Monthly Archives: May 2014

Why incumbents keep winning

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VictoryIf you are like most people, you are probably at a loss to explain the one-sided primary election results we are seeing so far this cycle. Is it due to weak candidates? Poor messaging? Unfavorable press? A lack of funding? “Extreme” ideology? Don’t be too sure… Conditions are indeed ripe for some changes at the […]

Governor Kasich Take Heed: Study Shows Medicaid Expansion Leads to Increased ER Usage

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Unknown-5The OLC has previously reported on the “Oregon Experiment,” which began in 2008 with a group of uninsured, low-income adults who were given the opportunity to participate in a lottery to apply for Medicaid benefits.  Researchers followed the group that won the lottery as well as the group who remained uninsured to determine what benefits, if any, were had by placing more individuals on Medicaid. In May 2013, a study on the Oregon Experiment was published in […]

Governor Kasich Take Heed: Study Shows Medicaid Expansion Leads to Increased ER Usage

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Unknown-5The OLC has previously reported on the “Oregon Experiment,” which began in 2008 with a group of uninsured, low-income adults who were given the opportunity to participate in a lottery to apply for Medicaid benefits.  Researchers followed the group that won the lottery as well as the group who remained uninsured to determine what benefits, if any, were had by placing more individuals on Medicaid. In May 2013, a study on the Oregon Experiment was published in […]

Problems At VA Hospitals Should Make Americans Think Twice About Obamacare

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images-14As Americans recognize Memorial Day by paying tribute to the efforts and sacrifices of our veterans, let’s spend some time getting up to speed on the newest scandal out of the Obama administration – falsifying wait times at VA hospitals, especially in Phoenix where 40 veterans may have died waiting for treatment. USA Today provides a timeline of the VA scandal that begins back in early 2012 when a VA emergency room doctor, Katherine Mitchell, […]

Problems At VA Hospitals Should Make Americans Think Twice About Obamacare

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images-14As Americans recognize Memorial Day by paying tribute to the efforts and sacrifices of our veterans, let’s spend some time getting up to speed on the newest scandal out of the Obama administration – falsifying wait times at VA hospitals, especially in Phoenix where 40 veterans may have died waiting for treatment. USA Today provides a timeline of the VA scandal that begins back in early 2012 when a VA emergency room doctor, Katherine Mitchell, […]

*UPDATED* RALLY FOR REPEAL – June 4th

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imagesRALLY FOR REPEAL Wednesday June 4th 11:00am – 1:00pm in Statehouse Atrium ‘Call to Action’ Speakers include: Jenni White-Grassroots leader of Oklahoma’s passage of FULL repeal legislation will share how and why our bellwether state must pass HB237 Brad McQueen-AZ Teacher & PARCC Development Team member turned activist and author will speak to the agenda […]

James L. Woods (February 15, 1946 – April 30, 2014)

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images-14As we remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day, let’s also remember our friend in liberty Jim Woods who passed away on April 30th leaving behind his wife Lisa and five children. Jim served in the Marine Corps from 1964-1968 and served in politics throughout his life as a precinct leader and delegate in Colorado, as co-chair of the Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Colorado, as secretary of the Republican Party in […]

Ohio House Poised to Save Jobs & Energy Costs if SB 310 Passes In Tact

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Blue Creek Wind Farm, Van Wert CountyIn the wee hours of the morning on May 8th, the Ohio Senate debated and passed SB 310, 21-11, which would freeze Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for 2015 and 2016 at their 2014 benchmarks. SB 310 would also repeal a rule that requires half of a utility’s renewable energy to come from in-state sources and it allows lower cost hydro-electric power to count towards the renewable standards. Current law requires public utilities to […]

Ohio House Poised to Save Jobs & Energy Costs if SB 310 Passes In Tact

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Blue Creek Wind Farm, Van Wert CountyIn the wee hours of the morning on May 8th, the Ohio Senate debated and passed SB 310, 21-11, which would freeze Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for 2015 and 2016 at their 2014 benchmarks. SB 310 would also repeal a rule that requires half of a utility’s renewable energy to come from in-state sources and it allows lower cost hydro-electric power to count towards the renewable standards. Current law requires public utilities to […]

Ohio House Passes Tax Increase, But Not Large Enough for Governor Kasich

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Taxed-Enough-Already-300x300With a 55-35 vote, the Ohio House passed HB 375 last week,  a bill which raises taxes on shale drillers.  Only six Republican lawmakers voted against it: John Adams John Becker Jim Butler Ron Hood Matt Lynch Andy Thompson Democrats and Governor Kasich were critical of the measure, both sides believing the bill does not increase taxes enough.  Democrats are concerned with covering environmental and infrastructure costs while Governor Kasich is looking for extra revenue […]