This week, candidates seeking office in the 2020 election had to file petitions to earn a spot on the ballot. Here’s a look at some potentially interesting intra-party battles for the Ohio House and Senate to watch in the March 17 primary.
“I have a sworn duty to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law. I must vote to impeach.” Believe it or not, those words are from Ohio Senator Rob Portman about the impeachment of another president.Full Story... →
Once upon a time, in the movie classic, A Field of Dreams, we were introduced to a baseball star named Shoeless Joe Jackson. He was the slugger who lost his shirt and a ticket to the Hall of Fame for his presumed involvement in the 1919 World Series Black Sox scandal. Note that Shoeless Joe had a lifetime .356 batting average in his major league career but never made it to Cooperstown.
Today, exactly a century after Shoeless Joe, we are witnessing the spectacle of someone called Jacketless Jim, an Ohio Congressman who apparently lost his jacket somewhere between his […]Full Story... →
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.Full Story... →
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.Full Story... →
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.Full Story... →
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.Full Story... →
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.Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
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.Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
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