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We’ve all seen far too often what happens when legislative bodies are non-representative of their constituents. Infamous images abound of panels of elderly, white, wealthy, Republican men staring down on women and people of color from their positions of power, enacting policies to benefit and enrich themselves at the harm of everybody else.

It’s long overdue that we should see an influx of women into the Ohio House of Representatives and State Senate. To say the least, it’s incredibly frustrating that 27 of the 33 State Senate seats and 76 of the 99 House of Representative seats in Ohio […]

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The Trump Party, Such As It Is

On October 9, 2018 By

I hope all of you survived the past week’ s further degrading of Congress with the rigged Republican seating of Brett Kavanaugh to, allegedly, the highest and wisest court in the land.

With Donald Trump’s howling wind at their backs, the minions were left with no other options for servility.  Clearly, the decision was locked before the Senate Judiciary Committee had voted. “Nobody,” Trump once bragged, “knows the system better than I do.  That’s why I alone can fix it.” (Have you yet noticed the president’s heroic way with words?”)

The fix began a year ago when the president’s caddies […]

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Zack Space, the Democratic candidate for State Auditor, recently received the endorsement of the Columbus Dispatch. The candidate that was cozy with ECOT did not get the Dispatch endorsement. The point here is not who was endorsed but the fact that ECOT is toxic to those that aided and abetted the fraud-ridden business operation. The Columbus Dispatch states: “(Space’s) plan to increase the number of special audits is a good use of the auditor’s powers, for example to assess the full impact on the public of for-profit charter-school operating companies and the controversial embrace of private […]

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Last week, Ohio gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine released a remarkable statement that said too much testing in school “interferes with a child’s ability to think creatively and problem solve.”

Huh? When he was a Member of Congress, wasn’t Mike DeWine one of the strongest proponents of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law that’s been the bane of educators for nearly two decades?

Steve Dyer, an attorney, and Education Policy Fellow at Innovation Ohio examined the previous positions of both DeWine and his running mate, Jon Husted, in the area of education policy. Dyer served in the legislature during the […]

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The cruel captain was enraged at his disloyal crew, and he couldn’t control his anger any longer.

All right! Who did it? Who did it? You are going to stand sweating at those battle stations until someone confesses! It’s an insult to the honor of this ship!

No, this wasn’t a snippet from one of Donald Trump’s recent rages at his West Wing crew as he learned of the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed piece penned by another of his trusted and appointed crew.

But it could have been.

Who did it? Who did it?

There is no doubt […]

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced new legislation Monday that would send any federal money recovered from the now-shuttered Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow to Ohio school districts. He said he drafted the bill with ECOT in mind, but it will be worded in a way that would allow school districts in other states to obtain recovered funds if a charter school overbills for student attendance.

Politics aside, federal funds should be recovered from ECOT and sent to school districts. There has been little news coverage about the $130 million Bill Lager has received from the federal government for his ECOT scam.

Charters […]

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It’s official. The President of the United States is now an unindicted co-conspirator. We all need to read that phrase again to let that simple fact sink in.

In the last few months, as dismay over the accumulating evidence documenting the incompetence and corruption of the Trump Administration turned to anger, there is only silence from the GOP leadership.

And we haven’t even fully examined the Russian collusion allegations yet.

Amid the deafening silence in the aftermath of the Cohen guilty plea and Manafort conviction, there is no audible sound coming from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell nor the reticent, […]

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Women’s Equality Day should not be a thing. It could easily be dismissed as a participation trophy, but for the love of all things holy, we had to fight hard to participate.

The day honors the 1920 adoption of the 19th amendment, which (finally!) granted women the right to vote. The suffragettes were relentless, fierce, and focused. We need a little bit of that right now.

With the current President, the mid-term elections and the Kavanaugh nomination, it’s downright scary to be a woman today. But this makes me even more grateful for my right to vote, so you had […]

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“We showed no care for the little ones. We abandoned them.”

That concern was expressed by Pope Francis in the wake of the explosive report that more than 1,000 children had been sexually abused by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania.

But he could very well have been referring to the thousands of kids separated from their parents Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigrants, with 564 still in undisclosed faraway places.

Not that the president cares that much about other people’s kids while his own are in worrisome circumstances in the Russia probe. In a recent speech in Charleston, […]

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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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