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

OSU rabbit massage study is No. 2 for wasteful spending

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments


The Ohio State University is ranked #2! Not in football, mind you, but for a research project characterized as “Swedish Massages for Rascally Rabbits.”

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Proposed Ohio cell phone law raises many questions

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Have you ever used your cell phone while driving in a school or construction zone? What about in the hands-free mode? That may soon be illegal in Ohio.

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New online tool predicts Ohio voucher eligibility

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments


If you have children in school and want a quick way to know if they’re eligible for an Ohio voucher, your wait is over. Thanks to School Choice Ohio, a few simple clicks will give you a reliable indication which, if any, of the state’s voucher programs you child qualifies for.

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Democracies, republics and Right to Work

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

greg loving union pres

“Right to work goes against democracy” the headline screamed. The editorial starts with a statement that “Right to Work solidly opposes the democratic principles on which the United States is based.” Except the United States is not a democracy – it’s a republic.

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After SCOTUS ruling Ohio election boards prepare for early voting — a week later

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments


With a Supreme Court ruling halting early voting that was to begin Tuesday, local elections boards are back to their daily routine – at least for one more week.

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Libertarians still fighting for Ohio ballot access

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

Earl and Clark LPO candidates

Absentee ballots have already been printed, military ballots have been mailed and early voting starts Tuesday, but the Libertarian Party of Ohio is still fighting to be included on the Nov. 4 election.

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