The Ohio Trump Party Moves In

On January 12, 2017 By

On January 20, inauguration Day, the official name of the Ohio Republican Party will become the Ohio Trump Party. It will be in the hands of Trump surrogate Jane Timken as the new chairman who replaced Matt Borges in a tightly contested vote by the the state central committee. It will mark the first time in modern Ohio political history that the party chairman was not under the influence of a sitting Republican governor.

But Trump prevailed by putting his own ally in the chairmanship with a number of phone calls to committeemen to support Timken, a political activist who […]

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There were a number of issues that could be taken away from Donald Trump’s first news conference in many months. But let’s focus on just one: his slippery ability to lie with no concern about its consequences. It was the moment to consider , say, his five big whoppers that he will honor in the Oval Office along with his growing collection of proud possessions for every occasion.

Here goes his skill in making America great:

(1) During the campaign, he insisted that he would release his tax returns after an audit was completed. But at the non-news session, he […]

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On Monday evening as Democratic senators lined up to speak on the Senate floor against the plan by Senate Republicans to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan, Ohio’s twice-elected but still junior Senator Rob Portman broke ranks and joined four other so-called “moderate” Republicans who asked to slow the process down until March.

In addition to Sen. Portman, Bloomberg news reports that Bob Corker of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska offered an amendment Monday to the budget resolution that would extend the target date for the […]

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The rivalry between Ohio and Michigan on the football gridiron is legendary, dating back 120 years. Now that both states are commonly aggregated together as so-called Rust Belt states, the rivalry extends to other areas like manufacturing, tech development and how once great but now aging metropolises like Detroit or Cleveland transition to the 21st century.

With the exodus of manufacturing jobs from trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement taking a toll on both states, whose prowess in auto manufacturing and related supply-chain companies made them destination states during the first half of the 20th century, […]

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Streep, Olbermann Nail Trump

On January 10, 2017 By

Two voices broke through the crowded field of the many Trump critics to nail down the essence of the man. Keith Olbermann, the host of the GQ TV show, “Resistance,” sized up the president-elect’s presence as a reality star-turned-politician in a sane low-pitched conversational tone. After wondering how Trump could act as he does in so my destructive ways, Olbermann finally concludes, softly and calmly, that Trump ‘’is not well“. That diagnosis, rather than scorching him as the madman that he is, was effectively all that needed to be said. I recommend that you hear him say it online on […]

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Sourly, Mitch Hands Out Sour Grapes

On January 10, 2017 By

Sen. Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, who has impatiently simmered for eight years to retaliate against President Obama and congressional Democrats, finally got his chance for a clean break from his nightmarish past by accusing the other party of ”sour grapes”. The occasion for his dyspepsia was the rollout of Senate hearings on president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees that includes his wife Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary. He blames Democrats for not playing fair by threatening delays on approving the new cast of characters. You always learn something when McConnell speaks.

The Republican senator, whose home state boasts of lung-rotting coal […]

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In late December, the website 3rd Rail Politics published a piece, The Curious Case of William Phillis, about the former Ohio Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction and long-time Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding. As part of the title for the article, curious is an interesting – and ambiguous – word choice.

According to one dictionary, curious is defined as having aspects of the strange or novel. It also means inquisitive or having interest in others’ concerns.

There is nothing strange about Bill Phillis. But throughout his professional career, he has […]

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“We believe in the philosophy that a growing economy is the best way to provide the resources that a government needs, as opposed to the view that places government’s first priority on meeting its needs by taking from taxpayers instead of serving them.”

There is no better example of the kind of upside-down, inside-out, muddled thinking Gov. John Kasich is famous for than this explanation by his spokesperson about why the harmful impacts delivered to communities large and small is actually a good thing.

Now that Gov. Kasich has essentially gone into hiding from the press after getting shellacked by […]

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“From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia… could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years… No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.”

Abraham Lincoln spoke these words in his first-ever public remarks, addressed to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, […]

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Rick Scott’s Confused Memory

On January 8, 2017 By

Shortly after the carnage at the Ft. Lauderdale airport, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, with full-chested bravado, stepped before the news cameras to assure the citizenry that he would not tolerate such bloody acts. A political cliche, of course, since in the instance there was not a damn thing he or anybody else could do about it.

But to prove his worth as the man in charge, he also said he had quickly reached out to President-elect Donald Trump and sideman Mike Pence. When a reporter asked Scott whether he had also called President Obama, Scott said he hadn’t . […]

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Kasich Budget promises cuts to vital programs

In two weeks, Govenor Kasich will introduce his last state budget, and early indications suggest it will reduce services for people who need them the most to pay for tax cuts for people who need them least.

Why cuts? There are two reasons Kasich is asking his agencies to cut spending. First, tax revenue is not growing as fast as forecasts suggested, which is hardly surprising when the state cut income taxes, primarily on those at the very top, for 11 of the past 12 years. On top of the revenue shortfall, Republicans still want […]

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