Gov. Kasich Helps Democrats Hound Obamacare Opponents

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) touted Ohio Governor John Kasich’s assurance that expanding Medicaid under Obamacare will “save lives” in a July 29 release meant to pressure other governors into emulating Kasich.

“Ohio Governor John Kasich stated: ‘It’s going to save lives.’ He added: ‘It’s going to help people, and you tell me what’s more important than that,'” wrote Cummings, the ranking minority member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and a member of the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“At a national level, if the 24 states that have not yet expanded Medicaid were to do so today, they would provide healthcare services to an additional 5.69 million people in 2016, receive an additional $423 billion in federal funds for their state budgets through 2022, and help create an additional 734,000 jobs through 2017,” Cummings insisted.

The current push from Democrats on the House Oversight Committee complements efforts from the White House to increase participation in the Obamacare Medicaid expansion by attacking Republican governors who have thus far refused to play along.

“Twenty-four states still haven’t acted to make more struggling families eligible for Medicaid — including many of the states that would benefit most,” a White House staffer wrote earlier this month, promoting an Obama Administration study into the benefits of “free” Medicaid coverage.

“Here’s why that’s a problem: If these states don’t opt to expand Medicaid, 5.7 million people won’t have access to health insurance coverage in 2016,” the White House release continued.

Congressman Cummings sent letters to Gov. Kasich and five other Republican governors asking them to “submit state-specific analyses they relied on to inform their decisions.”

“The data obtained by the Committee indicates that by expanding Medicaid in your state, you will be providing medical coverage to approximately 446,000 more residents, adding 54,000 new jobs through 2017, and receiving an additional $53 billion in federal funds over 2013 to 2022,” Cummings wrote in his letter to Kasich.

The Kasich Administration relied on a Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) study, Ohio Hospital Association talking points, and its own analysis to justify billions in new entitlement spending for able-bodied childless adults.

Shortly after its publication, the HPIO study was eviscerated by the free market Buckeye Institute. Media Trackers debunked warnings that Ohio hospitals had a dire need for Obamacare money, and recent figures indicate Obamacare expansion enrollment will blow past administration estimates.

With the recent Halbig v. Burwell ruling affirming that Obamacare “marketplace” subsidies cannot be issued in states with federally-run Obamacare exchanges, skyrocketing Medicaid enrollment remains one of few bright spots for Democrat champions of the law.

Legacy media reporters in several states have quoted from Gov. Kasich’s dishonest, pseudo-Christian arguments in their ongoing attempts to shame other Republican governors into enacting the Obamacare expansion.

In addition to claiming Medicaid expansion is “going to save lives,” Gov. Kasich has consistently misrepresented new federal spending as “Ohio’s tax dollars,” pretended that the Obamacare expansion has nothing to do with Obamacare, and told critics that expanding Medicaid is what God wants.

As millions of Americans have lost their health insurance and have been forced to buy more expensive policies with higher deductibles, President Obama himself has cited Kasich as proof of the law’s broad appeal.

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Gov. Kasich Helps Democrats Hound Obamacare Opponents

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) touted Ohio Governor John Kasich’s assurance that expanding Medicaid under Obamacare will “save lives” in a July 29 release meant to pressure other governors into emulating Kasich.

“Ohio Governor John Kasich stated: ‘It’s going to save lives.’ He added: ‘It’s going to help people, and you tell me what’s more important than that,’” wrote Cummings, the ranking minority member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and a member of the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“At a national level, if the 24 states that have not yet expanded Medicaid were to do so today, they would provide healthcare services to an additional 5.69 million people in 2016, receive an additional $423 billion in federal funds for their state budgets through 2022, and help create an additional 734,000 jobs through 2017,” Cummings insisted.

The current push from Democrats on the House Oversight Committee complements efforts from the White House to increase participation in the Obamacare Medicaid expansion by attacking Republican governors who have thus far refused to play along.

“Twenty-four states still haven’t acted to make more struggling families eligible for Medicaid — including many of the states that would benefit most,” a White House staffer wrote earlier this month, promoting an Obama Administration study into the benefits of “free” Medicaid coverage.

“Here’s why that’s a problem: If these states don’t opt to expand Medicaid, 5.7 million people won’t have access to health insurance coverage in 2016,” the White House release continued.

Congressman Cummings sent letters to Gov. Kasich and five other Republican governors asking them to “submit state-specific analyses they relied on to inform their decisions.”

“The data obtained by the Committee indicates that by expanding Medicaid in your state, you will be providing medical coverage to approximately 446,000 more residents, adding 54,000 new jobs through 2017, and receiving an additional $53 billion in federal funds over 2013 to 2022,” Cummings wrote in his letter to Kasich.

The Kasich Administration relied on a Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) study, Ohio Hospital Association talking points, and its own analysis to justify billions in new entitlement spending for able-bodied childless adults.

Shortly after its publication, the HPIO study was eviscerated by the free market Buckeye Institute. Media Trackers debunked warnings that Ohio hospitals had a dire need for Obamacare money, and recent figures indicate Obamacare expansion enrollment will blow past administration estimates.

With the recent Halbig v. Burwell ruling affirming that Obamacare credits cannot be issued in states with federally-run Obamacare “marketplaces,” Medicaid expansion remains one of few bright spots for Democrat champions of the law.

Legacy media reporters in several states have quoted from Gov. Kasich’s dishonest, pseudo-Christian arguments in their ongoing attempts to shame other Republican governors into enacting the Obamacare expansion.

In addition to claiming Medicaid expansion is “going to save lives,” Gov. Kasich has consistently misrepresented new federal spending as “Ohio’s tax dollars,” pretended that the Obamacare expansion has nothing to do with Obamacare, and warned opponents that expanding Medicaid is what God wants.

As millions of Americans have lost their health insurance and have been forced to buy more expensive policies with higher deductibles, President Obama himself has cited Kasich as proof of the law’s broad appeal.

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New Common Core Repeal Bill Introduced in Ohio House

New legislation to repeal Common Core in Ohio and replace the national framework with state standards was introduced today by Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta).

“The role of the federal government in education should be minimal,” Thompson told reporters at a Statehouse presser for the proposal, House Bill 597 (HB 597). “This one-size-fits-all, top-down approach has not worked in the past, and is not likely to work in the future.”

Thompson, who has led efforts in the Ohio House of Representatives to drop Common Core, described the bill as “a clean sweep,” removing any vestige of Common Core in the state. He emphasized the need for truly state-level standards instead of those supplied by the national Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Thompson and Huffman are drafting HB 597 for hearings starting August 12. Ohioans Against Common Core endorsed the plan in a press release.

Bemoaning the lack of consideration Thompson’s previous Common Core repeal proposal House Bill 237 (HB 237) has received in the House Education Committee, Rep. Huffman explained that HB 597 will be taken up by the Rules and Reference Committee.

Huffman stopped short of openly criticizing Rep. Gerald Stebelton (R-Lancaster), the Education Committee chair who has slammed “the misinformation being spread by Glen [sic] Beck and other naysayers” asking for HB 237 to receive a vote.

In southwestern Ohio, Tom Brinkman unseated an incumbent Republican in this May’s primary due largely to the incumbent’s tacit support for Common Core. After the election, Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R-Medina) admitted that the Republican-dominated Ohio House should have addressed Common Core earlier.

At least 6 Ohio counties’ Republican Party executive committees have adopted a 2013 Republican National Committee resolution against Common Core; the Ohio Republican Party has no statewide platform.

Ohioans Against Common Core has held multiple Statehouse events attended by hundreds of concerned parents, teachers, and taxpayers. Heidi Huber, the group’s leader, participated in Glenn Beck’s national “We Will Not Conform” event, which aired in 30 Ohio theaters, last week.

Rep. Huffman told reporters today that he began discussing Common Core in depth with Rep. Thompson “in the last 6-8 weeks because it’s when I personally have had time to deal with it.”

With the blessing of Huffman and Batchelder, HB 597 seems likely to pass in the Ohio House. Republican Governor John Kasich, however, has expressed continued support for Common Core.

Rep. Huffman noted that he had spoken with Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), but gave no indication of whether Sen. Faber expected his caucus — also a Republican supermajority — to support the bill.

True to form, members of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association were critical of efforts to limit the federal government’s power, expressing skepticism about dropping Common Core after years of preparation.

“I’m not gonna not do my job because somebody else did theirs poorly,” Huffman said. “We can’t just watch as the ship smashes into the rocks.”

Asked whether HB 597 will allow for easy state-to-state performance comparisons and transitions for families moving to new school districts, Huffman disputed the notion that uniformity should be policymakers’ primary goal and opined that a system built for uniformity puts central planners before students.

Questioned on conservative influence over Common Core repeal efforts, Thompson lauded anti-Common Core activists for “keeping it on the front burner,” adding that “the rest of the world is catching up” to concerns Ohioans Against Common Core and others have long been broadcasting.

Rep. Thompson and Ohio House Assistant Majority Floor Leader John Adams (R-Sidney) had been collecting signatures on a discharge petition to force a floor vote on HB 237. Critics of HB 237 have complained that the bill contains no replacement standards.

Because HB 597 would both repeal and replace Common Core, Common Core supporters in both parties will likely try to maintain Ohio’s participation in the national program by emphasizing potential flaws in whatever new standards are suggested.

Rep. Huffman said he expects a House vote on the completed legislation after the general election.

[Editor's note, 07/29/2014: Added 9th paragraph for additional background on pressure applied by anti-Common Core activists.]

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New Common Core Repeal Bill Introduced in Ohio House

New legislation to repeal Common Core in Ohio and replace the national framework with state standards was introduced today by Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta).

“The role of the federal government in education should be minimal,” Thompson told reporters at a Statehouse presser for the proposal, House Bill 597 (HB 597). “This one-size-fits-all, top-down approach has not worked in the past, and is not likely to work in the future.”

Thompson, who has led efforts in the Ohio House of Representatives to drop Common Core, described the bill as “a clean sweep,” removing any vestige of Common Core in the state. He emphasized the need for truly state-level standards instead of those supplied by the national Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Thompson and Huffman are drafting HB 597 for hearings starting August 12. Ohioans Against Common Core endorsed the plan in a press release.

Bemoaning the lack of consideration Thompson’s previous Common Core repeal proposal House Bill 237 (HB 237) has received in the House Education Committee, Rep. Huffman explained that HB 597 will be taken up by the Rules and Reference Committee.

Huffman stopped short of openly criticizing Rep. Gerald Stebelton (R-Lancaster), the Education Committee chair who has slammed “the misinformation being spread by Glen [sic] Beck and other naysayers” asking for HB 237 to receive a vote.

In southwestern Ohio, Tom Brinkman unseated an incumbent Republican in this May’s primary due largely to the incumbent’s tacit support for Common Core. After the election, Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R-Medina) admitted that the Republican-dominated Ohio House should have addressed Common Core earlier.

At least 6 Ohio counties’ Republican Party executive committees have adopted a 2013 Republican National Committee resolution against Common Core; the Ohio Republican Party has no statewide platform.

Rep. Huffman told reporters today that he began discussing Common Core in depth with Rep. Thompson “in the last 6-8 weeks because it’s when I personally have had time to deal with it.”

With the blessing of Huffman and Batchelder, HB 597 seems likely to pass in the Ohio House. Republican Governor John Kasich, however, has expressed continued support for Common Core.

Rep. Huffman noted that he had spoken with Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), but gave no indication of whether Sen. Faber expected his caucus — also a Republican supermajority — to support the bill.

True to form, members of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association were critical of efforts to limit the federal government’s power, expressing skepticism about dropping Common Core after years of preparation.

“I’m not gonna not do my job because somebody else did theirs poorly,” Huffman said. “We can’t just watch as the ship smashes into the rocks.”

Asked whether HB 597 will allow for easy state-to-state performance comparisons and transitions for families moving to new school districts, Huffman disputed the notion that uniformity should be policymakers’ primary goal and opined that a system built for uniformity puts central planners before students.

Questioned on conservative influence over Common Core repeal efforts, Thompson lauded anti-Common Core activists for “keeping it on the front burner,” adding that “the rest of the world is catching up” to concerns Ohioans Against Common Core and others have long been broadcasting.

Rep. Thompson and Ohio House Assistant Majority Floor Leader John Adams (R-Sidney) had been collecting signatures on a discharge petition to force a floor vote on HB 237. Critics of HB 237 have complained that the bill proposed no replacement standards.

Because HB 597 would both repeal and replace Common Core, Common Core supporters in both parties will likely try to maintain Ohio’s participation in the national program by emphasizing potential flaws in whatever new standards are proposed.

Rep. Huffman said he expects a House vote on the completed legislation after the general election.

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BIG NEWS-Ohio Forges A New Path Towards Repeal!

Today, Speaker Pro Tempore, Matt Huffman outlined a path to prioritize legislation he has jointly sponsored with Representative Andy Thompson that will advance and expedite Ohio’s Common Core repeal effort.

Representative Huffman described a course of action in the next few weeks that will include:

  • Introduction of new repeal legislation that builds upon Sub HB237 and incorporates solutions to address the complexities of repeal experienced by other states
  • Assignment of the legislation to the Rules and Reference Committee under the direction of Chairman Huffman
  • Sponsor and first round of supporting testimony planned for August 12th
  • Supporting testimony continues the week of August 18th
  • An expeditious path to bring the legislation to the House Floor for a vote

Please read Ohioans Against Common Core’s remarks here. We welcome this partnership and appreciate our inclusion in today’s press conference. Stay tuned and engaged. We ARE making a difference. Stay calm and march on!

**Reminder – The rebroadcast of “We Will Not Conform” is Tuesday, July 29th at select theaters. If you missed it last week, please consider tomorrow’s showing and invite a friend. Ohio’s effort is really heating up and we need all Ohioans to join this critical work to protect our children and their future. (Note: Not all 7/22 theaters are participating in the rebroadcast. Check theater locations here.)

 

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Gov. Kasich Continues Preaching Gospel of Big Government

At a symposium on opiate addiction last month, Ohio Governor John Kasich praised himself for taking Obamacare money to put able-bodied childless adults on Medicaid.

“As I think probably everybody in here knows, we went through this big battle on Medicaid expansion, and to me it’s a lay-down hand,” Kasich, a Republican, said before lying about billions in new federal spending.

“I mean, if you can bring billions of dollars back to treat the mentally ill, the drug-addicted, and the working poor, I mean, what’s the question, ya know?”

The legacy press has helped Kasich ignore a multitude of questions, such as: does Medicaid coverage improve recipients’ health? Can taxpayers afford to cover able-bodied childless adults? Does expanding the program reduce incentives to work?

“And so, we were able to get that through, which has brought us absolutely critical resources to the state,” Kasich continued.

The Obamacare expansion, which Kasich bypassed the Ohio General Assembly to implement, will increase state and federal spending by billions.

Moments later, Gov. Kasich repeated one of his favorite lines about expanding Medicaid for Ohio’s poor, insisting, “we’re done ignoring those people in this state. We are. This administration.”

Prior to Kasich’s Medicaid expansion, many Ohio doctors were already rejecting new Medicaid patients. Results from a major study released last May showed that Medicaid coverage has little impact on recipients’ health.

“We’re never gonna have all the resources we would like to have, but I’ll tell ya, we fought for a lot of ‘em. We didn’t care at all about politics, or criticism, or anything else, and we got ‘em,” Kasich boasted.

Although enacting the Obamacare expansion was obviously meant to soften his image for his reelection, Gov. Kasich regularly claims he’s indifferent to politics. Kasich knew the newspapers would praise his pragmatism while ignoring proof Medicaid expansion is not pragmatic.

Gov. Kasich wrapped up his June 30th opiate symposium speech with his mantra about the need to “get things done” and “lift people” by growing government.

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KasichCare Enrollment Rapidly Approaching 300,000

Enrollment in Medicaid under Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Obamacare expansion has rocketed to 285,553 in just six months, according to a new Ohio Department of Medicaid release.

Including retroactive and backdated enrollment, 274,630 Ohioans were enrolled under Kasich’s Medicaid expansion in May and 255,425 were enrolled in April.

Gov. Kasich, a Republican, projected that 366,000 Ohioans would enroll in Medicaid under Obamacare by July 2015. Nearly all of those covered by Kasich’s Obamacare expansion are able-bodied childless adults.

In six months, enrollment already exceeds 78 percent of Kasich’s estimate for the program’s thirteenth month. The trend points to a heavier burden on taxpayers as even more Ohioans than anticipated are pushed from private insurance into Medicaid.

Actual June 2014 enrollment was likely much higher than the 285,553 reported on Friday; numbers for previous months have been revised sharply upward in subsequent caseload reports.

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Most monthly figures from the Ohio Department of Medicaid “include estimates of retroactive/backdated enrollment and are subject to minor change,” but enrollment numbers for the Obamacare expansion “will change from month-to-month” because they cannot be easily estimated.

Even when upward revisions in prior months’ enrollment are factored in, the number of Medicaid recipients under Kasich’s Obamacare expansion has increased every month since the program began in January.

Revisions have been less dramatic in the past two months, but the January enrollment reported last week was nearly five times the first number reported this winter.

Initially, January enrollment was reported as 23,156. The following month, January enrollment jumped to 45,249 and February enrollment, at 54,031, was still higher than the revised January number.

In last week’s June caseload report, enrollment of 115,394 was reported for January. Enrollment of 160,102 was reported for February, almost 3 times the initial figure.

Comparing the first enrollment numbers reported for each month to the most recent numbers reported:

  • March enrollment more than doubled, increasing  from 106,238 to 225,761
  • April enrollment increased from 184,671 to 255,425
  • May enrollment increased from 243,230 to 274,630

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OHIO, WE WERE #1…Rebroadcast July 29th!

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REBROADCAST – Tuesday, July 29th at select theaters. View locations here.

OHIO – You did it!! The only states with higher attendance and tweets, California, Texas and Florida had nearly two to three times as many theaters! So based on population…

WE WERE #1! 

Hey Columbus, can you hear us now? WE WILL NOT CONFORM!

Rescue your children from the state, reclaim your classroom and restore your country.

TRIFOLD FLYER

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Action Item – Ohioans Against Common Core will be part of live event from Dallas! Let’s fill the theaters and capitalize on meeting other Ohioans concerned about Common Core. This will be a great opportunity to build our group and our forces for repeal. Please see details below.

Join fellow concerned Ohioans at one of Ohio’s thirty-two locations for an evening of discussion and action to defeat Common Core in Ohio and nationwide. This will be a live, interactive simulcast, intended to draw on the successful work of grassroots efforts going on in states across the country. Various leaders of the anti-Common Core movement – including state grassroots leaders along with conservative media and organizations – will headline the event live from the Dallas studios into over 650 theaters across the country. Get tickets here.

Ohio is receiving particular attention for the event.  As the bellwether state, Ohio’s repeal status is of significant national importance. We have the fourth largest number of theater locations, and the highest among states with active, viable repeal legislation. Heidi Huber, leader of Ohioans Against Common Core, will be part of the live production from Dallas as a member of the Grassroots Desk along with Emmett McGroarty of The American Principles Project, Heather Crossin of Hoosiers Against Common Core and Dana Loesch, conservative talk show host and star of “Dana” on The Blaze TV Network. Other desks include – ‘Political’ with Jenni White of Oklahoma and David Barton, ‘Education Alternatives’ with Dr. Terrence Moore and Pat Gray, ‘Research’ with Shane Vander Hart of “Truth in American Education” and ‘PR’ with Michelle Malkin and Steve Deace.

Ohioans Against Common Core has a team covering every location who will be distributing information on the truth behind Common Core and Ohio’s effort towards full repeal. Just look for the team wearing red “No Common Core” t-shirts with #DischargeOhHB237 on the back!  There will also be several locations where Ohio House Members will join in, welcoming constituents and sharing why they have signed the Sub HB237 Discharge Petition and joined the effort. They will also be donning the matching t-shirt, so please make sure to thank them and acknowledge their support to END COMMON CORE IN OHIO! A special THANK YOU to Rep. Andy Thompson and Rep. John Adams for leading the legislative charge for repeal!

A side note: Ohio House Education Chairman-Gerry Stebelton, appears to be suffering some angst over the Beck event.  He seemed a bit preoccupied with denouncing Beck’s legitimacy last week. Rep. Stebelton’s elitist response to Washington County GOP’s Resolution rejecting Common Core completely ignored the Republican National Committee’s same rejection and basis. He instead tried desperately to convey Beck as the single source of Common Core opposition.  A coincidence? We think not. Remember, nothing happens coincidentally with the C’bus crowd. They are realizing the all but certain implosion of this egregious attempt to control our children’s education is about to happen on their watch. Truth always triumphs.

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Ohio Union: Is Harris v. Quinn the New Dred Scott?

Ohio teachers’ mandatory Ohio Education Association (OEA) dues helped publicize an insane Alternet post this week titled, “Is SCOTUS’s Harris v. Quinn Ruling on a New Version of the Infamous Dred Scott Decision?”

“The decision takes aim at public-sector workers because they are the leading source of employment for people of color and women,” the subtitle of union organizer Jane McAlevey’s OEA-promoted Alternet story asserted.

The “public-sector workers” in question? Illinois home healthcare providers who sued to stop Service Employees International Union (SEIU) from skimming union dues out of their Medicaid benefits.

In its Harris v. Quinn decision last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that SEIU cannot take forced dues from the workers because they are not government employees by any rational definition of the term.

In its 1856 Scott v. Sandford decision, the Court ruled that slave Dred Scott was not a citizen and had no right to sue for his freedom despite having lived in a free territory.

The parallels were clear to McAlevey, who wrote, “the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v Quinn smacks of a new three fifths rule by declaring the fastest growing occupation in the nation, an occupation dominated by people of color and women, as ‘partial’ or ‘quasi’ public employees.”

Yes, you read that correctly: the Court’s recognition that receiving entitlement benefits does not make someone a public employee from whom unions can take forced dues “smacks of” treating black Americans as three-fifths of a person.

McAlevey also made a point of smearing Right to Work laws — which protect workers’ freedom to choose whether to pay union bosses — as the product of racism.

“All states which were previously slave-state strongholds quickly enacted the right-to-work framework, making sure Black workers in their states couldn’t build the kind of organizations that could challenge or significantly change a racist, Jim Crow regime in the workplace,” McAlevey asserted.

OEA found her delusional screed so compelling, the union shared the story on both its Twitter feed and its Facebook page.

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“Very provocative,” OEA wrote on Facebook. That’s one way to put it.

Earlier in the week, OEA pushed an American Constitution Society for Law and Policy analysis of Harris v. Quinn accompanied by an SEIU propaganda graphic:

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In other words, workers should be forced to pay union bosses because otherwise they might hurt themselves by refusing to pay union bosses.

Ohio educators’ forced OEA dues also helped the union spread a Media Matters for America hit piece on Fox News and the Koch brothers this week:

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Both Media Matters and American Constitution Society are funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros, and are “Aligned Network Organizations” of the leftist dark-money group Democracy Alliance.

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Ohio Republican Bashes Common Core Critics, Glenn Beck

“Obviously, you have bought into the misinformation campaign being waged by opponents of the Common Core,” Ohio Rep. Gerald Stebelton (R-Lancaster) sneered in a letter to Washington County GOP Chair Leslie Haas.

“I urge you to do more than just scratch the surface of the misinformation being spread by Glen [sic] Beck and other naysayers to what I believe to be the most significant improvement in education standards in the history of the State of Ohio,” continued Stebelton, the chairman of the Ohio House Education Committee.

Rep. Stebelton wrote Haas in reply to her recent letter informing him that the Washington County Republican Party Executive Committee had adopted the April 2013 Republican National Committee (RNC) resolution against the Common Core State Standards.

Stebelton’s letter to Haas, a copy of which was provided to Media Trackers, suggested that the top-ranking education official in the Ohio House was unfamiliar with the language approved by the RNC more than a year ago.

“Despite what your resolution states, there is nothing in the Common Core Standard which places a ‘nationwide straitjacket on academic freedom and achievement,’” Stebelton wrote, quoting from both the Washington County GOP and RNC resolutions opposing Common Core.

“As a first step toward further informing yourself I would encourage you to go to The Common Core Standards website and actually read what The Common Core State Standards really are,” Rep. Stebelton’s letter concluded.

I have both read many articles, critiques, and testimonies on the Common Core issue, and I have attended house hearings, public forums, and other discussions on such, including one hearing that Rep. Stebelton reluctantly held on Rep. Andy Thompson’s bill before the Ohio House Education Committee,” Haas told Media Trackers.

The Washington County GOP chairwoman added, “Stebelton’s implication that I am taking my marching orders from Glenn Beck couldn’t be more wrong!”

Washington County is at least the sixth Ohio county where local Republican leaders have formally passed RNC’s anti-Common Core resolution, following Hamilton County, Clermont County, Warren County, Greene County, and Guernsey County.

As the chair of the House Education Committee, Stebelton has prevented Common Core repeal legislation House Bill 237 (HB 237) from receiving a vote and advancing to the floor of the Ohio House.

House Assistant Majority Floor Leader John Adams (R-Sidney) is currently circulating a discharge petition for HB 237, which will force a floor vote if Adams and HB 237 sponsor Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) can gather 50 representatives’ signatures.

Ohio signed on to Common Core under Democrat Governor Ted Strickland in order to receive additional federal funding, but Stebelton’s support for Common Core is backed by Republican Governor John Kasich.

Rep. Stebelton, Gov. Kasich, and other Ohio Republican Party leaders in Columbus have remained supportive of Common Core even as opposition has mounted among parents, teachers, and taxpayers throughout the state.

Waving off this disconnect in a May radio interview, Kasich falsely asserted that the national Common Core State Standards are “written by local school districts.”

The complete text of Stebelton’s letter to Haas follows.

Dear Ms. Haas:

I wish to thank you for your recent letter and resolution concerning The Common Core Education Standards. Obviously, you have bought into the misniformation campaign being waged by opponents of the Common Core.

I urge you to do more than just scratch the surface of the misinformation being spread by Glen [sic] Beck and other naysayers to what I believe to be the most significant improvement in education standards in the history of the State of Ohio.

Despite what your resolution states, there is nothing in the Common Core Standard which places a “nationwide straitjacket on academic freedom and achievement.” To the contrary, the standards merely set forth what every child should know at the end of each grade level of their education in math and reading. How that is achieved through curriculum and teaching methods is left entirely up to the local school district and individual teachers within each district.

As we continue to confront the dilemma of Ohio’s failed education system which currently ill prepares our students for college (40% reach college requiring remediation in math and English), the Common Core sets higher standards and challenges our children to do better than what our educational system has demanded of them in the past.

As a first step toward further informing yourself I would encourage you to go to The Common Core Standards website and actually read what The Common Core State Standards really are.

Very truly yours,

Gerald L. Stebelton

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