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Educating Prisoners Is Cheaper Than Locking Them up Again

1 Comment · Thursday, April 4, 2002
Early last year, State Rep. John Willamowski (R­Lima) introduced a bill that would prohibit the state from funding the post-secondary education of Ohio inmates. This bill, which garnered only   

Gov. Taft Reluctantly Discovers Drug Law Reform

0 Comments · Thursday, February 14, 2002
An attempt by a group of citizens to change Ohio's handling of nonviolent drug offenders has forced Gov. Bob Taft to hastily pull out, dust off and fine-tune his long-neglected policies regarding th  

Dirty Tricks in Ohio's Drug War

0 Comments · Thursday, January 17, 2002
Gov. Bob Taft has violated state law in his effort to keep a drug-law reform out of voters' hands, according to the Ohio Campaign for New Drug Policies (OCNDP). A complaint with the Ohio Inspector   

Our Own Olympic Scandal

0 Comments · Thursday, December 20, 2001
This fall, the unsuccessful campaign to bring the Olympics to Cincinnati ran out of money. After Nick Vehr, president of Cincinnati 2012 Inc. the organization leading the effort, spent $5.5 million  

Ohio Still Fighting Women's Choice

0 Comments · Thursday, November 15, 2001
There's a family planning center in my neighborhood that performs abortions. Every Saturday morning, protesters appear to wave poster-size pictures of aborted fetuses and to yell slogans to the gene  

Ohio Supreme Court Fails Kids

0 Comments · Thursday, October 18, 2001
Both the Ohio and Michigan constitutions require the state -- not local governments -- pay for public schools. In a case that closely resembled DeRolph v. State of Ohio, the Michigan Supreme Court   

Legislative Maneuvers Are a Gas

0 Comments · Thursday, September 13, 2001
The Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a government watchdog, has examined conflicts of interest between the public and private lives of state lawmakers since 1998. In their ongoing report, "50 Sta  

Ohio Discovers the Internet

1 Comment · Thursday, August 9, 2001
The once integral role the government played in developing the Internet has shrunken dramatically. Mainstream acceptance and commercialization have greatly expanded the roles of the private sector a  

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy About Concealed Weapons?

0 Comments · Thursday, July 12, 2001
Proponents of legalizing the carrying of concealed weapons generally feel that such laws deter crime and, in cases when the deterrent effect doesn't kick in, enable citizens to defend themselves and  

Making Elections More Democratic

0 Comments · Thursday, June 14, 2001
Every 10 years, legislators in most states redraw the political map of America to reflect the population changes quantified in the new census. The majority party in each state creates new federal a  

If Elections Were a Sport, Redistricting Would Be Cheating

0 Comments · Thursday, May 10, 2001
The purpose of nearly any competition is to determine the best or, in some cases, the luckiest individual or team from a field of competitors. To isolate the skill being tested, rules prevent compet  

Like It Or Not, E-Check Works

0 Comments · Thursday, April 19, 2001
The combustion in a perfect gasoline-powered engine would produce only water and nitrogen -- harmless byproducts -- and carbon dioxide. In reality, no such engine exists, and even the most sophistic  

States Getting Ready to Tax Internet Sales

0 Comments · Thursday, March 15, 2001
Zipping around the Internet and plucking products from the collectively massive inventory offered by thousands of retailers around the world is easier, faster and usually cheaper than fighting throu  

Rubber Bands and Paper Clips Won't Fix School Funding

0 Comments · Thursday, February 15, 2001
On May 20, 2000, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled for the second time that the state's education finance system is unconstitutional. The court set a June 15, 2001 deadline for lawmakers to remedy the pr  

Recession would bust state surpluses

0 Comments · Thursday, January 11, 2001
The prosperity of the past few years has all but erased from our minds the inherently cyclical nature of the economy. But cyclical it is, and a general slowing of the economy will eventually, certa