Mike Pence Spacing Out

On August 14, 2018 By

I am happy to report some good news in the dark and deadly atmosphere of fading democracy: President
Trump has finally come up with a job for Vice President Pence beyond tail-wagging and Bible reading.

By now you’ve probably heard the reports that Pence, a Fido-like creature with heavenly ambitions, is promoting a space force that would validate Orson Welles’ alarming vision of Martians landing in New Jersey 80 years ago. (In modern terms it would be cast as Trump landing in the Oval Office for a second term.)

“The time has come,” Pence soared to a Pentagon audience, ” to write the next […]

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The Shrinking Trump Team

On August 13, 2018 By

Oh, for Heaven’s sake!

With the juicy Manafort trial winding down, another long-fingered scandal was whipping up in western New York.  Its district congressman, Rep. Chris Collins, the first of his Capitol Hill breed to endorse Donald Trump, was arrested on a charge of insider trading. I’m not that deeply into understanding Wall Street transactions, but the reports seem serious.

In brief, Collins, a rich Republican operative, sits on the board of an Australian drug company that was trying to develop a miracle drug for multiple sclerosis.  When Collins was tipped off that the product was a failure without public notice, he hastily called […]

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When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2009, it opened up two new points of access for consumers: The Medicaid Expansion and the Exchange. These two programs, combined, have provided access to coverage for more nearly 900,000 Ohioans.

However, the majority of Ohioans still have insurance through employer-based plans. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 150 million Americans get coverage through their employer, and 80 percent of them are pretty happy with the coverage. Over the past nine years, the ACA  brought advancements and innovation in these types of plans as well – from what’s covered […]

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It finally seems that ECOT is dead. Today the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-2 against ECOT’s appeal and sided with the state. This upheld lower court rulings and determined the state acted lawfully when it ordered ECOT to repay millions for unverified enrollment. However, the matter of collecting ill-gotten money from the ECOT Man and his two companies is still pending.

The decision came with Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Justices Patrick Fischer and Mary DeGenaro and appellate judge W. Scott Gwin, sitting in for recused Justice Judith French, forming the majority.

Fischer explained in the majority opinion that the Ohio […]

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It’s been a terrible week for Ohio ’s Trump Republican candidates as they meekly try to run out the clock on their president’s insults of iconic LeBron James. Forever the adolescent arbiter of the villainy of his critics, Trump decided to trample out the hardwoods where the grapes of wrath are stored.  It took no more than a split second to figure out that he was again imposing his racism by attacking the NBA superstar who had earlier called him – deservedly so  – a bum.  For the past week, James, an Akron guy, had been celebrated nationally for his […]

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The white flash mob that turned out for Herr Trumpf’s rally in Tampa with vulgarities and fist-waving threats to the media was in brutal contrast to a friendlier moment the day before as superstar LeBron James hosted the opening of his Foundation’s grade school in Akron.

In Florida the cheers went out for a president, having now downed his quart of Muscle Milk and executed his defiant game face with tight lip-synced push- button grins, rose in the grandeur of his chilling opera.

In James’  hometown of Akron, where he entered the real world without the benefit of a $1 […]

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Thanks to the ACA,  723,000 Ohioans have health insurance, and the 133 million people with preexisting condtions can get affordable insurance.

Ohio Governor John Kasich seems to understand the value in keeping Ohio’s citizens healthy.  Back in February, he met with President Trump and urged him to “maintain an expansion in Medicaid funds under Obamacare, which has helped insure thousands of his state’s residents.”

Donald Trump will be in Ohio tomorrow for a rally, joined by Mike DeWine, candidate for Ohio Governor.   And everyone wants to know if DeWine will follow Kasich’s lead by urging Donald Trump not to mess with the health of […]

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Donald Trump will be in Ohio tomorrow trying to energize Republican voters ahead of Tuesday’s special election.

But his venue accouncement today (Olentangy Orange High School) likely did more to energize Ohio Democrats, who are always eager to remind voters about the Republican ECOT scandal.

He will be joined by Troy Balderson (or Steve Stivers?) and our old pal Andy Brenner.

Brenner, a huge supporter of the failed online charter school ECOT, probably should have warned the Trump team  that their choice would stir up more than just a little dust.

“While President Trump rallies supporters at Olentangy […]

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Troy Balderson is fastidiously avoiding the media and interaction with voters in the lead-up to the August 7th Special Election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. In that sense, it’s starting to look like a repeat of the Pennsylvania election of Democrat Conor Lamb.

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Jim Renacci likes to play up his experience in the business world as a key qualification for political office.  But it’s clear there is one lesson Renacci never learned during his time running nursing homes and car dealerships:  the long-cherished business mantra about the customer always being right.

A quick look at Renacci’s social media feeds provides plenty of proof.

For example, when Ohio voters ask questions on Renacci’s campaign Facebook page, they are personally attacked and called liars; and their questions and concerns are summarily dismissed by Renacci as “fake news” or “Democrat talking points”.

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