In this political atmosphere, I have tried to remain optimistic. Have things been dreadful? Yes. Have I sometimes lost hope? Of course. Yet I have tried to remind myself that we only have to endure a Trump presidency for 926 more days. I have encouraged those around me to volunteer on campaigns and help Democrats take the House back in the fall (fingers crossed!). While citizen activism is useful, my true beacon of hope during this time has been the Supreme Court, telling myself that of course, they must see Trump’s actions as unconstitutional.

This obviously has changed within the […]

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The fight for the special election in House District 12 to replace Rep. Pat Tiberi has seen its fair share of attack ads. This is especially true from Republican candidate Troy Balderson. Attack ads seem to be all the craze these days, so I think I can speak for all of us when I say that ads highlighting a candidate’s leadership abilities are refreshing. That is exactly what is done in Democratic candidate Danny O’Connor’s recent ad, ‘Shannon’.

The spot features Shannon Ward, a mother of two from Delaware, OH, who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. […]

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Is it possible that the Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a guy who enjoys raising a glass or two of the vintage, might be in collusion with a popular language website for the purpose of giving us a heads-up about some major events to come?

Probably not, but it would make a good story if it were true.

The only major collusion going on these days seems to be with the ever-bloviating Sean Hannity of Fox News, along with that other intelligence committee headed by Representative Devin Nunes, the stalwart Trump defender who is otherwise incapable […]

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Ohioans for Economic Opportunity, an advocacy group previously featured on our site, has come out with a new ad campaign urging Congressman Steve Chabot (OH-01) to end his cowardly behavior and face his constituents. The TV and radio spots are part of a $250,000 campaign targeting Chabot on his lack of explanation for why he voted to sabotage their access to health care by undermining the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The new spot, “Questions”, includes real Ohioans hosting a town hall with an empty pulpit as their launch their concerns with many of […]

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It’s 4th of July week and that means there’s a great way to help your favorite candidates raise awareness about their campaigns,

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Should you be in a desperate mood for happier faces during this torturous day of Trump Americana, I recommend paying close attention to the characters in the TV commercials. Whether they are promoting catheters or paper towels, everybody is laughing, dancing or otherwise expressing their delight at solving life’s problems.

There’s one senior couple that keeps strolling, hand in hand, with the look of utter contentment as they explain how they sold their insurance to place their money in more useful pursuits.

At least that’s what I think they did before I fumbled with the MUTE button.

The commercial’s sales pitch ends […]

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If the last few days have been any indication, there are some folks who yearn to see Chuck Barris come back from his grave to perform an act of public service. If only The Gong Show host, who described himself as the “King of Schlock, Baron of Bad Taste, and Ayatollah of Trasherola,” could pick up that giant mallet one last time.

Now, more than ever, we need Chuck Barris or a successor to gong Rep. Jim Jordan, the presumptive King of Schlock and Baron of Bad Taste.

We’ll hold off on the Ayatollah part for now in anointing […]

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This week we learned the ECOT ripoff cost taxpayers at least $200 million, while Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine did nothing but cash their campaign checks. Local Ohio school officials are not happy.

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One of the losers in Harley-Davidson ’s decision to move some of its operations from Wisconsin to Europe is Ohio Rep.  Jim Renacci. The wealthy Trump surrogate, who is running against Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown, is one of the richest congressmen on Capitol Hill.  Richest!

Some of his huge wealth is derived from his investments in Harley-Davidson dealerships as well as numerous other profitable enterprises around the country. When the former Wadsworth mayor first announced his candidacy for governor, he rode a motorcycle, for great “guy thing” optics.  He then switched to the Senate race at Trump’s urging.

Why ride a […]

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Rep. Andrew Brenner is not known for his ability to throw a fastball, but he nevertheless seems to be using another pitch this political season.

A cursive ball.

Yes, the anti-public education chair of the Ohio House Education Committee sponsored a bill that would encourage the teaching of cursive writing in the state’s public schools. According to one Cleveland TV outlet, the legislation is designed to “create a curriculum to teach cursive to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.”

But with Brenner, there is never anything new under the sun, and his cursive curriculum idea goes back at least […]

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With a special election just weeks away, very little coverage has focused on the GOP candidate for Ohio’s 12th Congressional district. Troy Balderson has posted some particularly swampy fundraising reports with energy companies effectively bankrolling his run for Congress.

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