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... →
New reports emerged overnight about the new head of the Trump for President Campaign, Steve Bannon, who formerly ran the racist and sexist Breitbart News website. According to the New York Times, in 1996 Bannon was alleged to have roughed up his wife and smashed her phone when she tried to call police during an argument.
There’s a lot to this story, including this allegation that Bannon threatened his wife to get her to drop the charges, and apparently refused to marry her until 3 days before the birth of their twins, insisting on waiting to make sure the babies were “normal” […]Full Story... →
Last week the big news out of TrumpLand was that campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was out amidst allegations of his unseemly lobbying activities for the former Russian-backed Ukrainian president.
Note the yellow highlights. One would assume that in order to completely remove the stench, fellow staffer, Rick Gates — whom the AP said was intimately involved in the Ukriaine influence-peddling scheme–would have been let go as well, right?
Nope. Still at the campaign, according to the official spokes-trumpkin:
Also still on the campaign? The guy who said the holocaust couldn’t have happened because the ovens weren’t big enough:
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It’s been clear for a while that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as Commander in Chief. But today we arrived at the point where it is no longer acceptable for any legitimate candidate for office in this country to stand on the sidelines and allow — let alone assist — this man in his quest for office.
Today, Trump openly suggested that while we may not be able to defeat Hillary Clinton at the ballot box, her ability to make judicial appointments could be stopped by “Second Amendment People:”
This is either a call for assassination of a future […]Full Story... →
Last week, Governor Kasich announced his plan to combat algae blooms, responsible for the release of the toxin microcystin into the state’s waterways and the recent shutdown of Toledo’s municipal water supplies. The proposed plan combines grants for local water systems, research and support for farmers. Specifically:
Ohio will provide more than $150 million in grants and interest-free loans to help cities fight the kinds of toxic algae that shut down Toledo’s drinking water two weeks ago, the directors of three state agencies announced yesterday. The state also announced that it will spend $1.25 million to help farmers […]Full Story... →
“Stop Protesting and do something productive. But not voter registration. That would be outrageous.”
– Republicans to Ferguson, Missouri today.
Not a day has gone by when I have not been completely shocked by the behavior of people in leadership roles in response to continued demonstrations of the officer-involved shooting of Missouri teen, Michael Brown. As reported by Breitbart, the head of Missouri’s Republican party is currently freaking out that people in Ferguson are being registered to vote:
[…] Missouri RNC executive director Matt Wills expressed outrage about the reports.
“If that’s not fanning the political flames, […]Full Story... →
Late yesterday, the Dispatch website put up a story with this ominous headline:
More than half of city’s third-graders could be held back under new law
The timing was ironic because, late yesterday, Ohio legislators voted along party lines to zoom ahead in implementing the law, originally proposed by Governor Kasich and adopted into law in late 2012.
According to Hannah News, State Representative Teresa Fedor offered an amendment to the mid-biennium K-12 education bill that would have delayed the bill’s impact on student retention until the 2018-2019 school year. Fedor and others are concerned that […]Full Story... →
Yesterday, Governor Kasich signed a bill restoring four “calamity days” to schools while surrounded by school kids. Kasich made a very big deal to point out to the kids that, thanks to him, they wouldn’t have to do extra homework or miss out on vacations. But, in actual fact, that is not at all the case.
While the headlines claim the bill gives districts “four more” calamity days (the law already excuses up to five snow days per year), there’s a catch:
to use the extra calamity days, schools must first make up four other snow days, such as by […]Full Story... →
Tesla Motors is a California maker of high-end electric vehicles that operates two retail showrooms in Ohio. That may soon change if the powerful auto dealer lobby gets its way. Three states – Arizona, Texas and New Jersey – already prohibit Tesla dealerships from operating. All three boast Republican Governors. Just this week, Chris Christie played an active role in shutting down Tesla in New Jersey, at the urging of the state’s entrenched auto dealer lobby.
Ohio may be the next state to say no to Tesla’s retail outlets, but the proposal must first gain the approval […]Full Story... →
The changes to Ohio law enacted in the state budget would require a doctor to attempt to detect a fetal heartbeat. But anyone who tries to imply that your lady parts would be violated will quickly be tagged as the worst kind of liar, thanks in part to the fine folks at Politifact.
On Friday, Politifact gave Rachel Maddow a “pants-on-fire” rating for claiming that the new budget (HB59) would require a “mandatory vaginal probe at the insistence of the state.”
House Bill 59 does, in fact, specify that doctors must determine whether a fetal heartbeat exists, something that can […]Full Story... →
In a country where more and more people are living in poverty, why is the GOP branding itself as the party that hates the poor?
Increasingly threatened by demographic changes, since November the GOP has sought to make inroads among Latinos while not losing more ground with America’s women. But their latest move will merely reinforce that they stand for punitive policies that target exactly these demographic groups, as they represent a significant segment of the growing population that is poor.
Today, Republicans in Congress failed to provide enough votes to pass a Farm Bill. House members surprised […]Full Story... →