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“It ain’t over till it’s over,” Lawrence Peter Berra famously told us years ago. And if the topic is Republican behavior in the form of hatred for all things government, including targeting public employees for retribution and engineering government shutdowns, Yogi said it for us.

No, It ain’t over. Not by a long shot.

Welcome to another variant of PTSD – this one called Petulant Trump Shutdown Disaster.

During the 35-day government shutdown, we’ve seen any number of emotional interviews with forlorn furloughed federal employees and contractors. A tearful and frightened cook at the Smithsonian worried about losing his home. […]

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Pad lightly, Wilbur

On January 28, 2019 By

I’ve been poking around the post-shutdown comments to get a greater understanding of how the commander-in-chief’s brain-locked base reacted to his retreat from demanding big money for his storied wall. The tense body language of his apologists told me that they are struggling to make sense of their favorite president.

They have been squirming.   Making lame excuses.  Some even abandoning their faith that he would indeed Make America Great Again on the backs of brown-skinned terrorists.  It was ugly and the polls reflected the despair.

The twiggish and loopy Ann Coulter, for example, who […]

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Public Education Partners (PEP) is hosting the second annual Public Education Celebration in the Statehouse on January 24. This notable event is open to the public. Public school personnel are encouraged to attend. You are invited to CELEBRATE PUBLIC EDUCATION! In honor of Public Education Week in Ohio, as proclaimed by elected officials to be January 20-26, 2019, “Go Public” with Public Education Partners (PEP.) Join us as we shine the light on students and teachers from our public school districts as they share their talents at the Statehouse. When: January 24, 2019 Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Where: […]

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You have to hand it to Republicans. They know how to play hardball and show their deftness in navigating that Potomac swamp they’ve not yet bothered to drain.

How appropriate that a former attorney general, the very guy who previously showed his expertise in crafting presidential pardons has, in the heightening Trump-Russia investigation, been chosen to be the next attorney general. What timing. How coincidental.

The nomination of William Barr to be the next attorney general has raised controversy because of his previously expressed strong views about the Mueller investigation. In fact, some have suggested that the 19-page memo […]

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Let’s admit it. We’ve all had severe cases of writers’s block in our lives. Yes, not only in school, when that big paper was due but later, as adults, when we struggled in penning a letter to someone when we were uncomfortable with the task.

It’s been a while, but writer’s block has also afflicted me in one particular way. Big time.

In order to remedy this ailment, I’m making another attempt to rid myself of a very specific type of writer’s block, viz., how to compose a piece that will convey something very positive about Donald Trump.

Sure, […]

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Although tasked with policing Ohio’s executive branch, Inspector General Randall Meyer failed to investigate Ohio chief executive John Kasich for wasting millions of dollars on IQ Innovations, a company owned by embattled ECOT founder and mega-GOP donor William Lager.

Kasich’s first state budget paved the way for IQ to receive more than $5 million in state money for an online clearinghouse of textbooks and other instructional material. The state called the project iLearnOhio and gave Ohio State University and the Ohio Board of Regents responsibility for it. The clearinghouse never worked properly – but that didn’t matter.

IQ had a […]

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Two recent developments, one a U.S. Senate committee report, the other newly signed legislation directing Ohio schools to offer instruction in cursive handwriting, provide a contrast in examining public policy and how our future societal needs are addressed. A look at each of these events offers some ideas about the direction we might be headed as a state and nation.

On December 16, the Washington Post published a story on the Senate Intelligence Committee report about the scope of Russian assault on our democratic process. In particular, the investigation focused on how a hostile foreign power manipulated the thinking of […]

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Photo by Denis Smith

There was a major winter storm that, thankfully, missed us a few days ago but slammed states south of the Ohio River with record amounts of snowfall. But if nature can spare some areas and bury others, another tempest – this one of a political nature – is about to envelop millions of clueless Americans impaired by their addiction to and reliance on Fox News as their window for information about an unstable world.

Oh yes, Fox News.

Unlike those unfortunate souls from Texas to Virginia who were blindsided by the forces of nature, […]

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As videos remind us of Michael Flynn’s harsh demands against Hillary Clinton to “lock her up”, there is growing speculation that he will not be imprisoned for his disgraceful role in the Russia probe.  The debate over Flynn’s fate as a mob canary will extend to both sides of special counsel Robert Mueller’s penetrating reach.

At this point, does it really matter?  The disgraced general has already condemned himself ago to imprisonment in the pages of history books from which he can’t escape – now and forever.

That leads me to ask why people are so willing to give up their name, honor, and reputation in their […]

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Trump’s Awful Road Show

On December 9, 2018 By

It was a brutal week for Donald Trump, who was upstaged at the G-20 assembly of world leaders in Buenos Aires, a would-be superstar who was adrift in a sea of confusion and bad news.

I caught a glimpse of him in the small crowd as Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gleefully bonded in front of the global cameras like uniting fraternity brothers. But our guy was outvoted 19-1 on climate change and didn’t appear to be taken seriously about anything.

When it was time to go home he was seen tramping around the others as though his next step […]

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Thanks, But No Thanks

On November 29, 2018 By

With the caravan of Democrats pondering whether to run for president in 2020, I want to announce that I will not be among the candidates. That’s NOT, as in NOT.

None of the options to thrust me into the heavy traffic  is appealing.

I do not dream of building the tallest tower in the world in Riyadh.

I don’t’ have the full support of rich Bedouins to lay out a golf course  in the Sahara.

If I told a lot of lies, only Mississippi voters  would believe me.

After Trump leaves, there won’t be many scams left to go around.

Speaking […]

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