Late yesterday, the Dispatch website put up a story with this ominous headline:
More than half of city’s third-graders could be held back under new law
The timing was ironic because, late yesterday, Ohio legislators voted along party lines to zoom ahead in implementing the law, originally proposed by Governor Kasich and adopted into law in late 2012.
According to Hannah News, State Representative Teresa Fedor offered an amendment to the mid-biennium K-12 education bill that would have delayed the bill’s impact on student retention until the 2018-2019 school year. Fedor and others are concerned that [...]Full Story... →
Yesterday, Governor Kasich signed a bill restoring four “calamity days” to schools while surrounded by school kids. Kasich made a very big deal to point out to the kids that, thanks to him, they wouldn’t have to do extra homework or miss out on vacations. But, in actual fact, that is not at all the case.
While the headlines claim the bill gives districts “four more” calamity days (the law already excuses up to five snow days per year), there’s a catch:
to use the extra calamity days, schools must first make up four other snow days, such as by [...]Full Story... →
Tesla Motors is a California maker of high-end electric vehicles that operates two retail showrooms in Ohio. That may soon change if the powerful auto dealer lobby gets its way. Three states – Arizona, Texas and New Jersey – already prohibit Tesla dealerships from operating. All three boast Republican Governors. Just this week, Chris Christie played an active role in shutting down Tesla in New Jersey, at the urging of the state’s entrenched auto dealer lobby.
Ohio may be the next state to say no to Tesla’s retail outlets, but the proposal must first gain the approval [...]Full Story... →
The changes to Ohio law enacted in the state budget would require a doctor to attempt to detect a fetal heartbeat. But anyone who tries to imply that your lady parts would be violated will quickly be tagged as the worst kind of liar, thanks in part to the fine folks at Politifact.
On Friday, Politifact gave Rachel Maddow a “pants-on-fire” rating for claiming that the new budget (HB59) would require a “mandatory vaginal probe at the insistence of the state.”
House Bill 59 does, in fact, specify that doctors must determine whether a fetal heartbeat exists, something that can [...]Full Story... →
In a country where more and more people are living in poverty, why is the GOP branding itself as the party that hates the poor?
Increasingly threatened by demographic changes, since November the GOP has sought to make inroads among Latinos while not losing more ground with America’s women. But their latest move will merely reinforce that they stand for punitive policies that target exactly these demographic groups, as they represent a significant segment of the growing population that is poor.
Today, Republicans in Congress failed to provide enough votes to pass a Farm Bill. House members surprised [...]Full Story... →
In 2012, Ohio Republicans used early voting restrictions to limit turnout among reliably Democratic voting groups.
Now they are continuing their efforts to restrict the voices of their political opposition. Republicans, safely in the majority in both chambers of the legislature, are fast-tracking legislation that would dramatically weaken efforts to overturn the laws that they pass.
Senate Bill 47 contains language that would greatly restrict signature-gathering efforts to put unpopular legislation on the ballot for repeal.
In Ohio, laws take effect 90 days after they are signed. The state constitution offers citizens the opportunity to subject laws to a [...]Full Story... →
Today, the House Health and Aging committee held its first meeting of the new General Assembly, and Chairman Lynn Wachtmann wasted no time setting the agenda for the panel’s work.
According to Gongwer, Wachtmann promised a return of Heartbeat legislation, a measure to outlaw nearly all abortions by banning them after a fetal heartbeat is detected (as early as six weeks and before many women even learn they are pregnant):
“There’s still a lot of discussions…about how that’s going to roll-out, but I would ,at some point in the next two years, think that will be a definite [...]Full Story... →
Plunderbund was the first to report that in November, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted suggested to an audience of statehouse insiders that allocating the state’s electoral college votes by Congressional district might be a good way to reduce the national focus on Ohio elections. (Thanks to Innovation Ohio, we now have the video.) The idea would have delivered the majority of Ohio’s electoral votes to Romney, the loser of the popular vote.
Husted backed away when eyebrows were raised, but many remained suspicious. As well they should be – several state legislatures and [...]Full Story... →
NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is on the receiving end of a social media shitstorm today, all thanks to the incredibly poor reputation of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
It all started earlier today with this tweet:
I’ll admit, I was intrigued. Until I realized that Husted and Todd agreeing that our process for drawing legislative and congressional districts is broken and needs fixed is not controversial. It’s actually something I agree with. Husted even has a half-decent plan floating out there if both sides could agree to implement it in a reasonable period [...]Full Story... →
We’ve already spoken of some of the ways in which history was made with today’s inauguration address (full text), but there were also some light moments, if you followed along on social media like I did.
Here are some of my favorites scenes from the day.
Did Senator Rob Portman fall asleep?
Al Roker got so excited about meeting Joe Biden that he literally dropped the mic:
First daughter Malia photobombs her parents while sister Sasha tries to get a photo:
Chuck Schumer looks very happy to see Beyonce:
Bill Clinton looks [...]Full Story... →
In a 20-minute, 2095-word address, President Obama today spoke to the nation on the occasion of his second inaugural, using a theme of togetherness to set the path for his second term. A decidedly progressive speech, the President spoke strongly for the need to come together to address such issues as climate change, marriage equality, immigration, gun violence and economic fairness. Below are the words of the President’s speech, released as it began by the Inaugural Committee.
Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery
Monday, January 21, 2013
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