From the monthly archives: September 2015

In his regular Wednesday conference call with reporters, Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said 1.7 million Ohioans who depend on food assistance would be hurt from a loss of SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits if Republicans follow through on their vow to shutdown the federal government over a plan to defund Planned Parenthood.

Unlike the federal government shutdown in 2013, which was estimated to cost about $16 billion, the looming shutdown at the end of the 2015 federal fiscal year, October 1, could result in the loss of food stamps for approximately 45 million Americans who rely on SNAP […]

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The Akron Beacon Journal reported last week that another failed charter school, the Next Frontier Academy, closed leaving at least 60 students  displaced.  It’s the same sad and sorry story we continue to hear about Ohio’s disastrous charter school experiment:  misspent state money. unqualified staff and a severe lack of oversight by the state.

Here are the highlights from the ABJ story:

“Like 200 other charters, the school has closed, adding to the $1 billion in taxpayer funding given to failed charter schools. More charter schools closed last year than at any point in the industry’s 17-year history in Ohio” “Ohio Department of Education […]

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In Tuesday’s edition of Nashua New Hampshire’s The Telegraph, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose expenditure of $5 million for on-air TV ads has boosted his ratings there to no higher than third place, got a good dose of his own snarky brand of medicine.

Pulitzer Prize for Commentary winner Kathleen Parker said, “Sometimes what seems the least consequential detail tells the most about a person’s character – or at least his or her intentions.” She was referring to the question the field of GOP candidates got dealt at the end of their three-hour debate at the Ronald Reagan Library last week […]

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Yogi And Scott Walker, Humorists Gone

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In a blink, America lost two of it well-known humorists this week. Yogi Berra died at 90. Scott Walker gave up his presidential bid when his campaign died.

We could all laugh when Yogi would say profound things like: “We made too many wrong mistakes.” Or: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

Or when the sleepy-eyed Walker, the Wisconsin governor, would boast: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.” That was his response to a question about ISIS, his confidence swollen by his victory over public employes unions in his state.

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Ohio’s favorite reactionary crank from Mt. Lookout is twisting his toe into the starting blocks to try to enact a so-called ‘right-to-work’ law.

When state Rep. Thomas E. Brinkman, Jr. isn’t gamely designing to regulate the reproductive lives of Ohio women, he likes to hack for the anti-labor interests that have been trying to undermine and destroy unions since they first fought their way into existence.

In a letter to colleagues Wednesday, Brinkman asked for co-sponsors to private sector ‘right-to-work’ legislation he said he would soon be introducing.

He noted that neighboring states Michigan and Indiana have already served this hemlock to […]

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Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was relegated to the kid’s table debate when the first GOP forum featuring the top ten leaders in national polling came to Cleveland in early August.

More than a month later, after cracking the starting lineup last Wednesday for the second big Republican debate, this one held at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA, Carly Fiorina, the only woman among the 16 active presidential hopefuls, had her breakout performance.

Enter Fiorina, Assassin To Trump, Clinton

Standing for three hours in 3-inch heels, Fiorina, who was dubbed “Carly Scissorhands” when working […]

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A new analysis of Ohio’s job statistics by one of the state’s leading and unchallenged number crunchers shows August 2015 was the 34th consecutive month when Ohio’s job growth rate was below the USA national average. George Zeller, an economic research analyst based in Cleveland, said, “This below average job growth in Ohio now has reached 2 full years and 10 additional months.”

The good news for Ohio is that 14,500 jobs seasonally adjusted were gained in August 2015. The bad news is that Ohio’s job growth rate in August 2015 is now 1.12 percent compared to the USA […]

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Gov. John Kasich claims he wants to help people “living in the shadows,” but new poverty numbers show his rhetoric has not translated into real results.

Kasich’s Real Record Lives In The Shadows

A U.S. Census Bureau report released this week shows that 593,831 children lived in poverty in Ohio in 2014, up from 591,328 children in 2013, according to Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. The child poverty rate, at 22.9 percent, was virtually unchanged from the previous year .  Poverty is defined as an annual household income below $24,418 for a family of four.

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State Board of Education Members Stephanie Dodd and A.J. Wagner announced today that they intend to make a procedural attempt at the next meeting of the State School Board to bring back a tabled motion calling for an outside, independent investigation in the data rigging scandal known as “Chartergate.”

The scandal involves David Hansen, Kasich’s former head of the Office of Quality School Choice, and husband of Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign manager and former chief of staff, Beth Hansen.

David Hansen resigned when school board members discovered he had illegally altered data on a state charter school report . Hansen had already been […]

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Did you happen to get a look at Wednesday Night Live? The Republican debate, I mean. Eleven characters in search of love and respect, most of whom were acting like playground bullies piling on this Donald Trump fellow as if he were the churlish intruder who burst onto their turf.

If you missed it, you may want to know that Gov. Kasich complained that many viewers would turn off their TVs. (The friendly Plain Dealer noted that he had fulfilled his game plan of rising above the fray. )

The most fashionable line of this dress rehearsal began “I am […]

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It was a long three-hour debate Wednesday night, according to the Republicans’ presidential candidate poll leader, Donald Trump. Eleven candidates were lined up like ducks at a shooting gallery at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA, Wednesday.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was one of them, as he was on August 6 in Cleveland, site of the first GOP debate that only featured ten. This was a chance, as the other ten candidates realized, to differentiate themselves and standout from the crowd. For Mr. Kasich, his performance did little to catch lighting in a bottle.

The man […]

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