An old-timer town crier

Here is your Monday Round-Up for June 19, 2017. We suddenly regret using the term, “Monday Morning Round-Up” in our previous effort, as it belied an ambition that was not fulfilled here only in its second week. Read on to see what nonsense is going on in Ohio this week.

Guns, Guns, And Guns

That’s what the state legislature will be discussing in hearings on Tuesday. Below we’ve provided a handy list of what shall be covered as America continues to struggle endlessly with its firearm trouble and Ohio lawmakers continue to have some odd ideas about what should be done.

COMMITTEE:  The House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations

CHAIR:               Kristina D. Roegner

DATE:                 Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ROOM:                Statehouse Room 115

TIME:                  2:00 PM



Sponsor Title Status
H.B. 142 Wiggam Eliminate need when stopped to notify carrying firearm 4th Hearing:

All Testimony,

Poss. Am.,
Poss. Vote,
Poss. Sub. Bill

H.B. 228 Johnson / LaTourette Regards self-defense and handling firearms 1st Hearing: Sponsor and Proponent Testimony
H.B. 233 Becker Avoid crime if concealed carry into prohibited space and leave. 2nd Hearing: Proponent Testimony,

Poss. Sub. Bill

H.B. 79 Retherford / Hagan Provide for firearms training for tactical medical professionals 2nd Hearing: Proponent Testimony
H.B. 201 Hood / Brinkman Expand right to concealed carry 3rd Hearing: All Testimony

Mandel’s endless, slimy, grotesque, naked ambition

As if it weren’t apparent enough that every move Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel makes is motivated by pure, primal, naked ambition, the Columbus Dispatch did a little write-up of just how much time and money he is spending trying to claw his way to the top.

Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel submitted a financial-disclosure statement that reveals that every work trip he took last year was at least in some part related to politics, including his campaign for U.S. Senate.

The filing reviewed by The Associated Press includes 23 pages of itemized travel for 2016 totaling more than $75,000, all covered by Mandel’s various federal campaign committees. Federal election law allows state officials running for federal office to use federal committee funds for travel only if it has a political component… More

Holy sh*t, SCOTUS, we have to rely on Jeff Sessions to protect the Voting Rights Act?

That’s right folks, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that only the U.S. Attorney General can bring cases of potential voting rights abuses.

From the Associated Press on

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal of an Ohio law that changed the standards for absentee and provisional ballots in ways that critics said posed an illegal burden on minority voters.

The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that had blocked rules requiring precise completion of the ballots, but upheld other changes that reduced the time voters could cure errors and prohibited poll worker assistance.

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper released this statement on Monday afternoon:

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is deeply disappointing — the highest court has failed to step in and affirm a voter’s right to sue a state for infringing on his or her ability to cast a ballot. The lower court ruled that only the U.S. attorney general can enforce the Voting Rights Act, and the Supreme Court’s decision allows that ruling to stand. With Jeff Sessions at the helm of the Justice Department, we expect Republican legislators across the country will declare open season on the protections of the Voting Rights Act and continue to chip away at Americans’ constitutional right to vote.

“Ohioans can expect no help from Jon Husted or Mike DeWine in protecting their right to vote. They are the very politicians who have been found to have violated the Constitution and federal law repeatedly in making it harder to vote. That’s why we need to elect new officials who will fight to defend every eligible Ohioan’s right to register, cast a ballot and have that ballot be counted.”

And the cuts keep on comin’

I shudder to think of what type of unnatural arousal Ohio General Assembly Republicans may get from slicing and dicing state agencies and Medicaid to the tune of $1 billion while they sit on top of $2 billion in the “rainy day fund.”


Senate Republicans slashed $1 billion from the state’s proposed two-year budget, cutting money from Medicaid and prisons as part of their plan to keep the state in the black.

Cuts would include $200 million from Medicaid, $20 million from the state’s prisons, at least three percent from many state agencies’ budgets and dozens of earmarks.

Republicans, who control the Ohio Senate, did add $6.4 million to tackle the state’s drug epidemic, bringing the total to more than $176 million, Senate President Larry Obhof announced Monday.

“Let me be clear, this budget is not pain-free,” said Obhof, R-Medina.

Notice that Obhof didn’t make a value-judgment on on whether bringing the pain is a good or bad thing. One suspects perhaps a little budgetary sadism there. Anyway, sorry poor people, your health isn’t important to these lawmakers.

That’s it for now, brothers and sisters. Stay with us all week as we continue to bring you leading progressive news and opinion.