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1851 Center for Constitutional Law

Big news: Maurice Thompson has established the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law.

Support this important work today, with your money and your attention. "Jurisdictional transparency" is as important or more important than financial transparency, and Thompson is the state's leader in ensuring that governments operate legally, within their constitutional boundaries.

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Michael J. Maurer has covered the Ohio Statehouse and local government and business since 2000. His activities include research, policy analysis and writing about topics such as government accountability, intergovernmental relations, private property, journalism, and major state programs such as education and health care.

Mr. Maurer has worked in private practice as an attorney and also as a community news and statehouse reporter. He has served as both a print and Web editor and his columns and news reporting have been recognized by Suburban Newspapers of America, the Ohio Newspaper Association and the Press Club of Cleveland.

Mr. Maurer received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984 and his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1987. He lives with his wife and daughter in Columbus, Ohio.

Selected columns

Blackwell drifting from defining principles

Exposing the myth of per-child costs

Failures must be allowed to fail

O’Connor a ray of hope in Klein gloom

Need for concealed carry is no joke

Just the facts

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