The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN) held a press conference Friday morning in downtown Columbus, where speakers ripped the impacts on women if the Republican’s  “American Health Care Act” were operational today.

The lineup of speakers included Janetta King, Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network and President of Innovation Ohio, Dr. Beth Liston, pediatrician, Wendy Patton, Policy Matters Ohio, Linda Kanney, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Ohio Chapter and Joanna Saul, Planned Parenthood.

The purpose behind today’s media event was to detail reasons to oppose the AHCA , the impacts of which were said to be “disproportionately harmful…on women.” […]

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If you have spent 60 seconds following the political career of Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth you must be aware that the wealthy Republican is deeply rooted in the conservative depths of his party. You can figure him for two bedtime stories: America’s survival depends on (1) reductions in taxes and (2) ending the regulatory oppression of the federal government.

An early Trump surrogate, Renacci has now decided to upgrade his career by running for Ohio governor in 2018 in a field that promises to be clogged with GOP officeholders. That could take a lot more effort than running for […]

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Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday creating a “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.”  In typical Trump fashion, he has literally picked the worst people possible for the commissioner jobs.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will co-chair the commission.  Kobach, you may remember, is the guy who made up the false claim that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.   A lie that Trump still repeats.

The list of commissioners also includes Ohio’s best known mismanager of elections: Ken Blackwell.

Back in 2004 Blackwell served as Ohio Secretary of State, […]

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Ohio Governor John Kasich ended his national book tour last Friday with a guest appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

In Los Angeles to promote his book “Two Paths: Divided or United?” the governor, who last year got his “ass kicked” as show host Bill Maher described the beating he took after losing 49 GOP primaries and caucuses, turned in his best performance to date on why he’s upset with both political parties, and why his voice on a variety of issues will continue to be heard even after he departs office in about 18 months.

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Oxymorons are standard rhetorical fare in American politics today. Jumbo shrimp, deafening silence, found missing, and now Trumpcare, are common examples of putting opposites together to make odd sense.

In the classic dystopian work “1984,” author George Orwell coined some of histories best oxymorons: “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery,” Ignorance is strength.”

If a picture of State Treasurer Josh Mandel was posted next to “transparently opaque,” it would be a suitable visual for someone who talks transparency for purposes of political expediency, because he thinks it’s good politics his base of Trumpian voters will go for, but who tries […]

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I first met Dennis Kucinich in the early days of his Cleveland mayoral campaign in 1977. He had invited me on the phone to spend a day on the trail in his improbable quest to dump Ralph Perk as the beleaguered city’s chief executive. I pecked through the city’s west side in uncertainty before finding his modest home. A few taps on the door and it swung open . A diminutive figure greeted me: “You’re late!” he scolded. (five minutes or so). Little did I realize that it would be the beginning of an epic challenge to a political reporter’s […]

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The good folks over at ProgressOhio have taken the lead on exposing the problems with Ohio’s disastrous up charter school system.

This morning they put out a press release about the latest ECOT scandal in which the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow tried to force all of their teachers to come to Columbus for a pro-charter school rally…

 

ECOT to Spend Tax Money to Rally for More Tax Money  As It Fights Efforts to Recover Tax Money it was Overpaid 

For Immediate Release:

May 8, 2017

COLUMBUS – Chronically failing charter schools are spending increasingly large sums of public money on […]

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It’s too bad that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is not deemed as important as the Second, at least to the present occupant of the White House.

And his party.

Last week, President Donald Trump flew to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to lead a campaign rally of his followers. “I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington swamp … with much, much better people,” he told the crowd in the state capital’s Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.

In Trump World, the less desirable people left behind were 2,700 well-dressed […]

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It’s official: Ohio Democrats now have four candidates declared for governor, three of whom are women. In an email to supporters, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said she’s in the race for the open governor’s seat in 2018, vacated by term-limited, lame-duck governor John R. Kasich.

“I’m running for Governor of Ohio,” she said, adding, “And I’d love to be able to count on your support.”

Whaley has shown in previous remarks that shes not going to coddle Gov. Kasich, who is profiting from public exposure as he stumps around the nation to promote his new book about his experience losing […]

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President Donald Trump promised over and over he would not cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. He even boldly told the conservative Heritage Foundation, “I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.”

President Trump, as a candidate, mocked fellow Republican primary candidate Mike Huckabee for echoing his promise not to cut these programs. “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid,” he tweeted. “Huckabee copied me.”

This past Thursday, President Trump held a party […]

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Last week, former Congressman Dennis Kucinich conducted a Statehouse news conference and four town hall meetings in Ohio regarding the realities of the charter school industry.

Steve Farber has posted videos from two of the events. You can watch them below.

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