“There is always an effort to punish the poor. There is always the belief that they are not deserving. Why is it that some elected officials find it so important that we add to the struggles of the poor?” That’s a statement made Thursday at a press conference by Philip Cole, the executive director of The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, to announce the release of a new report on poverty in Ohio, according to published reports.

Without naming names, Mr. Cole’s concerns should be laid at the feet of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has promised much […]

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A March 20 Bloomberg News story reveals that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a decision regarding student loans that will financially benefit one of her well-heeled friends. This decision will likely set a pattern for her secretariat.

Americans who default on some of their federal student loans are likely to pay more after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reversed an Obama administration directive limiting some fees. But it turns out the Trump administration decision has some beneficiaries—including the father of a key DeVos lieutenant who just quit.

It is abhorrent that the DeVos-style reformers often accuse traditional public school personnel, including administrators and unions, of protecting […]

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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) outlined his bipartisan bill on Wednesday that would help the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) crack down on trafficking of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Brown’s bill, the INTERDICT Act, is co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). The bill would provide CPB with additional high-tech screening equipment and lab resources to detect fentanyl before it enters the United States.  According to a report from the Ohio Department of Health, fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Ohio more than doubled from 503 in 2014 to 1,155 in 2015. At […]

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Who would have ever thought that the term March Madness referred to more than just a basketball tournament? With the Trump Administration, however, madness is second nature, regardless of the month on the calendar.

Last week, we found out that March Madness also refers to the Trump budget process and the cruel, vindictive, and mean-spirited nature of the people who are at war with the sick, the poor, the elderly, and kids. All of these constituencies deserve advocacy as they are caught in the ruthless tactics of the unfeeling budget cutters. Please understand, however, that as an educator, I must […]

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Ken Blackwell spent the bulk of his political career focused on gay stuff, blaming the LGBT community for most of America’s ills.

In the 2008 governor’s race he accused Ted Strickland of supporting NAMBLA.  (Click through and watch the painfully hilarious video!)

In 2011 he tied Elmo on Sesame Street to boys growing up to be gay prom queens.

In 2014 he claimed that gay marriage caused some douchebag, women-hating bro dude to go on a shooting rampage at UC Santa Barbara.

This […]

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Ohio Representative Pat Tiberi has always opposed the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.  Even when Ohio Governor John Kasich took advantage of the opportunity to provide over 700,000 Ohioans medical coverage through the program, Tiberi stood firm in his opposition.

So why is Tiberi suddenly claiming he supported Kasich’s expansion in Ohio?

Last week Pat Tiberi staffer Rob Nichols told a crowd gathered outside a Worthington fundraiser that “the congressman supported the governor’s position to expand [Medicaid] in Ohio.”  (Click the link, we have the video)

And in today’s Dispatch, Tiberi doubled down on this claim personally claiming he “supported the governor’s […]

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Republicans in Ohio must feel invincible, as though they have carte blanche to do whatever they like and get away with it. It must be the hubris that comes with rampant, shameless gerrymandering.

State Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, was arrested around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 12, after being found by police passed out in his car at a McDonald’s drive-through with a loaded gun in the seat next to him.

He is now refusing to resign, despite a fourth-degree felony charge of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and, obviously, driving under the influence.

This arrest occurred after Retherford […]

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A new survey released by GenForward shows a majority [57%] of young Americans view Donald Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, including about three-quarters of African Americans and nearly half of whites.

Among those who have declared Trump’s presidency as illegitimate is Democratic Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis of Georgia, who said the Russians helped Trump win, a charge Mr. Trump and his fans deny. A majority of young African Americans and large majorities of Latinos and Asian-Americans say they consider Trump’s presidency illegitimate, as do 47 percent of young whites.

GenForward is a survey of adults age 18 […]

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In a world of disingenuous political rhetoric, so-called “right to work” stands a head above the rest.

“Right to Work” is built on a lie. No one is ever forced to join a union. Anyone who claims that is either misinformed or lying. In Ohio, employees cannot be required to join unions.

But state law does allow collective bargaining agreements to require “fair share” or agency fees. Those fees are lower than union member dues and cannot be used for services beyond contract negotiations.

“Right to Work” laws seek to defund collective bargaining units from being able to effectively […]

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Which of Ohio’s charming corn-country communities elected Ebenezer Scrooge to the Ohio General Assembly?

“Put another piece of coal on that fire, Mr. Cratchet, and you’ll keep your Christmas by losing your situation!”

Last Thursday, Democratic members of the House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee objected to the anticipated committee passage of Ohio House Bill (HB) 2 along party lines, saying the GOP-led “No Rights at Work” bill will strip Ohio employees of critical protections from workplace discrimination.

The legislation was scheduled for a vote earlier this month, until it was pulled down at the last minute. The bill […]

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