To laugh or to cry, dear Buckeyes, that is the question. In recent years, state lawmakers in Ohio have set about the business of underfunding education, undermining teachers unions, improperly tying student test scores to teacher evaluations, and rigging the game to prop up a for-profit charter school industry that has become the laughingstock of the nation.
If you know public school teachers around Ohio, and talk to them, you’ll find morale is low, stress is high and the joy of learning is being robbed from students while the joy of instruction exists now only as a fond memory. Quotas, scores, standards, […]Full Story... →
More than 2,000 suspected terrorists attempted to legally buy guns in the United States between 2004 and 2014, and over 91 percent of them succeeded, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Active shooter terrorism is a growing threat in America, as illustrated prominently by the San Bernadino shooting this past December. In fact, since September 11, 2001, nearly every terror attack in the United States has involved firearms.
But a loophole in federal law – known as the “terror gap” – allows known and suspected terrorists to pass a criminal background check and legally buy a gun.
Does that sound absurd […]Full Story... →
It may be the most reliable thing in Buckeye politics: Ohio state Rep. John Becker’s chief concern at any given time is how other people are using their genitals. He’s obsessed by it. It’s not just a hobby; it’s a passion.
The man is severely repressed, and he probably needs to talk to a professional about it, but until then our General Assembly shall be plagued by Becker’s preoccupation with our collective private parts.
Republican Rep. John Becker says he’s hearing from constituents who tell him they think the state needs a law against unisex bathrooms in public […]Full Story... →
Just who exactly is the pleated-khaki, aww shucks, dork dad Republican Presidential candidate going by the name John Kasich on the campaign trail this year? He bears little resemblance to the person we know as governor of Ohio, save perhaps his perpetual awkwardness.
The false-front persona Kasich has been deploying since announcing his bid for the Presidency is nothing more than a political marketing product, and not a very believable one, but occasionally the mask slips.
OK, often the mask slips, and Kasich is returned to his arrogant, prickly, rude, off-putting jerk self. Not that anyone outside of Ohio would notice […]Full Story... →
North Carolina reigns supreme right now in the realm of mixing unthinking bigotry, discrimination, and bad governance, but hold onto your butts folks, because the deranged Ohio General Assembly not only sees nothing wrong with North Carolina’s approach but is making designs to emulate it.
And meanwhile, it comes out, we have a candidate for Ohio Supreme Court who has all but promised to shield pro-discrimination legislation from legal challenge if elected to the state’s high court.
Appellate Court Judge Pat DeWine has indicated he would likely strike down laws protecting LGBTQ Ohioans if they come before the […]Full Story... →
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is setting fundraising records in a way of which his campaign seems to be proud. But when you dig into the numbers, it becomes fairly obvious that he is setting these records in a way of which the American people have become sick and tired.
Portman’s fundraising success is not the product of small, civic-minded donors with an interest in good governance. Portman’s fundraising success is the product of dark money, special interests, outside groups, and the kind of moneyed electioneering that has the American people disgusted with its system of politics in 2016.
The last two […]Full Story... →
The latest Republican stunt to disenfranchise voters has blown up in their faces like a trick cigar.
The U.S. Supreme Court provided the Grand Old Party with the arse kicking it so richly deserves on Monday with its 8-0 decision in Evenwel v. Abbott, wherein Republicans had attempted to capsize the redistricting processes across these United States by undoing the age-old democratic principle of “one person, one vote.”
The scheme was this: Allow state legislatures to further gerrymander the country by allowing districts to be drawn only around the population of registered voters instead of the population as […]Full Story... →
Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues his ride on the Presidential Struggle Bus, destination Cleveland 2016.
He’s placed himself in the unenviable position of having to maintain the fiction he’s some sort of moderate in the Grand Old Party Presidential Pageant while simultaneously asserting steadfast unreasonableness on the question of President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Fresh Prince of Light and Joy got himself all flipped-turned upside down over the weekend trying to talk out of both sides of his mouth.
From the Columbus Dispatch:
There was “bit of a situation” Sunday involving Gov. John Kasich’s thoughts on […]Full Story... →
The game’s afoot in Ohio, once again. Over the coming days, Buckeyes are going to see a variety of news stories about a new campaign to legalize medicinal marijuana in our Great River state.
But Ohio Republicans might scuttle any attempt to get such an initiative in front of voters in November because it’s a U.S. Presidential Election year and they wouldn’t want such a ballot proposal driving undesirable demographics to the polls.
Here’s what’s going on:
Today, representatives from the national Marijuana Policy Project held a conference call with reporters from around the state about their initiative via Ohioans […]Full Story... →
Over the past few days I’ve become fairly well convinced we’re going to see a Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump general election for the Presidency of the United States. Of course, I could be wrong. So much could happen. But right now, that’s what it looks like.
In perfect honesty, I’m a Bernie Sanders supporter. For a while now, the anti-poverty effort and its offshoots (such as highlighting the injustice of wage stagnation and wealth and income inequality) have been primary concerns for me, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that in the Democratic Primary, I support the candidate who […]Full Story... →
Perhaps no American comedian’s material has remained so relevant for so long after his death like that of Bill Hicks. Twenty-two years since he died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 32, Hicks’ jokes slice through the bullshit of everyday reality in our country’s culture and politics with the brutality of a Maximilian Robespierre.
Hicks paraded the tyrant hypocrisy through the town square and past the gawking masses like the eternal enemy it is, kneeling it down in the guillotine and dropping the curved blade of his wit with an efficiency and finality that left the target’s head staring […]Full Story... →