From the daily archives: Friday, June 17, 2016

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, the party’s Rip Van Winkle who always seems to have been roused from a long sleep, says he

believes a detente with Donald Trump is possible and that the probable GOP nominee could be a very “effective” president.

Like other Republicans in the kneeling brigade,  Priebus says the highest priority is to unite the party. Unite?  Does that mean a  resumption of ganging up to  block one of the most qualified U.S. Supreme Court nominees? And… Defending military-style assault weapons in the hands of civilians? Denying the existence of climate change to protect jobs […]

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Information released Friday by The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services [ODJFS] along with updated job figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for May show that for the 42nd straight month under the administration of Gov. John Kasich, Ohio still cannot meet or beat the national job creation average.

The data was mixed, according to Ohio’s preeminent job-number cruncher, who noted that the Buckeye State gained 9,200 jobs in May 2016. but 200 jobs contained in the data came from a downward revision to last month’s April 2016 data, both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been so wrong on so many things for so long, that when he confessed Thursday,  “They don’t care what I think,” an oblique reference he made to Republican congressional leaders playing politics, he earned some credit for a little Ohio miracle of his own, telling the god awful truth about who if anybody is really listening to him.

The 64-year-old lame duck governor’s acknowledgment of the obvious could also be amended to include some of his same-party lawmakers in Columbus. In all his previous budgets, they too have shown how much they don’t care what […]

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Three days after 49 people were killed at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in what marks the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy started a filibuster to force a vote on a gun control bill.

At about midnight on Wednesday, 12 hours after Sen. Murphy said he would remain on the Senate floor “until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together” on letting the government prohibit sales of guns and explosives to people it suspects of being terrorists, he noted, with great curiosity, how his office with its limited […]

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Shortly after being elected to the Ohio Board of Education in 2012, Sarah Fowler told the Education Action Group Foundation about her plans to combat the liberal conspiracy that had taken hold in Ohio’s schools:   “Gay rights, Marxist ideals, and other elements of the left’s political agenda have slowly crept into school lesson plans with the help of teachers unions and their allies… and it’s important to counter that influence to provide students with a proper education.” So when the Obama Administration sent a letter of guidance to schools last month directing them to allow students to use bathrooms that […]

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A visit to Senator Rob Portman’s website reveals the typical inoffensive slogans: spending is out of control, the deficit is unsustainable and taxation is sapping growth. But a new report released yesterday by Innovation Ohio reveals that during his tenure at the helm of the Office of Budget and Management, Portman exhibited an alarming pattern of fiscal irresponsibility and partisan gamesmanship.

While at the OMB, Portman was responsible for constructing the Bush administration’s 2008 Federal Budget. At the end of FY 2007, the year before Portman assumed control of the budget, the federal deficit was $160.7 billion. One year […]

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