Something strange is going on at the Ohio Statehouse.
The week’s headlines were dominated by the story of freshman Republican State Representative Wes Goodman, whose habit of chatting up young men online was revealed after his abrupt resignation over sex acts in his office. We’ll set aside the details of that story and let Wes and his wife work out their issues in private. The interesting part of the story is how it is being pushed from the sidelines and why.
ECOT, Ohio’s Scammiest Charter School
First, a quick review of the recent history of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow […]Full Story... →
Ohio Republican State Representative Mike Duffey took to Facebook this week to explain his somewhat unexpected vote against Senate Bill 127, legislation that will prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. The bill contained no exceptions for rape or incest, and in a 54-37 vote, House members refused to consider an exception for cases in which a physician determines a “fetus has a severe fetal anomaly or is unlikely to survive after birth.” Duffey was one of only 3 Republican lawmakers, all of whom represent Columbus suburbs, to vote against the bill, which passed 64-39.
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Ohio Republicans, emboldened by Trump’s win in November, this week pushed through two new attacks on women’s abortion rights. Ohio women (and men) are not having it, and are organizing massive protests in response.
Last week, Ohio Senators pulled a sneak attack, reviving the extreme “Heartbeat bill,” legislation that would ban abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy, by amending it into an unrealated child abuse bill without a single public hearing. By keeping lawmakers in session throughout the day, the bill (HB493) made it through both chambers of the General Assembly in a single day and headed […]Full Story... →
Plunderbund Action: Contact Your Representative About SB331, the Petland Bill
Yesterday, a House committee held the first of two hearings this week on the controversial measure to block local ordinances regarding the sale of puppies from commercial breeders. As we noted before, the bill represents erodes local control, undoing the hard work of advocates and elected officials who have gotten laws passed in Toledo and Grove City, and contains a loophole to permit the sale from self-defined “hobby breeders,” a category not subject to oversight by the state under the bill.
Bill sponsor Senator Bob Peterson defended the loophole, […]Full Story... →
Ohio Republicans, at the urging of the Petland chain of stores and their lobbyists, are planning to pass a bill that would overturn local ordinances that regulate pet stores and the dog breeders they purchase from. The laws, in effect in communities including Toledo and Grove City, were passed to crack down on the sale of dogs from unethical commercial breeders running puppy mills – facilities where dogs are kept in inhumane and unsanitary conditions and often carry disease or genetic conditions.
Speaker Cliff Rosenberger regurgitates the lobbyists’ talking points explains:
“It’s important that we not look […]Full Story... →
Yesterday was an illuminating day for followers of the incoming Trump administration. Twice, the team — including the President-elect himself — was caught by journalists engaging in obvious deception.
First, campaign spokesman Jason Miller made this easily-disproven claim:
President-elect Trump has never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion, and to imply otherwise is completely false.
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This morning, the Columbus Dispatch released the results of their highly-anticipated annual mail poll, which found that Hillary Clinton holds a 1-point advantage, leading Donald Trump 48-47 in a race they say is “too close to call.” The editors say the race will come down to which campaign does a better job of getting out their voters.
Also this morning, a new CBS News poll has Trump over Clinton 46-45.
Public polling results are consistent with a report from Daily Kos yesterday that internal Democratic Party polling (private polls paid for by the party, which typically tend to […]Full Story... →
Today it feels like we’re watching political history being rewritten in real-time. Since yesterday’s revelation of grotesque comments in which the GOP nominee for President brags about sexually assaulting women and more, Republicans across the country are running for the exits. So far (and this is a fast-changing story, so bound to be wrong by the time we publish), dozens of prominent names have said they could not vote for Trump and 31 have called upon the nominee to step aside and let someone else (the popular choice is Mike Pence) run.
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In case you don’t spend your day refreshing Twitter, you missed a pretty hilarious side show in the 2016 race for President.
It all starts with a story that broke overnight about an interview with the Chair of Donald Trump’s Mahoning County operation, who shared some pretty deplorable thoughts about racism… read it for yourself, but here are some fun highlights:
Miller was quickly ousted by the campaign, which is currently struggling to court African-American voters. Replacing her is Tracey Winbush, an African-American talk show host and former Kasich supporter. As soon as campaign reporters began adding Winbush to their Twitter […]Full Story... →
Today, Trump campaign representatives spelled out a plan he is prepared to unveil tonight to provide six weeks of paid maternity leave to new parents through unemployment benefits for those whose employers don’t offer paid maternity leave. There are a number of immediately obvious problems with the plan.
(Birth?) Mothers Only
According to reporting by the Washington Post, the plan would apply to mothers and not be transferable to fathers. This flies in the face of considerable research showing that when fathers take paternity leave, it leads to a number of positive outcomes for children and parents. For example, when men take leave to […]Full Story... →
Today, Republicans in Congress demanded that any funding for the nation’s response to the Zika outbreak must be paired with harmful new gifts to their most extreme constituencies.
Taking a bold stand for the confederacy
House Republicans added an amendment to the bill that would block Planned Parenthood from providing contraception to prevent the spread of the virus (which, unlike most mosquito-borne illnesses, can be transmitted sexually). Another amendment eliminated an existing ban on flying the confederate flag at federal cemeteries, because we are still fighting wars from the nineteenth century, apparently. Others attacked clean water and the healthcare law.
Instead of insisting on a clean funding […]Full Story... →