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Catherine Turcer

Government watchdog says Jimmy Dimora's conviction shows that system works

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Since FBI agents fanned across Cuyahoga County in July 2008, raiding the homes and offices of public officials and contractors, Catherine Turcer has served as the voice of citizen outrage. The legislative director of watchdog group Ohio Citizen Action, Turcer has ...

10 Investigates: Watchdog Calls for Audit of Auditor

"This clearly needs to be investigated," Common Cause's Catherine Turcer said. Turcer is referring to information reported by 10 Investigates about Mingo approving a contract for $135,000 to his chief of staff after she claimed Mingo was responsible for sexual harassment. Mingo ...

Internet cafe drama stirs debate on campaign contributions and access to legislators

“But I don’t think they ever determine public policy.” That may be true, but the problem is that the public can’t tell who is giving what to lawmakers until long after debate ends, said Catherine Turcer, a policy analyst for Common Cause Ohio, a non-partisan advocacy group that promotes ...

North Olmsted's new safety-service director will oversee his wife, after law director issues opinio...

Catherine Turcer, policy analyst for good government group Common Cause Ohio, said it sounds like North Olmsted took the proper steps in this case. "One of the things really good is they took the time to see this as an ethical issue and realized there were potential pitfalls," ...

Cuyahoga County Council hires lawyer to monitor new administration building

" Hiring a consultant to help oversee the project makes good sense, said government watchdog Catherine Turcer, policy analyst for Common Cause Ohio. But Turcer questioned the choice of Appelbaum, who also is working for the FitzGerald administration on two other projects. "If ...

Ohio Senate aims to ban abortion providers from transferring patients to public hospitals

Catherine Turcer, a policy analyst with Common Cause Ohio, said the move is egregious. "Anything that chips away at our open-records and open-meetings laws is a threat to democracy," Turcer said. "Our cities, our state, our local governments are giving economic development ...

Ohio SOS suspends 2 Dem BOE members over expansion of early voting hours

Catherine Turcer, a long-time Ohio Statehouse election advocate who works at Ohio Citizen Action, said the effort to pass a statewide ballot issue that would take redistricting decisions out of the hands of partisan political parties is an uphill battle to change the system. "We need to ...

Ohio Elections Commission under fire for allowing former sheriff McFaul to empty campaign account t...

Catherine Turcer, director of Ohio Citizen Action’s Money in Politics Project and author of numerous campaign finance studies, said Ohio law clearly does not allow campaign cash to pay for restitution. “Apparently it’s a topsy-turvy world over at the Elections Commission,” she said. ...

Strongsville City Council members say they discussed Hampton Inn rezoning outside public meetings |...

Catherine Turcer, policy analyst for Common Cause Ohio, a government watchdog group, said she appreciates Schonhut’s honesty but added that it’s time for Strongsville City Council to start following state Sunshine Laws. “It’s clear that (Strongsville) council needs to make changes and ...

Strongsville City Council passes more than 80 percent of ordinances on first reading

“If something is introduced at a meeting, and voted on at the same meeting, there is no way residents can come to council and give their opinions.” Catherine Turcer, policy analyst for Common Cause Ohio, a nonpartisan group that promotes good government, said the practice of passing ...

Ohio congressional map is little help to moderates

"You dance with the one who brung you, as the saying goes," said Common Cause Ohio policy analyst Catherine Turcer. "At the end of the day, that's not good for anybody. It's not as if the Democrats get their Democrats and the Republicans get their Republicans, and it's all fair. Well...

Why does Cuyahoga County's inspector general review Ed FitzGerald's campaign contributions?

I don’t differentiate it between if he were running for executive or governor or president.” Catherine Turcer, a good-government advocate with Common Cause Ohio and frequent skeptic of the Democratic county regime that preceded FitzGerald, finds no fault. “These are the silly things that ...

Audit reveals 84 percent of Greater Cleveland municipalities exceed agenda-posting requirements of...

“That’s definitely better than I expected,” said Catherine Turcer, of the good government advocate Common Cause Ohio. “This is good news. Digital sunlight is so important.” Reporters undertook the audit -- in which they checked government websites each weekday in February for City ...

Common Cause Ohio study of contributions, lobbying by fracking industry suggests more reporting req...

That, coupled with a lack of reporting requirements for compensation paid to political lobbyists should raise questions with voters about transparency and just who has access to government, said Catherine Turcer, a policy analyst for Common Cause Ohio, an advocacy organization that ...

Council members say Headen's new communication policies contradict campaign promises

Catherine Turcer, a policy analyst for Common Cause Ohio, said its commonplace for mayors to establish media spokespeople, but preventing directors from speaking to the press is rare. She said Headen has the authority to enforce her policy on directors, but that "it is not in the city's ...

Olmsted Township trustees hire consultant for $13,000 to poll residents in wake of levy defeat

" Catherine Turcer, a policy analyst for Common Cause Ohio, a nonpartisan group that promotes good government, said local governments frequently hire consultants to conduct polling. However, local governments need to be careful that tax dollars are not used to promote a tax levy, she ...

Cuyahoga County Council's rejection of "good government" amendments troubles watchdog groups

" Catherine Turcer, a policy analyst for Common Cause Ohio, a watchdog group, also expressed concern. "Cuyahoga County has been through a lot, and this transition to a new form of government for a lot of citizens is this opportunity to really change and shake things up," Turcer ...

How effective is JobsOhio? Experts say private nature of Gov. John Kasich's brainchild makes evalua...

“How do you know if something is working if you can’t see it’s inner workings,” Catherine Turcer, a policy analyst with Common Cause Ohio, told Northeast Ohio Media Group this week. Kasich and his supporters say the non-profit development arm of the state has been successful in boosting ...

Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Ethics Commission linked by political contributions, records show

"It is worrisome how politically connected those folks are who were appointed to this commission," said Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio, a good-government group. Political relationships between the public's watchdogs and the officeholders whose behavior they may be asked to ...

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