From the monthly archives: December 2017

Over the last year, Governor John Kasich has worked hard to maintain his title of “moderate”, becoming a talking head on cable news, writing his book on just how divided he thinks America has become, and even toying with the idea of a 2020 presidential run with a Democrat. However, as 2017 closes, Kasich has revealed his true conservative colors by again signing a bill infringing on women’s reproductive health.

His most recent attack on a women’s right to choose came on Dec. 22 when Kasich signed HB 214, a bill that will prohibit women from seeking an […]

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Americans who embrace reality know that in 2016 foreign agents and governments launched assaults on our democratic elections, both with digital propaganda and cyber attacks at the machinery of our voting.

With President Donald Trump denying these facts and the Republicans who control the U.S. Congress looking to do nothing about it, the individual states will be left to fend for themselves. 2018 Ohio Secretary of State candidate Kathleen Clyde has a plan to make sure Buckeye State elections are protected.

“We have a couple of very serious problems facing our country and our state,” Clyde said. “Ohio has aging […]

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Last week State Rep. John Becker unveiled the latest round of attacks on unions and Ohio’s working class, aiming to dissolve unions in both the public and private sector. However, Ohio AFL-CIO is fighting back with a fiery letter sent to all state representatives.

Timothy Burga, president Ohio AFL-CIO, in his letter urging other representatives not to become co-sponsors said, “If these proposals were enacted, hard-working Ohioans from every part of the state would be negatively impacted… These measures are nothing but a thinly-veiled attempt

to silence employees at the workplace, strip them of their political voice, and slash […]

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If Ohio media had been investigating Gov. John Kasich and his administration with the same energy and vigor they’ve used to pursue far less important people who engaged in far less unlawful activity, Kasich’s plunderbund while in office would constitute a rap sheet of scandals that would paint a different, darker picture than the one reporters and editorial boards have delivered so far despite knowing better.

Since he won his skinny two-percent victory back in 2010, reporting on his serious screw ups has drifted toward fluff coverage that includes editorials written to defend his wrong-headed policies and […]

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In his conference call last week, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said the CHIP program (Children’s Health Insurance Program) in Ohio has been extended until maybe March with cuts Gov. John Kasich will take from other programs.

Brown said he talked to Kasich about CHIP, but didn’t offer detail about which programs might be impacted, or how much those targeted programs would be cut to keep CHIP functional for a couple more months, pending congressional refunding. CHIP in Ohio serves over 200,000 children each year.

For a glimpse of what would happen in Ohio if CHIP isn’t […]

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“My country ’tis of ME, sweet land  of the money tree” — D. Trump

No matter the tortuous path, the president can finally enjoy the hefty tax break for his estate, otherwise known in the vernacular as tax reform for the hard-working middle class that doesn’t fly away to a luxurious Florida spread  on  week ends to play golf.

We won’t know how big this windfall scribbled by his complicit Republican congressmen will be because he won’t release his income tax papers and his congressional allies aren’t pressing him to do so. He once said he would show us the numbers […]

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The signs are everywhere. We’re experiencing an “epidemic of incivility,” and one Ohio congressman is working overtime to spread a toxic tone of discord in the land.

Last week, the nation witnessed the shameless duo of Congressmen Louie Gohmert of Texas and Jim Jordan of Ohio continually mispronounce the name of an American political party during a congressional hearing while they aggressively tried to besmirch the image and integrity of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. To these miscreants, their enemy is the “Democrat” Party and the “Democrat” National Committee.

As the hyperbolic partisan non-dynamic duo flopped in their […]

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Term-limited Ohio Gov. John Kasich has mastered the art of pretending he’s not a career politician, when that’s exactly what he’s been for most of his adult life.

By most reputable measures, the 65-year old Kasich is an old-guard, establishment Republican trapped between his fixed past and a fluid future he’s afraid of, because he would have to flip-flop bigly on most issues to get in sync with young people who appear to have read their tea leafs and are bolting Kasich’s long-held yesterday-man beliefs and ideology for kinder, saner, more progressive Democratic fields of dreams.

Kasich prides himself of […]

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A Dent In Gangland Democracy

On December 19, 2017 By

King Trump’s brief reign as the animal, mineral and vegetable of America’s power and glory took a direct hit in Alabama that stunned even his most loyal of stooges. It didn’t help a bit that after Republican Roy Moore’s loss to Democrat Doug Jones the president breezily shrugged that he knew all along that Moore was a loser. Trump then returned to his his work of protecting every citizen and making America… um, great again!

It’s understandable that Trump, the self-styled tour de force of gangland democracy, would try to bury the loss instantly – one of  his four endorsements […]

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Ohio’s senior Senator in Washington, Sherrod Brown, told reporters on his weekly call last Wednesday that he won’t join with Democratic colleague, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York State, in calling for President Donald Trump to resign.

Calling On Trump To Resign

Brown recently joined many of his Democratic Senate colleagues in calling for Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken to resign in the wake of allegations about the former comedian-turned politician’s past inappropriate sexualized behavior. Meanwhile, some of President Trump’s sexual indiscretions over the years have become public after 16 women stepped forward to tell their tales […]

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State Rep. John Becker is planning another round of attacks on unions and workers.  If successful, it would effectively shut down both public and private sector unions in Ohio.

Becker outlined his plan in a recent co-sponsor letter, describing six constitutional amendments that he would like to put in front of Ohio voters.  The amendments read like a Christmas wish list for the anti-union crowd:

implement so-called “right-to-work” laws for the private and public sector repeal prevailing wage laws prohibit government employers from withholding union dues prohibit unions from spending on political activities prohibit contracts that require union labor require […]

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