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

Minimum wage supporters push ‘live the wage’ challenge

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Can one person survive on just $77 a week? Former Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan are going to try.

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People will abuse powdered alcohol, OH lawmakers say

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

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Powdered alcohol seems like a brilliant idea that should make consumers happy while earning profits for the inventor and retailers – but not so fast. Even though it’s not yet available for sale, two Ohio legislators want to ban it.

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Ohio State faces lawsuit over campus gun ban

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

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You can’t carry a gun on the campus of The Ohio State University. Nor can you possess, in and around campus housing, any chemical and dry ice bombs, explosives, bows and arrows, darts, fireworks, knives, paint guns, BB guns, pellet guns, airsoft guns, Tasers/stun-guns, nightsticks, and martial arts implements. But maybe not for long.

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Ohio caseworkers to get bonuses for simply doing their jobs

By   /  July 9, 2014  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

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There was a nice bonus included in Ohio’s Mid-Biennium Budget Review bill – literally. A section in House Bill 483 established a new bonus program for county Job & Family Service caseworkers who do their job.

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Toledo food trucks get reprieve from costly fee, regulations

By   /  July 2, 2014  /  Ohio  /  No Comments


The message to Toledo City Council was loud and clear: we don’t need a new, costly licensing regulation for food trucks.

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Irony and a shower with Ohio Democrats

By   /  June 30, 2014  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Maybe an actual shower isn’t what National Democratic Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz intended when she was in Ohio last week. But it’s hard to know just what she meant when she said: “…this state needs a shower and our candidates are that shower.”

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