From the monthly archives: August 2017

News broke Friday afternoon that White House Chief Strategist Steven Bannon is out.

This was after the worst week yet in a seemingly never-ending series of horrible weeks for President Donald Trump and his dysfunctional, chaotic administration.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said what we all know: Bannon should have never been in the White House in the first place.

Here is Brown’s statement in full:

“Steve Bannon should have never been in the White House. He has promoted anti-Semitism, racism and misogyny, embracing the same bigotry and hate speech that have left so many Ohioans feeling unsafe. Bannon […]

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Do you think there is enough tension and division in the United States right now? Are folks hot enough around the collar? Y’know what might cool things off here in Ohio?

Opening up our gun laws to “stand your ground” so that Ohioans have no duty to retreat and can kill each other whenever they feel under attack. Great. Perfect. Run with it.

That’s apparently the thinking of some Ohio Republicans.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

“We want to eliminate your duty to retreat when you are under threat of violent attack,” said (state) Sen. Jay Hottinger, […]

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There are two impressive records Ohio Gov. John Kasich and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio own. For Jolting Joe, he hit safely in 56 straight games, a record that remains unbroken. For Ohio’s term-limited governor, July marks the 56th straight month he’s underperformed the national job creation average.

That’s the news Friday from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services and the Bureau of Labor Statistics when both agencies released data on employment and unemployment in Ohio during July 2017.

According to Ohio’s preeminent job watcher, George Zeller, Ohio gained only 1,600 jobs […]

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The Ringling Brothers Circus isn’t thrilling fans in the Big Top anymore. But if it was, a political dancing bear would be the kind of old-school act that might make a career politician a household name.

These days, however, Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck leader can also also be a dancing bear who rants on cue when national media come calling, looking for John Kasich to pelt President Donald Trump with verbal spitballs, as seen on TV  early morning this week when he told Trump to “get his act together.” But when asked by NBC morning show anchors to dance harder […]

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The Republican Governors Association (RGA) is trying once again to taint, poison or derail former Ohio Attorney General and current head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Richard Cordray’s long rumored candidacy for Ohio governor next year.

The RGA said on Tuesday that it has sent the CFPB a second Freedom of Information Act request for records that would show whether Cordray is actively pursuing a run. Doing that while running the CFPB would potentially violate the Hatch Act, a law that bars some in the executive branch from participating in political activity while serving.

RGA’s public records “request […]

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken has a line about U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz: “You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than most of my colleagues like Ted Cruz, and I hate Ted Cruz.”

Texas Ted is one of the slimiest, bent, and ate-up personalities to have squirmed across the floor of the U.S. Senate in the 21st Century.

Josh Mandel is one of the most noxious bags of sulphuric hot wind to have drifted across the great plains of Ohio in the 21st Century. It’s pretty well known that even their Republican colleagues, in Congress and […]

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There is little doubt that the drivel that spews out of President Donald Trump’s mouth on a daily basis will easily eclipse the politically powerful results of a report to estimate the effects of terminating payments included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) called cost-sharing reductions (CSRs).

A request by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Whip Steney Hoyer to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) produced some stunning numbers on how how bad Trump’s medicine will be for many helped by CSRs.

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The tragedy in Charlottesville ate up our entire Monday Roundup, so we’re doing a special Tuesday Roundup this week to cover the rest of the news.

Since winning control over the state legislature and the executive branch, the Kasich Administration and Ohio Republicans have destroyed funding for local government, leading to layoffs of emergency personnel such as police and fire, and drastic cuts to local services and maintenance of infrastructure.

Another $200 million cut may be soon on its way, depending on the actions of the Republican majority Ohio Senate.

From the Sandusky Register:

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Nazis killed someone in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. Her name was Heather Heyer. She was a 32-year-old paralegal, and she was anti-Nazi. Nineteen others were injured.

Two days later, President Donald Trump succumbed to political pressure and condemned the Nazis. It took him two full days to condemn Nazis. Let’s all take a second to pause and reflect on that. …

There is no both-siderism when it comes to Nazis. I’ve been to Dachau. Five years later, thinking of what I saw there still makes me ill. Anybody who wears, waves, or stands by a Nazi symbol is the lowest […]

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Allow me to step back from my description of Donald Trump as a breast-beating King Kong. That was knee jerk.

After his pathetic response to the Charlottesville riot, I must settle for naming him the Official White House Mouse.

So fearful of losing one white supporter from his shrinking base, he avoided any mention of white supremacists, Nazis, and Klansmen from his hurriedly prepared statement condemning  an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides.”

Those last three words of equivalence passed around the fault to everyone who has ever lit a fire in […]

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As the United States careens from one crisis to the next under President Donald Trump, some things may get missed: Such as the fact that Ohio’s junior U.S. Sen. Rob Portman encouraged Trump to follow up his violent rhetoric against North Korea last week with action.

From the Washington Times, reporting on a Portman appearance on CNN:

“I think the right approach is to be strong and that will have a deterrent effect, I believe. That’s certainly what all of us hope for,” Mr. Portman, Ohio Republican, said on CNN.

But Mr. Portman said those words need to be backed up with action […]

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