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Judges settle discrimination lawsuit

The only good thing to come of this entire mess may be that it 'encourages' Judge Hale to not seek re-election. That would be long overdue. He is to the Municipal Court what Ray Miller was to the Ohio Senate Democrats - an embarrassment who refuses to change or step down. It's sad that other judges have had their names dragged into this for Hale's behavior.  (Jan 19, 2011 | post #30)

DispatchPolitics

Budget hearing put off as Coleman makes more cuts

It is absolutely true that 1 in 706 is not statistically significant. Nor is it really even symbolic. But the more interesting thing is the statement issued by Ginther that all of the Councilmembers had decided not to offer amendments and to ask the Mayor to make these cuts. Last time I checked, the Council hasn't met in public or in executive session to discuss the budget, and certainly not with the two new members just appointed. Interesting that they have unanimity without having even convened.  (Jan 19, 2011 | post #8)

DispatchPolitics

School board rejects Groce's proposals to weaken unions

Groce once again cements herself as one of the best Board of Education members in recent memory. She has the courage to bring issues to the table and let them be voted up or down. She knows that it's not anti-union to look at reasonable reform, and that the "policy governance" adopted by the BoE is simply a way to abdicate responsibility to a non-elected Superintendent. She's my kind of old-school, hard knocks Democrat. The Board, and the City Council, are about to have to start debating and governing - and I for one think that's a good thing.  (Jan 19, 2011 | post #62)

DispatchPolitics

Council's new faces bring mix of ideas

Whenever business people are nominated, people on here rant against how they ran their businesses. The real solution to this problem isn't wards or any of that nonsense. It's special elections to fill vacancies and elimination of the appointment process altogether. That requires a change to the City Charter. That should be the focus of those who are annoyed by the current process.  (Jan 19, 2011 | post #11)

Columbus Dispatch

Ginther, Craig vie for council presidency | The Columbus ...

Does it matter to anyone who keeps bringing up the "they should be elected" argument that appointees have to run for election - the two new appointments for example have to run in November 2011 - and voters can kick them out if that's what they want to do? Every sitting member of the Council HAS been elected by the people.  (Dec 31, 2010 | post #15)

DispatchPolitics

Kasich hopes for gas bonanza from Marcellus Shale

Drill, baby, drill. Apparently, even if that's in Ohio's parks and natural preserves. "Environmenta l policies" - if you can call them that - such as this are the worst form of deficit spending. They provide a short-term economic boon, followed by decades of environmental disaster and cleanup. But that doesn't matter to Kasich and his buddies - they'll be rich, retired, and long-dead before the cleanup and restoration has to happen. For a party who constantly argues that "our children, our grandchildren, and our grandchildren's children will have to pay for this," they certainly seem to be fine with passing the buck to future generations for a huge debt, both financial and environmental. Capitalism doesn't have to come at the expense of the planet - it is possible to invest in non-destructive energy research and spur the economy. Yet somehow, only T Boone Pickens has that foresight. These decisions are a blemish on the Kasich governorship even before it officially begins.  (Dec 31, 2010 | post #1)

Columbus Dispatch

Rob Oller commentary: Tressel's tactic a shrewd solution ...

Just one more in a long string of reasons Jim Tressel is among the most respected people in Columbus. He walks the walk with integrity, class, and intelligence. My respect for this man grows more and more each day.  (Dec 31, 2010 | post #67)

Columbus Dispatch

Kasich names Ohio environmental officials | The Columbus ...

Yeah, let's take an electric, gas, and oil guy and put him in charge of Ohio's natural resources. This next four years is going to be a serious mess.  (Dec 30, 2010 | post #6)