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The Damage Done, State Consumer 'Advocate' Quits

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2003
The Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC) is on the ropes, battered by a barrage of accusations that the group's leader, Robert Tongren, is less interested in protecting consumers' interests than in he  

Issue 1: Lots of Money for Corporations

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Issue 1 on the Nov. 4 ballot asks voters to amend the Ohio Constitution to allow the state to borrow up to $500 million for science and technology initiatives. Voter permission is necessary becaus  

Eric Fingerhut Is No Jerry Springer -- Seriously

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2003
In Washington, the president sells a tax cut as the fast solution to a cyclical economic downturn. He sells a supposedly weeks-long occupation of Iraq as an antidote to terrorism. In Columbus, l  

Too High and Too Low: Ohio's Corporate Tax Mess

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Ohio lawmakers created the Committee to Study State and Local Taxes in June 2002. Comprised of seven legislators and three state agency directors, the committee was responsible for analyzing Ohio  

Where Have All the Democrats Gone?

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2003
For the past decade, the Democratic Party, both in Ohio and around the country, has been in a full-throttle decline, rapidly and precipitously shooting downhill. As with any great fall, this one st  

Don't Limit Lawsuits -- Redistribute the Awards

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 12, 2003
With the Bush and Taft administrations abdicating their roles as protector and bowing to corporate demands by gutting basic and critical product safety regulations, lawsuits are consumers' only shie  

Lawsuits Are Good for Your Health

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2003
With the White House and the Statehouse repeatedly sacrificing constituents at the altar of business, lawsuits are the only way to hold companies accountable for decisions that place profits ahead o  

Legislators Let Corporations Dodge State Taxes

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Ohio's primary business tax has shriveled significantly over the past three decades. Accounting for 16.45 percent of the general revenue fund in 1972, the corporate franchise tax comprised only 7.27  

Thank You for Getting Drunk

0 Comments · Thursday, December 12, 2002
In Christopher Buckley's novel Thank You for Smoking, three lobbyists -- one each from the alcohol, tobacco and gun industries -- meet regularly to commiserate over their status as social pariahs. A  

Hagan Is in the Details

0 Comments · Thursday, October 10, 2002
He might not have Gov. Bob Taft's political pedigree, but Democratic gubernatorial candidate Timothy Hagan, a former Cuyahoga County commissioner, has one thing Taft seems to lack -- a substantive p  

Taft's Ads Give Misleading Picture of His Record

0 Comments · Thursday, September 12, 2002
Although campaign advertisements promote him as an active leader, Gov. Bob Taft more accurately wears the label Governor Inertia: He tends to act only when forced to do so. The abysmal condition of  

Mental Health Care and Personal Freedom

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2002
State Sen. Scott Oelslager (R-Plain Township) introduced legislation in May that could resolve the complex, intertwined conflicts between the rights of people with mental illness and the need to pro  

Cowardice defines legislature's budget 'fix'

0 Comments · Thursday, June 13, 2002
After weeks of political wrangling, Ohio's legislators have finally agreed on a budget overhaul bill. On June 4, Gov. Bob Taft signed the bill into law, balancing Ohio's budget through the fiscal ye  

'Intelligent Design' Is Religion Masking as Science

0 Comments · Thursday, May 9, 2002
What should the 1.8 million children who attend Ohio public schools be taught about the origin of life? On March 11 four panelists -- two proponents of evolutionary biology and two proponents of in  

Deters' Questionable Fund-Raising Reveals Loopholes in Ohio Campaign Finance Laws

0 Comments · Thursday, April 18, 2002
Gearing up for a campaign season of playing David to the GOP's well-funded Goliath, Democrats have loaded their slingshots with allegations that Ohio Treasurer Joseph Deter is operating a pay-to-pla