From the monthly archives: July 2018

Troy Balderson is fastidiously avoiding the media and interaction with voters in the lead-up to the August 7th Special Election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. In that sense, it’s starting to look like a repeat of the Pennsylvania election of Democrat Conor Lamb.

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Jim Renacci likes to play up his experience in the business world as a key qualification for political office.  But it’s clear there is one lesson Renacci never learned during his time running nursing homes and car dealerships:  the long-cherished business mantra about the customer always being right.

A quick look at Renacci’s social media feeds provides plenty of proof.

For example, when Ohio voters ask questions on Renacci’s campaign Facebook page, they are personally attacked and called liars; and their questions and concerns are summarily dismissed by Renacci as “fake news” or “Democrat talking points”.

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“The Democrats lost an election which, frankly, they should have been able to win, because the Electoral College is much more advantageous for Democrats, as you know, than it is to Republicans.” – Donald Trump at Helsinki News Conference

No, the sane people in this country did not know that.

Move over, Burger King. You’re no longer the exclusive Home of the Whopper.

Since January 2017, the structure which variously was entitled the President’s Mansion, President’s House, and Executive Mansion now claim that title. For the White House, what used to be called black lies are now part […]

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When the final chapter of the Trump Era is written, the remaining question in the minds of some witnesses will be, how did this grotesque excuse for a president remain in the Oval Office for so long?  A fair question, given his destructive force field wherever he casts his shadow. There will only be clues.

But we shouldn’t dismiss the surrender of many elected Republicans who spend much of their time tip-toeing around the psychotic man who, among other alarming excesses, openly engaged in recreational treason in his servile meetings with such autocrats at Vladimir Putin.

The report from Capitol Hill brings us the daily word of […]

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The Ohio Attorney General’s response to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s (ECOT) June 27, 2018, Memorandum Regarding Assignment of Claims could open a can of worms for the charter industry.

In his “response“, claims that public money can be recovered from the ECOT scheme in three ways:

William Lager, the operator of ECOT, had a fiduciary duty to ECOT and thus violated that duty by doing business with the two companies he created. Therefore, all the profits realized via those companies’ dealings with ECOT should be recovered. Lager’s status as ECOT’s agent made him a […]

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This column is premised on a truth I’ve discovered over nearly forty years of practicing law and working in politics. Conservatives are weak. They lack the self-discipline to grasp what conservatism actually means and if they actually understood the doctrine, they wouldn’t believe in it. Donald Trump has destroyed what little that remained of conservatism. Liberals are now responsible for the future of the United States.

July 16, 2018, brought America to a turning point. No American will ever again be able to honestly defend Donald Trump. Trump publicly took sides against the United States by believing that Vladimir Putin […]

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… I will begin by saying what everybody would like to ignore or forget but which must nevertheless be stated, namely, that we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat

A total and unmitigated defeat. Note to Donald Trump: that means not winning.

These words were not spoken by talking heads in the aftermath of the debacle in Helsinki on July 16. But they should have. In fact, they were uttered 80 years ago in the House of Commons by Winston Churchill.

The appalling spectacle of Donald Trump and his lapdog performance in the Finnish capital as […]

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Stipends were paid to students and parents from ECOT to travel to certain venues, such as testing sites and graduation. Probably no law was broken, so what is the big deal?

The big deal is that the law permits gross misuse of tax dollars in the charter industry. To name a few:

Laundered dollars for campaign contributions Tens of millions of dollars for TV ads and other media buys Carnival-type events to attract students Stipends for students who recruit other students Hundreds of millions of dollars flowing to out-of-state charter management companies The list goes on and on

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When it comes to expressions of patriotism in perilous times, silence is not golden. Among Republicans, John McCain clearly knows that.

The sounds of silence coming from congressional Republicans in the wake of the indictments of twelve more Russian intelligence officers that have been forensically linked to the 2016 election debacle have been deafening. That’s why John McCain’s statement on the matter has become a singular sensation, for there is no one else in his party that is so demonstrative in putting country, rather than party, first in mind.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Republican Party has […]

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Attorney General Mike DeWine made headlines last week with his announcement that he now supports the Medicaid expansion authorized as part of the Obama-era health care reform known as the Affordable Care Act. This miraculous transformation, we are to believe, has occurred after DeWine spent the entire 2018 primary season–which wrapped up only weeks ago–blasting anybody who could even remotely be tagged as supporting Medicaid expansion. Now, turning on a dime, DeWine would like us to believe that he is a friend of the poor and near poor Ohioans who depend on Medicaid.

What’s really going on here?

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As the world watched the heroic efforts to rescue the young soccer team trapped in a Thai cave, one thing was stuck on our brains. We could only think of the President’s indifference to the plight of thousands of migrant kids who are unspeakably lost or detained by the president’s monstrous “zero tolerance” policy. He assured us that he had solved the problem with the sleight of his pen days ago but as with most of his empty self-serving pronouncements that wasn’t true.

The theater of the absurd has continued to the point of having a one-year-old child appear before […]

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