From the daily archives: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It started simply enough for the times. April of 1970. Ohio State had been a Midwestern hot bed of protest for a few years by then. It was overlooked because of huge protests and clashes at Berkley, Columbia, Harvard and more well-known schools in major media markets. They got the press. OSU was seen nationally as a bucolic football powerhouse, not a nest of commie hippie pinkos.

There had been protests for years at Ohio State. However in 1970, Governor Jim Rhodes was facing term limits and running for Senate. To score political points he ramped up responses to peaceful […]

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Yesterday we wrote that Michelle Rhee’s anti-union, anti-teacher, pro-charter school group StudentsFirst was running ads in the Barnes/Zimon Democratic primary.   A reader just informed us that they are also running ads supporting  Bill Patmon is his primary against former Cleveland City Council member Eugene R. Miller in Ohio House District 10.

Like Barnes, Patmon has supported multiple Kasich-led initiatives, including the Cleveland Plan, which a former union president called ”a state-wide attack on all teacher unions.”



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While surfing on YouTube for Steve Martin ‘s bluegrass banjo duet with the masterly Earl Scruggs, I skidded past Gov. Kasich’s latest TV ad with his just-plain-folks bio, catching no more than a glimpse of our leader’s pro tem unbuttoned style.

The ad ambled into the Martin-Scruggs Foggy Mountain Breakdown, the rousing bluegrass classic that easily qualifies as the Appalachian anthem.

But here was Kasich in his casual New Norm style assuring us in that fleeting moment that he was one of us – after nearly four years in office, folks, in which he preferred to hang out with […]

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These days you don’t have to be a Wall Street oligarch to make owning a home less affordable for everyone, push minorities out of the home mortgage market, and help mega banks at the expense of community banks. You just have to vote for the latest version of housing finance “reform” being pushed in Washington – the Johnson-Crapo “Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act.”

“It’s widely accepted that mortgage rates will rise for borrowers under the Johnson-Crapo measure,” The Washington Post reported on Monday. I doubt that struggling middle-class families will find that idea widely acceptable. I don’t […]

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