From the monthly archives: January 2018

The woman’s voice distracted me from viewing the coming attractions on the big screen in the darkened movie theater. She spoke while sitting down in the soft, red leather recliner, the last seat to be filled in the next-to-last row of the crowded film venue.

“I wonder what the average age of the audience is here?” she asked, while looking closely at the group eagerly awaiting the start of the feature. “At least sixty,” I replied. “You’ve been reading my mind.” We both enjoyed a good laugh as we settled in to see this long-anticipated and very timely film, knowing […]

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The Ohio Democratic Party issued a press release Thursday evening slamming Ohio Republican politicians who enabled the ECOT scandal to get out of hand, and calling on politicians who received donations from the private, for-profit charter school while failing to hold ECOT accountable to donate those donations to public schools.

The release is shared below:

The news tonight that the Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow is likely shutting down Friday marks a shameful end for the corrupt e-charter whose schoolchildren and families will now face chaos and uncertainty mid-year as a result of ECOT’s […]

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Ohio is now considering establishing work requirements for its Medicaid program. The Trump administration took steps last week to make this possible, issuing new guidelines for states. Notably, the new guidelines draw on provisions of the Affordable Care Act that were intended to help states expand Medicaid. In paving the way for restricting access to Medicaid, they pervert the intent of those provisions.

Requiring more Medicaid eligibles to work might sound like a sensible idea on the surface. Of course, it’s important to listen to the arguments of those who believe that many Medicaid recipients could work […]

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Well, we got an early glance of Donald Trump’s preferred choice as the candidate for the U.S. Senate in Ohio this year. It’s Rep. Jim Renacci, the former Republican mayor of Wadsworth who would be the first to tell you on the campaign trail that he is a successful businessman. (A millionaire, and then some.)

Alas, the timing of the coming-out announcement by Renacci – one of Trump’s earliest and most conservative surrogates, to challenge incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown – couldn’t have been worse. It managed to find its way tucked into the global reports of how the president’s scandalous […]

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Is it a stretch to suggest that President Trump is now preparing America for new rounds of ethnic cleansing?
The record clearly tells us that it is not a stretch. Particularly after his crude unhinged outburst in a bipartisan White House meeting on immigration.

He questioned immigration from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “shithole” countries and called for more welcoming immigration policy for countries like Norway. Oh, racial as well as ethnic, white vs. color.

He is seriously threatening the expulsion of 200,000 Salvadorans who have no legal standing even though they’ve been here for 15 years.

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When A Laugh Is Unstoppable

On January 14, 2018 By

I struggle not to laugh. I tell myself that the condition is too serious to laugh. That the soul of democracy is at stake. That people should not be exposed by the minute to a clownish hulk in the Oval Office who by actual count by fact checkers has already told 2,000 lies in his first year but responds that America’s libel laws are a shameful “disgrace” because his critics get away with so much..

I struggle not to laugh at the incoherence of an American president. But I then find myself laughing when he responds to a question by […]

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Former U.S. Congressman and candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space today released the following statement following reports that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) may permanently close as soon as next week:

“From the beginning, the true victims of the ECOT farce have been Ohio children. The reports that ECOT may permanently close will again harm those same children, whose educational future is now unclear. No Ohio child or their family should ever know that fear and uncertainty. I am hopeful that the General Assembly, the Ohio Department […]

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The results of Dr. Howard Fleeter’s recent comparison of the graduation rates of charters and real public schools should disturb all Ohioans, especially those who have the responsibility to protect students and taxpayers.

In a recent study, Fleeter found that, excluding dropout recovery charters, the charter graduation rate is about 45 percent compared to the graduation rate of 73 percent for Ohio’s six largest urban districts.

The charter promise in the 1990s was that charters would show the way to improvement in school districts. Of course, the idea that public education could be deregulated […]

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The Ohio Republican Party claimed in an email last weekend that Auditor Dave Yost “has never let politics creep into his office,” of course neglecting to mention Yost’s utter failure to crack down on the Electronic Classroom Of Tomorrow. In recent years, ECOT has bilked Ohio taxpayers out of $80 million while executives and affiliated companies donated thousands to Yost.

“After an ECOT whistleblower claimed wrongdoing, Yost’s office concluded that everything was OK. We now know that ECOT’s attendance books were cooked in 2015 and 2016, and that Yost has received at least $29,000 […]

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Findlay Courier: “Estruth Said the DeWine/Husted Ticket Can’t Win the November General Election”

The Republican primary for Ohio governor continues to be a nasty race to the right, as Mary Taylor and her running mate, Nathan Estruth, slammed Mike DeWine for refusing to debate and predicted the DeWine-Husted ticket “can’t win the November general election.”

“The first day of Mary Taylor running head-to-head with Mike DeWine in the Ohio Republican primary for governor is just the latest example of how this race is shaping up as a desperate race to the extreme right,” said […]

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley today announced that she is withdrawing from the race for Ohio Governor and endorsing former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray for the Democratic nomination.

“I got in this race because I truly believe that Ohio is at a critical moment in time, and our state needs to move forward in bold, new ways,” said Mayor Whaley. “The GOP has been recycling bad ideas in Columbus for 25 years, and it’s time for a better future.”

During Mayor Whaley’s eight-month campaign, she has pushed proposals that reflect the priorities of everyday Ohioans, including expanding access […]

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