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Ohio is eligible for millions in new federal money to secure our aging elections systems, thanks to new funding approved in the recently-enacted federal spending bill. Now, it’s up to John Kasich and Jon Husted to act.

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As statehouse Republicans attempt to give John Kasich total control of K-12 education, including the authority to appoint a new cabinet member to oversee education policy, it’s worth a look at what happened when he was given the same authority over two Ohio school systems.

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One year later, and the resistance to Trump and Trumpism is still going strong in Central Ohio.

Today, with nearly no notice, approximately two dozen protestors organized by local Indivisible groups convened on Senator Portman’s Columbus office to condemn his empty “thoughts and prayers” response to the latest tragic mass shooting and ask for real reform of our gun laws. Local news was there and produced this report.

Meanwhile in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District (which is currently vacant, thanks to Pat Tiberi’s departure to the lobbying world), activists are still going strong. Below is an excerpt from the […]

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A beloved Youngstown businessman is sitting in jail, awaiting deportation, as the Trump administration exerts new enforcement powers. On Tuesday, Ohioans will rally to denounce the Trump administration’s year of actions against families and the lack of progress toward policies to protect immigrants.

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When Rick Neal saw the Ebola crisis unfolding in Liberia in late 2014, he knew what he had to do. After several difficult conversations with family and friends, Neal got on a flight to Africa. He spent a month volunteering with his former employer, the International Rescue Committee, to set up a 100-bed clinic in the capital city of Monrovia.

As Neal explains it, “When a crisis strikes, you ask yourself ‘what can I do?’”

The same thought process has now led Neal – a married father of 2 girls from Columbus – to run for Congress.

Neal is running […]

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Kasich Budget promises cuts to vital programs

In two weeks, Govenor Kasich will introduce his last state budget, and early indications suggest it will reduce services for people who need them the most to pay for tax cuts for people who need them least.

Why cuts? There are two reasons Kasich is asking his agencies to cut spending. First, tax revenue is not growing as fast as forecasts suggested, which is hardly surprising when the state cut income taxes, primarily on those at the very top, for 11 of the past 12 years. On top of the revenue shortfall, Republicans still want […]

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National: Healthcare [Cuts] For All

The GOP is preparing to repeal portions of the law funding Obamacare as early as January 3rd, but do not have a plan in place to replace it. Experts are warning that a January move to eliminate funding for subsidies and cost-sharing will leave consumers unable to purchase plans, drive up insurance costs and chase carriers from the marketplace. These impacts will be portrayed by Republicans as “proving” Obamacare was a failure, and set the stage for whatever replacement they land on. It’s a politically precarious move based on a cynical plan to deceive […]

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National: An End To Food Stamps?

Fox News is currently asking whether the federal food program for people in poverty should be eliminated because of recent data about program fraud. Creating the impression that there is widespread fraud in a federal program is the first step in a messaging war that will be waged as the right-wing prepares to introduce a budget that cuts spending on vital programs in order to pay for a diverse array of tax cuts for the billionaire class that helps keep them in office.

The Washington Post rightly notes that this $70 million in misspending represents just 0.09 […]

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