Ohio Right to Life (ORTL) endorsed Medicaid expansion in February without input from its local affiliates, many of whom are against expanding Medicaid. Republican Governor John Kasich has nonetheless touted ORTL’s endorsement as proof his push for billions in new entitlement spending has conservative support.
The average Ohio Education Association (OEA) employee was paid $43,838 more than Ohio’s average teacher in 2012, as OEA staff and officers raked in an average of $100,553 while the teachers forced to pay received an average of $56,715.
Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence Director Toby Hoover and Center for American Progress anti-gun leader Lance Orchid both failed to apologize for tricking Ohioans into joining gun control mailing lists when questioned at ComFest. A website created after a February 2012 school shooting was, unknown to those submitting condolences, created to promote anti-Second Amendment policies.
“Citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition” We Are Ohio is led by the executive director of the Ohio Education Association (OEA), a document from the state’s largest labor union confirms. Over 95 percent of We Are Ohio’s funding has come from unions, OEA chief among them.
The Ohio Office of the Inspector General released findings on June 27 from an investigation of Bureau of Workers’ Compensation official Michael Travis, who is accused of teaching classes at a community college during times when he was being paid to work for BWC in addition to misusing state resources.
We Are Ohio continues to pretend its goal is “protecting and creating jobs for all Ohioans,” but the group serves union bosses whose labor contracts cover less than 14 percent of the state’s workforce. Just 12.6 percent of Ohio workers choose to join labor unions, which have provided over 95 percent of We Are Ohio’s funding.
Representatives of Canadian anarchist organization Idle No More (INM) performed aboriginal dances and songs for roughly 20 onlookers in the annual Community Festival’s “Peace Village” tent in Columbus the final weekend in June. This year’s “ComFest,” a celebration of “cooperation and collective activity rather than competition and individual profit,” was attended by nearly 25,000.
Former Ohio Department of Public Safety Community Engagement Director Omar Alomari is suing the State for racial and religious discrimination, in addition to a Franklin County civil suit against the City of Columbus and a private intelligence-gathering firm.
Letting workers choose whether to pay a union increases workplace death and infant mortality rates, a document from union front group We Are Ohio warns. Media Trackers has already unraveled union bosses’ “right to work kills workers” rhetoric, but pinning infant deaths on workplace freedom is a new low.
Former Ohio Department of Public Safety Community Engagement Director Omar Alomari, who was fired in June 2010 for lying to his superiors, is still pursuing legal action against the Columbus Police Department and members of a private intelligence-gathering firm for mentioning him during a 2010 homeland security seminar.