From the monthly archives: May 2016

Most of us would agree that this presidential year and its political landscape is an absolute mess. Though the chaos might appear new, we’ve nevertheless been here before. Therein lies a lesson and this opportunity to remind.

In the last year or so, I’ve been itching to write a memoir about what I’ve learned and experienced since graduate school and thought that a good working title might be Speak, Memory. But that won’t work. Someone named Vladimir Nabokov beat me to the gate about 50 years ago with that idea.

If you’re 65 and older, there’s something tantalizing about looking […]

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The Force definitely wasn’t with Ohio Gov. John Kasich in his 2016 run for the White House. In fact, The Force was so not with him that Ohio’s 69th chief executive, now a lame duck governor, could only win one state, Ohio, while losing 46 others.

Donald John Trump’s big Orange Machine sent the former Lehman Brothers banker, and every GOP candidate who thought this was their year to shine bright and win the hearts and minds of American voters, to an early grave.

Defined as a person who is unable to make up his or her mind on […]

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By Jack Frech

A few months back, a “Black Lives Matter” sign was defaced here in Athens, Ohio. It reminded me just how deeply racism is ingrained in our society. It is a harsh reality that has been pushed to the forefront by the now finally documented killing of young African-American men by law enforcement.

But equally tragic are the many ways that our racism has manifested itself that are less obvious. African-Americans have a much higher infant mortality rate, and a higher incidence of other serious health issues. They have worse education outcomes. They have a much higher unemployment […]

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Over the weekend, I finally made time to watch the new HBO film, “All the Way,” in which Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson are depicted fighting the Dixiecrats to push through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, King on the streets in the South and Johnson in the halls of power in Washington.

The film, based on the award-winning play of the same name, at one point shows how the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act had to be severed for the political purposes of that election year, with Johnson promising King to bring the voting […]

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This Memorial Day we remember those who have fallen fighting in the name of the United States of America. And while Ohio’s Republican Majority in the General Assembly is often fighting for tax breaks for their country club chums, I’m thankful to have a couple legislators fighting for tax breaks for those who fought for the rest of us.

Today, state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, introduced legislation with Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, to give a tax break to military veterans.  Under the terms of Senate Bill 302, any 100 percent disabled veteran would be exempt from […]

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The “Ohio miracle” is nothing of the sort. The Buckeye State is chronically performing worse than the national average in job creation. Our education department received a scathing review from the state auditor. Our local municipalities and school districts are continuing to hemorrhage employees as they deal with massive state budget cuts.

And our Republican leadership whistles past the graveyard, prioritizing scoring points with the religious right by defunding planned parenthood instead of addressing these issues.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Gov. John Kasich says the state probably will challenge a federal judge’s ruling that put ahold on an effort to […]

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In downtown Columbus Thursday, a new study based on years worth of work shows millions of federal tax dollars intended for high-performing charter schools have actually gone to some of Ohio’s worst. More problematic was the news that many millions went to other charter schools that never even opened.

The federal government has sent more money to Ohio to expand “high-performing” charter schools than all but two other states, but Ohio spent millions on some of the lowest-performing schools. And nearly $4 million went to schools that never opened, according to a new analysis, a media release announcing “Belly Up” […]

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How many times did Ohio Gov. John Kasich say with absolute certainty that Donald John Trump would not be the Republican nominee for president this year?

On Thursday, the only absolute certainty Gov. Kasich knows for sure is that the New York real estate billionaire will be the GOP nominee, after claiming the magic number of 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination in Cleveland in July on that first all-important ballot.

Gov. Kasich finished in fourth place in the delegate count with just 160, behind second place finisher Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, who despite […]

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The offices of the International Association of Theater and Screen Employees were the opening media event site for Ohio Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland’s three-day sojourn around Ohio to contrast his agenda with incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s, especially on  issues including economic fairness and getting earned pay for overtime work.

Wednesday’s media event featuring Ted Strickland speaking to a small group about wealth disparities and pay for work was dubbed the “You Work It, You Earn It” Tour. Ohio’s former chief executive contrasted his candidacy with that of Republican Rob Portman’s by discussing his Ohio Families […]

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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced yesterday that he would appeal the court’s decision in Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted related to the elimination of “Golden Week”, the time where voters can both register and vote on the same day.   In his press release related to the appeal, Husted falsely claims that groups like the NAACP and the ACLU have supported the elimination of Golden Week.  Husted writes:

“The elimination of Golden Week has enjoyed a broad coalition of bipartisan support, which includes the Ohio Association of Election Officials, the NAACP, the ACLU, the Republican controlled legislature and in 2009 the Democratic controlled House […]

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The lawsuit is called the “Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted,” and its lost three times already, once at the Ohio Elections Commission and twice in court, first in Franklin County and then in U.S. District Court.

But Libertarian Party of Ohio [LPO] attorney Mark Brown of Capital Law School hopes the fourth time, this time at the U.S. Court of Appeals, will give him the break he thinks his case involving coordination and collusion between and among Gov. Kasich, the Ohio Republican Party, long-time insiders and political operatives deserves. If Brown gets his day […]

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