Putting his father’s presidency in jeopardy, Donald Trump, Jr. has opened a door that can’t be shut. I still think President Trump will resign by the end of this year (see my post of May 18) and for the same reason.
He doesn’t want the American people to know about his business dealings with Russia. He now knows, or at least should know, that Independent Counsel Robert Mueller will investigate those transactions. How will we get from here to there? There is no sure way to predict, but that’s what makes prediction fun.
There is no […]Full Story... →
Saw this interesting article this morning on Project Syndicate.
Others argue that Western democracies have the opposite problem: a surfeit of narrow, politically assertive interests leads to underinvestment and poor tradeoffs between present and future opportunities and performance.
This brings us to a crucial obstacle: Government, business, financial, and academic elites are not trusted. Lack of trust in elites is probably healthy at some level, but numerous polls indicate that it is in rapid decline, which surely increases citizens’ reluctance to delegate authority to navigate an uncertain global economic environment.
The conclusions of this article seem fairly obvious to […]Full Story... →
We owe it to our readers to tell you the truth, even if it spoils the fun for our ideological allies. I’ll admit when we uncovered this we thought about not writing about it because we love an elaborate prank just like the next guy, and this story reveals the most elaborate, sophisticate political astroturfing prank in Ohio history since Kasich Deputy Press Secretary crowned himself one of “Ohio’s top bloggers” all the time he was writing from Virginia on the Ohio Republican Party’s payroll.
Here it is: Building a Better Ohio, the campaign committee we all thought was a […]Full Story... →
Remember us talking about this smartass yesterday?
Well, guess who ProgressOhio’s Dave Harding saw on WBNS Channel 10 last night?
Gang, meet attorney Jack Painter, who lives in the high-income neighborhood of Indian Hills near Cincinnati. Painter, like me, is a solo practitioner. He’s the head of the Indian Hills Tea Party, on the Advisory Board of the Cincinnati Tea Party, and on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Liberty Council which has claimed as its mantle as being the statewide organization of the so-called “Tea Party” movement. Oh, and he’s a contributor […]Full Story... →
One of the odder areas where the Ohio Senate Republicans decided that Governor Strickland’s appointments should be rejected for no other reason than they were Strickland’s appointments was the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.
Although most Statehouse observers understood the political motivations behind Kasich wanting to have the full slate on the Casino Commission, BWC, and the Board of Education, more obscure entities which are viewed as typically apolitical like the Ohio Pharmacy Board struck people as rather odd.
Now we know why they did it. Remember outgoing Senate President Bill Harris said that the GOP would block any appointment […]Full Story... →
Remember back in May when Republican candidate Steve Stivers attempted to walk back his response on a 9/12 Tea Party group’s questionnaire that asked if Steve Stivers would support repealing the 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that allows for the direct election of the Senate by the people? (If not, click on the link.)
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Yesterday, GONGWER reported Ohio House Minority Leader Batchelder said this in response to questions about John Kasich’s income tax proposal:
“It was never his major proposal,” Mr. Batchelder said. “It was something he had discussed at one point, and very frankly I think that it’s very clear that with the economy where it is now, that kind of a change cannot be made.”
“When he originally said it he said very carefully that it depends on the economy,” he said.
If I were still a reporter, I would have turned off my digital recorder and politely told the House Minority […]Full Story... →
Here’s Tom Ganley earlier today in Roll Call (“Ganley won’t say whether he thinks Obama is Muslim):
“I don’t have a position on whether he’s a Muslim,” Ganley said Thursday in a telephone interview with Roll Call.
Here’s Tom Ganley just a few hours later in the Plain Dealer:
"For the record, he doesn’t believe the president is Muslim." [says Ganley’s campaign spokeswoman.]
The Ganley campaign claims that Ganley made the statement to Roll Call to indicate the irrelevancy he believes the question has.
Except, of course, that’s not what he said. He […]Full Story... →
Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras wrote a letter to the editor in today’s Boardman News in response to attacks by the Chairman of the Columbiana County Republican Party (because the Mahoning County Republican Party apparently doesn’t exist.)
Apparently, the editor of the paper felt that Betras was ignoring an “elephant in the room” so he decided to add this “special” comment at the end of Betras’ letter:
Yes, what kind of message does it send to have the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee come into our community, with children present, and speak […]Full Story... →
Ah, the good old days when “talking down the economy” was a bad thing. Remember? Republicans squealed that it was downright un-American to even say the R word. Recession? What recession? George W. Bush and his tax cuts were GOOD to the economy! There will be no talk of recession.
Hell, if you listen to one wingnut blogger in Ohio in particular you may have indeed thought the economy was gonna make a full on recovery in December of 2008.
Yeah. Not so much. Remind me not to take Blumer to Scioto Downs.
Now […]Full Story... →
So what if you threw an event celebrating the diversity of a movement and no diversity actually showed up?
On these here Interwebs we call that #fail.
The Tea Party bowel movement was desperate to show that it really wasn’t the Angry White Man Party by throwing a “Uni-Tea” rally. Shame on the nasty NAACP for calling them racists. They’d show them. An overflowing level of support from people of many different races, colors, and creeds. Right.
Um…no. I hate to hearken back to days of old and bring up another GOP diversity fail – what […]Full Story... →