With the December weather icily projecting itself under foot, Bryan Williams’ problems as a State Board of Education member attracted more heat Sunday, this time from the normally Republican-friendly Columbus Dispatch.
Here’s how a staff-written news story began:
“A state school-board member apparently is breaking the law by lobbying the legislature and other state agencies at the same time he holds his elected post.”
As an aggressive lobbyist in behalf of his client, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, the Dispatch reported he’s applied his talent to attempting to influence a dozen bills, “including the $60 billion-plus [...]
Reince Priebus, the Republican National chairman, is always quaintly informative about his party’s workaday world. His latest comment to a conservative radio host told us that Republicans have “begun focusing in” on Hillary Clinton as the likely Democratic presidential nominee and are preparing to go after her on a “lot of rough stuff”, including Benghazi.
That resonated so quickly in his party that there are already said to be serious discussions under way to stage the 2016 Republican convention in Benghazi to sharpen public interest in the murderous attack on the U.S. Embassy. They said it would be the GOP’s [...]Full Story... →
Bryan Williams should resign from the State Board of Education.
As the lobbyist for a conflicting private entity, he should end all doubts about his commitment to public education.
As the Beacon Journal so clearly reported Williams’ true allegiance is to his better paying employer, the non-union Central Ohio Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., which, among other things, runs the Ohio Construction Academy in Columbus and on-line. It has 24 students. Unlike others in the field it gets $200,000 in state money for vocational training.
As the BJ reported, the money is sapped from the Columbus public school district’s [...]Full Story... →
Living in a state whose governor keeps ratcheting down food stamps, I confess to sticking an asterisk on every report of John Kasich’s feel-good outreach to the needy. Reference: The Toledo Blade’s report on his Photo Op pop-up Thanksgiving appearance in Willard, Oh. after a train derailment forced the residents of 400 homes to leave because of the danger of escaping chemicals.
The governor turned up at the Willard High School cafeteria where the evacuees were served a good dinner as he assured them that their difficulties were very much on his mind.
It was the political thing to do [...]Full Story... →
Gov. Kasich, who has his mind and career set on being a Republican original, headed into the GOP heartland of Western Ohio again this week to sign a resolution calling for a federal balanced budget. It was in Lima, marking the spot of Kasich’s ”makeshift capital” for his earlier state-of-the-state speech.
He was joined by a platoon of his party’s leaders in the Ohio General Assembly. According to the event’s chroniclers, the sub-historic document (unless it was a first for Lima) will be sent to President Obama and Congress. In so doing, he proved me wrong. I had expected him to do [...]Full Story... →
Now that Sen. John Cornyn has described the Iranian nuclear deal as President Obama’s slickly conceived cover for Obamacare’s start-up web page problems, it sets the stage for a new round of options that expose what the Texas Republican calls a crafty “distraction”.
Health care reform equals potential nuclear annihilation for political style points? You can understand how members of the GOP counter-culture on Capitol Hill will leap to other options to vent their frustration in their 8-year plan to destroy Obama long after he returns to private life. I think these White Guys do not sleep well in their [...]Full Story... →
With the holiday season and all upon us, Rep. Darrell Issa has taken off to Deck the Halls in several red states with hearings reveling in heavily spiked Obamanog. As the chairman of House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee, he has loaded up the sleigh for grandstand appearances in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Arizona.
Carefully selected for his road show, the audiences will doubtless be quite friendly as he rips President Obama and the Affordable Care Act without calling a single witness from the other side. With Issa’s tactics, matters must be settle by acclimation.
The hearings will be [...]Full Story... →
Does it seem to you that Ohio has become the captive poster state for the bizarre right-wing bleatings on Capitol Hill? You need only to cast a glance at the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature – the Home on the Range for the provincials – to realize that 13 years later, the new millennium has yet to assert itself south of Route 30.
Let’s begin with the State Board of Education, Gov. Kasich’s appointments have guaranteed us that public school students can expect to be in the educational thrall of a Tea Party board chairman, and a Christian school’s president who mentions [...]Full Story... →
Doug Livingston’s excellent series in the Beacon Journal documenting the rightward ooze of the State Board of Education should be a primer on the private agendas of those overseeing public education in Ohio today. Much of it has occurred during Gov. Kasich’s reign, who hastened the Tea Party/evangelical take-over of what should be a non-political non-sectarian approach to preparing students for whatever greets them when they leave the classroom.
Nothing better illustrates the board’s political fault lines than its chairman, Debra Terhar, an avowed Tea Party member appointed by Kasich to the current 17 member panel. Her arrival from [...]Full Story... →
What can we do about Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is demanding more answers on Benghazi with ugly threats if he doesn’t get them? As you may know, Graham is like the ballpark heckler who cares less about the score than he does about attracting attention to his pain-in-the-ass howls.
Long experienced as a preachy accuser of anything outside the shade of his state’s palmettos, he now threatens the entire governmental process that was seeded after our victory over the Redcoats. Warns the senator in one of his Marlboro Man moments, he will single-handedly put everything passing [...]Full Story... →
As one of the grouchier members of the overpopulated Blogger Corps, I do find a bit of useless humor in the national media’s rush to add one more Scrabble letter to the 2016 presidential roster. Russell Baker, the New York Times former columnist, and a keen one at that, described such folly as the “great mentioning game”, which seasonably dealt with the eternal question of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
The roster of the mentionables was nearly filled out when Ted Cruz stormed the field with the fury of Morgan’s raiders, stomping over the whimpering bodies [...]Full Story... →