Trump: The Nightmare Continues

On August 13, 2016 By

There is nothing more apparent in the Trump theater of the absurd than to see how his minions are squirming these days to make up things to somehow explain his incoherent howling as a presidential candidate.

There’s Mike Pence, for example, who is known to wear his Christian principles on his sleeve and daily bread as Indiana governor now playing Trump’s blessed hood ornament for evangelicals. Pence responds to the critics of his boss’s dangerous call to Second Amendment action against Hillary, by merely saying the billionaire is “a good man”. That should relieve the jitters among some of us […]

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Earlier this week the Federal Election Commission (FEC) sent a letter to the Trump Campaign requesting additional information about dozens of questionable campaign contributions that “could result in an audit or enforcement action.”

Four of the contributions came from individuals with foreign addresses, one came from a questionable limited liability corporation and over one hundred and fifty more contributions either exceed campaign contribution limits or broke in-kind contribution rules.

Trump has been facing criticism for the past few months over his campaign’s potentially illegal fundraising from foreign nationals.

The full letter and a list of the questionable contributions is […]

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Has there ever been a presidential candidate more fascinated  by violence than Donald Trump, who is reprising Clint Eastwood’s role of “Dirty Harry” at every stop?

To  remind you: At his rally in Sioux Center, Iowa, he boasted to his flash mob of loyalists that he could “stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters”. He barked he was so outraged by the speakers at the Democratic National Convention that  he wanted to hit them in the head again and again to make their heads spin. He has complained that  there was no […]

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Breaking news Friday came from a federal court ruling that directed Gov. John Kasich’s health department to consider a grant application from Ohio Planned Parenthood.

Ohio’s lame duck governor has teamed up in the past with a hard-right legislature to make life for women harder, including an attempt to scuttle Planned Parenthood. Reprioritizing which groups would receive funding was the cunning method to assure Planned Parenthood would be out of luck and out of money. Ohio Republicans enacted laws that left the 100-year old health group out in the cold.

Ruling Saves Lifesaving Care

The ruling today by Judge Michael […]

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Timken Plays The Trump Card

On August 12, 2016 By

When Donald Trump flew into Akron-Canton Airport the other night, it was an elite in-and-out milk stop for a $25,000-a- head fund raiser at Brookside Country Club. The private event was hosted by Jane and Tim Timken, the iconic Republican industrialist family whose powerful name represents a company town called Canton.

I found it quite a challenge to get more details than that, although I did learn that two of the names on the small guest list were former First Energy commanding officer Tony Alexander and Summit County Republican executive committee chairman Bryan Williams. After repeated calls to Stark County […]

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Ohio delegates at the DNC nominating convention in Philadelphia two weeks ago liked the chant “As Ohio goes, so goes the nation.”

If that chant presages election results on Election Day this November 8, Ohio will again have voted for the next and first woman to be elected President of the United States.

Two new polls show Hillary Clinton with a leg up on Donald Trump now that both political parties have concluded their nominating conventions in July.

Offering an election update on where things stand at this point, the widely respected FiveThirtyEight says its polls-only forecast gives Hillary […]

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Do you feel at least halfway renewed by Donald Trump’s boast to the Detroit Economic Club that he can easily fix what ails America? He promised to wave his magic wand and do it quickly, saying it “won’t be hard”.

We have long learned that Trumpness is a combination of dark fiction for the masses and pleasant reality for the wealthy like himself. So when he pitched his pledge to eliminate “death taxes” it was among his longest foul balls – unless you are worth millions upon millions. The tax is exempt for any couple with an estate of up […]

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If there ever was a time riper for a real leader to step forward in a leadership role with solutions that really bring people together, as Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in town hall meetings from New Hampshire to Indiana this year, this election year is it.

Reports from Monday said “desperate conservatives” are circulating a petition calling for the Republican National Committee to host a special meeting where Donald Trump could be replaced as the party’s presidential nominee, the AP reported. Some of the organizers were the same Republicans who tried to prevent Trump from winning the GOP nomination. […]

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It’s been clear for a while that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as Commander in Chief. But today we arrived at the point where it is no longer acceptable for any legitimate candidate for office in this country to stand on the sidelines and allow — let alone assist — this man in his quest for office.

Today, Trump openly suggested that while we may not be able to defeat Hillary Clinton at the ballot box, her ability to make judicial appointments could be stopped by “Second Amendment People:”

This is either a call for assassination of a future […]

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In a conference call with reporters on Monday, the same day Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was in Detroit offering a proposed economic plan that earned claims of being critically short on details, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther was joined by owners of a small business in Bexley, and Gene Sperling, an expert on economics and former Director of the National Economic Council.

Each participant provided their views of how job growth plans from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would impact Ohio, a key battleground state. Analysis of the candidates’ plans has come from Moody’s economist and former adviser […]

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Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is forever restlessly in a campaign mode. At 38, the Beachwood Republican has already won two terms to the Ohio House of Representatives followed by his successful quest for treasurer. But wait . He’s now setting his stage to challenge Democrat U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2018. So as the saying goes, life is short, eat the dessert first.

As a warmup, he served as Marco Rubio’s Ohio chairman in the GOP primary field, which was more for Mandel’s workshop exercise than for Rubio’s benefit.

The Plain Dealer recently reported that Mandel has already unlocked his […]

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