An old-timey town crier

After being caught lying last week about Ohio, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence came back with – you guessed it – more lies.

Lying has become the default modus operandi of the Trump Administration, so this should surprise exactly no one.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Pence, former governor of Indiana, singled out Kasich during a speech at the National Governors Association gathering in Providence, Rhode Island.

“I know Gov. (John) Kasich isn’t with us, but I suspect that he’s very troubled to know that in Ohio alone, nearly 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on waiting lists, leaving them without the care they need for months or even years,” Pence asserted.

The Dispatch, followed by the Washington Post and others, pointed out the lack of a relationship between Ohio’s Medicaid expansion and the long-standing list of those waiting for home- and community-based services for the developmentally disabled. The Post also reported that Pence’s jibe “drew private criticism from governors of both parties” because not only was it untrue, “many interpreted Pence’s remark as an overly aggressive shot at Kasich,” which could further alienate key Senate GOP swing vote Rob Portman.

Kasich’s press secretary called Pence’s claim “fake news.”

By Saturday night, the Post said, a Pence spokesman maintained that the vice president was not trying to link the Medicaid expansion and the waiting list, but was only talking about need for reforms.

But that claim flies in the fact of Pence’s actual remarks. Leading up to the shot at Kaisch over “waiting lists,” Pence talked about the problems of the Medicaid expansion. More…

When Pence comes to Ohio to rally GOPers at the Ohio Republican Party’s dinner July 22, we suggest he be introduced to Fleetwood Mac’s “Little Lies.” Just imagine it, Forever Trumper Jane Timken and the OG Trump water carrier Jim Renacci in finger-snappin’, hip-swayin’ duet: “Tell me lies, Tell me sweet little lies (Tell me lies; Tell me, Tell me lies!)”

Still Trying To Devastate Us

Dr. Wayne Trout has a nice guest column over at about the U.S. Senate’s ongoing efforts to rob somewhere between 22 million and 24 million Americans of their access to health care in order to give millionaires and billionaires windfall tax cuts.

Trout is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University’s School of Medicine. Here’s an excerpt:

The Senate’s bill — the Better Care Reconciliation Act — was created without input from physicians, health policy experts, or patient advocate groups, and if passed, will have devastating consequences for Ohio’s families. The latest updates released last week make it even worse….

Beyond expansion, the Senate bill ends the Medicaid program as we know it, putting additional strain on the state to cover more costs, and further limiting access to care for the most vulnerable in our state. With 52 percent of all births in Ohio covered by Medicaid, I’m concerned that more moms-to-be will be left without access to the critical prenatal and maternity care that leads to healthy pregnancies and healthy births for both them and their babies.

While the ACA is far from perfect, it is vital that no Ohioans lose coverage under the new GOP health bills.

No one in our state should be left worse off than they are today while politicians score political points in Washington. More…

As Trout points out, if just one more senator opposes the bill, it will fail. So get on the horn to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and keep the pressure cooker on high. Portman needs to know that Ohioans will not forgive and will not forget if he plays politics with our health and well-being, about which Plunderbund’s John Michael Spinelli wrote today. Here is Portman’s contact information.

Taking Sides In The GOP Ohio Guv Primary Race

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is unsurprisingly backing Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor as she attempts to win the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.

We’re seeing a rift that might open among Ohio Republicans next year. As we mentioned earlier, fellow gubernatorial primary candidate Jim Renacci has been a Trump sycophant for quite some time.

So can we expect the deep divide between Kasich and the Trump Administration to be reflected in the race between Taylor and Renacci? And how will the candidacies of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted play into that dynamic? did an interesting run down of the GOP primary candidates here.

Keep On Kid Rockin’ In The Free World

In their ongoing effort to show that they are a party of serious ideas with serious candidates, Republicans have a new start set to shine bright in that state up north: Shitty ’90s rock-wrecker “Kid Rock,” who is teasing a run for the U.S. Senate.

The Toledo Blade ran an AP report on the news.

Kid Rock, who was born Robert Ritchie, said Wednesday that a website hinting at his campaign — — is legit.

“I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real,” he said on Facebook and Twitter. “The answer is an absolute YES. Stay tuned, I will have a major announcement in the near future.”

Of course, this is not happening in the great state of Ohio, just that state up north that we don’t give a damn about. But hey, another reason to mock them endlessly.