From the monthly archives: March 2018

An Ohio Republican got into it with his Democratic challenger on Twitter about his support for eliminating school safety zones. He took the opportunity to suggest kids should be allowed to arm themselves at school. It went about as well as you might expect.

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After getting wind that hundreds of students were on their way to speak out about gun violence, Republican lawmakers at the Ohio Statehouse cancelled session and made themselves scarce.

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As statehouse Republicans attempt to give John Kasich total control of K-12 education, including the authority to appoint a new cabinet member to oversee education policy, it’s worth a look at what happened when he was given the same authority over two Ohio school systems.

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If you spend any time on social media or at meetings of progressive activists you’ll know that progressive voters care about policy issues. Like, they really care.  Way more than they care about parties or most politicians. And, if you’re running for Governor, the best way to share your views on issues is to post them to a website.

The conversation this cycle comes thanks to Rich Cordray, who has frustrated the state’s voters–or at least the ones who haven’t met him in person–by failing to outline any policy solutions on his official website. And boy do we hear about […]

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Is Trump really ready to meet?

On March 10, 2018 By

Allow me to begin this discourse with the full disclosure that I have no expertise in foreign diplomacy alignments in the Far East. That confession of ignorance will place me securely in the mindless ranks of the latest Trump reality show.  I refer to the president’s assertion that he intends to accept North Korea and Kim Jong-un’s invitation to meet at a time and place “to be determined.”   Maybe in May.  Perhaps in Shangri-La.

The revelation was met with shock and awe at the State Department and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who described the President’s first year […]

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I was forced to lurch the other day. I needed an extra burst of energy to escape, if only for a moment, from Trump Americana. A well-timed lurch might work. It didn’t.

No sooner had I lurched than Trump told us that he woke up at 6:30 a.m. to watch Fox and Friends, his favorite fake news program on the the state TV channel where any hint of professional journalism goes to die. Some lurches never work.

Later in the day, my lurch failed again when Reince Priebus turned up on the screen to explain, as only he can, that Trump’s “process […]

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It’s impossible to imagine what Donald Trump will do or say next. At least every other day he makes most Americans wish he would remember why God gave him two ears and a mouth.  People wonder where America is headed, but things will turn out fine. The roller coaster ride will be over sooner than we think.

Trump is far more foam than beer. His only important achievement so far is a tax cut that benefits too many people who don’t need it and leaves average Americans with a very small slice of the pie. Trump has not (as promised) withdrawn from […]

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State Rep. Keith Faber ’s visit to Akron last week previewed a likely matrix for Republican candidates running for state office this year in the party now managed by President Trump.  In his speech before a relatively small audience of 40 or so at the Tangier,  Faber cast his campaign game plan for state auditor in familiar conservative standbys.  He wants to cut taxes,  create more transparency and efficiency in government, eliminate waste, and support a strong state economy.  Who could argue?

In a moment when the nation is shattered by another school shooting,  Faber, a Celina lawyer and former […]

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Help! Please Help! No, I haven’t fallen down or lost my keys. However, I am confused and do need some help in clearing up a few things.

The conventional wisdom tells us that senior citizens tend to get confused and even disoriented as they age. Sure, although I’m a senior, I think that I still have it mostly together.

But I’m still confused.

The fact is that every day, regardless of age, we Americans are getting more confused. And the truth is, we owe a great part of that state of confusion to one former reality show TV host who […]

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