There is little doubt that the drivel that spews out of President Donald Trump’s mouth on a daily basis will easily eclipse the politically powerful results of a report to estimate the effects of terminating payments included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) called cost-sharing reductions (CSRs).

A request by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Whip Steney Hoyer to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) produced some stunning numbers on how how bad Trump’s medicine will be for many helped by CSRs.

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The tragedy in Charlottesville ate up our entire Monday Roundup, so we’re doing a special Tuesday Roundup this week to cover the rest of the news.

Since winning control over the state legislature and the executive branch, the Kasich Administration and Ohio Republicans have destroyed funding for local government, leading to layoffs of emergency personnel such as police and fire, and drastic cuts to local services and maintenance of infrastructure.

Another $200 million cut may be soon on its way, depending on the actions of the Republican majority Ohio Senate.

From the Sandusky Register:

All county governments […]

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Nazis killed someone in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. Her name was Heather Heyer. She was a 32-year-old paralegal, and she was anti-Nazi. Nineteen others were injured.

Two days later, President Donald Trump succumbed to political pressure and condemned the Nazis. It took him two full days to condemn Nazis. Let’s all take a second to pause and reflect on that. …

There is no both-siderism when it comes to Nazis. I’ve been to Dachau. Five years later, thinking of what I saw there still makes me ill. Anybody who wears, waves, or stands by a Nazi symbol is the lowest […]

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Allow me to step back from my description of Donald Trump as a breast-beating King Kong. That was knee jerk.

After his pathetic response to the Charlottesville riot, I must settle for naming him the Official White House Mouse.

So fearful of losing one white supporter from his shrinking base, he avoided any mention of white supremacists, Nazis, and Klansmen from his hurriedly prepared statement condemning  an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides.”

Those last three words of equivalence passed around the fault to everyone who has ever lit a fire in […]

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As the United States careens from one crisis to the next under President Donald Trump, some things may get missed: Such as the fact that Ohio’s junior U.S. Sen. Rob Portman encouraged Trump to follow up his violent rhetoric against North Korea last week with action.

From the Washington Times, reporting on a Portman appearance on CNN:

“I think the right approach is to be strong and that will have a deterrent effect, I believe. That’s certainly what all of us hope for,” Mr. Portman, Ohio Republican, said on CNN.

But Mr. Portman said those words need to be backed up with action […]

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King Kong In The Oval Office

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A review of  President Trump’s portrayal of King Kong at his rare news conference this week gave the world more chilling evidence of his mental illness of which he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office…”

You’ll find those precise words in Amendment 25 of the U.S. Constitution that lays out the path for his removal from the office by Congress (if only there are enough creatures on Capitol Hill with the backbone to pursue it!).

He is a man of breast-beating fantasy that betrays his insecurity as the forces  of democratic government bear down on […]

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After repeated calls over many months, if not years, by Ohio leaders to Gov. John Kasich to put state resources where his rhetoric is regarding the state’s nation-leading opioid crisis, President Donald J. Trump beat Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck CEO to the punch Thursday, when a national emergency was declared on an issue that’s gripping America by the throat.

The Washington Post reports that “Trump is now pledging that the federal government will ‘spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.’”

Trump Out Plays Kasich On Opiods

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Two groups of educators in Ohio have been standing up against the ALEC-driven agenda to hurt public schools in order to privatize and profiteer off of education: Public Education Partners and the Ohio BATs (Badass Teachers).

ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Koch-funded enterprise that writes copy-and-paste legislation to benefit corporations that state legislators turn into law. ALEC has received funding from AT&T, Allergan, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company among many other profit-driven enterprises.

They have produced model bills on a broad range of issues including reducing business regulation and corporate taxation, loosening environmental regulations, tightening voter identification rules, weakening labor unions, and opposing gun control. […]

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On Mandel: Lock Him Up

On August 10, 2017 By

When Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel declared his second candidacy for the U.S. Senate he left little doubt that he grabbed Donald Trump’s fairy tales as the certain route to victory in 2018. He’s even described in the “fake” media as a “Trump imitator,” which couldn’t be denied inasmuch as Mandel had already pledged himself to sharing Trump’s promise to drain the swamp and as Ohio’s best hope to purify the bureaucracy.

Like Trump, he believes the whole system is rigged against the honorable politicians on Team Trump.

Who is more qualified to speak of swamps than Mandel himself, a driven operative […]

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There is nothing Ohio Gov. John Kasich likes more than myopic state and national media paying attention to him even though he’s no longer popular and has a track record full of disappointments.

That’s the case now with the release of a very small poll of (600) likely Republican voters in New Hampshire that carries a 4 percent margin of error (larger than good polling).

The New Hampshire Poll, conducted by The American Research Group, has Kasich beating President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in head to head matchups.

Kasich, like Trump, has not really […]

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