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Forcing a trusted teacher, administrator, cafeteria worker, janitor, guidance counselor, or other caring adult in a school to out children experiencing gender dysphoria teaches a lesson of distrust to kids, many of whom already struggle with bullying, depression or worse.

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If you spend any time on social media or at meetings of progressive activists you’ll know that progressive voters care about policy issues. Like, they really care.  Way more than they care about parties or most politicians. And, if you’re running for Governor, the best way to share your views on issues is to post them to a website.

The conversation this cycle comes thanks to Rich Cordray, who has frustrated the state’s voters–or at least the ones who haven’t met him in person–by failing to outline any policy solutions on his official website. And boy do we hear about […]

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Stop The Immigration Ban

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Thanks to attorney J.M. Burke for this guest post on Trump’s immigration executive order and what you can do to fight it.

The drama taking place on our borders strikes at our nation’s heart. And those of us located far from the front lines can help. Here’s how.

First, some background (because knowledge is power). Executive orders are used by Presidents to guide and shape policy. But a President must be authorized to issue such orders. In this case, Congress granted the President authority to keep people out of the country for pretty much any reason in 1952.

Pursuant […]

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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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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.

In a post on his […]

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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 […]

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On Tuesday The Slot published a telling video of John Kasich from his 1999 presidential campaign talking about his so-called “values”:  “You know what the values tell you? Why are you 15 years old and letting some boy take advantage of you?” says Kasich. “You shouldn’t be doing that.”

The Slot’s writer follows up nicely with some of Kasich’s recent anti-woman antics:

“It’s an old and exhausting idea: teenage boys are responsible for exploring their sexuality, and girls are responsible for keeping their legs together. In fact, Kasich has a record of supporting legislation that punishes women for being sexually […]

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I looked, and there before me was a pale horse. Its rider was named Becker, and Lynch was following close behind him.

The Zealot of Union Township, ever-paranoid and stabbing at shadows, has finagled a new scheme to turn Ohio into a Voter Photo ID state.

Remember all those times you risk felony indictment by stealing your neighbors’ bills to impersonate them at the ballot box, scheming for one more vote for the winning team? No? Neither does anybody else, because nobody does that.

But because it never happens is not enough to dissuade state Reps. John Becker and […]

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“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, […]

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In her  recent talk at an Akron Press Club/ Bliss Institute program,  Rep.Marcia Fudge covered the entire spectrum of  the unfinished business of combatting racism in America.  A Democrat who chairs  the Congressional Black Caucus,  she represents Ohio’s  new 11th District stretching south from Euclid to Fairlawn – graphic evidence of the liveried Republican map-drawers’ free-wheeling ability to redefine the upside of hometown politics.

A compelling speaker, Fudge surveyed  the legacy of Martin Luther’s King’s  place in today’s world that has met with no more than mixed results in a nation  that is more polarized than at  any  time in a […]

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