Just when Ohio media thought it was safe and smart to keep John Kasich’s name afloat as a viable candidate for president in 2020, polling released Friday shows he’s already the biggest loser in a list of Republican White House hopefuls now topped by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

The vice presidential debate performance by Pence appears to have earned him status as the Republican league leader in 2020 if Donald Trump loses to Hillary Clinton this year, as more polls show will be the case.

Coddling John Kasich has been the standard for Ohio’s mainstream media over his nearly […]

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No Tic Tac For Tacky Trump

On October 9, 2016 By

Rob Portman, who is continuing to grope for  a subliminal moment with the Trump crowd, is now saying that he will write in Mike Pence’s name on the November ballot.  Yippee!  That’s one way to save face  for his long delayed disavowal of  Donald Trump.

At least the theocratic Indiana governor said he could not put up with Trump’s adolescent sexual trash talk and promised to pray for him. And Rudy Giuliani, who sees a possible fat appointment to a Trump cabinet vanishing,  is defending him now as an imperfect human being since Jesus is the only perfect one. Can […]

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Last month Ohio’s junior senator Rob Portman made headlines with astute political timing by joining Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill to probe the rising price of EpiPens, an emergency treatment product that counteracts severe allergic reactions. Since its inception, the company that makes the epinephrine injections, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, has enthusiastically raised the price for a pack of two EpiPens from $100 back in 2009 to as much as $600 today, so their heads were clearly on a public chopping block.

Portman and McCaskill notified the media in September that they had “opened a preliminary inquiry concerning Mylan Pharmaceuticals’ pricing and competition practices with respect to the EpiPen,” […]

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Today it feels like we’re watching political history being rewritten in real-time. Since yesterday’s revelation of grotesque comments in which the GOP nominee for President brags about sexually assaulting women and more, Republicans across the country are running for the exits. So far (and this is a fast-changing story, so bound to be wrong by the time we publish), dozens of prominent names have said they could not vote for Trump and 31 have called upon the nominee to step aside and let someone else (the popular choice is Mike Pence) run.

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The Beacon Journal’s Doug Livingston  led us down some questionable off-ramps in his front- page report on Hillary Clinton’s appearance in Akron Monday night. Among the standout eyebrow raisers was his  observation that Hillary is “white knuckling a shrinking lead in the polls”.

C’mon man.  Does anybody really believe that this battle-tested woman is campaigning with white knuckles?   Or is that a weakness in the instance of a female often derided by her thuggish  opponent, Donald Trump,  who claims she is weak and has no stamina?

And about those shrinking leads in the polls.  Quite the opposite of late and […]

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Pence: All Warm Milk And Cookies

On October 6, 2016 By

Not that it mattered, but I dozed through some of the vice presidential candidate debate.   It had a dark mausoleum effect on me, particularly when poor Mike Pence was  being forced by Tim Kaine to own up to the lies of Herr Trump .  The Indiana governor merely responded with faked innocence by shaking his head while offering up a Mona Lisa smile in denial.

It was the sort of warm milk and cookies approach that attends Pence on his chosen path to the Pearly Gates. He lives unwittingly by Yogi Berra’s idea that “I didn’t  really say everything I […]

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An Incendiary Police Nod To Trump

On October 6, 2016 By

Cleveland has never produced a shortage of up-and-down news.  But the   politically stupid and incendiary endorsement of Donald Trump  by the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s  Association ranks as a stop-the-presses assault on continuing efforts to dissolve the division between the badges and minorities.

Quite the contrary:  It has only made matters worse since  President Steve Loomis  of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association announced the incredible move. When protests erupted, Loomis took the next poisonous (vindictive?) step by calling  such critics as Black Lives Matter, Black Shield  Association,  NAACP, the mayor and council nothing  more than hypocrites for criticizing his right of […]

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The VP Debate was billed as the Thrilla from Vanilla. As it turned out, not so much.

Both Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence came out to do their duty defending the top of the ticket as designated Rottweilers. Both barked and pulled the tow chain taut.

Pence, a former radio talk show host, had a better stage presence, mostly calm and collected. Kaine had that nervous on a big stage fast talking, caffeine overdose style going. An interesting contrast indeed.

We saw Kaine come out as everyone’s favorite Dad get a bit aggressive. He was, at times, like […]

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OSHA. MRSA. CAP. ASAP. These three and four-letter acronyms are indeed ubiquitous in our lives, not to mention countless others that are being created for use in social media as tools for people in a hurry.

It’s no secret that many of us are challenged by acronyms. And with their proliferation across the landscape, it’s no wonder. Here’s one of my favorite examples.

When the public transportation system in Philadelphia was merged into a larger, regional authority called SEPTA , or the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, local television stations conducted interviews on the streets of the City of […]

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The talking heads on cable TV and major network news shows, who make lucrative livings routinely interrupting and talking over each other and their guests on a daily basis, swooned like Scarlett O’Hara on a hot day at Tara over the lively back and forth banter broadcast live Tuesday in the only face-to-face debate between Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence.

These beltway media mavens, whose smug attitude of entitlement says they know everything about politics until political reality rolls in to prove them wrong, all contribute to the embarrassingly low […]

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Hillary for America [HFA] Campaign Manager Robby Mook provided an update to reporters on a conference call Thursday about voting trends in the battleground states with one month to go before the election.

HFA has concentrated on voter registration since the summer, and in person voting has already begun in states across the county, including Iowa, Minnesota and some counties in Wisconsin. In Ohio, the last day to register to vote is Oct. 11, with early voting commencing the next day, Oct. 12. According to reports from Ohio’s chief elections officer, more than 957,000 absentee ballot applications have been received […]

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