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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  

Cover Story: Up In Smoke

Ohio is burning through its tobacco settlement money, and public health suffers

0 Comments · Thursday, August 8, 2002
Four years ago Ohio, learning it would receive a windfall of billions of dollars, promised to invest the money in public health programs that could save thousands of lives. Instead the money is be  

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