From the daily archives: Saturday, April 4, 2015

We should all be a tad relieved that our tag-along Republican senator, Rob Portman, didn’t join the flash mob that called for cratering Iran in the wake of our potential nuclear deal with Iran. As usual, he cautiously did leave us between the middle and center of the road with his remarks to Neil Cavuto on Fox News before the deal was even announced. But unlike some GOP Rambos, he stopped short of delivering the payloads.

He said we’d be better off if Iran got it’s nuclear material “out of the country – something Iran says it doesn’t want […]

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I’ve finally gotten around to reading through Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s latest legal emetic in Obergefell v. Hodges.

It is the most tortured, callous, self-contradictory, unintentionally hilarious, and ultimately sickening court document I’ve read since… well, since the 6th District Court ruling that brought the case to the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mike DeWine arguing before SCOTUS that gay people don’t deserve equal rights because of all the political power they wield the same week neighboring Indiana passes its right-to-discriminate-against-gay-people legislation is Wes Anderson-heavy irony.

Hat tip to Ian Millhiser for handling this […]

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Ever since the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) was adopted into law in 2011, the Ohio General Assembly has been tinkering with the various components in an effort to “improve” its implementation.  Each successive year has seen many significant changes to the overall OTES framework, while additional legislation has had an impact on the specific components — most notably changes to the state standardized tests.

This year, however, the number of proposed changes to both the overall framework and the testing components that comprise nearly 50% of the majority of teachers’ final ratings is reaching a number that goes well beyond mere “corrections” to […]

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