From the monthly archives: January 2013

Coming off an election year marred by attempts to disenfranchise Democratic voters, Republicans around the country are already gearing up for the midterm elections with more antidemocratic initiatives.

This time it’s Virginia’s plan to rig the Electoral College, an idea which Jon Husted floated in November for Ohio and which has also been proposed in Pennsylvania. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has also endorsed the idea.

Here’s how it works:
There are 9 swing states that gave Republicans control of redistricting in 2010, and they were gerrymandered with uncompetitive House districts. Of these, there are 7 where Republicans […]

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Kasich is in Davos Switzerland this week for the World Economic Forum.   As Marc Niquette reports, Kasich will use the opportunity to “discuss his efforts to align education and training with available jobs.”

It should be a very interesting speech given the many accomplishments Kasich had made it this area.

Let’s review:

During the Gubernatorial campaign of 2010, Kasich announced plans to overhaul Ohio’s workforce development program.

Kasich took office in January 2011 but waited an entire year to announce a workforce development czar.

In February 2012, at his second state of the state address in […]

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In his interview with Bloomberg News, Gov. Kasich spoke of the importance he attached to his trip to the World Economic Conference in Davos Switzerland this week. “I don’t want to go somewhere just to go somewhere, ” he said of the opportunity to sell Ohio to foreign investors – a marketing practice he’s polished in his efforts to privatize state enterprises.

Such logic of having a motive behind every trip could also apply to his decision to give his State of the State address in Lima on Feb. 10. There will be no friendlier venue for his performance art […]

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The heat is getting turned up on State School Board President Debe Terhar after having garnered national attention for her misguided and extremist rhetoric regarding the President and his efforts to combat gun violence.

Ohio Democrats today are officially calling on Debe to resign.  From a statement released by Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said:

“While there is always room for respectful differences in opinions, State School Board President Terhar’s facebook posting crossed a clear line by connecting the President’s national discussion on guns to Adolf Hitler,” said Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern. “President Terhar’s invocation of Hitler […]

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State Board of Education President Debe Terhar not only implicitly compared President Obama to Adolph Hitler by posting a graphic on her Facebook page, she doesn’t even verify the authenticity of the quote.  A common mistake amongst those who share content on Facebook – or the Internet for that matter.

The quote in question ascribed to Hitler has long been used in gun rights circles to satisfy Godwin’s Law when entering in debate with gun control advocates.  It was repurposed on a graphic that Debe apparently posted and shared with her friends:

Never forget what this […]

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We’ve already spoken of some of the ways in which history was made with today’s inauguration address (full text), but there were also some light moments, if you followed along on social media like I did.

Here are some of my favorites scenes from the day.

Did Senator Rob Portman fall asleep?

Al Roker got so excited about meeting Joe Biden that he literally dropped the mic:

First daughter Malia photobombs her parents while sister Sasha tries to get a photo:

 Chuck Schumer looks very happy to see Beyonce:

Bill Clinton looks […]

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We earlier posted the full text of President Obama’s 2nd inauguration speech.  While listening and following snippets of the speech something jumped out at me.  This part of his “our journey is not complete” segment stood out:

Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law –- (applause) — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

I wondered if he or any other President had included this type of language relative to gay rights.

Nope. […]

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In a 20-minute, 2095-word address, President Obama today spoke to the nation on the occasion of his second inaugural, using a theme of togetherness to set the path for his second term. A decidedly progressive speech, the President spoke strongly for the need to come together to address such issues as climate change, marriage equality, immigration, gun violence and economic fairness. Below are the words of the President’s speech, released as it began by the Inaugural Committee.


Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
Inaugural Address
Monday, January 21, 2013
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The Drudge Report and Fox News are famous for their partisan slant in news coverage while maintaining the façade of honest news coverage.  This is done most insidiously not by printing biased news articles, but in the choices the media makes in which stores to cover.

It’s called Agenda Setting.

A great example is found in Sunday’s  The editors of the Dispatch hold the ability to drive the Ohio political conversation with what they chooses to highlight in their paper and – more importantly – on their webpage.

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Does not get old.  The best written, best delivered, most impactful speech in American history:

I Have A Dream (Full Text)

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to […]

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Many Ohioans were shocked when John Kasich released details of his first budget in March 2011, but none so much as local leaders who were suddenly faced with huge deficits in their own budgets as a result of Kasich’s large local government fund cuts.

According to Policy Matters Ohio, Allen County lost $21 million in state funding from Kasich’s first budget including “$341,000 less for services to children and seniors” and a “3.84% cut in salaries” for county employees.  Schools lost $13.3 million.  The cuts ran the gamut from “road repair and emergency services to crossing guards, senior transportation and child protective services”

In Lima, Ohio […]

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