Robert A. Taft was known in his day as “Mr Republican.” In a twisted way, Rob Portman may yet wind up becoming the modern-day Mr. Republican, as the term is now synonymous with a political party that is the very manifestation of hypocrisy and amnesia.Full Story... →
Antivax activists are making inroads at the Ohio Statehouse, recruiting at least 35 sitting lawmakers to endorse their positions through intense lobbying and outreach. A deep dive into the latest viral phenomenon to infect state politics.Full Story... →
Too often charter schools are just a way to convert public assets into profit at the expense of kids.
As campaign season fires up, Denis Smith offers advice to presidential candidates: here are the key questions to ask when you visit a charter school.Full Story... →
On the schedule this week? Not a single gun reform bill. Instead, House lawmakers will hear from supporters of a bill that prosecutors say would allow convicted violent felons to legally purchase guns.Full Story... →
When I came across this handmade sign on display last year in a San Francisco apartment window, I thought that aside from scary reports about curious young children unknowingly poisoning themselves and teens ingesting laundry detergent on a dare, we weren’t there yet in pinning all things bad in this country on bad news Trump.
That was then.
Last March, during our stay in the City by the Bay, a favorite stop on the way home from a Hawaiian vacation, we enjoyed the eccentricities seen there in abundance. At the time, the apartment sign seemed to be a humorous outlier […]Full Story... →
At the end of the legislative session, as Ohio Republican stalwarts honored their marching orders from the party’s corporate friends and benefactors, there was one message from the spirit world they should have been familiar with – and heeded.
There you go again.
When the smoke – or was it more like a mushroom cloud – cleared enough to allow Ohio citizens to see the new damage inflicted by its legislature in the form of bailouts for both the nuclear plant and charter school industries, savvy Republican watchers thought that the words of another member of the spirit world were […]Full Story... →
A lot of things can cause stress: work, school, or even the fact that Ohio is 12 days past the constitutional deadline to pass a budget and we still don’t have one. Whatever is on your mind, take a moment to get inspired by State Senator Theresa Gavarone and find your zen.
Yes, Gavarone and our other Republican lawmakers have let down their constituents, put our credit and state funding at risk, and generally failed at their jobs. But has that stopped them from taking time off and having fun? Of course not!
If Theresa Gavarone can be this at-peace […]Full Story... →
Gunfight in front of the Long Branch Saloon Dodge City, Kansas, June 2019
Dodge Photos by Denis Smith
Yes, after nearly two weeks on the road, I’ll admit to being tired and disoriented, maybe even confused. But it’s much more than weariness.
It’s like this. After returning home from a long road trip which featured a stop in Dodge City, you realize that while the Wild West town has been rather tame for a long time, the entire Buckeye State has been less so.
No, you can’t make things up.
My wife and I visited Dodge last week […]Full Story... →
A 4-3 majority on the Ohio Supreme Court this week sided with consumers in striking down hundreds of millions in additional charges that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio had allowed FirstEnergy to assess Ohio families for the past two years.
Justice Sharon Kennedy, who is seeking re-election in 2020, sided with the minority on FirstEnergy’s side against consumers. This shocked exactly nobody, as the utility industry has given more than $50,000 in campaign contributions to Kennedy.
Ohio’s two new justices, Michael Donnelly and Melody Stewart, meanwhile, sided with consumers.
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COLUMBUS — The second volume of poetry from Columbus-based bestselling author Astone Jackson debuted at No. 1 for new releases in Amazon LGBTQ+ poetry over Pride Weekend in Columbus.
“This book really continues my journey, exploring love, heartbreak, and everything in between,” said Jackson. “It explores what’s happened in my life regarding my relationships and sexuality, so it was important to me to release it on Pride Weekend, and the response has just been amazing.”
Jackson’s second effort, “Hoping For The Best, Just Hoping Nothing Happens,” was released June 14 and is a follow-up to his first collection of poetry, […]Full Story... →
On May Day, as our well-equipped coach navigated Peru’s sprawling capital, a teeming city of 13 million inhabitants, the 29 Americans on board were soaking up everything they could learn about this huge metropolis, one of the principal cities in South America. The fact that the first day of May is a national holiday in that country allowed us to observe the thousands in Lima who assembled to celebrate their history and culture as well as enjoy the wonderful weather.
But as our group peered through the windows of the tour bus and, later, walked through the crowds of Peruvians […]Full Story... →
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