From the daily archives: Monday, May 15, 2017

Primary Election Day 2017 rolled around Tuesday May 2, and again, it was a sad day for participatory democracy. In the land of the free and the home of the brave, freedom and bravery were in short supply, as only 6.84 percent of registered voters in Franklin County bothered to vote. The totals in central Ohio and every other county would be even lower if ballots cast were compared to the total of age-eligible adults who are not registered to vote.

In Stark County, The Canton Repository Editorial Board  recently boo-hooed that voter turnout “stunk.” On observation […]

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Ohio’s senior U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown went to bat for consumer protections during his weekly conference call last Wednesday, criticizing attempts in the House to dismantle Wall Street reforms that would undermine the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Regarding President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, Brown tweeted, “Now more than ever, we need an independent investigation into Russian ties to ensure American people can have full confidence in findings.”

Brown also released a statement noting that Comey’s tenure as FBI Director had been marred by questionable judgment but adding that he wants to learn more about the reasons […]

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