From the monthly archives: June 2016

Cecile Richards, president since 2006 of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a member of Team Hillary Clinton, made a stump stop in Columbus Thursday to support Gov. Ted Strickland in his bid to unseat incumbent first-term Republican Sen. Rob Portman.

The event was held near downtown Columbus at Ohio Democratic Party facilities, where a roundtable of 19 women sat in a square to hear Mr. Strickland differentiate his record from that of Sen. Portman’s on issues of paramount importance to all women of all ages.

Cecile Richards was joined by Iris E. Harvey, president and chief […]

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Kaiser Health News reported Wednesday that a plan unveiled by House Republicans that would repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, better known as Obamacare, constitutes a hodgepodge of “every idea on health care proposed by Republicans going back at least two decades.”

The 37-page white paper, called “A Better Way,” is remarkable for dredging up ideas like “high risk pools” for people with very high medical expenses, end open-ended funding for the Medicaid program and encourage small businesses to band together to get better bargaining power in “Association Health Plans,” KHN reported.

Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, […]

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With presidential election day 2016 rancorously tumbling forward, there’s a growing chance the ballots  in some places will not bear the name of the Republican  candidate. It will simply be listed as the “Republican nominee”.

A weird idea, I know, but with all of the turmoil in the GOP,  party big shots are trying to avoid any reference to Donald Trump’s name as the deranged  uncle in the attic.   Even the lonely Summit County Republican Party, which  exists largely in name only with a new (sort of) chairman on call from an incapacitated old chairman,  is avoiding much mention […]

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For the second time in eight days, Ohio got an opportunity to hear the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, frame her GOP counterpart as someone only out for himself, whose finger should not be on the nuclear button and whose hands shouldn’t be on the economy.

Her portrayal of the Donald as temperamentally unfit to be president, whose business decisions are chock full of deception as decades of legal records document, coincided with a new report from Mark Zandi, John McCain’s economic adviser in 2008, that all but predicts the New York billionaire and business folk hero […]

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As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Smart City Challenge, Columbus will receive $40 million from DOT and $10 million from Vulcan Inc. to develop a fully-integrated transportation network.

News of the award came in an email from Ohio’s senior senator in Washington, Sherrod Brown. Columbus won out over 78 others who had applied, securing $50 million in combined funds for a first-of-its-kind transportation network that will be matched with local investments of $90 million to change the mobility landscape of Columbus.

“This funding is a game changer for the City of Columbus and central […]

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Anyone who dares to take a trip down memory lane will find that Gov. John Kasich, before he was first elected 2010, wasn’t much of a friend of King James. In fact, when King James, The Akron-born basketball superstar know by the world as Lebron James, left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat, citizen Kasich at the time pretty much told him to not let the door hit him in the rear on the way out of the Buckeye State.

Mr. James did go to Miami where he helped the team win two NBA championships. Before Lebron […]

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Our Gutsy Senator Rob Portman

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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican seeking reelection,  rose to the occasion Monday by describing the Cavaliers’ victory as a “gutsy” performance.  Good work,  Rob!  Gutsy is not a word one normally associates with the  wealthy right-winger from Cincinnati who prefers to be known as a “common sense conservative”. More to the grist is “timid”.

Shortly after taking his home-state team turn on the Senate floor, Rob joined his party in blocking  four gun control measures, just as he did to Planned Parenthood funding, climate change measures and other issues that aren’t a good fit for his sponsors, not the […]

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Sen. Rob Portman’s reelection campaign is walking on shaky ground this year as reliable polling shows him in a toss up election with his Democratic challenger, former Governor Ted Strickland.

Despite being out of office for six years, Mr. Strickland remains a potent force in Ohio politics.  He could be one of the seats Democrats win to regain control of the deliberative chamber.

On a variety of issues, from Social Security to tax cuts to balanced budgets, military spending and affordable healthcare, Sen. Portman is clearly out of step with a majority of Americans who want what the first-term Republican doesn’t want […]

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A new study released on Tuesday by The Children’s Defense Fund, a group whose mission is to “ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities,” undercuts Ohio Governor John Kasich’s story of how great his Ohio miracle has been since he came to power in 2010.

“Through a state-by-state comparison of data on child well-being, the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book reveals what we know in Ohio,” a media release said. “All of our children’s […]

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Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland took a tour of Appalachia earlier this month, throughout which he emphasized that he comes from Appalachia and will work hard for the region if elected to the U.S. Senate.

Strickland, a Democrat who grew up in Scioto County, is challenging Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, of Cincinnati, in the Nov. 8 general election.

“I’m trying to reach out to Appalachia and say that I’m on your side and he is actually hurting you,” Strickland told a group of about 20 people during a round-circle discussion. “He is taking actions – his votes – […]

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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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