Posts by: D.C. DeWitt

News broke Friday afternoon that White House Chief Strategist Steven Bannon is out.

This was after the worst week yet in a seemingly never-ending series of horrible weeks for President Donald Trump and his dysfunctional, chaotic administration.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said what we all know: Bannon should have never been in the White House in the first place.

Here is Brown’s statement in full:

“Steve Bannon should have never been in the White House. He has promoted anti-Semitism, racism and misogyny, embracing the same bigotry and hate speech that have left so many Ohioans feeling unsafe. Bannon […]

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken has a line about U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz: “You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than most of my colleagues like Ted Cruz, and I hate Ted Cruz.”

Texas Ted is one of the slimiest, bent, and ate-up personalities to have squirmed across the floor of the U.S. Senate in the 21st Century.

Josh Mandel is one of the most noxious bags of sulphuric hot wind to have drifted across the great plains of Ohio in the 21st Century. It’s pretty well known that even their Republican colleagues, in Congress and […]

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The tragedy in Charlottesville ate up our entire Monday Roundup, so we’re doing a special Tuesday Roundup this week to cover the rest of the news.

Since winning control over the state legislature and the executive branch, the Kasich Administration and Ohio Republicans have destroyed funding for local government, leading to layoffs of emergency personnel such as police and fire, and drastic cuts to local services and maintenance of infrastructure.

Another $200 million cut may be soon on its way, depending on the actions of the Republican majority Ohio Senate.

From the Sandusky Register:

All county governments […]

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Nazis killed someone in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. Her name was Heather Heyer. She was a 32-year-old paralegal, and she was anti-Nazi. Nineteen others were injured.

Two days later, President Donald Trump succumbed to political pressure and condemned the Nazis. It took him two full days to condemn Nazis. Let’s all take a second to pause and reflect on that. …

There is no both-siderism when it comes to Nazis. I’ve been to Dachau. Five years later, thinking of what I saw there still makes me ill. Anybody who wears, waves, or stands by a Nazi symbol is the lowest […]

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As the United States careens from one crisis to the next under President Donald Trump, some things may get missed: Such as the fact that Ohio’s junior U.S. Sen. Rob Portman encouraged Trump to follow up his violent rhetoric against North Korea last week with action.

From the Washington Times, reporting on a Portman appearance on CNN:

“I think the right approach is to be strong and that will have a deterrent effect, I believe. That’s certainly what all of us hope for,” Mr. Portman, Ohio Republican, said on CNN.

But Mr. Portman said those words need to be backed up with action […]

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Two groups of educators in Ohio have been standing up against the ALEC-driven agenda to hurt public schools in order to privatize and profiteer off of education: Public Education Partners and the Ohio BATs (Badass Teachers).

ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Koch-funded enterprise that writes copy-and-paste legislation to benefit corporations that state legislators turn into law. ALEC has received funding from AT&T, Allergan, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company among many other profit-driven enterprises.

They have produced model bills on a broad range of issues including reducing business regulation and corporate taxation, loosening environmental regulations, tightening voter identification rules, weakening labor unions, and opposing gun control. […]

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Remember how dark money and outside spending totaled over $40 million against former Gov. Ted Strickland and for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in 2016? Well it looks like for now Richard Cordray is their next target.

Yeah. Thanks to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Citizens United, nearly a century of campaign finance law was obliterated in favor of unaccountable forces pouring massive amounts of cash into the system to buy elections.

If you were wondering, Kennedy still doesn’t care that he legalized political bribery and subjected the American Republic to endless plutocratic […]

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In response to a constituent asking U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to stop taking campaign money from the fossil fuel industry, Ohio’s junior senator laughed and walked away.

From the Huffington Post:

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on Friday refused to answer a voter’s questions about a bill critics say will paralyze public health agencies and make it easier for corporations to pollute. He then laughed in the woman’s face when she asked him to stop taking donations from fossil fuel giants.

At the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Meryl Neiman, an entrepreneur and mother of two, confronted […]

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It should come as no surprise Ohio Gov. John Kasich is still looking to scratch his presidential itch, what with his book tour and his ongoing challenges to the politics of President Donald Trump.

The New York Times is reporting that Kasich may be one of several GOP primary challengers to the sitting president.

From Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns at the NYT:

Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse have already been to Iowa this year, Gov. John Kasich is eyeing a return visit to New Hampshire, and […]

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Legislation Would Streamline VA Appeals, Provide New Options for Veterans to Pursue

 

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced Wednesday Senate passage of theVeterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, legislation Brown co-sponsored to help speed up the appeals process for veterans seeking assistance from the Veterans Administration (VA).

The bill will now go to the House for approval and then to President Trump to be signed into law.

While the current appeal process includes several levels of hearings and appeals, Brown’s bill would:

Create three options for veterans to pursue when appealing a VA decision including, seeking […]

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Did you know that the Cleveland Clinic held its annual fundraiser on the home turf of El Caudillo Del Mar-A-Lago?

It’s pretty sad news, to learn that this well-revered non-profit medical pioneer would stoop through the ostentatious golden gate of President Trump’s prized golfing resort. It’s a bit ironic too, considering that President Trump is actively throwing Twitter temper tantrums about his desire to destroy health care for millions of Americans.

ProgressOhio is now sharing an open letter to the Cleveland Clinic from various medical professionals, citizens, and others, imploring them to stop lending their brand and their money to […]

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