From the monthly archives: July 2013

They really don’t care if you live or die and they prove it every day
By David DeWitt

Let me be blunt: The elite class that rules the world doesn’t really care if the rest of the population lives or dies.

That is not hyperbole. It is a fact of history and it is a fact today. The elite owners of the world and its wealth are not concerned about the wellbeing of the underclasses—most especially the proletariat but certainly much of the middle class as well.

They never have been and they never will be. In order to […]

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Talking Points Memo has a, well, talking points memo from House GOP leadership for the summer recess. Press coverage of this recess will have a strong effect on the passage of immigration reform, fall budget issues, and gun safety.

We shouldn’t expect local media to account for this memo in their recess coverage (why, that would be liberal bias!) just as they didn’t in 20091. I’m not sure how many public appearance will be made in our gerrymandered state, but Ohio progressives would be foolish to ignore this playbook.

Especially because these are actually fantastic ideas that will force […]

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A friend of the site wrote this personal and quite powerful essay about her experiences dealing with difficult pregnancies and how paternalistic, anti-women measures included in Ohio’s two-year budget legislation would affect real families. We greatly appreciate her honesty and willingness to share her family’s story.

Government On My Mind
by Emily in Columbus

My husband and I, even when grieving, have a dark sense of humor. You know those adhesive stick-figure characters people put on their cars to depict their families — Dad, Mom,, two boys, a girl, a dog and a cat — well, we thought ours […]

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It would have been so refreshing if Liz Cheney had declared her candidacy for the U.S. Senate as an initiative that she chose on her very own against all odds. Instead, the daughter of Dick C., the pulse-less guy  who… – No!  don’t get me  started!  –   said she was responding to all of the many  people who have been urging her to save the country from the beastly socialists who operate these days under the guise of  garden  variety Democrats!

Who, after all, could turn down Rush Limbaugh, who promptly described her as a “Republican royal” and one of Dick Cheney’s […]

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Just as we predicted a few weeks ago, same sex marriage has come to Ohio.  A Federal Judge in Cincinnati has ruled that the Constitution prohibits Ohio from not recognizing a same sex marriage from Maryland.

After the Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor (the case that struck down the federal defense of Marriage Act), we said “we expect same sex couple who were married in other states to seek Ohio to recognize their marriage.”

The two men had filed the lawsuit alleging that Ohio could not refuse to list the surviving spouse on a death certificate and that Ohio […]

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At an event in Cleveland today, Governor Kasich was asked about the arrest of a suspect in the killing of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in tarps over the weekend.

“This is what happens when you have poverty,” replied Kasich.

“And that’s why I feel so strongly that no neighborhood can be left behind,” continued the governor.  “[And] no one in Ohio shouldn’t be in a position of being lifted at times when they’re not hitting on all cylinders to a point to where they can have a secure job and a great family and a great neighborhood.”

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Shortly after winning the election in 2010, John Kasich made a couple of big promises that he still touts today as part of his “Ohio Miracle” speech:

1. he was going shrink the size of state government and

2. he was going to bring private sector jobs to Ohio.

June 2013 was the final month of the state’s fiscal year and the last month of John Kasich’s first “Jobs Budget”.   So how did the governor do toward meeting these goals now that we’ve been implementing his plans for two full years?

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I reported yesterday on a statement from Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters that he wouldn’t have charged George Zimmerman, even though the evidence in the case would lead to a much simpler prosecution under Ohio law. Maybe Deters was just prescient about proposed changes in Ohio.

Ohio Republicans have introduced HB 203, which would bring Stand Your Ground to Ohio.

It would change Ohio’s self-defense laws to read:

a person has no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense… if that person is in a place that the person lawfully has a right to be.

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A month ago, Governor Kasich and his allies could not stop talking about the May jobs report because it showed that Ohio had the most monthly job gains in the nation.  However, we pointed out that given that Ohio lead the nation in job LOSSES as recently as March, the May jobs report should be discounted as Ohio’s economy has shown volatility that basically has equaled a zero sum gain.  For the past twelve months, Ohio’s unemployment rate has largely been unchanged as has Ohio jobs creation numbers.

Tomorrow, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services will […]

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The changes to Ohio law enacted in the state budget would require a doctor to attempt to detect a fetal heartbeat. But anyone who tries to imply that your lady parts would be violated will quickly be tagged as the worst kind of liar, thanks in part to the fine folks at Politifact.

On Friday, Politifact gave Rachel Maddow a “pants-on-fire” rating for claiming that the new budget (HB59) would require a “mandatory vaginal probe at the insistence of the state.”

House Bill 59 does, in fact, specify that doctors must determine whether a fetal heartbeat exists, something that can […]

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After taunting people who “people who are going crazy with this verdict”, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told a radio host that, had George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in Hamilton County, he would not have prosecuted the case.

BILL CUNNINGHAM: If the same set of facts happened in Hamilton County, there would be no prosecution?

DETERS: No, if he believed he was in fear of losing his life or serious physical harm, and shot as he’s being pummeled, I can’t imagine it.

I’m no lawyer, granted, but Ohio has different laws than Florida does.

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