From the monthly archives: February 2017

The Pretense Of Mar-A-Lago

On February 20, 2017 By

Let ‘s pretend.

Let’s pretend that you have $200,000 of loose change to join D. Trump’s luxurious resort, Mar-a-Lago. Let’s pretend that you are eager to hobnob not only with the President but also with his super wealthy members in the epicenter of the world’s most powerful oligarchy. Pretend that you will be an insider for Developers. Bankers. Lobbyists. Corporate chiefs. Moguls. Even Bill Belichick..(But only if it’s OK with him.)

Pretend that the head oligarch only won the election by a TKO whiile losing the popular vote by nearly 3 million . Pretend that as a part-time president who […]

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Last week we learned that State Rep. John Becker, of Union Township in Clermont County was introducing a so-called “right to work” bill intended at damaging Ohio’s public sector unions.

Now it looks like Republican State Rep. Tom Brinkman is planning to do the same for private sector unions.

In 2011, Ohioans overwhelmingly voted to overturn similarly overreaching anti-union measures in Senate Bill 5.

Brinkman’s cosponsor letter is shown below.



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Pat Tiberi used to be John Kasich’s driver when the two-term lame duck governor was a congressman representing the 12th District Tiberi now represents. Kasich is destined to exit the political stage in two years, when he wanders off to speaking gigs or occasional pop ups on Fox News. Tiberi, who’s gained power in the new juiced up GOP congress, is rumored to be eyeing a run at two-term U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, but he’ll have to defeat battle-hardened State Treasurer Josh “Boots” Mandel in the 2018 primary to do that.

Speaking from overseas in Europe, Gov. Kasich says he won’t […]

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Ohio’s members of congress are back in their districts this week, and a variety of local groups are trying to hold them accountable.

ProgressOhio has a list of the town hall meetings being held this week.  Here’s the email they sound out this afternoon:


Members of Ohio’s Congressional delegation are back home for their first week-long recess of the Trump administration.

It’s five weeks into Trump’s Presidency and constituents across Ohio have a lot they would like to talk to their members of Congress about: the Affordable Care Act, Cabinet appointments, the SCOTUS nominee – among others. Unfortunately, not […]

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Did you notice that D. Trump has recommended  another Wall Street  billionaire for his crusade to make America great again?  Yep, in this instance the plutocrat’s name is Stephen  A. Feinberg, the co-founder of a cash cow name Cerberus Capital Management and reported to be quite friendly with Steve Bannon (here we go again!),  the president’s thought-meister.

Trump wants him to  head  an investigation of the American  intelligence agency.  As you already know, Herr Trump has not  been pleased with the agency that is supposed to inform him of anything not in lockstep with his and America’s interests.  So now […]

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The February 11, 2017 Policy Matters Ohio research report, by Zack Schiller, pinpoints why multitudes of school district students are deprived of a high quality education.

State officials in Ohio seem more comfortable tolerating the school-to-prison and school-to-welfare pipelines than biting the bullet to appropriately fund a constitutional system of common schools. All the political rhetoric about career and college readiness is noisome twaddle without the provision of adequate resources directed to all school districts.

Policy Matters asked the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy to analyze Kasich’s latest tax proposal. This is what they found:

• The middle fifth […]

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Dr. George Wood, an education policy expert serving as Superintendent of Federal Hocking Local School District, provides three easy budget fixes in this article for the Athens Messenger.

These “fixes” would provide some relief in the short term. In the long term, state officials must revisit the Ohio Supreme Court’s decisions in DeRolph and give the system a complete systematic overhaul as directed by the Court.

Here’s a quick summary of the highlights:

First, end the transfer of local tax dollars to electronic charter schools (e-schools). Second, the legislature should act to reduce the number of tests Ohio school […]

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The Chops Of Trump’s Dark Epic

On February 16, 2017 By

Another day. Another scandal in the dark epic of Trump world. The president’s ex-national security advisor, Mike Flynn, who apparently was giving as much advice to Russian intelligence as he was during the campaign to the looming occupants of the White House.

Oh, a vice president who wasn’t in the loop when bad things were taking place.

The president at his royal Floridian resort on the public dime while doing open-air foreign policy, documents and all, as fancy people who paid $200,000 annual memberships gawked and took pictures. No surprise. The White House oarsmen are now saying the real problem […]

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Governor John Kasich’s latest budget bill, House Bill 49, contains a variety of non-budget related legislation (as has always been the case), but one short section tucked far into the budget has captured the attention of teachers and administrators more than any other — a requirement to complete an “internship”, of sorts, in order to renew a license.

Here is the exact language from page 1,056 of the bill:

Sec. 3319.236. Beginning September 1, 2018, the state board of education’s rules for the renewal of educator licenses shall require each applicant for renewal of a license to complete an on-site work experience with […]

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What could President Donald Trump’s tax returns tell us? What’s he hiding? He already admitted that he doesn’t pay federal income taxes, and hasn’t for 20 years. He was elected anyway, so it’s not that.

Could it be that he’s not nearly as rich as he’d have everyone believe? His sense of self-worth revolves around his wealth, so this is a plausible possibility. It’s not really important because it speaks mostly to his vanity, but it would embarrass him far more greatly than anything else – his pathological lying, his hair, his sense of fashion, his bigotry, his ignorance, […]

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Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown didn’t serve in the military. His likely challenger in 2018, the same candidate he beat in 2012, did serve in the military. State Treasurer Josh Mandel, who prominently features his eight years in the U.S. Marine Reserves on his campaign website, would likely privatize healthcare for servicemen if he could, putting them in harm’s way again off the battlefield.

Privatization would fail to provide veterans with the specialized care and services they need, and veterans groups overwhelmingly oppose privatization of their health care. For these two reasons alone, Sen. Brown, who apparently has commissioned himself a […]

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