From the monthly archives: October 2017

Midweek wash for a “rising star.”

Is there a more futile exercise in a democracy than the daily White House press briefing featuring
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Arkansas preacher’s daughter fielding the questions as the official voice of the Oval Office? She often doesn’t know the answer, gives a brief clipped response, and robotically points to another reporter.

We know from years of experience that press briefings exist to resolve all doubts about the boss’ commitment to civilized governing. But Huckabee, whom we would presume is a true-to-the-truth conservative Christian press secretary, would make some effort to avoid being […]

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“Ohio leads the nation in per capita overdose deaths and has become the posterchild of the crisis in national media.”

That’s how “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis,” a report conducted by The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on the sad realities of the spreading opioid crisis many Ohioans are experiencing starts out, making its case for expanded educational opportunities and better economic opportunities.

Report authors estimated there were probably 92,000 to 170,000 Ohioans abusing or dependent upon opioids in 2015. The calculated results of all that abuse, including costs linked to […]

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Ode To A Dotard

On October 26, 2017 By



From Merriam-Webster: “The word as used today commonly means “a person in his or her dotage” (dotage is “a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness”). Dotard, which comes from the Middle English word doten (meaning “to dote”), initially had the meaning of “imbecile” when it began being used in the 14th century.”


Rot in thy grave, thou dotard, I defie thee.
Curst be our […]

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With help from pro-corporation/anti-consumer lawmakers that include Ohio’s Republican junior senator in Washington, Vice President Mike Pence stepped in to break a tie vote Tuesday that favored Wall Street instead of consumers, who now won’t be able to sue their banks when disputes arise.

Sherrod Brown, Ohio’s senior senator, found himself on the losing end of a vote that pitted the Trump White House and big business allies in the senate against a nation full of consumers, who can now only settle disputes they have with their bank or credit card company through arbitration, wherein a third party rules on […]

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Democratic Ohio governor candidate Betty Sutton on Monday sent a letter to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican candidate for governor, critical of his failure to hold accountable a pipeline company he’s invested in.

Sutton’s letter urged DeWine to “do his job” and hold Rover Pipeline, LLC and its parent Energy Transfer Partners, accountable for the damage it has inflicted upon Ohio after the company racked up millions in fines for violations related to the spilling of over 2 million gallons of drilling fluid into state wetlands.

Sutton urged DeWine to recover the $2.3 million in fines that Rover […]

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ATHENS – Two Democrats are vying to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District next year. Both spoke out against the incumbent at the Athens County Democratic Party dinner last Wednesday night.

In the U.S. Congress, Stivers represents a far-flung district stretches from Athens and Morgan counties in the east across the state to Clinton and Madison counties in western Ohio, and claws back in and around western Franklin County, including Stivers’ Upper Arlington home.

In the Democratic primary for the nomination to face Stivers in 2018 are Rob Jarvis of Nelsonville, a high-school government teacher, […]

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In the present thoroughly undiplomatic era, a toxic time marked by personal insults and escalating rhetoric exchanged between two petulant leaders of countries equipped with nuclear weapons, how secure can we feel as a nation?

That question was in the minds of an audience gathered at Otterbein University in Westerville to hear two experts discuss the implications of the explosive epithets traveling between Washington and Pyongyang and the heightened tensions that accompany the current war of words engulfing both capitals.

National Security in the Age of Trump was the title of the panel discussion on October 15 sponsored by Indivisible: […]

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Ohio has had more than its share of national black eyes when it comes to voters and voting. Who can forget what then Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell did to alter the statewide vote in 2004 in Ohio that kept Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry from defeating George W. Bush?

Who can forget what term-limited Republican officeholders Gov. John Kasich and Secretary of State Jon Husted did to mess with voting laws that again put Ohio in the center of controversy that sought to suppress voting with radical redistricting and new voters rules that […]

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ATHENS – Democratic Ohio Treasurer candidate Rob Richardson wants to bring innovation to government and an end to politics that prioritize a privileged few over the many.

“What I think of as innovation is an approach to life, a rebellion against the status quo, not accepting things as they are but being willing to fight for a better future,” he told Athens County Democrats last week during their annual fall dinner. “If there was ever a time for that type of leadership, it is right now.”

Richardson pointed to the seven-year long attempt by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care […]

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By two one-hundredths of one percent, Ohio’s streak of 57 consecutive months of job growth below the U.S. national average ended in September, according to 2017 data on employment and unemployment in Ohio, released by ODJFS and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday morning.

Based on analysis by Ohio’s top number cruncher, George Zeller, Ohio’s year over year job growth rate not seasonally adjusted in September 2017 is 1.26 percent compared to the U.S. job growth rate in September of 1.24 percent. The good news is that Ohio has ended its old losing […]

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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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