U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur joined other members of Congress kast Thursday in opposing the controversial Hatch-Ryan-Wyden “Fast Track” legislation. The troika of sponsors of the largely secret bill that involves a dozen nations but not China, will find their work cut out for them, if the strong words from strong voices on today’s call are any indication of the anger building on Capital Hill to stop Congress from giving President Obama the authority he needs to negotiate a new trade deal.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) said the deal amounts to a ‘blank check…that forces us to vote up or down on a dumb […]
The East Room of the White House was packed Monday as President Obama hosted and honored the 2014 National Champion Football Buckeyes, the first team to win the first-ever playoff format. Space was precious in the East Room of the White House, the largest room in the executive mansion, as hundreds spoke fluent Buckeye and were excellent spellers, repeating O-H-I-O over and over.
President Obama recognized Ohio’s senior senator Sherrod Brown and Rep. Joyce Beatty, who worked on minority outreach at OSU following her time as Minority Leader in the Ohio House, and now represents the OSU community in Congress. […]Full Story... →
If you’re not enjoying your democracy as much as you used to, and you are feeling a little powerless and preyed upon, and you’re thinking there’s no way out of your mess, help is on the way. You’ll have to work for it, but you can do it. Yes you can.
Robert Borosage was prominent on a conference speaker’s list for Populism 2015 that included elected officials like Minnesota Rep Keith Ellison, Maine Rep. Gina Melaragno, Chicago alderman-elect Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and former Texas Department of Agriculture Director Jim Hightower and leaders of other national action groups including Larry Cohen of […]Full Story... →
If a miracle happened enabling Ohio Gov. John Kasich to be asked if he’s contributed over his nearly 40-years in politics to building a movement for people and the planet, his answer were he to be truthfully would be along the lines of, “Are you kidding,” one of his favorite unintended-comedic rhetorical nonsequitur exclamation points.
Even though he’s still waiting for the Lord’s blessing, maybe this time by tweet, telling him t0 declare his candidacy for president because that would be living up to his God-given talents, he was again on stage, this time in New Hampshire, continuing his […]Full Story... →
Back in September of 2013, John Kasich finally revealed the “secret” to his political success in an interview with the NYT: God told him to run for governor of Ohio. With a holy wind at his back, Kasich went on to win a second term the following year. But “God” seems to be much less vocal this year regarding predictions for the 2016 presidential race.
Kasich’s convenient 2013 confession may have come across as a cheap political stunt to many of Times readers. But make no mistake: Kasich isn’t just making cocktail chatter when he expresses disbelief in whether important things […]Full Story... →
Health Care under Attack in Ohio
by Ohio State Rep. Michael Stinziano
Ohioans who signed up for health insurance through the federally run health insurance exchange will have their premium assistance protected by legislation that I’ve introduced in the General Assembly along with Rep Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) to establish the Ohio Health Care Exchange.
As the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, I introduced this legislation in anticipation of an upcoming United States Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell which will determine the legality of paying federal premium assistance to policyholders in states like Ohio which do not […]Full Story... →
“We have a quite disappointing Ohio employment report this morning from ODJFS and BLS,” reported an expert who follows job creation numbers religiously. According to Cleveland-based research analyst George Zeller, Ohio gained only 1,500 jobs in March based on new figures released this morning. At the same time, Zeller notes that the February Ohio job figure released last month was revised downward by 2,100 this morning.
March 2015 was the 29th consecutive month when Ohio’s job growth rate was below the USA national average, a fact few media outlets will even mention. And when Gov. Kasich appears on Full Story... →
Dopers, smokers, midnight tokers, lend me thine bloodshot eyes.
We push ever-closer toward legalizing the devil’s lettuce in Ohio.
Did you know that there are in fact four different proposals to legalize the use of marijuana to some extent or another, two in 2015 and two in 2016?
While some proposals, in my opinion, are better than others, all are better than the status quo.
I’m going to skip the whole bit about arguing the numerous points why weed prohibition is arbitrary, wasteful, needlessly limiting (both medicinally and economically), and hopelessly absurd.
The case has been made and proved time and again. The […]Full Story... →
Last month, Auditor Dave “At Least I’m Not Mike DeWine” Yost announced that his Office would conduct “sunshine audits” of any public entity in the state to check for violations of the Ohio Public Records Act.
Sure, it was some obvious political grandstanding during “Sunshine Week.” But with all the crazy shit the Republicans in the Legislature have been threatening to do recently, we will take our small victories for sanity where we can find them.
The Response of the Republican Leadership to Yost’s efforts: “This Sanity Shall Not Stand.”
Under the program, Ohio residents can complain that […]Full Story... →
It seems like just yesterday that two starry-eyed Republican governors, John Kasich and Chris Christie, staged a hug-in on Arizona soil to reaffirm their enduring fraternal and political bonds.
Enthused Kasich to the Columbus Dispatch:
“Christie is going to do great out there. Are you kidding? Christie, he is like a force now. People want to be around him. He came out to Ohio during my last campaign, people just loved him. He said if you don’t elect this guy, I am coming back here New Jersey style. They liked it.”
Enthused Chris Christie: “I love John Kasich….We get along […]Full Story... →
Democratic State Senator Kenny Yuko, who represents the 25th District and is the primary sponsor of SB 25, talked Tuesday about his bill to increase Ohio’s minimum wage shortly after House Republican leadership presented highlights of a substitute budget bill, HB 64, that veers sharply away from the record-setting executive budget presented by Gov. John Kasich. The bill has many highlights, one of which is that it reduces the governor’s historic-high budget bill by $775 million.
GOP’s Ryan: Market Responsible For Boosting Wages And BenefitsFull Story... →