From the monthly archives: October 2017

It’s probably not a stretch to say that few Republican officeholders really liked Ohio Gov. John Kasich, before or after he became governor. But they had to accommodate the great reformer’s petulant personality and sanctimonious self after he squeaked by Ted Strickland in 2010.

Kasich’s agenda included lots of senseless razzle dazzle, including setting up cities to be plundered, stealing from the poor to give to the rich, promising job creation that’s way to slow, creating obstacles women have to hurdle to access their constitutional rights, signing bills that created badly gerrymandered districts, toppling a potential ballot box threat, resetting […]

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Trump’s Flying Wallendas

On October 13, 2017 By

This may seem a tad silly to you, but what good is a democracy if you can’t be as whacky  as the president?

I’m talking about the devastating fire in California which, Heaven knows, doesn’t lend itself to silliness.

So can we conclude that, say, Pat Robertson, the prayerful old white guy – heh, heh, heh – will explain that the flames are God’s punishing prelude to Hell for our sinful existence on earth. The reverend has said such alarming things about other natural disasters traceable to gays, practicing Sodomites, abortionists, and garden variety Democrats.

Until “Liddle Don-Don” unpacked his […]

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ATHENS – Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland thinks that for many people American politics have become a blood sport.

“There is polarization in our politics, but there doesn’t have to be hate,” he told the Ohio University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Tuesday night at OU’s Schoonover Center. “I think for many people it has become a blood sport, and there’s too much hate.”

Speaking with the group of journalism students, Strickland offered a candid assessment of his successor as Ohio governor, John Kasich, his thoughts on the state of the country, his failed bid […]

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Trump, The Operatic Elephant

On October 10, 2017 By

As we watched Donald Trump gaming Puerto Ricans with paper towels and flashlights while damning them as ungrateful Americans, we could not resist wondering at what age did he decide to claw his way down the tree to  menace civilization.

The flashlight thing was his playful way of claiming their obsolescence because the island was again lighting up with restored power. (Puerto Rico has now reached the 10 percent level of electricity.)  Meantime, he continued to remind  the commonwealth’s residents that they owed Wall Street millions in debts and should stop demanding that others do the heavy lifting. He also […]

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As much as money has become a curse in American politics, distorting and skewing it so radically that it’s hardly recognizable anymore as being democratic, raising it is still at the core of modern day politics.

In that vein, an announcement Tuesday by Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s campaign that he had a good quarter in the game of fundraising comes as welcome news.

Friends of Sherrod Brown raised more than $2.6 million in the third quarter of 2017 and will report having $8.3 million cash on hand, according to a media release Tuesday.

“This matches Sherrod’s best off-year quarter […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the darling of national media because they see him as a Republican governor who dared break ranks to accept expanded Medicaid made possible by President Barack Obama.

By defending it now as his GOP buddies try to kill or cripple it, coastal reporters drunk from the intoxicating effects of today’s hyper-politicized environment see Kasich is a rare duck, not caring that back home he’s a lame-duck leader that GOP and Democratic candidates who want to replace him are taking whacks at.

Crying the blues as he does these days about what will happen to millions […]

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Oil For The Lamps Of Trump

On October 9, 2017 By

So Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general imported by President Trump as the EPA administrator on a mission to eliminate the EPA is now having a sound-proof booth installed in his office with taxpayers picking up the $25,000 tab.

Like Greta Garbo, he wants to be safely alone. But she wasn’t talking about sound-proof office cells.

Pruitt has a big thing about his privacy and retains a security force of up to 24 armed guards around the clock to assure his safety. The booth will be just one more entitlement that Trump’s field hands take for themselves because they […]

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It’s a date in the future that will live in history, and maybe in infamy for Republicans, if commonsense progressives and enlightened independents join with dedicated Democrats to seize the day on Election Day next year, thereby exercising all that “We the people” stuff about the power of voting.

Next year on Nov. 6, our broken and abused democracy will offer the next great opportunity to replace hard-right leaders who have ruled Ohio, like Gov. John Kasich, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, among others wrong-headed actors that also include most members of […]

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A great and tragic example of so-called “American exceptionalism” gone totally wrong can be found in how a group with only a few million members, whose avowed purpose leads to daily deaths and more mass shootings like the horror show of death delivered in Las Vegas this past weekend, enjoys nearly unbeatable support among congressman.

And then a far larger group, whose avowed purpose is to save lives and turn retirement years into the golden sunset years they’re supposed to be instead of years of stress, poverty, and disease as Republicans seem to want, […]

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Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown applauded efforts to try to stop high-interest payday lenders from grifting American citizens in desperate need of cash with new rules from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In a press release Thursday, Brown – the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – praised the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rule to rein in predatory payday loans that often keep low-income borrowers trapped in a cycle of debt.

According to research at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Ohio has the highest payday loan prices in […]

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A few welcome escapes from the awful load of newsmaking by Team Trump:

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a pro-life Republican U.S. Congressman from western Pennsylvania urged  his mistress to have an abortion, without success.

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, a star in the anti-abortion movement who belonged to the House Pro-Life Caucus, was upended from his mission after his extramarital womanfriend (who he asked to consider an abortion) happened to see his call for strict adherence to the anti-abortion cause in a Facebook appeal.

Those were fighting words for Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist, the other half of the relationship.

She […]

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