This week, Ohio’s Rob Portman became the first Republican Senator to openly support gay marriage. First in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dana Bash and again in an OpEd for a right-leaning traditional news publication based in Central Ohio.
There seem to be two schools of reactions from the left. One is a genuine embrace of his changed stance as an ally for an issue important to most on the left. The other is lukewarm acceptance coupled with “yeah, but what about these other issues” criticism.
I’m pretty firmly in the first camp. I don’t think you can work [...]Full Story... →
The heat is getting turned up on State School Board President Debe Terhar after having garnered national attention for her misguided and extremist rhetoric regarding the President and his efforts to combat gun violence.
Ohio Democrats today are officially calling on Debe to resign. From a statement released by Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said:
“While there is always room for respectful differences in opinions, State School Board President Terhar’s facebook posting crossed a clear line by connecting the President’s national discussion on guns to Adolf Hitler,” said Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern. “President Terhar’s invocation of Hitler [...]Full Story... →
State Board of Education President Debe Terhar not only implicitly compared President Obama to Adolph Hitler by posting a graphic on her Facebook page, she doesn’t even verify the authenticity of the quote. A common mistake amongst those who share content on Facebook – or the Internet for that matter.
The quote in question ascribed to Hitler has long been used in gun rights circles to satisfy Godwin’s Law when entering in debate with gun control advocates. It was repurposed on a graphic that Debe apparently posted and shared with her friends:
Never forget what this [...]Full Story... →
We earlier posted the full text of President Obama’s 2nd inauguration speech. While listening and following snippets of the speech something jumped out at me. This part of his “our journey is not complete” segment stood out:
Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law –- (applause) — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
I wondered if he or any other President had included this type of language relative to gay rights.
Nope. [...]Full Story... →
Does not get old. The best written, best delivered, most impactful speech in American history:
I Have A Dream (Full Text)
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to [...]Full Story... →
I’m a pretty big fan of irony and juxtaposition. It doesn’t get any better than a pro-gun rally at the Ohio Statehouse during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Weekend.
Guns Across America is doing just that in several state capitols tomorrow.
According to the Facebook event page for Ohio, the group’s intent is to have a peaceful demonstration to stop any and all future gun control legislation.
Because nothing says peaceful demonstration like walking around downtown Columbus with an assault weapon strapped to your back.
The organizers of the group are being [...]Full Story... →
ThinkProgress caught the GOP accidentally telling the truth again as they outline in a report put out by their Republican State Leadership Committee how their majority in the US House is due almost entirely to gerrymandering congressional districts and overcoming popular vote disparities in key states.
Plunderbund readers are well aware of the problem with gerrymandering in Ohio. As TP points out, the report basically admits Republicans are getting away with subverting the true will of the people of Ohio in order to hold on to power:
Ohio once again proved to be the national bellwether, voting [...]
As you can imagine, reaction in Ohio to Obama’s big gun speech was a mixed bag. Senior Senator from Ohio Sherrod Brown was obviously supportive:
The president is taking long-overdue action on efforts that improve background checks, ensure more federal coordination, and improve school safety,” Brown said in a statement. “It’s now time for Congress to renew the assault weapons ban, a common-sense effort to prevent the proliferation of deadly, high-powered weapons, and close the gun show loophole that prevents background checks from being conducted to ensure guns are purchased lawfully. 1
The Junior Senator…well…not so much:
It appears [...]Full Story... →
Yesterday President Obama revealed his plan to reduce gun violence in a speech given at The White House. Full video and transcript of the speech are below. The announcements yesterday were two-fold. POTUS is both offering a package of legislative proposals as put forth in a document called “Now is the Time”. In it, the administration is calling for laws that close background check loopholes, ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazine, make schools safer, and increase access to mental health services. If polling is any indication, the majority of the public appear to be [...]Full Story... →
Fox News has a new liberal whipping boy.
Former OH-10 Congressman Dennis Kucinich has signed on with Fox News in a multi-year deal to become a regular contributor. He debuts tomorrow on The O’Reilly Factor at 8pm. Here’s a quick preview:
In the press release announcing the deal, Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes had this to say:
“I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues. His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate.”
Let me [...]Full Story... →
In November, we told you that John Kasich was quietly transforming the Ohio Public Utilities Commission into a pro-utility, anti-consumer corporate shill – with the transformation nearly complete. This week we saw the fruits of his efforts as the governing board of PUCO ignored the advice of its own staff in ruling 3-1 to block progress on “Turning Point”, which was to be the largest solar array installation east of the Mississippi.
The deal was first announced by Governor Ted Strickland in 2010 and was not only a way to continue to reclaim strip-mined land in the [...]Full Story... →