Posts by: Thomas Givens

The present anti-union climate that has openly manifested itself again in the Republican Party has a long and storied history.

Republicans were virulent in their opposition to the New Deal Wagner Act, which removed legal barriers to labor organization. They supported violent retribution in strikes, such as Dearborn police and Ford Security opening fire on unemployed auto workers, killing sixty. The atmosphere maintained the violent reaction of corporations toward the nascent growth of labor unions since the late 19th century into the 20th.

Ohio attempted to break unions in 1958 with an early “right-to-work” ballot initiative. It failed with a resounding […]

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Ohio, before and during, was a power player in shaping the War Between the States.

Ohio was a hot bed of Abolitionists. Harriet Beecher Stowe, early abolitionist newspapers, politicians (Salmon P. Chase for one) and Oberlin College were all from, about, or in Ohio. The Buckeye State was instrumental in the success of the Underground Railroad as a major path to Canada. Lincoln carried Ohio to become President.

Serving in Lincoln’s Cabinet were two former Ohio Governors, Salmon P. Chase (Appointed by Lincoln as Chief Justice of SCOTUS in 1864) and William Dennison. Lincoln’s powerful Secretary of War was Edwin […]

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Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) has some explaining to do.

He needs to explain to the people of Ohio exactly why it is a good idea to participate in an act of interference along with 46 other Republican Senators.

Senator Portman needs to share the reasoning as to why the Senate Republicans feel it is their right to undermine the Executive Branch in the arena of foreign policy. Why does the Junior Senator from Ohio feel he and his fellow caucus members need to undermine, attempt to derail, and imply the President and Secretary of State cannot negotiate in good faith […]

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All of the Ohio House and one third of the Senate are up for reelection this year. With the gerrymander from hell in full effect, there will likely be little movement in its composition. Another two years of absurdest, Republican radicalism will bring Ohio one step closer to being another Kansas and a lab and test market for draconian actions to create a Conservative utopia.

The gerrymandered districts will also restrict any real change in Ohio’s US House delegation. It will stay overwhelmingly Right Wing Republican. The days of Ohio as a moderate force in American politics is in the past, for now.


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As we careen down the home stretch of the Ohio mid-term elections, we have to focus on what is important: your vote.

We fight wars so others may exercise their franchise in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. Remember the press and Bush Administration gushing about the purple fingers? Here in Ohio, the Kasich Administration simply gives us the finger.

Since 2011, the Ohio GOP has made a concerted effort to undo the reforms enacted after Ken Blackwell made Ohio ground zero for voter suppression and questionable shenanigans. Ohio was front page news (for the wrong reasons) in the run up to G.W. Bush’s […]

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On Wednesday, September 24, a three-judge panel of the Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request from Ohio’s Secretary of State, Jon Husted, to delay a lower court ruling restoring “Golden Week” (when one can register and vote the same day) and cut days for early voting. Once more the federal judiciary was the only force keeping Ohio from becoming North Carolina-North.

As usual, Husted, along with Mike Dewine’s Attorney General’s office were once more appealing a loss in federal court. It is an experience both have had to the point where it is nearly a foregone conclusion. Husted has spent so […]

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In 2004, Ohio was the poster child for voter suppression. Secretary of State Ken Blackwell wowed America with his tactics. Refusing voter registrations because they were on the wrong weight paper; machine shortages in Democratic (read urban) precincts. Blackwell played fast and loose with provisional ballot procedures by narrowly interpreting law to exclude those who went to the wrong polling place, only issuing ballots to people who have recently moved, or other exclusive reasons not to permit a vote.

In short, Ohio was ground zero of hinky election practices.

People stood in the cold November rain for hours to try […]

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You can’t talk about the future of Ohio as a Tea Party/RW evangelical nirvana without looking at the state’s views on law…

Enter Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General. This is the man who acts as Ohio’s lawyer.

Mike started as a county prosecutor then moved up to the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms. His tenure in the House was like most of the Ohio Republican members – undistinguished.

He left the House in 1990 to run as George Voinovich’s Lieutenant Governor, which he served as until 1994. DeWine seemed to view his office as a springboard for election to the […]

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We are heading into the hot season of politics as we pass Labor Day, so as we race toward November, brace yourself for slung mud, innuendo, half-truths, distortions, vicious unfounded attacks and patented good old-fashioned American lies. We all will have to sort through the detritus and figure out just what this election cycle means to Ohio’s future.

The 2014 mid-terms will decide exactly what kind of state Ohio will be as we stumble toward the next decade of the twenty-first century.

Labor Day is in the rear view mirror and November’s chill seems far off. Politically, it’s the day after […]

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On the last day of the 2013-2014 term, the Supreme Court of the United States released its opinion on Hobby Lobby’s claim for religious exemption from the ACA’s contraception requirement. The court found that closely held corporations may have the same religious beliefs as their stockholders. So, religion trumps science in that a strongly held belief, even if it is completely wrong, is treated as a valid reason for a religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage requirement.

Hobby Lobby, a craft store, has decided that IUD’s and the morning after pill cause abortions. As a religious, corporate person, their […]

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Cosmopolitan Magazine took a break this week from the typical lists of celebrity stuff, couture, quizzes, sex tips and such to talk about Ohio.

I’ve posted on my blog about Ohio’s abhorrent abortion laws and the push to return to the 19th century in regulating women’s healthcare. Hell, in their wisdom, the GOP-controlled legislature decided they knew more about science and medicine than the AMA. To prove it they ignored accepted biologic definitions by putting a new definition for pregnancy into law.

As of last July, stuck into the state budget with other reprehensible regulations, Ohio declared that pregnancy starts […]

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