After the Democrats had their asses handed to them in 2010, the Ohio GOP went full Monty. Monty Burns, that is. “Excellent”, echoed through the halls of power in Columbus. They saw the prize. Redistricting was about to start. And the GOP had a lock on it. Majorities in both Houses and all the statewide offices.
The GOP proceeded to redraw the electoral map of Ohio.
Secret hotel rooms that cost taxpayers nearly 10 grand. Holding the bill until the fall. Locking out Democrats from the process. All of this is straight from the Lee Atwater/Dick Cheney/Karl Rove political [...]Full Story... →
With the rise of the radical right here in the once moderate and sane State of Ohio, we have seen too many examples of extremism. Unions. Women’s health. Concealed carry and the introduction of an ersatz stand-your-ground-but-call-it-something-else bill. The Legislature seems to see Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas and Kansas as models of an Ohio Conservative Utopia.
With all the real issues facing Ohio, the House has a bill hanging around to defend religion. After all, Christians are persecuted by socialist, secular, hippie Liberals like myself.
HB 376 is called The Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Orwell would be proud as [...]Full Story... →
Debt Ceiling time came without the circus that made the United States a worldwide laughing stock back in October. Now, that’s not to say House Republicans didn’t try to put up the big top and work all three rings.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) expressed the Democratic position that the full faith and credit of this country is not negotiable. The Democratic Caucus, under her leadership, fought for a clean bill. A bill not loaded with Republican pet political posturing. President Obama maintained his clean bill, no negation, no hostage taking position. Thus, he effectively boxed in the House GOP [...]Full Story... →
There is a lawsuit bouncing around in the Federal Courts to stop ACA subsidies. The contention is the Affordable Care Act only allows premium subsidies in States that set up their own Insurance Exchanges. With Thirty-Four States refusing to set up exchanges (guess who’s in charge in those States) the Federal Government stepped in to create and run those exchanges. The suits claim the IRS overstepped its authority to give tax credits and impose penalties in those 34 States.
The Attorneys General of Oklahoma and Indiana (no surprises there) filed suits in Federal Court to stop the practice. They were [...]Full Story... →
There are few things that push my buttons as fast or hard as a Religious dogma taught as fact with public money. Faith and religion are important and comforting to many of us. So is an education that will prepare a child for the realities of a Twenty-first century economy.
I graduated from Whitehall-yearling High School. Whitehall was always a blue collar suburb. I received a good education there in spite of myself. Now, this was the Sixties. America was infatuated with science and progress. We were aiming for the moon, pushing the envelope of our technology to get there. [...]Full Story... →
Just when you thought it was safe to stick your head up in Southwestern Ohio, a couple of Cincinnati right wing groups find a way to still amaze me. Cynic that I am, I am surprised.
In 2010 Steve Driehaus, a Democrat, was running for reelection in Ohio’s 1st Congressional District against Steve Chabot. The Ohio 1st District is parts of Cincinnati, then runs along the Ohio River and up the border with Indiana. The district touches Speaker Boehner’s OH-08. This is a bright red, conservative Tea Party haven part of Ohio.
2010 was the year of the Tea Party [...]Full Story... →
Usually having the Speaker of the House calling your state home is good for the state. Since Ohio leads the nation in job losses, you’d think Speaker Boehner would be doing something constructive. After all, Governor John Kasich (R-OH) is up for reelection and the economy in Ohio is an issue. You would also think Boehner would want to ease the suffering of hundreds of thousands of Ohio voters. I mean people. After all he wouldn’t play politics with the citizens of Ohio.
You would be wrong.
As the President and congressional Democrats fight to extend long-term unemployment insurance (IU) [...]Full Story... →
2004, saw a Constitutional Amendment to Ohio’s Constitution on the ballot. Eleven States, including Ohio, voted to forbid same sex marriage and recognizing valid same sex marriages from other States.
The conventional wisdom has always been Karl Rove was involved in these ballot measures to drive President Bush’s base to the polls. It has the hallmarks of a Rove policy. Fire up the base to drive turnout over cultural issues. After all, Rove has never met a conservative ballot issue he didn’t like or try to use to his advantage.
Rove has denied any master plan to get these initiatives [...]Full Story... →
2014. A midterm year and all the statewide offices are up for grabs here in Ohio. There will likely be little movement in the State Legislature or Ohio Congressional Delegation since Republicans gerrymandered the State to within an inch of its life in 2011. Those current districts resemble some mad Rorschach test put together by someone tripping their ass off.
Governor John Kasich is in a make-or-break reelection bid that may determine whether he makes a run for The White House. It is doubtful if, after losing the Governor’s Office, he could make a case to the GOP Primary voters [...]Full Story... →
At first glance you may think these are the totals from the 2011 SB5/Issue 2 Union attack waged by Governor Kasich (R-OH) and his Tea Party infused Legislature. It’s not. This is the Election Results from 11/04/1958 concerning a failed “Right To Work” ballot measure in Ohio. 1958.
Ohio was a manufacturing powerhouse. A highly unionized workforce drove the advancement of the Middle Class. Good wages, a fair progressive tax system and a world envied infrastructure renewal.
A Republican President presided over a booming economy with a top tax rate over 90%. He [...]Full Story... →
It’s that time of year. Lists abound. Best of. Worst of. Funniest. Saddest. Who we’ve lost. Then there’s the old Christmas Wish List. An old chestnut, not the roasted kind. Here’s mine in no particular order other than how they fell out of my tangled, dark mind.
1) World Peace. Trite, I know. However that doesn’t lessen it as a goal and wish.
2) Equal means equal. A basic concept that escapes so many of us. Gender, orientation, gender identity, race, creed or anything else. All people deserve the respect to have the same rights as anyone else. They are [...]Full Story... →