From the monthly archives: November 2017

Trump: Insulting the Insulters

On November 13, 2017 By

In the final days of his grandly scaled Asian tour, Donald Trump raised America’s stakes in the high level meetings by turning the talk to “insults.” The President, who is sensitive to any mention of his personal imperfection, was clearly offended by North Korea’s 33-year-old supreme leader Kim Jong-un, who referred to our chief of state as “old.”

Trump said that was insulting by a nuclear enemy whom we have to come to know simply as “Rocket Man.” Ha. Ha.

After all, Trump retorted, “I didn’t call him short and fat.”

That much, we must concede, was the model of […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich had dual national TV cameo gigs lined up Sunday, one on ABC’s “This Week” and another on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The governor who lost badly last year when he tried his second run at the White House was in line to be asked to weigh-in on Alabama Republican Judge Roy Moore’s upcoming election to the U.S. Senate. Moore, whose choice of clothing sometimes makes him look like Woody, the lead character in Toy Story, is no stranger to controversy.

He’s on the hot seat again, this time over whether a now […]

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Ohio Democratic primary governor candidate Connie Pillich has been on a mission to visit all of the Buckeye State’s 88 counties this year, and as of last Friday she had already been to 75 of them.

“I decided to do this because I feel that Democrats have forgotten large sections of Ohio for a really long time and I wanted to make sure I didn’t leave anyone behind,” she said.

Pillich, a former state representative who narrowly lost her race for Ohio Treasurer in 2014, said she’s been bringing her message of leadership and economic opportunity to every corner of […]

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“Are you a Core Conservative? A Solid Liberal? Or somewhere in between?” That’s the enticing sales pitch to take a 17-question quiz that determines which “Political Typology” group you fit in. Your results will be compared with a nationally representative survey of more than 5,000 U.S. adults by Pew Research Center.

These first two questions are offered to wet your appetite to take the other 15:

“The government should do more to help needy Americans, even if it means going deeper into debt?”

“The government today can’t afford to do much more to help […]

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Democratic hopes of retaking the U.S. House of Representatives next year are now sky high after results from this past Tuesday’s elections showed voters in Virginia, New Jersey, Washington, Maine, and other states around the country were more than eager to deliver defeats to Republican candidates who either openly embraced or distanced themselves from President Donald Trump and his destructive, dysfunctional agenda.

While results were spectacular in states that pushed back on Trumpism, expectations for Ohio contributing bigly to Democrats regaining power in the U.S. House should be tamped down, if an analysis by […]

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Senator Outlines Solution to Secure Teamsters, Miners and Other Retiree Pension Plans under Threat, Announces Plans to Push for Pensions Fix in Congress’ Year-End Priorities

On his weekly conference call Wednesday, Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown discussed his plan to introduce legislation that will ensure Ohio retirees can keep the pensions they have earned.

Numerous Ohio pension plans, including the massive Central States Teamsters Pension Plan, the United Mine Workers Pension Plan, the Ironworkers Local 17 Pension Plan, the Ohio Southwest Carpenters Pension Plan and the Bakers and Confectioners Pension Plan are currently on the brink of failure and threatened by […]

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A Rare Time Of Gloat

On November 10, 2017 By

OK. Bear with me. I’m euphoric. It’s not a feeling that I’ve enjoyed ever since that man pranced into the Oval Office nearly a year ago. It may not last. But then, it may.

While Donald Trump was addressing a polite audience of South Korea’s National Assembly, gushing praise for that  country’s golf team at his prized course in New Jersey, and finishing with bombastic threats against neighboring  North Korea, a funny funny thing was happening back home: A Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, a wannabe with Trump’s best wishes, was being crushed in a landslide.

The election was […]

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If Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck governor continues his improbable dream of rallying Republicans to his side to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential primary, the sanctimonious conservative who claimed only one Electoral College vote last year might want to reevaluate that ambition, if polling results on a hypothetical matchup between the two conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) are even halfway accurate.

Beating the New York billionaire whose national magic trick last year was to be elected president will require outbound Ohio Gov. John Kasich to perform his own national miracle. PPP notes in its […]

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Ohio Democrats charted wins in local elections across the state Tuesday, building a bench of new public servants and creating momentum for the 2018 cycle, the party announced in a release Wednesday.

The release noted especially wins by young Democratic candidates in school board, council, and trustee races across the state.

“As Democrats had a big night nationally in places like Virginia and New Jersey, here in Ohio we won footholds in traditionally Republican areas like Clinton County and Warren County, turned suburbs purple and reasserted Democratic dominance at the local level in areas that swung to […]

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In an amicus brief with the Ohio Supreme Court, Democrats in the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives took ECOT to task for trying to make a “mockery” of Ohio’s public education system in the case of The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow v. Ohio Department of Education.

The brief responds to ECOT’s ongoing lawsuit to avoid repaying nearly $80 million after audits conducted by the Department of Education (ODE) determined the online charter school had inflated student attendance.

“ECOT is demanding a ruling from this court which would protect its funding stream to the detriment of thousands of students they failed to teach,” […]

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Out Of The Mouths Of…

On November 8, 2017 By

As our president continues to strut around the globe to sustain his mitered command of his office, let’s s not forget that there’s still work to be done by his apostles back home.

So I’ve gathered some of their useless comments for you to translate as you will as I hopelessly toy with the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. Hope you have better luck than I:

Energy secretary Rick Perry, an unbridled  zealot for fossil fuels,  linking them to a barrier against  sexual assault:

“Let me tell you where people are dying is in Africa,” Perry said in Newsweek upon his return from […]

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