From the daily archives: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Governor Kasich signed the so-called “Boater Freedom Act” yesterday, a bill that prevents law enforcement officers from stopping boaters unless the officer has a “reasonable suspicion” that the operator of the boat has broken the law.

Republicans cheered the new “freedoms”…

“We don’t want a willy-nilly operation that just stop people and give them a hard time,” said Governor Kasich.

The new law “eliminates these intrusive searches,” said Republican State Rep. Damschroder, the bill’s sponsor.

Because if there’s anything Ohio’s Republicans hate it’s “intrusive searches” – unless, of course, those searches are focused on women’s reproductive systems.

So while Ohio’s […]

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Several incarnations of the budget before this one, I wrote about how retirees would be disproportionately impacted by the then proposed budget.  Well, now we have a final, passed and signed budget – and the news is even worse for retirees….

Kasich’s budget shifts the tax burden from the wealthy onto those who are lower income or on fixed incomes – especially retirees.  There is an income tax cut which disproportionately helps the wealthy and does little to nothing for those who are retired.  There is a sales tax increase – which disproportionately hurts those who are on fixed incomes.   […]

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Immigration reform has passed the Senate, and Ohio will play a key role in moving it through the House. The Senate bill was approved by every Democrat and around 1/3 of Republicans. Those numbers are on par with the Violence Against Women Act and the extension of tax cuts, both of which passed the House.

Despite promising The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Ohio that he would support the bill, Rob Portman feebly voted against it because he’s afraid of losing racist voters. Sorry, I meant “he wants to set up a mandatory federal bureaucracy for every […]

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