From the monthly archives: September 2018

The failure of Betsy DeVos to effectively advance her privatization of public education agenda at the federal level is no reason for public education advocates to diminish their efforts. The September 4 Washington Post article “The education of Betsy DeVos: why her school choice agenda has not advanced” might prompt some public school advocates to ease up on their efforts.

The article said: “Her motivation, DeVos says, is to make sure every child can escape failing schools, even if parents can’t afford private school tuition. Critics counter that vouchers and related programs […]

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Zach Space, the Democratic candidate for State Auditor, recently received the endorsement of the Columbus Dispatch. The candidate that was cozy with ECOT did not get the Dispatch endorsement. The point here is not who was endorsed but the fact that ECOT is toxic to those that aided and abetted the fraud-ridden business operation. The Columbus Dispatch states: “(Space’s) plan to increase the number of special audits is a good use of the auditor’s powers, for example to assess the full impact on the public of for-profit charter-school operating companies and the controversial embrace of private […]

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When The Other Side Has a Leo

On September 21, 2018 By

Anyone who doubts that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would target Roe v. Wade as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice might want to check the name, Leonard Leo. He is the executive vice president of the conservative 60,000 member Federalist Society, a legal group that has no small influence along Potomac waters.

The society submitted a couple of lists of possible presidential nominees before Kavanaugh was chaperoned to Trump by Leo, a well-tailored live-wire anti-abortionist who was described in the New Yorker last year by Jeffrey Toobin “as being shaped as much by Catholicism as by conservatism.”  Toobin quoted Leo:

“My grandparents were deeply religious people, […]

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This week, after a string of bad news for their candidate in the race to take on Sherrod Brown, Ohio Republicans got desperate.

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Last week, Ohio gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine released a remarkable statement that said too much testing in school “interferes with a child’s ability to think creatively and problem solve.”

Huh? When he was a Member of Congress, wasn’t Mike DeWine one of the strongest proponents of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law that’s been the bane of educators for nearly two decades?

Steve Dyer, an attorney, and Education Policy Fellow at Innovation Ohio examined the previous positions of both DeWine and his running mate, Jon Husted, in the area of education policy. Dyer served in the legislature during the […]

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The Hearing That Wasn’t

On September 14, 2018 By

I’ve been having a terrible time trying to erase from my memory the so-called confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.  That soaring appointment was assured when President Trumpalooka chose him as the pick of the right-wing litter – an appellate judge who wasn’t even on the original list of the conservative  Federalist Society’s array of recommended space fillers to replace Justice Kennedy.

But with Trumpalooka bossing the Oval Office these troubled days, do we really need another hint of how it all came about to satisfy a base of pro-lifers?

He will be confirmed and […]

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The Koch Brothers’ political arm is getting involved in six Ohio statehouse races, suggesting the GOP-held seats are vulnerable to a blue wave.

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The Agent Orange Now Challenged

On September 11, 2018 By

So it is Donald Trump vs. Barack Obama on the stump.  Agent Orange vs. Black Light, the latter an instrument used to determine flaws and repairs in objects.

The mock matchup of the current president and the ex is an easy call:  Obama is expressively Mr. Cool – masterfully calm,  thoughtful, authentic in dealing with today’s realities.  None of these attributes apply to The Uncool Donald,  who lives worriedly in a world that’s a vast laundromat where his fortunes flow, roll and tumble out of sight of yokels, rich and poor.

Now, Obama is making a bid to change all of […]

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The cruel captain was enraged at his disloyal crew, and he couldn’t control his anger any longer.

All right! Who did it? Who did it? You are going to stand sweating at those battle stations until someone confesses! It’s an insult to the honor of this ship!

No, this wasn’t a snippet from one of Donald Trump’s recent rages at his West Wing crew as he learned of the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed piece penned by another of his trusted and appointed crew.

But it could have been.

Who did it? Who did it?

There is no doubt […]

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Danny O’Connor’s narrow loss in a district Trump won by 11 points suggests that several GOP-held seats in the Ohio legislature may now be in play. Here are six of the most flippable House seats in Ohio.

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Mike DeWine has a big problem trying to follow the Republican playbook of running on “law and order,” and it’s obvious just by looking at his first campaign ad.

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