From the monthly archives: October 2016

When you get crucified as bad as Ohio Gov. John Kasich did this year, especially at the small hands of a mentally unbalanced braggadocio like Donald Trump who has zero public office experience, gasping for political air is the goal of an an out of sight, out of mind gone governor like Ohio’s lame duck leader, who hopes mainstream media dials him up from time to time as it searches for odd ball content to feed a hungry 24/7 news cycle.

Gasping Four Years Out

That was the case recently when Donald Trump repeated his allegations that just about everything, […]

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by Denis Smith

On October 7, the Columbus Dispatch, in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus, published a Voter Information Bulletin for Franklin County residents. As you might expect, the guide is crammed with an abundance of useful information about candidates for federal, state, and local offices.

In one case, however, it seems that what is not found in the guide might prove to be more interesting than what is contained within 12 pages of small type for presidential, congressional, state, and county posts.

The section that lists candidates for State Board of Education in the […]

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Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges is the latest Buckeye State political figure to dance the Trumpean two-step, climbing up on the GOP nominee’s lap like a good pup after getting swatted on the nose earlier this month.

“After public doubt and turmoil, Ohio’s GOP chairman has decided to vote for his party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday morning.

Take a second to breathe in the pusillanimous fumes steaming off the remains of Matt Borges’ self-respect in that hot patty of a lead.

Borges has been playing both sides of the Trump coin all general election […]

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New estimates of Ohio employment for September 2016, released Friday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, rained on previous sunny assessments given by lame-duck, term-limited Gov. John Kasich.

Analysts who have combed through the data note that the new figures are considerably different and far more accurate than similar figures in reports released during all of 2015, because revisions impact both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted monthly data for the last nine years in Ohio.

Downward Revisions Not So Sunny For Kasich

Upward revisions to prior 2015 months were excessively large, according to George Zeller, […]

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Donald Trump, the fantasy billionaire who bullied, talked over, and near the end of the third and final presidential debate, held in Las Vegas Wednesday night, interrupted Hillary Clinton for the umpteenth time, calling her “such a nasty woman,” mopped the floor with his crazy self in the duo’s final face off of this election cycle.

The man whose small head and small hands look like they were Photoshoped onto someone elses overweight body, was judged by some talking TV heads to have delivered his best effort of his three debates. It exceeded, if that was possible, his scary performance […]

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In 1948 when the top 50 elite reporters were asked about the outcome of the presidential election between Thomas Dewey, the popular Republican Governor of New York, and Harry Truman, the tailor turned senator from Missouri who suddenly found himself president when Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in office early in his fourth term, all of them said Dewey would win.

In maybe the most famous political reversal of fortune ever, Dewey lost. The iconic picture from the day shows a smiling Harry Truman holding up an early copy of the Chicago Daily Tribune’s front page headline declaring “Dewey Defeats Truman.”


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by Denis Smith

George Santayana, help us remind forgetful Americans that if we can’t remember the past, we’re doomed yet again to repeat it.

In the midst of all of the WikiLeaks buzz, it’s apparent we’ve forgotten our past history, and the amnesia Americans are suffering from needs an intervention to help clear our national memory. While so much has occurred in our country in the past four decades, here is a reminder that there are two constants in the present that seem alive and well from part of our sometimes inglorious past: election years and Republican win-at-all-costs tactics.

Let’s […]

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Virginia Senator and Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine, spoke mid-morning at an early vote canvass launch event that attracted a couple hundred supporters who showed up in the affluent Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington, this reporter’s high school Alma mater.

The Clinton-Kaine campaign knows the power that lies in early voting, and Sen. Kaine, whose time in the Peace Corps in central American enabled him to lace parts of his talk in Spanish, told the attendees that the election was in the palm of their hands with just 20 days until America decides who the 45th President […]

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It’s not every day that I (Greg) get to recommend a personal and professional friend to such an important position as the Ohio School Board, so I jumped at the chance to talk to Dr. Antoinette Miranda when I found out she had decided to run for the seat being vacated by Mike Collins, who is out as a result of being term-limited.

The seat, representing State School Board District 6, covers much of Franklin County, and all of Delaware and Knox Counties (see map at right).  While School Board candidates run as non-partisan, it’s important to note that Dr. […]

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Jon Husted’s Trump Multi-Choice

On October 18, 2016 By

Ohioans are fortunate to have a multiple-choice secretary of state who , like so many other Republican officials these days, can lead you down conflicting paths in defining his choice for the next U.S.  president.  On one path, Jon Husted was widely  featured on the national media as a leading critic of Donald Trump’s unhinged  warnings that the election will be “rigged”.

Husted, who is already running for governor in 2018 , accused Trump of “irresponsible” sky-is-falling  campaign rhetoric who ought to shut up because the voting system is secure. He feels safe in assuring you of a clean election […]

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Since a video of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump came out — where the businessman makes lewd comments about sexually assaulting women — Republicans across the country have been fleeing the orange dumpster fire that is the Trump campaign. However, for many Republicans “with a conscience” the problem is not that they did so, but rather when and how they did it.

This perfectly portrays the situation surrounding Ohio’s junior senator, Rob Portman, who handled his unendorsement of Trump in probably the worst way possible. In the hours after the video tape was released, Portman first defended the GOP nominee  — saying he felt […]

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