On his weekly Wednesday call with reporters when the U.S. Senate is in session, I asked Ohio’s senior U.S. senator this question: “Are you satisfied with the four current declared Democratic candidates for governor, and do you think adding Richard Cordray or Jerry Springer to the field helps or hurts?”
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is running for his third 6-year term next year and has avoided answering similar questions in the past. So when he responded this way, “My answer will be shorter than your question,” I knew the question was out of bounds for today’s call that centered on […]Full Story... →
The Trump Administration, in its unending cruelty, is continuing to sabotage Obamacare, with 90 percent cuts to efforts to educate consumers about health coverage options, many being hungry Ohioans using food banks. This move will dismantle years of progress and harm untold thousands of Ohioans.
One of the primary populations served by the Affordable Care Act navigator program are Ohio’s most vulnerable people – those hard-to-reach people struggling in hunger and poverty without healthcare.
Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, took the Trump Administration to task for this careless, heartless harm they are inflicting on people […]Full Story... →
Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich loves to stand for something, even if that means being on both sides of an issue when he can. He appears to have done it successfully again, this time taking bows for inviting DREAMers to come to Ohio, when not too long ago he told Syrian refugees they were not welcome.
Back in November of 2015, after he had declared his second run for the White House and while Barack Obama was still president, Kasich told an audience at the National Press Club that he opposed allowing […]Full Story... →
Steve Dettelbach has spent his career working to make families safer and to hold the powerful accountable.
As a prosecutor for more than two decades, and a U.S. Attorney, Dettelbach never lost a federal criminal trial. He worked with law enforcement to prosecute terrorists, drug dealers, corrupt politicians, polluters, and corporations that preyed on Ohio consumers. At the U.S. Department of Justice, Steve led one of the nation’s largest crackdowns on human trafficking and stood up for the rights of every person.
A husband, father, and native Clevelander, Dettelbach is running for Ohio Attorney General in 2018 to put his […]Full Story... →
Everyone forgets just how poor the voter turnout was in 2014, the last midterm election year when only 40.65 percent out of Ohio’s 7,748,201 registered voters voted. Ohio Gov. John Kasich easily won a second term, garnering media fixation on how lopsided the spread was with his snake-bitten Democratic rival Ed FitzGerald.
At 63.64 percent for Kasich compared to 33.03 percent for FitzGearld, with Green Party candidate Anita Rios winning just 3.33 percent, the story Team Kasich feasted on in anticipation of running for president again was his 2-1 win margin, not how few registered voters actually voted for him.
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We can’t say we’re surprised. We’ve come to expect the worst from ECOT. The private charter school enterprise was caught bilking Ohioans out of $60 million and has now spent at least $2.25 million more in taxpayer money paying its legal fees and tens of millions more on advertising itself.
As ECOT founder Bill Lager says, “It’s not about the (expletive) children… It’s about the money.”
From the Columbus Dispatch:
ECOT has spent at least $2.25 million in taxpayers’ money to pay attorneys for its thus-far-unsuccessful fight to keep the state from basing its funding on whether […]Full Story... →
Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke out today against President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that gives immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors the opportunity to work.
“President Trump promised to go after violent criminals, not innocent children,” Brown said in a release Tuesday afternoon. “We should not be targeting young people who are working, going to school, paying taxes and contributing to this country – the country they grew up in and the only home they’ve ever known.”
On Tuesday morning, Trump trotted out Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce his decision […]Full Story... →
With the first of six Democratic sponsored gubernatorial debate scheduled for Sept. 12th, Plunderbund asked the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) whether it will permit wild-card celebrity talk-show host Jerry Springer or Consumer Finance Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray to join already declared candidates hoping to fill the open governor’s seat after term-limited Republican Gov. John R. Kasich leaves office in 16 months?
Whether Springer, who is creating buzz about his run after reports say he’s nearing a decision, or Cordray, a former Buckeye State attorney general whose term as leader of CFPB ends next July, add their […]Full Story... →
Dayton Mayor and Democratic candidate for Ohio Governor Nan Whaley released a video Tuesday outlining her vision of making Ohio a state of lifelong learners, by expanding Dayton’s successful City of Learners initiative statewide.
“When I became Mayor of Dayton, I set a big goal – that we would be a city of lifelong learning, nonstop education from cradle to career and beyond,” Whaley says in the video. “Ohio should set a similar goal – to be a State of Learners.”
In 2014, Whaley launched the City of Learners initiative to increase learning opportunities for all of Dayton’s children […]Full Story... →
The movie “Dunkirk” tells the little known story of how private individuals helped save hundreds of thousands of British soldiers trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, from annihilation from Germany’s military machine during the early years of World War II.
Backed up against the English Channel, the British and French armies were sitting ducks for German airplanes and warships that could have wiped them out, paving the way for a successfully invasion of England itself by Hitler’s Third Reich.
The news since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas gulf coast last […]Full Story... →
Well, it looks like while prescription painkiller overdoses are down, overall overdoses are way up. This problem has already been off the rails. Now it’s down the cliff and into the river.
Last year, 4,050 Ohio residents died of unintentional drug overdoses, up 32.8 percent from 2015, according a state report released Wednesday. …
State officials are attributing the surge to stronger drugs, including fentanyl and the emergence of a similar drug, carfentanil. Carfentanil was involved in 340 overdose deaths, most of them in the second half of the year, according to the […]Full Story... →