Ohio plans to sell only one of five state prisons it put on the auction block. A deal is reached in the battle over absentee ballot applications between Democratic Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted. Hearings on drawing the maps for new districts for state representatives and senators are over. Now the panel charged with drawing the maps for Ohio's representatives in Congress can begin. The committee is dominated by Republicans, but Democrats say they'll be watching the map-creating process carefully. Sen. Tim Grendell (R-Chesterland) says he plans to introduce a bill that would require all Ohioans on public aid pass drug testing - and pay for it. And in response, Rep. Bob Hagan (D-Youngotown) has proposed requiring alcohol and drug testing of elected officials and JobsOhio board members.
People who carefully watch what the government does - with taxpayer dollars, with public policy - have always been concerned that they don't know everything that's going on, and they don't always know where the money that goes into campaigns and candidate coffers goes. And John Kasich's election as governor has accelerated that questioning, in large part because of the moves to privatize several functions of government. Talking about transparency in government - or the lack of it - are two longtime advocates for it with different political perspectives - Matt Mayer is with the Buckeye Institute, a conservative think-tank, and Brian Rothenberg is with Progress Ohio, a coalition of liberal groups and organizations.