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Farmers, Ranchers, Lawmakers Concerned Over EPA’s Latest Attempt to Define “Waters of the United States”

thBack in June, The Hill reported on a proposed EPA rule which lawmakers on both sides of the aisle worry could mean an expansive power grab for the feds and the loss of personal property rights for farmers, ranchers, and other property owners. The proposed rule known as Waters of the United States (WOTUS) seeks to establish which bodies of water are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The definition of WOTUS […]

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Workplace Freedom Update for Week of 9/7

workplace-freedom-OHOhioans for Workplace Freedom volunteers were busy on Saturday collecting signatures in Hilliard at the Music and Craft Fair. This proved to be a good venue for Right to Work proponents as 166 signatures were collected.  With a little more help, volunteers could have easily doubled their total. The successful effort on Saturday shows that the Right to Work message resonates strongly in Ohio and serves as motivation for proponents to continue pressing hard to […]

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Federal Judge Sides with Free Speech to Strike Down Ohio Law Banning False Campaign Statements

thU.S. District Judge TImothy S. Black stuck down a 19-year-old Ohio law that prohibits false statements in political campaigns.  In his opinion, Judge Black made clear that the government should not be in the business of deciding truth in political speech – that should be left up to voters. The Huffington Post quotes from Black’s opinion, “Lies have no place in the political arena and serve no purpose other than to undermine the integrity of the […]

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Ohio Teachers Win Class Settlement Against OEA and Regional Affiliates

thScore a win for the little guy.  The Sidney Daily News reports that 14 Ohio public school teachers won a federal class action settlement against the OEA and 11 of its regional affiliates for overcharging non-full-members and illegally directing the funds to political activities.  As per U.S. Supreme Court precedent, unions cannot force non-members to contribute to a union’s political advocacy or other non-bargaining activities. In addition, the OEA’s regional affiliates were collecting compulsory fees […]

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Common Core Isn’t Free: How Much Has Your School District Spent?

An important, but unreported aspect of the Common Core debate is the amount of local taxpayer resources – both in terms of money and man hours – school districts have expended implementing the Common Core Standards. The 2009 federal stimulus bill offered states and local school districts the opportunity to compete for Race to the Top (RTT) grants to help pay for innovative education reform initiatives.  What was not well publicized was that in order to […]

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