A Food Stamp Block Grant is an Attack on the Poor
Lessons from Welfare Reform
With a Republican dominated House, Senate and White House the much touted “block grant” is reemerging in full force. Supported by those who espouse local control and reigning- in spending on entitlements, block grants can, on the surface, seem like an attractive way of moving forward. In lieu of unrestricted spending and strict government rules and regulations, states receive a lump sum of funds to administer safety net programs and thus are provided with a greater amount of flexibility. It […]Full Story... →
This post comes to us from Innovation Ohio, where it was originally published.
Today, the Ohio House is moving a bill that radically undermines the notion of local control and ties the hands of communities to set standards for the treatment of workers.
Enshrined into the constitution is a strong commitment to local control, or “home rule”:
Municipalities shall have authority to exercise all powers of local self-government and to adopt and enforce within their limits such local police, sanitary and other similar regulations, as are not in conflict with […]Full Story... →
What just happened in America is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The soul of this country was torn apart at the very moment when we had a chance to rise above the hateful rhetoric we have been forced to listen to for months and to unite with a compassion for those who are different, a love for our country beyond measure and an acceptance of opinion and ideals that makes this country great….Not Great Again … GREAT!
Instead we watched a wild witch-hunt supported by a predominantly white male force incessantly run after our first female candidate as […]Full Story... →
A Voice for My Students
by Julie Rine, Honors English teacher at Minerva High School
Each time I vote, I have a clear image in my mind of my 12-year old daughter and my teenage students. I vote for the candidate who will have the most positive impact on their lives and who will be a good role model, someone for them to look up to and emulate. The choice this presidential election is blatantly obvious to me: I will proudly vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.
In the past, several of my friends and colleagues have voted for […]Full Story... →
Ohioans need to know how candidates will fight big money
By Catherine Turcer
Ohioans are gearing up for what will likely be the most expensive election in history. Over $18 million has already been spent by outside groups in this year’s race for the U.S. Senate race between Senator Rob Portman and former Governor Ted Strickland. That’s more than five times the total amount of outside money spent during Sen. Portman’s first senate race in 2010.
We all pay the price when wealthy special interest groups are able to dump unlimited amounts of money in elections. It’s the big […]Full Story... →
Was Melania Trump’s speech plagiarism? Definitely. And comments like those from Chris Christie trying to defend the speech saying that it was OK because it was 93% her own work – only illustrate how poorly plagiarism is understood by many people. This is what is often called a teachable moment.
Plagiarism is passing off the words and ideas of others as your own, which is what happened last night in Melania Trump’s speech at the RNC in Cleveland. It is pretty clear that she (or her speechwriter) copied parts of Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech. You can see the relevant […]Full Story... →
By Jack Frech
A few months back, a “Black Lives Matter” sign was defaced here in Athens, Ohio. It reminded me just how deeply racism is ingrained in our society. It is a harsh reality that has been pushed to the forefront by the now finally documented killing of young African-American men by law enforcement.
But equally tragic are the many ways that our racism has manifested itself that are less obvious. African-Americans have a much higher infant mortality rate, and a higher incidence of other serious health issues. They have worse education outcomes. They have a much higher unemployment […]Full Story... →
This week’s winner in the “Even right-wingers can be right every so often award” is Ann Coulter for her description of John Kaisch:
“ …the spitting image of a homeless man. He’s got the slouch, the facial tics, and a strange way of bouncing his head and looking around that makes you want to cross the street to avoid him. It looks like he cuts his own hair, and his suits are Ralph Nader cast-offs. He wolfs down food like a street person, has a hair-trigger temper, and rants about religion in a way that only he can understand. “
Dick […]Full Story... →
Protecting Affordable Health Care In Ohio
by David Balto
Make no mistake, companies always merge to benefit their shareholders. Often consumers end up suffering through higher prices, less service and less choice. Consumers’ pocketbooks feel the pain from recent airline, media and healthcare mergers.
That’s why we have laws for the government to block harmful mergers. Four of the five largest health insurers plan to merger – Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana. In Ohio the mergers will be reviewed by the State Attorney General and the Insurance Commissioner. They should just say no and block these deals.
The Ohio Department of […]Full Story... →
By David Knox
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said something during Saturday’s presidential debate in New Hampshire that he didn’t say in the previous seven Republican debates.
“And we’ve grown jobs by 400,000 — that’s one of the fastest growing states in the country,” he told the audience at St. Anselm’s College and an estimated 13.2 million television and online viewers.
The first part of that sentence is true — Ohio has gained more than 400,000 jobs since Kasich took office in January 2011, according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
But those same figures don’t support Kasich’s […]Full Story... →
By David Knox
Now that Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential poll numbers are up — at least in New Hampshire — will the national news media finally take a hard look at his job creation record?
Maybe. But don’t bet the rent money on it. The lure of the horse race is hard to resist. And the poll numbers show Kasich coming up fast on the outside in the final stretch of the Granite State’s Feb. 9 primary contest.
RealClearPolitics’ average of five surveys of likely New Hampshire voters, conducted Jan. 13-25, shows Kasich in third place with 11.5 percent […]Full Story... →