Ohio is eligible for millions in new federal money to secure our aging elections systems, thanks to new funding approved in the recently-enacted federal spending bill. Now, it’s up to John Kasich and Jon Husted to act.

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The Zombie Who Never Sleeps

On March 25, 2018 By

How can any of us sleep soundly at night knowing that the deranged Godfather who could change the face of the entire planet by pressing a button is desperately wading in the swamp of friendly dictators, porn stars, riflemen and newly appointed demonic war hawks without accountability?

In a matter of 24 hours, Donald Trump thrust upon us the savage militarist John Bolton, our hostile UN ambassador who has famously talked of bombing Iran and North Korea, as his top security advisor to replace  Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. He also appointed Fox News contributor Joseph diGenova, who blames the FBI and Department of Justice for trying to […]

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Ohio On the Road Again

On March 20, 2018 By

I see, with no small amount of alarm, that Ohio will be invaded this week by Donald Trump’s first team of minor Amerigarchs with a series of gold-plated fundraisers in Fostoria, Sidney, Troy and West Chester. Seems only fair that the rich donors who got such an uplifting tax break can show their appreciation with hefty contributions in at least four figures in small-town Ohio, right?

The guests of honor, courtesy of Ohio GOP chairwoman and Trump favorite Jane Timken, as the invitation reads, “fiery” Corey Lewandowski, and “consummate political pro” David Bossie. These two are authors of the book […]

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For years, the GOP has spun the narrative that their party is the party of fiscal concern. Democrats, who support increasing meager SNAP benefits, are accused rampant spending. Calls for greater funding to public education are met with outrage about the U.S. budget deficit.

However, with the passage of the Trump tax plan this December, the GOP killed the myth of Republican fiscal conservatism. The narrative of their party as the budget hawk party must die, too.

Some talking points:

The Congressional Budget Office has suggested that the tax overhaul passed in December will add over $1 trillion […]

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An Ohio Republican got into it with his Democratic challenger on Twitter about his support for eliminating school safety zones. He took the opportunity to suggest kids should be allowed to arm themselves at school. It went about as well as you might expect.

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After getting wind that hundreds of students were on their way to speak out about gun violence, Republican lawmakers at the Ohio Statehouse cancelled session and made themselves scarce.

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As statehouse Republicans attempt to give John Kasich total control of K-12 education, including the authority to appoint a new cabinet member to oversee education policy, it’s worth a look at what happened when he was given the same authority over two Ohio school systems.

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If you spend any time on social media or at meetings of progressive activists you’ll know that progressive voters care about policy issues. Like, they really care.  Way more than they care about parties or most politicians. And, if you’re running for Governor, the best way to share your views on issues is to post them to a website.

The conversation this cycle comes thanks to Rich Cordray, who has frustrated the state’s voters–or at least the ones who haven’t met him in person–by failing to outline any policy solutions on his official website. And boy do we hear about […]

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Is Trump really ready to meet?

On March 10, 2018 By

Allow me to begin this discourse with the full disclosure that I have no expertise in foreign diplomacy alignments in the Far East. That confession of ignorance will place me securely in the mindless ranks of the latest Trump reality show.  I refer to the president’s assertion that he intends to accept North Korea and Kim Jong-un’s invitation to meet at a time and place “to be determined.”   Maybe in May.  Perhaps in Shangri-La.

The revelation was met with shock and awe at the State Department and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who described the President’s first year […]

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I was forced to lurch the other day. I needed an extra burst of energy to escape, if only for a moment, from Trump Americana. A well-timed lurch might work. It didn’t.

No sooner had I lurched than Trump told us that he woke up at 6:30 a.m. to watch Fox and Friends, his favorite fake news program on the the state TV channel where any hint of professional journalism goes to die. Some lurches never work.

Later in the day, my lurch failed again when Reince Priebus turned up on the screen to explain, as only he can, that Trump’s “process […]

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It’s impossible to imagine what Donald Trump will do or say next. At least every other day he makes most Americans wish he would remember why God gave him two ears and a mouth.  People wonder where America is headed, but things will turn out fine. The roller coaster ride will be over sooner than we think.

Trump is far more foam than beer. His only important achievement so far is a tax cut that benefits too many people who don’t need it and leaves average Americans with a very small slice of the pie. Trump has not (as promised) withdrawn from […]

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