From the monthly archives: July 2016

If Donald Trump were to throw out  the first pitch at a baseball game, the errant  ball would doubtless crack the head of a fan in the right field stands.  Asked to explain the odd trajectory, he would only explain, “There’s something going on…There’s something going on.”

So we shouldn’t be too surprised that faced with deep concerns about his traitorous relationship with Russian President Vladimir  Putin,  Candidate Trump temporarily switched the narrative to an  attack on a Muslim Gold Star  mother who stoically remained silent as her husband, Khizr Khan, spoke to the DNC
about their grief from […]

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The New Donald Trump

On July 31, 2016 By

Stung by harsh and abusive language by his critics despite his effort to be the kindly Caspar Milquetoast on the Trump Stump, The Donald last night revealed his dirty little secret at a rally. He will no longer be “Mr. Nice Guy,” he declared with evidence of flaming saliva emerging from his bottom teeth. Enough is enough from the wicked witch of the Senate! And , folks,you can take that to his casino.

As reporters scurried to learn the extent of his quick-change artistry to a new role as the angriest of old white guys,Trump led his ecstatic crowd to […]

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In two new commercials, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) lies about the actions that the Ohio Department of Education is trying to take to ensure that the school is properly following operating procedures.  The two commercials claim that “the Ohio Department of Education is trying to close” ECOT.

In reality, the Ohio Department of Education is actually trying to conduct a routine FTE Review to confirm that taxpayer dollars are being accurately delivered to the online giant.

Here is information from ODE’s FTE Review Handbook that describes the task ODE is attempting to complete per state law (referenced at the end):


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One of the nation’s best polling outfits, Public Policy Polling, has good news for Ohio’s senior senator in Washington, Sherrod Brown. It’s latest Ohio poll shows Sen. Brown with a solid approval numbers and at least at this very early stage would be a strong favorite for reelection.

Brown has a 43/30 approval rating- by comparison Rob Portman is at 31/37, PPP reported, saying that “Brown is a rare Democrat who Republicans don’t hate,” as slightly less than half [48%] of them disapprove of him. If Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel cares to pay attention, Brown would again beat the […]

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AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka rained fire down on Donald Trump at the breakfast meeting Thursday in Philadelphia. Echoing what others have said about Donald Trump, especially Hillary Clinton and Democrats, the labor leader said Trump isn’t fit to be president, because he would make it harder for working people to make ends meet by doubling down on all policies that brought the nation to where it is today.

Trumka said Ohio is job central to stop Trump from tearing the country apart. A part of that defense, he said, are the 900,000 people who are part of Working […]

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A recent survey of likely Ohio voters by Gerstein Bocian Agne strategies shows U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, is hurt badly by the endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Portman’s re-election race against former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

A memo for the survey dated July 21 said that the U.S. Senate race between Strickland is a statistical dead heat, with Portman leading Strickland 48 percent to 46 percent with 6 percent undecided and a 3.5 point margin of error.

The survey for Project New America was conducted between June 29 and July 6 with phone interviews of 920 […]

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In the ongoing lawsuit by ECOT vs. Ohio Department of Education (ODE),  ODE has responded by filing a motion requesting that the court compel ECOT to produce extensive, detailed financial information about the online charter school’s operations.  If ECOT is forced to turn over the documentation detailing how they have been (and continue to) spend the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars they are given annually, the public will finally be given an unprecedented look into how their money is spent and whether the money is actually focused on providing the “high-quality learning opportunities” that ECOT claims exist.

The response […]

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With the conventions behind us, Hillary Clinton & Co.   left us  with a rising spirit about America after the four-day dirge staged by her funereal opponents at the dark and dismal  “Republican” thing in Cleveland.  And Donald Trump, a dreadful person adrift  in his own parallel universe, could only respond  that Democrats don’t know the “real world”.  He also sounded  more than usually peckish from Michael Bloomberg’s pro-Hillary remarks at the DNC.

Huffed Genghis Trump:  “I was going to hit one guy in particular, a very little guy.  I was going to hit this guy so hard his head […]

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President Obama’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development gave uplifting remarks to the Ohio delegation this week, as he thanked them for their work during the primary process. But he asked them to do a little more, given recent polling showing a tie in Ohio between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Born and raised in Texas, where he served as Mayor of San Antonio, Castro said it seems “pretty hard for Texas to go blue this year. He noted that the “rust belt” is going to be maybe the most important area of the nation. “As usual, your state, will […]

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CBS Streaming Online News cut away from the stage right when U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio took it, thus was I robbed of seeing him live on TV at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Thursday night.

So it goes in the age of hipster cable, where all of my electric television shows are streamed across the worldwide inter webs, and live news options are severely limited. But on Friday afternoon, I made time to watch Ohio’s senior senator give voice to my folk – Buckeye folk – in the 2016 Election.

His speech hit close to home, literally. […]

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Even though it was early in the morning Thursday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook was more than fired up when he addressed the Ohio delegation, a full 12 hours before Mrs. Clinton made American history as the first woman candidate for president for a major political party.

Mook preceded other speaks who lambasted Republicans in general and Donald Trump specifically, for many of the party’s far-right platform ideas and for all of Donald Trump’s incoherent at best and what three-term Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, called insane ideas.

Maybe it was for lack of sleep over the […]

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