From the monthly archives: January 2017

Governor Kasich released his proposed 2018-19 budget on Monday and, as always, it includes his priorities for reforming the educational system. While the specific details won’t be known until the actual language in the budget bill is introduced, the Governor has put out a brief list revealing that his political agenda remains unchanged – testing, privatization, and minimal funding, with some slight evidence that he may not actually know what is already taking place in Ohio.

Here is the list from Kasich’s budget recommendations with our commentary following:

Agency Priorities

Provide the basic education funding necessary to […]

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The Trump administration is doing backflips trying to assert that the president’s immigration order is not a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

As Capt. O’Hagan once so eloquently put it, “I’ll believe that when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet.”

Your honor, may I present into evidence Exhibit No. 1 for the prosecution: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” Donald J. Trump, Dec. 7, 2015. Yes, sadly, […]

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The resistance to Trump’s Muslim ban has been impressive. But the fight is not yet over. Here is an update and some more ways you can continue to help.

First, Senator Chris Murphy from Connecticut announced yesterday that he will propose legislation defunding efforts to implement the Muslim ban in Trump’s Executive Order.

Elsewhere I have explained that Congressional action may be necessary to defeat the ban despite the high hopes we have for the lawsuits filed by the ACLU and others.

Accordingly, please contact your two Senators and tell them to co-sponsor or support Senator Murphy’s […]

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Checks And Balances: NOT

On January 30, 2017 By

THEY told us in grade school that America was a country with checks and balances. But with the sinister emergence of Donald Trump as the hideous face of the land, checks and balances are no longer part of the conversation. The “ balances” have been displaced by the clumsy cheapening of the Constitution by Trumpians who crossed the Rubicon with him to the Oval Office. Court orders ignored; (Gateway treason?) haphazard foreign policy tweets; laws and protocol broken every day; a clownish refusal to release his income tax records; a bond between the president and the leader of a dictatorship […]

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Didn’t Trump Get The Memo?

On January 29, 2017 By

Sunday news headline:

Donald Trump Says His Order To Bar Refugees And Travelers Is ‘Working Out Very Nicely

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Stop The Immigration Ban

On January 29, 2017 By

Thanks to attorney J.M. Burke for this guest post on Trump’s immigration executive order and what you can do to fight it.

The drama taking place on our borders strikes at our nation’s heart. And those of us located far from the front lines can help. Here’s how.

First, some background (because knowledge is power). Executive orders are used by Presidents to guide and shape policy. But a President must be authorized to issue such orders. In this case, Congress granted the President authority to keep people out of the country for pretty much any reason in 1952.

Pursuant […]

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FAQ:  The Trump Executive Order on Immigration

By:  Joshua Adam Engel

It is impossible to overate how bad Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration is for America and the world.

The Executive Order undermines some fundamental American Constitutional values and brings us closer to authoritarianism. The Executive Order is a rejection of decades of American leadership in humanitarian and rejects the lessons of the holocaust. The Executive Order will only embolden and strengthen our enemies.

What is the Executive Order?

The Executive Order makes a number of important changes to our immigration policy.  The two most important are:  (1) […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich got a lot of unearned mileage last year touting himself as the “adult in the room” among the gaggle of 17 Republicans who ran for president and were eventually decimated by New York billionaire Donald John Trump, who last Friday became the 45th President of the United States.

Gov. Kasich has his penultimate State of the State Address coming in a few weeks, and while what he will say is not known yet, it’s not hard for anyone who knows his mindset, and has reviewed his past performances, to fill in the blanks of his remarks […]

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It’s hard to imagine that Gov. John Kasich will devote much if any of his second to last State of the State Address in February discussing the approximately three counties and 28 cities that are experiencing elevated fiscal stress levels after six years of his administration’s budget razzle dazzle.

But the facts about how Ohio counties and cities are doing after six years of Gov. Kasich’s smash and grab budget strategy  is clear to anyone who dares surf through the database of information put out Wednesday by Ohio Auditor David Yost, in what has been dubbed the “Fiscal Physical” […]

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The PAC that Billionaire Betsy DeVos chaired and helped fund owes Ohio $5.3 million in fines for illegal actions while promoting charter schools in Ohio.  Laundering money in her zeal to charterize Ohio was the issue. This matter was recently aired on the U.S. House floor, but the fine will not likely be paid. Although the DeVos confirmation vote has been delayed twice, she will probably be confirmed. Despite the outstanding fines, Ohio Governor John Kasich wrote a glowing letter of recommendation about DeVos to Lamar Alexander, chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, […]

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The Republican ACA Repeal and Replace Scheme: A Guide for Progressives

By Toni Webb
State Director, For Ohio’s Future Action Fund

This week we saw the first, of what will likely be many, attempts by Congressional Republicans to find a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. The Cassidy-Collins  bill hit Washington like a lead balloon, being panned by the Associated Press as a non-starter that “could dismay conservative voters,” and the New York Times said this first attempt  “may serve to show how difficult it will be for Republicans to pass a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.”


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