From the monthly archives: April 2017

The Ohio Democratic Party will hold its 2017 Legacy Dinner on Saturday in downtown Columbus. This year’s event will include a tribute to the late great Ohio born and raised U.S. Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth. Ohio’s senior senator in Washington, twice-elected Sen. Sherrod Brown, will be the dinner’s featured speaker.

Also appearing and speaking at the event will be three announced Democratic candidates for governor: former state Rep. Connie Pillich, Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton.

Ohio Leans Republican

Larry Sabato, the election guru at the Center for […]

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After Donald Trump pounded 16 other Republican presidential candidates last year, the only one of the losers landing any time on TV these days is Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who coincidentally has a new book out based on his second failed try to seat himself in the Oval Office.

“Two Paths: America United Or Divided” is on book shelves now, and it’s helped Ohio’s lame-duck governor stay in focus for beltway reporters like Anderson Cooper of CNN fame, who will hold a one-hour chat session with Ohio’s term-limited governor on Monday night at 10 PM.

To help CNN liven up […]

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Back in 2011 I analyzed Ohio’s EdChoice voucher program and determined that 93% of the vouchers were being used at private schools with a religious affiliation.  A new analysis by the Cleveland Plain Dealer shows that number may have jumped to 97%.

Donald Trump has proposed increasing spending on school vouchers in his budget, a plan fully supported by Betsy DeVos, his Education Secretary.  DeVos and Trump both attended private schools as children and neither have any experience with actual public schools or with education policy.

Our analysis from 2011 showed that there were only three secular private high schools in Ohio that […]

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According to a recent article by Diane Ravitch, the Walton Family Foundation spent $179 million on charter school activities in 2015 and they “are in the midst of a pledge to spend $1 billion to open more charters.”

The Walton Family foundation and other pro-charter foundations are spending billions in the campaign to charterize the traditional public system. Ravitch shared a list of organizations that Walton is helping to bankroll that includes Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst Institute ($2.8 Million) and Teach For America ($8 Million) as well as School Choice Ohio ($35K), the shady Ohio-based, anti-public school organization.

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Bill O’Reilly, one of Donald Trump’s biggest media pals and well-known womanizer, has officially been let go by Fox News after two decades of being the all-pro Republican media channel’s top talent.  The decision comes after news broke that Fox paid a minimum of $13 million in legal settlements to women who endured unwanted advances by their almighty messenger and purveyor of right-wing news.   A recent poll by Morning Consult showed, by a 2-1 margin, that American viewers wanted Bill O’Reilly to go away.

Maybe Ohio Gov. John Kasich has a life-after-governor career after all?

The Ohio leader known for his abrasive […]

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As Ohio Gov. John Kasich greases up for a one-hour CNN Town Hall event at 10 p.m. next Monday evening, I think of Dr. Israel Shahak, to whom we shall return momentarily.

Kasich is out to promote his new book, “Two Paths, America Divided or United.”

From Cleveland.com:

In addition to talking about the book, Kasich intends to give his take on primary rival Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president, offer his reflections on the presidential campaign, and discuss his hopes for the future, the CNN release stated.

Kasich has repeatedly waved off suggestions about running for president in […]

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I’ve built a pillow fort here under the National Affairs Desk as I know there will be incoming.

In 1972 I went in the next to the last draft. It was the only lottery I ever won. It seems America has always had a love/hate relationship with the draft.

In the first draft during the Civil War you could pay someone $300 to serve in your stead if you were drafted. This enabled  the wealthy and middle class to avoid conscription. In July 1863, there was a massive riot over the draft in NYC. President Lincoln had to deploy needed troops to […]

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Trump’s Missing Taxes

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I noticed that Donald Trump’s masturbatory tweets have offered us a concise rebuttal of the tens of thousands of protesters calling for the release of his tax returns. Who paid them to take to the streets as mercenaries to question his secluded return? “The election is over,” he tweeted without mentioning the mythical audit that prevented him from releasing the tax numbers during the campaign. He also piggybacked another boast that he won the delegate count by an enormous figure. So there!

Are you as offended as I am that he is playing millions upon millions of Americans as […]

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According to Dr. Sarah Stitzlein, Associate Professor of Education, University of Cincinnati, school voucher programs place individual interest over the common good.  The conclusion of Dr. Stitzlein’s Cincinnati Enquirer OpEd article is that SB 85 (the almost-universal voucher bill pending in the Senate Education Committee) is the wrong choice for Ohio.

Expanding school choice via free market ideology, a system that has served our country well in other areas, is appealing. But, it should only be used in the context of education when research and evidence demonstrate its usefulness for real children, schools, and communities. The reality is […]

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The Washington Post published an excellent brief recitation of the history of the “Blaine Amendment” by Diane Ravitch.

Public school personnel and all other citizens will benefit by reading this insightful article.

Church and state must be kept separate for the benefit of both church and state. Recent decisions by all three branches of government have blurred the line of separation in recent decades. That does not bode well for democracy.

Each, the church and civil government, have unique separate roles to play in our society. Intermingling of those roles will compromise both the church and state to the […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich seems unsure what it means to be Republican today. “I don’t like any of them, on both sides,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I can’t even tell you what the Republicans exactly stand for,” he said, adding, “Now, I can tell you what I stand for.”

What Ohio’s leader stands for are programs and policies that generally run afoul of what Democrats stand for. It’s hard to imagine Democrats would let him into the fold since he’s been so adamantly opposed to nearly every tenant or cannon they cherish, from raising the minimum wage to keeping Obamacare, […]

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