safety Announcement

What: Mayors, moms, gun violence survivors, faith leaders, and other Ohioans will gather today to launch ‘Everytown for Gun Safety’ a new gun violence prevention group

Speakers

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Ohio’s Third District
Mayor Michael Coleman of Columbus, OH
Julie Eichorn, Columbus Ambassador Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Pastor Victor Davis, Trinity Baptist Church
Margaret Long - Margaret suffered a spinal cord injury from a gunshot wound when she was 19 years old. Margaret also lost her nephew to gun violence and her brother survived a shooting.

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Kasich Promises Last Year’s Tax Breaks For This Year’s Donations

Kasich Promises Last Year’s Tax Breaks For This Year’s Donations

For the past few months, John Kasich’s campaign has been running deceitful ads trying to convince his supporters that a donation to John Kasich in 2014 can be used for a tax credit on 2013 tax filings.

This is a lie.

The ads look something like this:

The implication is obvious: give me some cash now, and you can take it off your taxes on April 15th (today).

Ohio law clearly states that only money donated in 2013 can be used for a deduction in 2014.   But …

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EVENT: Everytown For Gun Safety launch today uniting multiple organizations

EVENT: Everytown For Gun Safety launch today uniting multiple organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2014
CONTACT
Taylor Maxwell: taylor.maxwell@berlinrosen.com

*** Media and Event Advisory ***

 ‘EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY’ TO LAUNCH TODAY IN COLUMBUS, UNITING MAYORS, MOMS, GUN VIOLENCE SURVIVORS, FAITH LEADERS, AND OTHER OHIOANS TO END GUN VIOLENCE

 Columbus Event is One of Ten Across the Country to Kick Off ‘Everytown’; Group will Rally Americans to Join Fight to End Gun Violence that Kills 86 Americans Every Day

One year after Congress failed to pass legislation to require comprehensive gun background checks despite near-unanimous public support, mayors, moms, gun violence …

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How Much Do Offshore Tax Havens Cost You?

How Much Do Offshore Tax Havens Cost You?

Fair Tax Policy

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Ohio House Adopts Value-Added Reporting Changes That Benefit Charter Schools

Ohio House Adopts Value-Added Reporting Changes That Benefit Charter Schools

House Bill 487 contains all of the education related components of John Kasich’s recent budget bill and was adopted by the Ohio House this week after being amended by the House Education Committee.  One of the amendments added by the committee that has not received any press is a proposed change in the way value-added results would be calculated and graded on school and district report cards.

The exact text of the bill is included below.  The underlined text is what has been added …

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Kasich’s Soul Brothers May Be Absentees This Year

Kasich’s Soul Brothers May Be Absentees This Year

I doubt that two of Gov. Kasich’s old Republican friends will be turning up at the governor’s campaign  appearances this year:  Mitt Romney and Chris Christie.

The Columbus Dispatch, long friendly to the governor, has published before -and-after photos of  Kasich with Mitt in 2012 at Otterbein University.  A big Romney campaign sign in a photo that turned up on Kasich’s campaign website, revealed Republican Mitt Romney’s motto: Real Change Day One…

The sign has been scrubbed from a photo on the Ohio governor’s  website. It speaks …

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E-Clips for 4/15/2014

E-Clips for 4/15/2014

Former President Clinton to speak in Ohio

Former President Bill Clinton will headline an Ohio Democratic Party event this summer.

Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage
A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, and civil rights attorneys and gay marriage supporters immediately began looking ahead to their next fight: a lawsuit seeking to force Ohio to allow gay couples to marry.

Judge considers staying Ohio gay marriage ruling

A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages …

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Federal Judge Set To Issue Key Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling

Federal Judge Set To Issue Key Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling

BY AMANDA LEE MYERS, ASSOCIATED PRESS

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge is expected to issue what could be the most sweeping ruling yet for gay marriage in Ohio by ordering the state to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in states that allow same-sex marriage.

Judge Timothy Black indicated in court on April 4 that he expects to rule on Monday, ordering Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages because the state’s ban violates constitutional rights and denies a fundamental right for people …

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