From the monthly archives: August 2018

Enemy of What???

On August 17, 2018 By

Permit me to enter my small voice to today’s national gathering of newspapers editorially reacting – en masse   – to Donald Trump’s rancorous charge that journalists are the “enemy of the people”. As one who has knocked some newspapers and broadcasters from time to time – and soundly knocked by them –  in the normal fraternal give-and-take of the business, I am not here to take a bow for a profession that I was forever happy to represent in the more than half-century in which I tried to serve it.

Yes, we all have l had moments that we would like to replay with more finesse. And yes, there were days when […]

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Fast and furious. When people see that phrase, they often identify it with the name of a film released several years ago. But today, fast and furious also describes the behavior of Republican politicians as they flee as swiftly as they can from the spreading radioactive mushroom cloud generated from the implosion of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, the notorious online charter school.

As damaging as the charter school’s implosion was on the viability of Republican pols, the corresponding explosion ECOT’s demise is causing in state political circles continues to reverberate, particularly for four GOP ECOT stalwarts named […]

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Jena Powell, a Republican candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 80, has political and familial ties to an organization that may have enabled former Rep. Wes Goodman’s duplicitous lifestyle.  The Forge, a Dayton, Ohio based conservative leadership academy caters to 16-24 young conservatives who are interested in entering politics. Powell’s brother, Justin, co-founded the organization with Adam Josefczyk in late 2014. It touts Ms. Powell’s primary victory in HD 80 as a success for the organization and uses her image and story in its promotional materials. Goodman is the “pro-family” representative from District 87, who resigned in […]

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Ohio’s special election in District 12 last week was never supposed to be even close.

Republicans have held the Ohio-12 House seat for over thirty years. Trump won the district by eleven points in 2016. And yet, the people who actually live in the district–yes, this even includes those scoundrels in Franklin County–turned those numbers on their head and sent a message to Congress: We are watching the Republican assault on the middle class, working families, those suffering through poverty, children, teachers, veterans—and we will march to the polls to make our voices heard.

Center stage in this parade […]

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Mike Pence Spacing Out

On August 14, 2018 By

I am happy to report some good news in the dark and deadly atmosphere of fading democracy: President
Trump has finally come up with a job for Vice President Pence beyond tail-wagging and Bible reading.

By now you’ve probably heard the reports that Pence, a Fido-like creature with heavenly ambitions, is promoting a space force that would validate Orson Welles’ alarming vision of Martians landing in New Jersey 80 years ago. (In modern terms it would be cast as Trump landing in the Oval Office for a second term.)

“The time has come,” Pence soared to a Pentagon audience, ” to write the next […]

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The Shrinking Trump Team

On August 13, 2018 By

Oh, for Heaven’s sake!

With the juicy Manafort trial winding down, another long-fingered scandal was whipping up in western New York.  Its district congressman, Rep. Chris Collins, the first of his Capitol Hill breed to endorse Donald Trump, was arrested on a charge of insider trading. I’m not that deeply into understanding Wall Street transactions, but the reports seem serious.

In brief, Collins, a rich Republican operative, sits on the board of an Australian drug company that was trying to develop a miracle drug for multiple sclerosis.  When Collins was tipped off that the product was a failure without public notice, he hastily called […]

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When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2009, it opened up two new points of access for consumers: The Medicaid Expansion and the Exchange. These two programs, combined, have provided access to coverage for more nearly 900,000 Ohioans.

However, the majority of Ohioans still have insurance through employer-based plans. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 150 million Americans get coverage through their employer, and 80 percent of them are pretty happy with the coverage. Over the past nine years, the ACA  brought advancements and innovation in these types of plans as well – from what’s covered […]

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It finally seems that ECOT is dead. Today the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-2 against ECOT’s appeal and sided with the state. This upheld lower court rulings and determined the state acted lawfully when it ordered ECOT to repay millions for unverified enrollment. However, the matter of collecting ill-gotten money from the ECOT Man and his two companies is still pending.

The decision came with Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Justices Patrick Fischer and Mary DeGenaro and appellate judge W. Scott Gwin, sitting in for recused Justice Judith French, forming the majority.

Fischer explained in the majority opinion that the Ohio […]

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It’s been a terrible week for Ohio ’s Trump Republican candidates as they meekly try to run out the clock on their president’s insults of iconic LeBron James. Forever the adolescent arbiter of the villainy of his critics, Trump decided to trample out the hardwoods where the grapes of wrath are stored.  It took no more than a split second to figure out that he was again imposing his racism by attacking the NBA superstar who had earlier called him – deservedly so  – a bum.  For the past week, James, an Akron guy, had been celebrated nationally for his […]

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The white flash mob that turned out for Herr Trumpf’s rally in Tampa with vulgarities and fist-waving threats to the media was in brutal contrast to a friendlier moment the day before as superstar LeBron James hosted the opening of his Foundation’s grade school in Akron.

In Florida the cheers went out for a president, having now downed his quart of Muscle Milk and executed his defiant game face with tight lip-synced push- button grins, rose in the grandeur of his chilling opera.

In James’  hometown of Akron, where he entered the real world without the benefit of a $1 […]

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Thanks to the ACA,  723,000 Ohioans have health insurance, and the 133 million people with preexisting condtions can get affordable insurance.

Ohio Governor John Kasich seems to understand the value in keeping Ohio’s citizens healthy.  Back in February, he met with President Trump and urged him to “maintain an expansion in Medicaid funds under Obamacare, which has helped insure thousands of his state’s residents.”

Donald Trump will be in Ohio tomorrow for a rally, joined by Mike DeWine, candidate for Ohio Governor.   And everyone wants to know if DeWine will follow Kasich’s lead by urging Donald Trump not to mess with the health of […]

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