From the monthly archives: September 2017

Ohio Senate Bill 39, introduced back in February, is finally up for discussion in the Senate Education Committee this week.  Ohio state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, introduced the bill on February 8 and offered testimony to the committee on February 15, but the bill was put aside by committee chair Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, until now.

The Senate Education Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 27, at 3:15 pm in the South Hearing Room.  Information about providing written or in-person testimony in support of the legislation is at the […]

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The disconnect between Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s call for bipartisanship at the national level, on healthcare, compared to his almost non-existent record of partnering with Democrats in Ohio on virtually any issue is a total embarrassment.

“Americans will be served best when we work together to create lasting reforms. It’s been done before and it can happen again,” Kasich, the Buckeye State’s term-limited, lame-duck leader said in an email to his fan base recently.

Kasich pointed to his days in congress as proof “both parties worked together” on issues like welfare reform, that he says “continue to serve the American […]

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While squads of first responders, medics and volunteers were risking their own lives in the search for possible survivors still trapped in  the collapsed buildings of the Mexican earthquake, the dark side of human effort was unfolding on Capitol Hill that would put millions of Americans at risk  in a new health care proposal with spitefully  bizarre motives.

The assassins of Obamacare were even obsessively changing the rules of how the legislative game is played in Trump Americana these days to erase the Obama name on the program rather than add improvements. Never at a loss for junk politics in […]

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Ohio Republican governor candidates Mary Taylor and Jim Renacci ran their respective campaign buses over the health care of 700,000 Ohioans struggling in poverty this week.

In their attempts to woo the “we like to make ourselves feel better by hating poor people” crowd, Taylor and Renacci jostled for worst position on Medicaid.

On Monday, Lt. Gov. Taylor came out against Medicaid expansion in Ohio – the very thing Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been hanging his national hat on for several years now. The Kasich Administration has argued strenuously against a freeze, noting that 500,000 Ohioans could lose coverage […]

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Trump: The Bard Of Lexicon

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The Economist magazine arrived recently with word that it was searching for Shakespeare in Donald Trump. The response from a Canadian letter writer tersely pointed the reader in the right direction for a smash landing.

Anthony Peterson, of Peterborough, wrote:

Mr. Trump’s tweets are straight out of Macbeth… ”a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’’

Trump’s mumbo-jumbo is becoming Topic One for linguists. Prof John McWhorter, a Columbia University linguist, says the president’s way of speaking is “oddly adolescent” that is “linguistically unadorned.” Forever unsure of himself, Trump relies on such verbal crutches as […]

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Talk about being a stranger in a strange land, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be on the menu of speakers at the 50th Anniversary Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium with others who not only didn’t vote for him for Buckeye State governor (twice), or for president in last year’s Republican primary, but who likely disagree with him on most everything else, especially women’s issues.

Kasich’s appearance at the symposium, to be held at Johns Hopkins University on Nov. 13, will reward those in attendance with a free copy of his last book, “Two Paths: America Divided or United.” […]

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If clinics that did plastic surgery or colonoscopies inspired violent protests and vandalism, state legislators would pass laws to try and stop it. But rising violence at reproductive health clinics is tolerated.

A bill to make it a crime to impede access to reproductive health clinics remains stuck in an Ohio House committee. A nearly identical bill received just one hearing in the previous legislative session.

Just this past weekend, the Founders Women’s Health Center in Columbus was targeted by the “Bible Believers,” an organization recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Protesters used megaphones to […]

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Ohio Seniors Could Face an Increase of $13,563

A new report released by AARP shows just how devastating the latest health care repeal plan would be for seniors in Ohio. According to the advocacy organization, premiums and out-of-pocket costs would increase significantly, and older adults could face an unaffordable “age tax.”

Graham-Cassidy “threatens to make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of older Americans. The bill eliminates two sources of financial assistance – premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions – critical to ensuring that low-to-moderate income older adults are able to afford the coverage they need,” according to the […]

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First I learned about a strange and mysterious place called Area 51. Two weeks ago I learned about yet another place identified by a number.

There are some things that you just can’t make up. Here’s one for the books, a happenstance that Mel Brooks or Woody Allen couldn’t imagine.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his long-time Republican friend, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, have been political soul mates for decades, adopting and defending virtually all Republican policies and programs that have done so much to harm and hurt Buckeyes across the board.

Readers are again reminded that Kasich is not the popular “moderate” leader elite east coast and DC beltway media make him out to be, but a radical rightie who wants to put Planned Parenthood (PP) out of business as much as he wants to shutter the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that has helped more than […]

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I never get tired of quoting James Madison’s line that “knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power that knowledge gives.”

This quote is at the heart of what the “American Experiment” achieved when we established self-governance with our new Republic 230 years ago, after millennia of almost entirely autocratic rule throughout the history of human civilization.

The late columnist Molly Ivins noted that “it is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to […]

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