Jason Hart

Akron Beacon Journal Bungles Workplace Freedom Editorial

The Akron Beacon Journal wrote a May 1 editorial based on the entirely inaccurate premise that Ohio voters oppose workplace freedom. Statewide polls have repeatedly shown that most Ohioans believe workers should not be forced to pay a union as a condition of employment. Explaining that voters found “the excesses” of public union reform law […]

Seven Shocking Lines From Bill Ayers’s Kent State Keynote

Bill Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist who founded Weather Underground and helped launch President Obama’s political career, keynoted a May 4 memorial for the 1970 Kent State riots that left four students dead at the hands of the National Guard. “The Weather Underground, a splinter group of [Students for a Democratic Society] members, generated controversy […]

Unreleased Dispatch Poll Data Confirm Partisan Split on Medicaid Expansion

The Columbus Dispatch published poll results on March 17 indicating 62 percent of Ohioans support Medicaid expansion, but reported no party or demographic details while the topic was being debated as part of the state budget. Detailed results reveal that more Republican respondents opposed than supported Medicaid expansion even though the question was seemingly tailored […]

Senate Republican Leaders Rake in Union Cash

Republican leadership in the Ohio Senate has received nearly $200,000 in labor union donations since 2011, secretary of state records reveal. Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) announced on May 1 that he does not expect the Senate to pursue workplace freedom, signaling majority support for forced unionism. Nine of Ohio’s top ten Republican recipients of […]

Workplace Freedom Bills Introduced in Ohio House

State Representative Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and Rep. Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) held a May 1 press conference announcing the introduction of two bills which would make Ohio the 25th workplace freedom state. Roegner has drafted legislation to prevent private-industry labor unions from taking dues as a condition of employment, while Maag is the primary sponsor of […]

We Are Ohio

Unions Rely on “Citizen-Driven” We Are Ohio to Block Workplace Freedom

The union campaign against letting workers choose whether to pay union bosses is being driven by labor front We Are Ohio, with powerful unions parroting the group’s propaganda and steering members to its events. We Are Ohio nonetheless maintains that it is “a citizen-driven, community-based bipartisan coalition.” “The tea party, greedy corporations and extreme politicians […]

Ohio Education Association

Government Unions Lead 2013 Political Spending

Public employee unions were the biggest spenders of all Ohio political action committees (PACs) during the first three and a half months of 2013, based on data released last week by the secretary of state. Sorting PAC reports by expenditures from January 1 through April 17, government unions held the top three spots while public and […]

Columbus Dispatch headquarters

Dispatch Declares There’s No Case Against Medicaid Expansion

“Opposition to Medicaid expansion is purely ideological,” The Columbus Dispatch editors declared in an April 28 column taking the paper’s advocacy of its current pet cause to a new extreme. For three months the Dispatch has diligently overlooked arguments against Medicaid expansion. “By opening the door to a bill to expand Medicaid to more Ohioans, Senate President Keith […]

Ohio Senate floor

Senate Not Expected to Restore Medicaid Expansion to Budget Bill

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) confirmed during an April 24 press conference that he doesn’t expect the Senate to put the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Medicaid expansion back in the state’s biennial budget. Instead, Sen. Faber explained that the Senate will develop separate Medicaid reform legislation in coordination with the Ohio House. […]