From the monthly archives: November 2017

Time To Fire Scott Pruitt

On November 30, 2017 By

After lunch therapy with friends to escape the pompous theatrics of Donald Trump, I returned home to be greeted by the forever cartoonish TV figure of… Donald Trump. 

In  Missouri – campaigning, of course – he had some advice for parents: “Our investments in children are the most important we can make, right?” With that he waved his right arm to emphasize his profound insight. Before you could process a few words, he was on to citing all of his good deeds since he landed in the Oval Office.

Investments in kids? On the same day a solemn warning had appeared […]

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Senator Has Fought to Make Workers, Families a Priority for Tax Reform

As the U.S. Senate prepares to take up the Senate GOP tax reform proposal, Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown  continued his call for tax reform that gives a tax cut to working Ohio families Wednesday on CNN.

“If you want to cut taxes on the middle class, cut taxes on the middle class,” Brown told CNN.

Brown has offered to work with President Trump and members of Congress on tax reform that focuses on cutting taxes for middle class families and rewarding corporations that keep […]

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News broke Wednesday that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted are teaming up in the 2018 Ohio Gubernatorial race for the Same Old Thing Ticket.

Both DeWine and Husted have been in power in Ohio for decades and under their watch the Buckeye State has suffered endlessly. Stagnating wages, pay-to-play corruption in Columbus, the rigging of elections through gerrymandering, voter suppression and disenfranchisement, attacks on workers, attacks women’s rights, attacks on LGBTQ+ equality, an out-of-control opioid epidemic that has Ohio leading in overdose deaths, it’s all happened while DeWine and Husted have […]

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Former President Bill Clinton said it best in his speech at the 2012 Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he shredded the Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for lying about cuts to Medicare. “It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did,” Clinton ragged about the GOP ticket that went down in flames to a second run for a Democratic ticket of Obama-Biden.

Ohio’s junior senator in Washington, Republican Rob Portman, showed how brassy he can be when he criticized former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray for timing […]

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Ohio U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci sided with Big Pharma Tuesday at the City Club of Cleveland, criticizing lawsuits against drug companies that have contributed to the Buckeye State’s overdose epidemic, which claimed the lives of more than 4,000 Ohioans last year.

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper said in a release that Renacci is trying to run for governor but he doesn’t have the first clue about how to deal with the nation’s worst opioid crisis, which is happening right here in Ohio.

“First, Jim attacked Medicaid, which has been the single-biggest resource in fighting this crisis. […]

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Betty Sutton, candidate for governor, sent a letter Tuesday to Ohio Gov. John Kasich calling for his administration to revoke Rover Pipeline LLC’s 401 Water Quality Certification that allows the 369 miles of pipeline project to cross 631 individual streams and 88.9 acres of 352 wetlands, and instead re-permit the company on a rolling basis based on water crossings or portions of the project after thorough review.

“History shows that this company can’t be trusted, and at a minimum we have to make a statement that Ohio can’t be rolled over by Rover, and that we have leaders who will hold it accountable and […]

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Trump: When Words Don’t Matter

On November 29, 2017 By

Have you noticed how many times Donald Trump refers to things he doesn’t like as a “disaster”?

For example, Democrat Doug Jones, Roy Moore’s Senate opponent  in Alabama. Or Obamacare. Or the U.S. Military. Etc.

By now we’ve all learned that the President has a grade school vocabulary punctuated by a lot of “greats” and “incredibles” in which he has now added “beautiful.” See: “big beautiful tax cuts.”

It would have been nearly as effective if he had replaced the opaque Navajo code with his tweets during

So to conclude this linguistic whimsey I will offer the quote […]

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“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We’ve all put our hand over our hearts and said the current, and fourth version, of the Pledge of Allegiance.

After 241 years, evolving from colonies to an independent republic following the defeat of a king who saw new-world America as a cluster of colonies ripe for exploitation and subjugation, our once experimental democracy that’s served as a lantern of freedom and opportunity, lighting the way […]

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NELSONVILLE – With the Trump administration having defunded advertising for enrollment in health-care exchanges, some private nonprofits are trying to pick up the slack. To that end, the group Get Ohio Covered held a press conference in Nelsonville last week highlighting the importance of obtaining health insurance.

Enrollment at for insurance coverage in 2018 through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act is available through Dec. 15. The enrollment period began Nov. 1. Outside of this enrollment period, people can only enroll otherwise if they qualify via certain life events such as getting married, having a baby, […]

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It must be awful to be a Republican these days when many of the experts, even the conservative ones, are calling your former party the Trump Party.

That is especially true in Alabama and Ohio, where the latter state has been swallowed whole by the medieval Trumpites whose first exclamations by new chair Jane Timken proudly described the president as “great,” and where the party’s candidate for the U.S. Senate, Josh Mandel, began his journey by saying he wanted to join  Trump in “draining the swamp.”

Then there is the Roy Moore thing. Without a hint of shame, Trump has […]

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Dayton Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley has announced a plan to implement a nickel per dose surcharge on opioid distributors once she’s elected governor of Ohiom, a press release last week said.

“We know who’s responsible for the heroin crisis and in a Whaley administration, opioid manufacturers will pay to clean up the mess they’ve created in our state,” Whaley said. “With the dollars we’ll collect with the nickel per dose surcharge, we can begin to restore vital public safety services to the communities on the front lines fighting this epidemic.”

In 2016, the State Board […]

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