From the monthly archives: October 2017

On Saturday night, Democrats and progressives from across Ohio will gather at The Renaissance in downtown Columbus to pay tribute to former governor and congressman Ted Strickland.

The event, “A Tribute to Ted Strickland,” is being presented by Buckeye State policy think tank Innovation Ohio Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

A reception prior to the dinner will be hosted by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. The dinner will include special guest Governor Jay Inslee of Washington.

“We will look back on the life and career of Governor Ted Strickland, acknowledging the man behind the public service,” an announcement from Innovation […]

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Mississippi Here We Come

On October 20, 2017 By

When Cuyahoga County Democrat Tim Hagan ran for governor in 2002 he was heard to lament Ohio’s poor standing in providing social services.

“Thank God for Mississippi!” he satirically declared to make his well considered point that the state ranked just above last place. Former highly-successful four-term governor Jim Rhodes, after all, had once shrugged off weak support of mental health services by noting that “mental patients don’t vote.”

The Buckeye State, with few exceptions like an OSU football team and the Cleveland Orchestra, would scarcely be considered a pace maker. Indeed, it is hardly even progressive but firmly in […]

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In a speech Friday, Ohio Attorney General candidate Steve Dettelbach criticized state politicians for failing to do their job overseeing the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT)

Speaking to members of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE), Dettelbach noted that ECOT has been ordered to pay back nearly $80 million to the state of Ohio after it was determined that the school billed taxpayers for students it could not prove actually attended class over the last two school years.

Since ECOT began operating in 2000, ECOT’s founder and his associates have contributed over $2 million to state officials.

“And here’s […]

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The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is sounding the alarm over the budget bill and tax cuts currently being pushed by the Republican majority in U.S. Congress, saying they threaten longstanding, proven programs that serve tens of millions of vulnerable Americans.

A statement from Ohio Association of Foodbanks Executive Director Lisa Hamler-Fugitt Friday morning said that with the passage Thursday of the GOP budget bill Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman joined his GOP colleagues to set in motion a process for tax ‘reform’ that would give 80 percent of its tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent of households and increase […]

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Chris Brennan, staff writer for the Philadelphia Enquirer, covered the discussion Tuesday at the University of Delaware that featured former Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Billed as “Bridging the Divides,” the event was promoted by “Kasich for America,” a PAC the governor used in his losing run for president in 2016, and hosted by the University of Delaware’s Biden Institutes’s School of Public Policy and Administration.

Biden and Kasich spoke during the afternoon about a popular topic these days: How to bridge the partisan divide that has so split America in the […]

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The week of October 15-21 has been proclaimed National Character Counts Week, and in celebration of this important annual event and its significance in the formation of young people, the President of the United States issued a Proclamation on Friday, Oct. 13 about the importance of character.

“I call upon public officials, educators, parents, students, and all Americans to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs,” the president said.

The date of the issuance of Trump’s Proclamation was appropriate enough, and for those who are superstitious and believe that calamities can occur […]

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The likely Republican candidate running for the U.S. Senate from Ohio next year earns big bucks and endorsements from the wacko right and Trump-lovin neo-Nazi groups and people.

In stark contrast, Ohio’s two-term senior senator in Washington, Sherrod Brown, just won the endorsement of United Auto Workers Region 2B and its 150,000 active and retired Ohio members, who work hard for their daily bread and can tell the difference between radical rhetoric and real results.

“American workers are the engines of growth in our country, but their hard-earned wages don’t go as far as […]

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A Sicilian Tale

On October 18, 2017 By

On a sunlit morning in Sicily a vendor pushed his cart along the sidewalk, noisily singsonging indistinct words to the folks poking their heads out of the windows a few stories above the street.

Although I had studied the Italian language for several years, I couldn’t decipher a syllable from his cry. But as the ancient building’s residents lowered baskets to be filled by vegetables and fruit, I finally gave up trying to understand the communication between the wizened vendor and his customers.

“What is he saying?” I asked a disinterested fellow near me on the bench. “I couldn’t understand […]

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Another Sunday came and went with Ohio’s term-limited governor soaking up the kind of national media attention he lusts for, about whether he’s still a Republican and if he’ll follow up two losing runs for president with a third one.

Lame-duck Gov. John Kasich got to play his favorite game of media hide and seek, teasing political talk-show hosts about whether he’ll run for president in 2020 regardless of whether President Donald Trump will still be president. Kasich loves to use  a comment by his wife, that no one knows is true or not, to set up his crafty answer […]

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Season’s Greetings From Trump

On October 17, 2017 By

We began the week end on a high note: President “Liddle Don Don” arrived at the Values Voters Summit in his usual grand manner to reassure us that we could say Merry Christmas again (applause), even if we choose to say it before the first holiday reminders appear in store windows before Labor Day.

Actually the gathering of religious conservatives – the first, Trump boasted, that a U.S. president ever graced – was arranged to bash gays, unpatriotic black football players who can now forget about going to Heaven, and, as always, Barack Obama. (Applause with some hallelujahs.)

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There has been an inordinate amount of soul searching, gnashing of teeth, self-reflection, introspection, finger-pointing and general angst among Democrats after losing so badly to fake Republican Donald J. Trump in 2016.

Trump’s national approval rating now is down to 32 percent, and in the Buckeye State, where he beat Hillary Clinton last year by not quite nine points, his net approval rate is just 14 percent. Other reliable polling shows the same cratering. FiveThirtyEight has him at 37.5 percent. Real Clear Politics has him at 38.6 percent. Pollster has him […]

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