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Two years ago Pope Francis released Laudato Si’, his encyclical which Time magazine described as a “powerful, prophetic, and personal plea for governments, religions, businesses and individuals to work together to address climate change, much of which Francis says is caused by humans.”

The Pope gave a copy to President Donald Trump when he visited the Vatican earlier this year. Trump, not known for his love of reading, pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Change Accord soon after. It is likely Trump never made it through the first page.

Neither, it seems, has Reverand Barry […]

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Ohio’s kids will head back to school in about a month.  Stores have already swapped the sunscreen and pool floaties out of their seasonal sections.  Now it’s all backpacks and school supplies.

Families are enjoying their last few weeks at the pool, finishing up summer sports seasons, and not-so-secretly looking forward to using “sorry, it’s a school night” as an excuse to send their kids to bed early.

It’s also time for another back-to-school season tradition.

This week The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), Ohio’s behemoth online charter school, started its yearly push to poach students from traditional public schools […]

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Senator Rob Portman has never been known for taking bold stances on important issues, or for bucking his party and standing up for what is right and just.

Today was no exception.

Despite constant pressure from his constituents in Ohio, Portman refused to disavow support for the super-secret, anti-Obamacare bill.

And when the Congressional Budget Office released a report saying the bill will cause 22 million Americans to lose their health coverage, Portman still refused to respond.

It wasn’t until everything went south for the GOP, and support for the bill finally got flushed down the crapper.

Earlier today Senate […]

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You have to give Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel credit for one thing: the guy knows how to stay on message.

Now engaged in his second run for the US Senate seat held by Democrat Sherod Brown, Mandel is using the Donald Trump 2016 Presidential Election Playbook as his messaging guide. And he followed the guide to the letter earlier today after discovering that some Ohio government websites were defaced with pro-ISIS messages.

“Wake up freedom-loving Americans,” Mandel wrote on Facebook.  “Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland.” The post included an image of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections website, […]

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Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday creating a “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.”  In typical Trump fashion, he has literally picked the worst people possible for the commissioner jobs.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will co-chair the commission.  Kobach, you may remember, is the guy who made up the false claim that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.   A lie that Trump still repeats.

The list of commissioners also includes Ohio’s best known mismanager of elections: Ken Blackwell.

Back in 2004 Blackwell served as Ohio Secretary of State, […]

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The good folks over at ProgressOhio have taken the lead on exposing the problems with Ohio’s disastrous up charter school system.

This morning they put out a press release about the latest ECOT scandal in which the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow tried to force all of their teachers to come to Columbus for a pro-charter school rally…

 

ECOT to Spend Tax Money to Rally for More Tax Money  As It Fights Efforts to Recover Tax Money it was Overpaid 

For Immediate Release:

May 8, 2017

COLUMBUS – Chronically failing charter schools are spending increasingly large sums of public money on […]

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John Kasich is promoting his latest book, “Two Paths,” but the tale of today’s version of the book tour could better be named “Two Ironies.”

Tonight, in an appearance on MSNBC, Governor Kasich opined on the irresponsible GOP practice of “dynamic scoring” where policymakers invent rosy scenarios in which tax cuts will result in so much economic growth that they pay for themselves.

Here’s the funny thing about that: today, while Kasich was in New York selling books, lawmakers back in Ohio were grappling with an $800 million budget shortfall caused by six years of Kasich tax cuts that resulted […]

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Back in 2011 I analyzed Ohio’s EdChoice voucher program and determined that 93% of the vouchers were being used at private schools with a religious affiliation.  A new analysis by the Cleveland Plain Dealer shows that number may have jumped to 97%.

Donald Trump has proposed increasing spending on school vouchers in his budget, a plan fully supported by Betsy DeVos, his Education Secretary.  DeVos and Trump both attended private schools as children and neither have any experience with actual public schools or with education policy.

Our analysis from 2011 showed that there were only three secular private high schools in Ohio that […]

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Ken Blackwell spent the bulk of his political career focused on gay stuff, blaming the LGBT community for most of America’s ills.

In the 2008 governor’s race he accused Ted Strickland of supporting NAMBLA.  (Click through and watch the painfully hilarious video!)

In 2011 he tied Elmo on Sesame Street to boys growing up to be gay prom queens.

In 2014 he claimed that gay marriage caused some douchebag, women-hating bro dude to go on a shooting rampage at UC Santa Barbara.

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Ohio Representative Pat Tiberi has always opposed the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.  Even when Ohio Governor John Kasich took advantage of the opportunity to provide over 700,000 Ohioans medical coverage through the program, Tiberi stood firm in his opposition.

So why is Tiberi suddenly claiming he supported Kasich’s expansion in Ohio?

Last week Pat Tiberi staffer Rob Nichols told a crowd gathered outside a Worthington fundraiser that “the congressman supported the governor’s position to expand [Medicaid] in Ohio.”  (Click the link, we have the video)

And in today’s Dispatch, Tiberi doubled down on this claim personally claiming he “supported the governor’s […]

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy spoke at an anti-abortion group’s event Friday morning, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer,  “even though the court is hearing a case that could close Toledo’s last abortion clinic.”

“Kennedy gave the keynote speech at Greater Toledo Right to Life’s annual legislative briefing breakfast.”

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio quickly issued a response insisting Kennedy recuse herself from future abortion cases.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio calls on Justice Sharon Kennedy’s recusal

Participation in anti-abortion event inappropriate before upcoming cases

Columbus, Ohio — NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is calling on Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy to recuse herself from relevant […]

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