Two of America’s most effective progressive U.S. Senators are Ohio’s own Sherrod Brown and Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren. The key to their effectiveness stems from a genuine commitment to working people… regular folk… us.
Brown and Warren do not deal in platitudes or vagueness in addressing the real problems facing America’s working class and the elite class of moneyed interests selling them out.
I’ve met many politicians throughout my life, but Brown and Warren both have an essential quality to them – something that appeals very personally to my mid-Western working class sensibilities – let’s call it the “potluck factor,” as […]Full Story... →
For certain personal reasons, I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about and resolving what I can do to be better. How can I be more aware of others? How can I be more considerate? How can I be more thoughtful? What can I do to practice more kindness, listen more closely, live with more empathy, give others more love?
This has to do with the fleeting nature of time; the fact that life is fragile, precious and short, even to those who live a long time. It has to do with what David Foster Wallace called “the […]Full Story... →
On one hand, Ohio Gov. John Kasich probably knows and sincerely believes that a Donald Trump presidency would be an unprecedented disaster for the United States. He’s said as much, often enough. On the other hand, Kasich’s unslaked thirst for the highest office of power compels him to hope the Trump candidacy is as much a disaster for the Republican Party as he’s been claiming it will be.
He pines for this, of course, because he wants to be the Grand Old Party’s savior, eyeing his chance to challenge the inevitably vulnerable incumbency of Hillary Clinton in 2020. As much as I […]Full Story... →
Actor John Lithgow is not famed for his politics, but that’s what he discussed when he came to motivate canvassers for the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton in Athens and other areas of Ohio on Saturday.
Lithgow is known for his television work including High Commander alien Dick Solomon on “3rd Rock from the Sun,” and the trinity killer on Showtime’s “Dexter,” as well as a long movie career including, “Twilight Zone: The Movie,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Terms of Endearment” and “Interstellar.”
Lithgow spoke to a group of about 30 door-knockers for the Clinton campaign at the Hillary for […]Full Story... →
Being a journalist based in Ohio, concerned about gerrymandering and bought elections myself, Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper’s new, first novel, “The People’s House,” speaks to me in more ways than one.
It is about a journalist, based in Ohio, concerned about gerrymandering and political intrigue, and uncovering a plot involving globalist corporate chicanery, the power struggle of Washington D.C., and the darkest of political crimes.
Pepper has penned an immensely readable novel in the form of a political thriller centered around the investigative journalism of fictional Youngstown Vindicator reporter Jack Sharpe. Sharpe is no intrepid cub reporter, but an […]Full Story... →
Francis Strickland opened a Democratic Party office in Athens here in Southeast Ohio a couple weeks ago. She played campaign-themed folk songs on the guitar and deployed all of her southern Ohio charm on behalf of her husband, Ted, the former governor challenging U.S. Sen. Rob Portman for this election cycle’s most crucial Senatorial seat.
Strickland noted that more than $35 million has been spent in the race against her husband on behalf of so-called super PACs.
“They’re picking on my guy every chance they, and we just aren’t going to let them get by with it, are we,” she […]Full Story... →
Following the 2008 Election, I left Columbus for Athens, Ohio. Starting in 2009, I began covering Ohio’s 6th and 18th Congressional districts, often seeing U.S. Reps. Charlie Wilson and Zack Space in Athens County.
They visited my offices at The Athens NEWS. They attended events at Ohio University. When they were up for re-election, they debated their positions at candidate forums hosted by the local League of Women Voters. Democracy was working for the Republic.
In 2011, the great gerrymandering of Ohio happened. The majority of Athens County was included in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, stretching across the state all […]Full Story... →
It’s an article of faith among many on the right that President Barack Obama is waging a war on coal. I’ll not argue here on anthropogenic climate change, the merits or demerits of coal, or America’s energy future.
What I will argue is that no matter where you stand on coal, the people of coal country deserve a future beyond coal. The Obama administration is keenly aware of that, and is investing in a new future for the Appalachian region.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training […]Full Story... →
I nearly executed a perfect spit-take of my Cheerios Saturday morning when I heard Donald Trump’s pitch to black voters to support him because, apparently, why not?
“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?”
Did I just hear that? Did Donald Trump just tell black people that they are poor, unemployed, poorly educated and they’ve got nothing to lose by voting for him? Tone-deaf doesn’t begin to describe it.
Then I realized, no, he didn’t tell black people that. He […]Full Story... →
To hear the Columbus Dispatch tell it, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s lead in the polls over former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is driven by his campaign RV as he tools around the Buckeye State, pressin’ the flesh, back-slappin’, glad-handin’, county fairin’, and otherwise gettin’ on the level with regular folk.
And, Strickland, by contrast, is portrayed as a 75-year-old “old-school, old-man” who is running a “campaign that is failing to engage voters.” Woof. Didn’t the Wolfes sell? It’s not until the 17th ‘graph that the Dispatch mentions in passing the “flood of TV commercials by special-interest groups.”
Talk about […]Full Story... →
Thoughtful, studied consideration does not reign supreme in American politics, and frankly, I can’t think of an era it did. Conversely, I also can’t think of an era like ours where crankery and ignorance was entertained so prominently and with such deference.
Author Isaac Asimov may have best characterized the mindless beast of legitimized stupidity in a 1980 column for Newsweek magazine.
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been,” he wrote. “The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the […]Full Story... →