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What does a judge’s ruling about a constitutional amendment in Florida have in common with television commercials aired recently about online schools in Ohio?

Answer: it’s not what’s stated in the proposed amendment and the TV promotional that’s important. Instead, it’s about what’s not disclosed in each.

The question then is why was an important word left out of both? Where Groucho Marx rewarded contestants for uttering “the magic word” on his TV show, we should recognize readers for being the first to figure out what key or magic word is being left out of commercials for some Ohio online […]

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Silence Has No Sound

On August 21, 2018 By

Do you think Simon and Garfunkel might have had the Republican congressmen in mind when they wrote “The Sound of Silence”? Given the fact that the creepy pols obsequiously duck into the nearest cave when the issue of the monster in the Oval Office adds a few more shreds to our democracy, one must decide that they, too, are bluffing when they solicit your vote as wannabe leaders.  They are not.  Nowhere is that more evident than in Ohio where the Trump Republican ticket has nothing at all to venture about Donald Trump.

That group would include Mike DeWine, who is free-wheeling his feel-good right-wing […]

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Jena Powell, a Republican candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 80, has political and familial ties to an organization that may have enabled former Rep. Wes Goodman’s duplicitous lifestyle.  The Forge, a Dayton, Ohio based conservative leadership academy caters to 16-24 young conservatives who are interested in entering politics. Powell’s brother, Justin, co-founded the organization with Adam Josefczyk in late 2014. It touts Ms. Powell’s primary victory in HD 80 as a success for the organization and uses her image and story in its promotional materials. Goodman is the “pro-family” representative from District 87, who resigned in […]

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Ohio’s special election in District 12 last week was never supposed to be even close.

Republicans have held the Ohio-12 House seat for over thirty years. Trump won the district by eleven points in 2016. And yet, the people who actually live in the district–yes, this even includes those scoundrels in Franklin County–turned those numbers on their head and sent a message to Congress: We are watching the Republican assault on the middle class, working families, those suffering through poverty, children, teachers, veterans—and we will march to the polls to make our voices heard.

Center stage in this parade […]

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When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2009, it opened up two new points of access for consumers: The Medicaid Expansion and the Exchange. These two programs, combined, have provided access to coverage for more nearly 900,000 Ohioans.

However, the majority of Ohioans still have insurance through employer-based plans. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 150 million Americans get coverage through their employer, and 80 percent of them are pretty happy with the coverage. Over the past nine years, the ACA  brought advancements and innovation in these types of plans as well – from what’s covered […]

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It’s been a terrible week for Ohio ’s Trump Republican candidates as they meekly try to run out the clock on their president’s insults of iconic LeBron James. Forever the adolescent arbiter of the villainy of his critics, Trump decided to trample out the hardwoods where the grapes of wrath are stored.  It took no more than a split second to figure out that he was again imposing his racism by attacking the NBA superstar who had earlier called him – deservedly so  – a bum.  For the past week, James, an Akron guy, had been celebrated nationally for his […]

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Thanks to the ACA,  723,000 Ohioans have health insurance, and the 133 million people with preexisting condtions can get affordable insurance.

Ohio Governor John Kasich seems to understand the value in keeping Ohio’s citizens healthy.  Back in February, he met with President Trump and urged him to “maintain an expansion in Medicaid funds under Obamacare, which has helped insure thousands of his state’s residents.”

Donald Trump will be in Ohio tomorrow for a rally, joined by Mike DeWine, candidate for Ohio Governor.   And everyone wants to know if DeWine will follow Kasich’s lead by urging Donald Trump not to mess with the health of […]

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Donald Trump will be in Ohio tomorrow trying to energize Republican voters ahead of Tuesday’s special election.

But his venue accouncement today (Olentangy Orange High School) likely did more to energize Ohio Democrats, who are always eager to remind voters about the Republican ECOT scandal.

He will be joined by Troy Balderson (or Steve Stivers?) and our old pal Andy Brenner.

Brenner, a huge supporter of the failed online charter school ECOT, probably should have warned the Trump team  that their choice would stir up more than just a little dust.

“While President Trump rallies supporters at Olentangy […]

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Jim Renacci likes to play up his experience in the business world as a key qualification for political office.  But it’s clear there is one lesson Renacci never learned during his time running nursing homes and car dealerships:  the long-cherished business mantra about the customer always being right.

A quick look at Renacci’s social media feeds provides plenty of proof.

For example, when Ohio voters ask questions on Renacci’s campaign Facebook page, they are personally attacked and called liars; and their questions and concerns are summarily dismissed by Renacci as “fake news” or “Democrat talking points”.

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When the final chapter of the Trump Era is written, the remaining question in the minds of some witnesses will be, how did this grotesque excuse for a president remain in the Oval Office for so long?  A fair question, given his destructive force field wherever he casts his shadow. There will only be clues.

But we shouldn’t dismiss the surrender of many elected Republicans who spend much of their time tip-toeing around the psychotic man who, among other alarming excesses, openly engaged in recreational treason in his servile meetings with such autocrats at Vladimir Putin.

The report from Capitol Hill brings us the daily word of […]

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The Ohio Attorney General’s response to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s (ECOT) June 27, 2018, Memorandum Regarding Assignment of Claims could open a can of worms for the charter industry.

In his “response“, claims that public money can be recovered from the ECOT scheme in three ways:

William Lager, the operator of ECOT, had a fiduciary duty to ECOT and thus violated that duty by doing business with the two companies he created. Therefore, all the profits realized via those companies’ dealings with ECOT should be recovered. Lager’s status as ECOT’s agent made him a […]

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