Politics saves lives and politics takes lives. Maybe you’ve always known this, but are only now realizing how policies impact you and your community. No matter what your situation, at least now you have realized: It is time to make the time. It’s time to get political.
This is the second part of this story which originally ran on February 10, 2018.
The Clark Fork Group, LLC was incorporated in Ohio in June, 2015, at a private residence in Dublin, so Ayers must have consulted after that date and before becoming Pence’s COS in July 2017. Curiously, on the disclosure form Ayers lists Clark Fork Group’s address as being in Thompson Falls, MT. Clark Fork is a river in Montana, but Plunderbund could find no record of a similarly named LLC ever being incorporated there. In its most recent Kentucky filings, American Policy Coalition also […]Full Story... →
One year later, and the resistance to Trump and Trumpism is still going strong in Central Ohio.
Today, with nearly no notice, approximately two dozen protestors organized by local Indivisible groups convened on Senator Portman’s Columbus office to condemn his empty “thoughts and prayers” response to the latest tragic mass shooting and ask for real reform of our gun laws. Local news was there and produced this report.
Meanwhile in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District (which is currently vacant, thanks to Pat Tiberi’s departure to the lobbying world), activists are still going strong. Below is an excerpt from the […]Full Story... →
Here we go. It’s a midterm election year. The word has been in a lot of the papers. Donald Trump is already making the rounds with his customary Lie-a-Thon.
Ohio, which is seldom a progressive state, is the pick of the litter. The hay wagons that convey so many state senators and representatives to Columbus have been loaded. The only change is that the Ohio Republican Party has been reinvented as the Ohio Trump Party, from the new State Chairwoman, Jane Timken, who owes her job to Trump, to several servile statewide candidates, including Rep. Jim Renacci, who is running […]Full Story... →
Americans United for Values
In the early fall of 2016, a Super PAC called Americans United for Values (AUV) paid for a 25 billboard campaign in the Cincinnati market. The billboards show the silhouette of a woman, highly evocative of Hillary Clinton, in a shrugging pose. The words “what difference does it make?” hover beside her and below that, four American-flag draped caskets are stacked.
Brian Kinnett, a Grove City pastor and treasurer of the Super PAC, took credit for the billboards in the press. He gave a contemporaneous statement to the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative online news […]Full Story... →
Another day at the office…
A day when the shockers became the shockees?
Or was it the other way around when Chief of Staff John Kelly, billed as the new sheriff in the White House, expressed “shock” that Rob Porter could have socked his wife in the eye. He had known about it for months.
Kelly, after all, had already profusely befriended Porter as a “confidant and trusted professional” during Porter’s days as the White House staff secretary that ended today with his resignation when his current wife revealed a photo claiming that Porter was the perp. The bruised face […]Full Story... →
“The Ohio Department of Education should have taken steps to avoid a mid-year closing of the school. The department created an environment that caused the school to close mid-year.”
If Ronald Reagan could have heard Rep. Andrew Brenner’s comments about ECOT’s closing, he might have offered up his classic line one more time.
“There you go again,” the Gipper might have admonished the Chair of the House Education Committee as he attempted to lay blame anywhere for the online school’s colossal slow-motion train wreck – except where the responsibility really lies in this disaster.
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Following the February 7 candidate filing deadline, the Ohio Democratic House Caucus has announced that they have Democratic candidates for all 99 house districts. The Caucus has coined the phrase “a choice on every ballot” and that’s exactly what they have presented.
The candidates running for these seats were announced through the Caucus’s Twitter and are running on every issue one can think of. Each comes with their own realm of experience and knowledge, too. These candidates span from Aden Baker, an 18-year-old in Paulding County running in a R +10 district, to Rachel Crooks, […]Full Story... →
Ohio’s public school funding model is needlessly complex. So much so, in fact, that it can be extremely difficult to believe when trying to explain its oddities to friends and family. I’m often met with responses such as “that can’t be true”. With the recent lawsuits and closing of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), I decided to go on a bit of a quest to break down the model in the simplest terms possible, using ECOT and its relationship with the Columbus City School District as an example.
To be fair, breaking it down to the “simplest” terms […]Full Story... →
Yesterday’s fundraising reports are exciting for Democrats and show that people are enthusiastic about 2018 prospects of a big blue wave election.Full Story... →
In the midst of so many references to Richard Nixon’s rebirth as Donald Trump, it seemed altogether more fitting to revive the late Ray Bliss’ memory in the newly published biography, “Mr. Chairman” by political specialists William Hershey and John Green. Hershey covered politics in Washington and Columbus for the Beacon Journal. Green is the director of the Bliss Institute at the University of Akron. Both are well-grounded in Bliss’s long career in the political whirlpool that eventually landed him in the chair of the Republican National Committee. They introduced the book at a program at the Tangier.
Bliss held […]Full Story... →