Trump: The Nightmare Continues

On January 14, 2017 By

Weekend chip shots:

As Donald Trump continues to insist that as president he is free of conflicts of interest, he should be aware that there is a gorilla-like conflict of public interest when he arrives as president: It is him.

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If only 25 per cent of the FBI scandal is true – no, less than 10 percent – that should be enough to send the befuddled director, James Comey, on his way to private life.

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The media buzz in Washington is about the secret contents of all of the files […]

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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown said in his weekly conference call with reporters that if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it, it would set up a “lose, lose, lose” situation, according to conversations he’s had with many hospital administrators, especially smaller rural hospitals.

Since hospitals are typically among the largest employers in any community, repealing the ACA without replacing until later, as congressional Republicans are on course to do, would lead administrators to consider shedding employees as they seek to keep their finances in order.

“I don’t know what they’re talking about, and they don’t know what they’re […]

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Will Pence Require Penance?

On January 14, 2017 By

As I watch Mike Pence standing aside Donald Trump with a teasing Mona Lisa smile I can only wonder whether he has managed to suppress the pain of the moment.  Pence, after all, is a sworn born again Hoosier, deeply into his faith as an evangelical which, as you might suspect, requires an instant prayer for everything disagreeable and immoral act  in our midst.

Trump qualifies.   That’s a matter that requires his careful consideration.  The vice presidency is temporal;  salvation is preached  to be  eternal.  So is damnation. You can see, I don’t understand how a guy like Pence […]

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Free The Elephants.  Lock Up Troy McClure.

The new President of the Ohio Senate has a good idea:  he wants to repeal some of Ohio’s worst laws.

Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina has taken over as leader of the Ohio Senate with the start of the new year.  His ascension was marked by one of the most hallowed traditions in Ohio Politics for a Republican:  a soft focus feature from the Columbus Dispatch.  In the piece he gets quoted saying the least controversial thing possible: “members [should] represent their constituents and not follow personal agendas.”

The Dispatch allows […]

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The Ohio Trump Party Moves In

On January 12, 2017 By

On January 20, inauguration Day, the official name of the Ohio Republican Party will become the Ohio Trump Party. It will be in the hands of Trump surrogate Jane Timken as the new chairman who replaced Matt Borges in a tightly contested vote by the the state central committee. It will mark the first time in modern Ohio political history that the party chairman was not under the influence of a sitting Republican governor.

But Trump prevailed by putting his own ally in the chairmanship with a number of phone calls to committeemen to support Timken, a political activist who […]

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There were a number of issues that could be taken away from Donald Trump’s first news conference in many months. But let’s focus on just one: his slippery ability to lie with no concern about its consequences. It was the moment to consider , say, his five big whoppers that he will honor in the Oval Office along with his growing collection of proud possessions for every occasion.

Here goes his skill in making America great:

(1) During the campaign, he insisted that he would release his tax returns after an audit was completed. But at the non-news session, he […]

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On Monday evening as Democratic senators lined up to speak on the Senate floor against the plan by Senate Republicans to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan, Ohio’s twice-elected but still junior Senator Rob Portman broke ranks and joined four other so-called “moderate” Republicans who asked to slow the process down until March.

In addition to Sen. Portman, Bloomberg news reports that Bob Corker of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska offered an amendment Monday to the budget resolution that would extend the target date for the […]

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The rivalry between Ohio and Michigan on the football gridiron is legendary, dating back 120 years. Now that both states are commonly aggregated together as so-called Rust Belt states, the rivalry extends to other areas like manufacturing, tech development and how once great but now aging metropolises like Detroit or Cleveland transition to the 21st century.

With the exodus of manufacturing jobs from trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement taking a toll on both states, whose prowess in auto manufacturing and related supply-chain companies made them destination states during the first half of the 20th century, […]

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Streep, Olbermann Nail Trump

On January 10, 2017 By

Two voices broke through the crowded field of the many Trump critics to nail down the essence of the man. Keith Olbermann, the host of the GQ TV show, “Resistance,” sized up the president-elect’s presence as a reality star-turned-politician in a sane low-pitched conversational tone. After wondering how Trump could act as he does in so my destructive ways, Olbermann finally concludes, softly and calmly, that Trump ‘’is not well“. That diagnosis, rather than scorching him as the madman that he is, was effectively all that needed to be said. I recommend that you hear him say it online on […]

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Sourly, Mitch Hands Out Sour Grapes

On January 10, 2017 By

Sen. Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, who has impatiently simmered for eight years to retaliate against President Obama and congressional Democrats, finally got his chance for a clean break from his nightmarish past by accusing the other party of ”sour grapes”. The occasion for his dyspepsia was the rollout of Senate hearings on president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees that includes his wife Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary. He blames Democrats for not playing fair by threatening delays on approving the new cast of characters. You always learn something when McConnell speaks.

The Republican senator, whose home state boasts of lung-rotting coal […]

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In late December, the website 3rd Rail Politics published a piece, The Curious Case of William Phillis, about the former Ohio Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction and long-time Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding. As part of the title for the article, curious is an interesting – and ambiguous – word choice.

According to one dictionary, curious is defined as having aspects of the strange or novel. It also means inquisitive or having interest in others’ concerns.

There is nothing strange about Bill Phillis. But throughout his professional career, he has […]

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