Ohio Citizens Grand Jury Blog

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The lobbying money pit

Political class wealth redistribution (Part 2) Last week we reviewed a U.S. congressman’s compensation package.  As lucrative as that may seem it pales in comparison to a lawmaker’s earnings potential after he retires and passes through the revolving door.  The...

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Political class wealth redistribution (Part 1)

During the 2008 presidential campaign John McCain got plenty of play out of Obama’s “spread the wealth around” comment made to “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher while campaigning in Toledo.  There’s a compelling argument that Obama’s socialist-leaning remark was taken out...

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Widener wants $1B for BRAC

State Senator Chris Widener came out with this stunning announcement in the Saturday, August 16th Dayton Daily News.  Incredible! Add this to the political class’s long list of stuff you simply can’t make up on your own.  In the last...

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The whistleblower paradox

The federal government and most state governments, including Ohio, have whistleblower protection statutes. The feds history goes back to the Civil War where ubiquitous fraud plagued both the Union and Confederate armies.  Apparently dirt-bag contractors are not new to 20th...

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Who killed the Ohio 7th?

The Ohio 7th Congressional District that existed for more than a half century has been virtually erased from Ohio’s political landscape.  The demise of the 7th District cannot provide a better example of the political class exploiting their citizen constituents...

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DeWine no stranger to ‘pay-to-play’ politics

You may have noticed the back and forth between Mike DeWine and David Peppers, the Republican and Democrat candidates for Ohio Attorney General.  The Peppers’ campaign charges bid-rigging and pay-to-play politics by DeWine, alleging abuse of office by selecting CELCO...

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Turner, Republicans wrong on tax breaks

Remember the 1994 “Contract with America,” a ten-point plan that promised tax reform for the middle class?  That promise was good enough for the GOP to flip the House majority in the November, 1994 election, but unfortunately the Republican Party...

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He who has the gold enforces the rules

Part 7 (Conclusion) Open letter to Congressmen Jim Jordan and Mike Turner Dear Sirs, As two of Ohio’s Representatives to Congress who also serve on the House Committee for Oversight and Government Reform, I’m writing to ask your support for...

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Hobson/Austria/DeWine above the law?

Part 6 In this series OCGJ exposed over-the-top leniency law enforcement and the courts granted Greene and Clark County Republican insiders Monte Zinn, Bill Schenck and James Schmidt.  Last week we detailed the relatively heavy-handed sentence laid on Democrat Clayton...

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He who has the gold enforces the rules

Part 5 In OCGJ’s last three posts we dove deeper into three lawbreakers whose privileged status within the political class was solely responsible for a second or third chance to get their lives back without going to prison.  Monte Zinn,...