Maggie Thurber is a contributor to Ohio Watchdog. She is a former elected official from Lucas County who started writing on her own blog while in office as a way to better share information with her constituents. She owns a communication consulting firm and lives in Toledo, Ohio. She can be reached at

Appeal of false statement ruling may muzzle free speech

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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U.S. Southern District Court Judge Timothy Black declared Ohio’s ‘false statement’ law unconstitutional, and now a potential appeal of that ruling may muzzle free speech

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Ohio false statement law declared unconstitutional

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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After four years and a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, an Ohio law that made it a crime to utter false statements about a candidate or politician has been declared unconstitutional.

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Do charter schools siphon money from traditional public schools?

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments


It’s a familiar complaint: community schools siphon money from traditional public schools. In Ohio, that’s true, but only if you look at a single funding source.

Ohio’s school funding is complicated, which makes it hard for citizens to decipher and easy for special interests to spin.

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Ohio ‘golden week’ of voting reinstated

By   /  September 4, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments


A federal judge has ordered Ohio to reinstate the so-called “golden week” during which time voters can register and vote at the same time.

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Remembering Labor Day’s forgotten workers

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Monday is Labor Day and if your town is anything like mine, it will be celebrated with a parade of union members marching and driving their vehicles – many of them public ones, like fire engines and dump trucks.

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Nothing says ‘I love you Burger King’ like a boycott

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to boycott Burger King – and he wants you to do so as well.

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