From the monthly archives: February 2016

In 2004, a bullet fired by her then husband’s gun tore into Kelli Prather’s back.  Although the wound was not life threatening, she required surgery, which only aided in the recovery of the physical wounds she suffered.  Sufficided to say, Kelli Prather, the third Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, has some thoughts on gun violence.  As a Black Lives Matter activist and occupational therapist, she knows the long journey those that survive gun violence faces.  She remembers, vividly, the incidents of unarmed African Americans being shot under questionable circumstances and killed by Cincinnati police officers around the turn of the century.   She […]

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For a candidate who has never lost an election over his nearly four decades as a career performance politician, losing three in a row in as many weeks—as John Kasich has done now in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina—is a new experience for the quirky, combative governor, who may have more downside than upside headed his way.

Landing in 8th place in Iowa, 2nd place in New Hampshire and 5th place in South Carolina, Gov. Kasich knows the only two states he can possible finish first in is Michigan or Ohio. By the time those primaries […]

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Gov. John Kasich’s political chutzpah reached new heights recently in Michigan, the next state he’s all-in on and must finish first in to show he’s more than a quirky afterthought in this year’s wild and woolly Republican race for president.

Speaking to a gathering in that “state up north” after finishing next to last yesterday in South Carolina, Ohio’s 63-year old glib governor, whose tax cutting mania is legendary, didn’t blink twice when he voiced how upset he is that local taxes are going up.

“What about the tax increases where we live, the city council, the school board, everybody […]

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Ohio Senate Bill 3 was first introduced over a year ago on 2/2/15 and passed out of the Senate on 3/25/15.  The bill then made it’s way to the House Education Committee in April 2015 and had two hearings last Spring.  Many of the items in the bill would have made changes for the 2015-16 school year, so when it did not pass out of the committee, much of it effectively became “out of date”.

In the past month, it resurfaced in the House Education Committee and was recently hastily added to the agenda for the upcoming week, where we’re […]

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What a difference a week can make for candidates running this year for the White House. It sure made a big difference for Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s second run for the White House. And it wasn’t good.

The 63-year old mid-term governor was flying high in New Hampshire after finishing a very distant second place to Donald John Trump there 11 days ago. But then on Saturday Mr. Sunny Side Up got shot down when the tiny-state rocket ship he climbed on crashed in South Carolina in a very far and distant fifth place.

Gov. Kasich has advanced mostly by […]

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Nearly three weeks ago, P.G. Sittenfeld called a press conference at the Statehouse to announce he would be launching a statewide initiative to amend the Ohio Constitution to specifically allow Ohio’s municipalities to regulate guns differently than under state law despite a state law in 2006 that moved guns out of the city’s home rule powers.  The Ohio Supreme Court upheld the state law in 2010.  The tactic of candidates promising to lead a statewide referendum campaign on an issue is not new.  A candidate actually following through with it is.

Just last year, Governor Kasich threatened that if his […]

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John Kasich has the luck of the Croatians. He can say about anything without fear of challenge. That’s fortunate because it makes his sweet Kool-Aid concoction of being the adult in the room who unites people to solve problems easy to swallow for low-information voters.

His false narrative of Ohio rebounding solely because of his leadership and policies is a a bedtime lullaby to an electorate that’s none the wiser. Journalistic misfeasance, or malfeasance as the case may be, has been steady as mainstream media hides his real record as guidance for what he would do if elected president.

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Ohio’s primary arrives March 15. In 2008, Hillary Clinton was engaged in a tough battle with then Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination. Clinton won Ohio but lost the nomination. The new president then brought her into his administrative as Secretary of Sate.

Eight years later, Hillary Clinton hopes to win the Ohio Democratic primary again. To help make that goal easier, she’s enlisted the support of an Ohio Leadership Council composed of over 60 elected officials, community, and grassroots leaders.

Clinton’s Ohio Leadership Council is led by US Senator Sherrod Brown, US Representative Tim Ryan, US Representative Marcia Fudge, US […]

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It was a sight to see. Probably won’t see it again. And it wasn’t John Kasich getting passed over by Haley’s comet when South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley streaked by him and others to orbit around Marco Rubio.

No one—no reporter, local state or national, no million-dollar TV news anchor, none of the bevy of young budding political writers who seem to know everything about anything, no Beltway-based pundit, no Washington insider, or New York Times editorial board—has flustered and frustrated Gov. John Kasich as well or as quickly as “The Late Show‘s” host Stephen Colbert did in […]

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If the United States had mandatory voting like some other countries, voter turnout wouldn’t be the mystery it always is at election time.

Hillary Clinton made a return trip Wednesday to Chicago to visit the Bronzeville community. Her purpose was to encourage her supporters to vote in the March 15th Illinois primary and to take advantage of early voting.

GOTV In Columbus

With Ohio’s March 15 primary less than a month away, top Democrats supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton for president held a press conference in front of Columbus City Hall Thursday to alert voters that they can start voting […]

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John Kasich loves to be a moving target. Moving targets are harder to hit than ones that stand still. His moving target theory of campaigning is better understood by reading his book “Every Other Monday” about attending Bible study class with some like-minded political buddies back in his days in Washington.

The book offers a glimpse into his mental meanderings at the time and serves as a guided jungle tour through the thickets of his mindset as a congressman then and governor now.

Based on common notions about the The Bible and its teachings, especially the New Testament teachings […]

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