From the daily archives: Thursday, April 7, 2016

As Plunderbund and others forecasted, Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State [SOTS]  speech from Marietta Wednesday night was mostly an echo of what he’s said in the five previous ones, with minor tweaks added that reflect his 177 days out of the state running for president.

The governor’s fifth SOTS held outside the Ohio Statehouse, this one held in a refurbished theater, offered his standard backdrop, an over-sized Ohio flag. On his way to the stage, Ohio’s 69th governor plucked a baby away from its mother and carried it, hugging it and beaming a big smile as he […]

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As we stare into the abyss of this primary selection season, reality only reinforces perceptions concerning the state of the American electorate. Our people are making choices that will dramatically affect the path of The United States going forward. The results of choices so far are on the whole, terrifying.

The rise of Trump, Cruz, Sanders and to a lesser extent Hillary, reflects the horrendous lack of knowledge of what was called civics when I attended high school. That course, complimented by American history courses, were designed to give students the basic knowledge of how American government works. For some […]

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Plaintiff attorneys representing the Libertarian Party of Ohio [LPO] and its candidate for governor in 2014 just won’t give up. Their case that exposes what Gov. John Kasich and his political friends and allies will do behind the scenes to assure him a win by eliminating his competition has another life to live, this time in an appeal filed Monday with the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Tenth Appellate District.

Plaintiff attorneys Mark Brown and Mark G. Kafantaris filed the appeal after it was dismissed by out-going Republican Franklin County Administrative Judge Patrick Sheeran, who ruled in March […]

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In a conference call Monday with reporters, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan [D-Howard] reflected on what he saw and learned while traveling through the Middle East recently, which included a stop in Iraq meeting with U.S. and Iraqi military commanders.

“ISIS is a global threat to all civilized nations,” Rep. Ryan said. “They want to kill Americans and Westerners.” Ryan pointed to shocking demonstrations in Paris, Brussels and San Bernadino on the real dangers confronting the United States, which has produced little in the way of violence and destruction compared to elsewhere around the world.

One of a small party […]

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