This week we learned the ECOT ripoff cost taxpayers at least $200 million, while Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine did nothing but cash their campaign checks. Local Ohio school officials are not happy.

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One of the losers in Harley-Davidson ’s decision to move some of its operations from Wisconsin to Europe is Ohio Rep.  Jim Renacci. The wealthy Trump surrogate, who is running against Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown, is one of the richest congressmen on Capitol Hill.  Richest!

Some of his huge wealth is derived from his investments in Harley-Davidson dealerships as well as numerous other profitable enterprises around the country. When the former Wadsworth mayor first announced his candidacy for governor, he rode a motorcycle, for great “guy thing” optics.  He then switched to the Senate race at Trump’s urging.

Why ride a […]

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Rep. Andrew Brenner is not known for his ability to throw a fastball, but he nevertheless seems to be using another pitch this political season.

A cursive ball.

Yes, the anti-public education chair of the Ohio House Education Committee sponsored a bill that would encourage the teaching of cursive writing in the state’s public schools. According to one Cleveland TV outlet, the legislation is designed to “create a curriculum to teach cursive to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.”

But with Brenner, there is never anything new under the sun, and his cursive curriculum idea goes back at least […]

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With a special election just weeks away, very little coverage has focused on the GOP candidate for Ohio’s 12th Congressional district. Troy Balderson has posted some particularly swampy fundraising reports with energy companies effectively bankrolling his run for Congress.

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Today, a House committee voted to advance a bill that poverty advocates say would make it easier for landlords to evict renters. Its sponsor is a landlord.

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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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The current media revival of the Nixonian Watergate scandal also bore an unspoken message to Trump’s team that has chosen to give up its collective corrupt soul to the ages. When the next generation of historians dare to make any sense of Trump and his loyalists they will rest their case on the harsh indifference of each participant to his or her place in the history books.

As they trudge around in their nastiness for a totally unworthy quixotic and dishonest king, their live moments on the planet will be brief, of course. History, however, is forever.

Trump, for example, will be remembered as the worst president in history instead […]

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Using the current law, charter management companies are allowed to select the charter school board of education.How preposterous! House Bill 707 should address this charter industry flaw.

Under Ohio law, a charter management company can set up a charter school, shop for a sponsor and select the board for the charter. Not hard to find a sponsor. Sponsors, like St. Aloysius Orphanage and Buckeye Community Hope Foundation, tap into charter industry revenue streams. This ludicrous policy attracts individuals and groups allured by lucre.

A reader recently wrote about the dangers of charters school, saying, “The most important item that needs […]

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Trump’s Master Race

On June 22, 2018 By

When Donald Trump launched his unique mission to make America great again, complete with promotional baseball caps and gift shop trinkets, little did we realize that the centerpiece of his goal was to create a master race… A master race.  It would seal his base of Wall Street whites, racists, thugs, some segments of the working class and, by all means, the unwavering evangelicals who grant him the rite of passage to the heavenly gate.

You may recall the cheering sections in his audiences chanting, “We want our country back.” We responded, “Back from what?” It was a rhetorical question since we […]

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Some folks might think it’s a bit crazy to drive 11 hours and travel 700 miles to Missouri just to visit a library. As someone who no doubt spent too much time in libraries during graduate school pursuing three different degree programs, I can certainly understand that sentiment. But what I found within the space of a few hours in that library’s research area could provide some people with a mini-course in American history.

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Back in my newspaper days, I could always expect to receive some warm and fuzzy family Christmas cards from a politician preparing for the next election with a photo of a happy gathering of wife and kids (and often a dog) to prove that the candidate would be driven by the highest moral code as a public official.

Last Christmastide, I got a card with the full assembly of feel-good familyfrom State Sen. Frank LaRose with his wife, Lauren, three young daughters, and the ever-present dog squeezed among them. It’s silly stuff, I know, since kids and dogs – lovable though they […]

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