Caught some glimpses of the CPAC conference, the rousing right-wing Project Runway for aspiring adults who want to tell us what they hope to be when they grow up. It’s an annual spectacle comparable to the Carnival of Venice except that the clowns in this instance are the real-life thing. If you saw Sen. Mitch McConnell in his Charlton Heston mode, waving a long gun to the delight of the crowd, you might see what I mean.
CPAC, in case you’re just checking in, stands for Crazy Party of Anarchy Central, whose members argue that we must be noisily vigilant to [...]
Secretary of State Jon Husted on Friday dumped two Libertarian candidates from Ohio’s ballot.
Husted disqualified Charlie Earl, a candidate for governor, and Steven Linnabary, a candidate for attorney general. Husted concluded that petition signature gatherers failed to comply with Ohio laws requiring them to be either Libertarian or a political independent and another requiring them to disclose their employer. A court challenge is inevitable.
Husted’s motivations are obvious. The Libertarian candidate likely would draw votes away from Governor John Kasich. This isn’t a secret, even Republican state chairman, Matthew Borges, admitted that the GOP helped with [...]Full Story... →
As part of its Draconian efforts to outlaw abortion clinics and all other means of the practice, the Texas legislature is seriously considering several bills to attack the problem at its primitive source. With the support of Gov.Rick Perry, one bill would ban all sexual intercourse except for cattle. A lawmaker from a yet unnamed newly gerrymandered district defended the one exception as a reasonable concession to protect the state’s time-honored reputation as the steak capital of the world.Full Story... →
This is the story* of two third grade boys, Brady and Nick. The two 8-year old boys are neighbors and best friends living in Columbus in a fairly typical north-side neighborhood. As it so happens, the boys even share the same birthday — August 22, 2005 — and up until this year they attended the same school, Valley Forge Elementary, in the Columbus City School District.
At the end of last school year, Nick’s parents applied for and were granted an EdChoice voucher to send Nick to a private school. They chose to use the taxpayer-funded voucher ($4,250) [...]Full Story... →
According to Charity Watch, a group that analyzes the financial information and spending of non-profits, the most highly efficient and effective organizations should spend at least 75% of their expenses on program costs that go toward the organization’s mission, with only 25% going to administrative costs. Organizations that spend only 60% on program costs are considered satisfactory, and given a C rating. Anything lower than that, and the non-profits are given an unsatisfactory rating.
Charity Navigator uses a similar rating system for non-profits. ”We believe that those spending less than a third of their budget on program expenses [...]Full Story... →
Well,the mice are roaring again.
Instead of Benghazi, it’s Ukraine. They’ve discovered a new level of hell in which to punish President Obama by demoting him from Tyrant-Dictator-King to the depths of weak, naive pushover in a one-on-one with Putin. It is an irresistible opportunity for the mice to roar as they often do minutes after daybreak when Obama heads for the office.
There was, for example, John McCain, pathetically still trying to stand his ground after his own Arizona Republican Party has censured him for being “too liberal”. Rising before a TV camera with arms flaring, McCain heatedly described the [...]Full Story... →
Mike Gonadakis, director of the anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life (ORTL), was a big supporter of Mike DeWine’s bid for Ohio Attorney General in 2010. And, like many of DeWine’s other political allies, Gonadakis was given special consideration and access once DeWine was elected.
In 2009, when DeWine announced his intentions to run for Ohio Attorney General, many on the right scoffed, viewing him as too soft on immigration, guns and even abortion issues. DeWine needed help reaching out to those on the extreme right, and he found a strong advocate in Mike Gonadakis.
“Thank God for Mike DeWine [...]Full Story... →
Well it sure is nice of the radical right to provide a blueprint of at least part of their agenda this year. This way we know exactly what the crazy-and-dangerous soup du jour shall be in 2014.
Koch Brother Industries’ pet model legislation agency, ALEC, over the last couple of years, has given us through our various state legislatures everything from attacks on collective bargaining (Senate Bill 5), to the Stand Your Ground laws, to “right-to-work,” to disenfranchisement bills, to moves to privatize schools andprisons, to anti-environmental protection legislation.
In fact, when one [...]Full Story... →
When Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law was passed, it required that the State Board of Education set the “cut score” that third graders would have to reach on Ohio’s standardized reading test in order to be eligible to advance to fourth grade. This decision was made on a single day — September 11, 2012 — during their regular business meeting after hearing a presentation by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
During that presentation, Michael Sawyers, acting State Superintendent, and Sasheen Phillips, ODE Senior Executive Director of Curriculum and Assessment presented to the State Board with their recommendations. In that [...]Full Story... →
On February 18th, Libertarian candidates for Ohio Governor and Attorney General (Charlie Earl and Steven Linnabary respectively) were certified to be on November’s ballot. Soon after, multiple challenges to both candidates magically appeared.
The challenges were supposedly brought by individuals claiming to be Libertarians, or at least not Republicans. But the whole thing still seemed fishy and bit too well organized.
Today we figured out why.
In a shaky video interview with Marc Kovac on February 28th, Matt Borges, Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, admitted that his people “were the ones who filed the complaint”…
Borges quickly [...]Full Story... →
In the 2010 Attorney General’s race, Mike DeWine’s main line of attack on then-AG Rich Cordray was the lengthy processing time for evidence in AG crime labs. Cordray inherited the decade-old problem, and was implementing improvements that DeWine would later take credit for, but at the time, this was DeWine’s core campaign message, and he enlisted the help of fellow Republicans whenever he could.
One such Republican was then-Fairfield County Prosecutor David Landefeld who, when urged on by DeWine, used his position as prosecutor to attack DeWine’s opponent, questioning Cordray’s leadership and insisting Cordray was putting the safety [...]Full Story... →