Robert A. Taft was known in his day as “Mr Republican.” In a twisted way, Rob Portman may yet wind up becoming the modern-day Mr. Republican, as the term is now synonymous with a political party that is the very manifestation of hypocrisy and amnesia.

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Antivax activists are making inroads at the Ohio Statehouse, recruiting at least 35 sitting lawmakers to endorse their positions through intense lobbying and outreach. A deep dive into the latest viral phenomenon to infect state politics.

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Too often charter schools are just a way to convert public assets into profit at the expense of kids.

As campaign season fires up, Denis Smith offers advice to presidential candidates: here are the key questions to ask when you visit a charter school.

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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, already an obstacle to passage of gun safety legislation, yesterday chose to attend a political fundraiser at a horse race instead of meeting with survivors of one Ohio mass shooting and the Mayor and police chief still leading the response to another.

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On the schedule this week? Not a single gun reform bill. Instead, House lawmakers will hear from supporters of a bill that prosecutors say would allow convicted violent felons to legally purchase guns.

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When I came across this handmade sign on display last year in a San Francisco apartment window, I thought that aside from scary reports about curious young children unknowingly poisoning themselves and teens ingesting laundry detergent on a dare, we weren’t there yet in pinning all things bad in this country on bad news Trump.

That was then.

Last March, during our stay in the City by the Bay, a favorite stop on the way home from a Hawaiian vacation, we enjoyed the eccentricities seen there in abundance. At the time, the apartment sign seemed to be a humorous outlier […]

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Yesterday, Ohio Republican State Representative wondered on Facebook if mass shootings were the fault of transgendered Americans, open borders, parents who don’t discipline their kids or legalized weed. The reaction was swift and brutal. Today was not a good day for Ohio’s craziest State Representative.

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At the end of the legislative session, as Ohio Republican stalwarts honored their marching orders from the party’s corporate friends and benefactors, there was one message from the spirit world they should have been familiar with – and heeded.

There you go again.

When the smoke – or was it more like a mushroom cloud – cleared enough to allow Ohio citizens to see the new damage inflicted by its legislature in the form of bailouts for both the nuclear plant and charter school industries, savvy Republican watchers thought that the words of another member of the spirit world were […]

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A lot of things can cause stress: work, school, or even the fact that Ohio is 12 days past the constitutional deadline to pass a budget and we still don’t have one. Whatever is on your mind, take a moment to get inspired by State Senator Theresa Gavarone and find your zen.

Yes, Gavarone and our other Republican lawmakers have let down their constituents, put our credit and state funding at risk, and generally failed at their jobs. But has that stopped them from taking time off and having fun? Of course not!

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Gunfight in front of the Long Branch Saloon Dodge City, Kansas,  June 2019

Dodge Photos by Denis Smith

Yes, after nearly two weeks on the road, I’ll admit to being tired and disoriented, maybe even confused. But it’s much more than weariness.

It’s like this. After returning home from a long road trip which featured a stop in Dodge City, you realize that while the Wild West town has been rather tame for a long time,  the entire Buckeye State has been less so.

No, you can’t make things up.

My wife and I visited Dodge last week […]

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