From the monthly archives: October 2018

Voter Suppression In Ohio, Too

On October 28, 2018 By

The voter suppression disgrace in Georgia is hardly a surprise for a Republican Party that has vigorously sought ways for years to hold on to power on Election Day. Emboldened by a corrupt president who complained that three million fraudulent votes led to his deficit in the popular vote in 2016, the GOP’s minions in a number of states continue their efforts to disenfranchise the “colored” – as a party leader once described them to me a quarter-century ago.

Here is how another party brain, Doug Preisse, the Franklin County GOP chairman, later divulged the us-and-them protocol in a statement to the Columbus Dispatch:

“I guess […]

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For decades, many politicians eagerly pledged support for ending safe and legal abortion, knowing that Roe v. Wade rendered those pledges meaningless. That all changed with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

With Justice Kavanaugh cementing the court’s conservative majority, Roe will be overturned or gutted.  The court won’t automatically make abortion illegal. Instead, it’s expected to find a case that returns decisions about its legality to the states, where a patchwork of existing laws already makes abortion difficult to access in Ohio and many other states.

Recently we have seen how […]

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The Mike DeWine campaign has reached a new low. Their latest ad attacking Rich Cordray is based on a budget bill from 1991 which was supported by none other than Mike DeWine.

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Political corruption has been at the forefront of public discourse in this country for the better part of the last decade. Ohioans, and Americans as a whole, are justifiably sick and tired of seeing their elected representatives being bought and paid for by special interest groups and with large wads of cash from corporations, lobbying firms and all manner of seedy factions.

Ohio’s own bout with this corruption has come in the form of the ECOT scandal, a years-long scam that saw Republican officials throughout the state’s government paid off — to the tune of millions of dollars — […]

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For all but four of the last 23 years, Republicans have held control of the governor’s mansion and both houses of the Ohio General Assembly. Buoyed by conservative support across huge swathes of the state’s rural landscapes, the GOP has dominated politics in Ohio and placed a chokehold on the our state’s working class.

A generation of Ohioans has grown up in the shadow of this conservative death star, constantly clamoring for lower taxes, more deregulation and more handouts to big businesses, even as their rural constituents struggled to make ends meet. Jobs were slashed en masse, wages plummeted in […]

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If Carly Simon gave us an anthem with You’re So Vain, maybe Good Charlotte’s Predictable provides the perfect lyric to help us define the dull and uninspiring Andrew Brenner.

I knew it all along
You’re so predictable
I knew something would go wrong

Yes, we knew all along that he was so predictable. But what has gone wrong for Brenner this election year in a big way is that he’s facing a formidable candidate who has a great chance of bringing him down in the otherwise reliably red territory of Delaware and Knox Counties.

In his search […]

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We’ve all seen far too often what happens when legislative bodies are non-representative of their constituents. Infamous images abound of panels of elderly, white, wealthy, Republican men staring down on women and people of color from their positions of power, enacting policies to benefit and enrich themselves at the harm of everybody else.

It’s long overdue that we should see an influx of women into the Ohio House of Representatives and State Senate. To say the least, it’s incredibly frustrating that 27 of the 33 State Senate seats and 76 of the 99 House of Representative seats in Ohio […]

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Newly-obtained documents reveal that between September 2012 and August 2013, Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office twice declined to go after the drug manufacturers that flooded the market with addictive prescription opioids. Instead, DeWine waited to take legal action against these drug companies until May 2017—less than one month before declaring his bid for governor.

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Here are the four Ohio Congressional districts most likely to flip from red to blue in November’s election.

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In their final debate in Cleveland, Rich Cordray argued that Mike DeWine is a career politician, out of touch with the issues affecting Ohio voters and after 42 years needs to step aside.

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Hudson city councilman Casey Weinstein picks up a key endorsement in his race to flip Oho’s 37th House District from red to blue.

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