From the monthly archives: September 2017

Like many politicians, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien uses his Twitter account to post information about the cases his office is working on, the deer in his backyard, political events and even family vacation selfies.   But a quick look at the things Republican Prosecutor O’Brian’s account “likes” on Twitter tells a whole different story.

Spoiler: Someone really likes porn!

On July 9th, 2014 O’Brien’s twitter account liked an article on Huffington Post titled “Monogamy not your thing? here’s why you consider an open relationship.”

In January of this year the account liked a tweet by an adult entertainment […]

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Yesterday we reported on how Ohio Republican governor candidate Jim Renacci voted against disaster relief for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma after spending his career in U.S. Congress opposing nearly every single climate change and environmental protection bill proposed.

Turns out, that is the modus operandi for all five of the Ohio Republican U.S. Congressmen who voted against the disaster relief compromise.

In a deal offered by Democrats that was accepted by President Donald Trump last week, $15 billion in disaster relief for both Harvey and Irma was packaged with money to avoid government shutdown for the […]

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Trump Still On His Ark

On September 12, 2017 By

Meanwhile, back at the nation’s capital…

The gloom settling on Republican leaders is becoming more apparent each day as their play-president engages in patty-cake with Democrats on the debt ceiling.

Actually, it was a good week for Donald Trump – disastrous floods et. al. – while the TV reporters stood knee deep in hurricane flood water. He didn’t have to wake up each morning awash in further alerts about special counsel Robert Mueller’s relentless nosiness into matters involving Team Trump and Russia.

And yet the president, the most incoherent of CEOs since the Oval Office was created, managed to capture […]

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ATHENS – Dayton Mayor and Ohio Democratic governor candidate Nan Whaley called out Ohio’s ongoing charter school scandals Monday as “crony capitalism” tied to campaign financing for Ohio elected officials who have failed to hold corrupt charter school providers accountable.

“Right now what we have is not working. I view it as straight up crony capitalism going on with the statehouse,” Whaley said. “You can draw a line (with) the millions of dollars that charter school providers that are for-profit are giving to the state legislature.”

Before a campaign event in Athens, Whaley sat down with local reporters in the […]

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Looking back over the years since the Affordable Care Act became America’s healthcare law of the land in 2010 without a single vote from any Republican in Washington, constant harping by GOP lawmakers across the board assigns blame for rising premium costs and other fragile features of the law only to the big, bad federal government and its big, bad healthcare plan.

Ohio’s two term-limited state leaders, Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, are on the same team with Ohio’s other statewide GOP officials and the state’s Republican-controlled legislature, who have all done their level best to sabotage […]

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According to a Sept. 3 Columbus Dispatch article, ECOT has spent $33 million on TV ads, lobbyists, lawsuits and William Lager’s for-profit companies since January 2016, all in pursuit of gaining state approval to continue to count students that are not participating.

Over 400 school buses could have been purchased with the $33 million ECOT has spent recklessly. While Ohio students ride on worn-out buses, the ECOT Man spent money extracted from school districts to rev-up his tax-consuming machine.

It is amazing that public officials have tolerated payments to ECOT’s for students not participating […]

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Every time a disaster hits America, Republicans from Ohio vote against providing relief. They have all sorts of excuses, but the upshot is the same: When Americans are hurting desperately because of natural disaster, Ohio Republicans can be counted on to tell them, “No.”

Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman opposed Hurricaine Sandy aid in 2013 (which was not full of pork as some have lied recently), though he voted for Harvey aid last week. Nevertheless five of Ohio’s Republican members of U.S. Congress took up the reins and opposed Harvey disaster relief, including GOP gubernatorial […]

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Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown blasted a Texas federal court ruling from late August that will deny 130,000 Ohioans a raise they were promised. Brown also called on U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to appeal the ruling.

Brown worked with the Obama Administration to raise the overtime threshold, but the Aug. 31 ruling eliminates the new threshold, which would have given 130,000 Ohioans and 4.2 million Americans a raise.

“These workers aren’t asking for a handout – they are working 50 to 60 hours a week and aren’t getting paid for it. That’s wrong,” Brown said in a press release. “Overtime pay […]

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is speed dating Ohio Gov. John Kasich on healthcare reforms, trying to show that a left of center Democrat and a hard-right Republican known for decades worth of political performance schtick can work together on healthcare when there’s little evidence Democrats and Republicans have done much collaboration on it so far.

Kasich loves top billing for a proposal that experts say takes a middle-of-the-road path forward instead of a smarter and far more comprehensive path proposed by Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist U.S. senator from Vermont who started a small […]

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What does it mean to see every day that Nazis have made the news yet again in 2017 America? Often people will say something to the effect that they can’t believe something racist and horrible and fascistic and nationalistic is happening today, adding the exclamation, “It’s 2017!”

I understand the impulse. We often believe we’ve made more progress than we have as a society, and when we are confronted with stark and horrifying evidence that the reactionary right still has a strong foothold dragging us back toward a despicable past, it’s a bit of a shock. Progress is slow, and […]

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Just before Labor Day weekend, The Guardian dropped one helluva piece about a right wing alliance of so-called think tanks who have banded together to launch an all-out assault to “defund and defang” unions representing teachers, police, firefighters, civil servants, and all other government employees at every level.

It’s no secret and no surprise that networks of reactionary private interests are continuing their assault on public sector unions and collective bargaining. Nevertheless, the jaw-dropping report from The Guardian pulls the sheets back on a new, massive, 50-state effort to destroy public unions and cripple the progressive politicians who fight to […]

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