From the daily archives: Friday, August 18, 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 that center on the number 56.

For Jolt’n Joe, he hit safely in 56 straight games, a baseball record that remains unbroken. For Ohio’s term-limited governor, July marks the 56th straight month under his leadership that Ohio has 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 […]

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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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