Posts by: Thomas Givens

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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The Ohio Republican caucus in the United States House of Representatives is known to not have a strong grip on reality. However, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) of the 15th District and Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) of the 12th District have successively portrayed themselves as reasonable moderates. They’ve done this in spite of their voting record.

Along with EVERY GOP member of the Ohio Congressional Delegation, Stivers and Tiberi both voted to forbid the DOD to use climate change data in threat assessment or any strategic policy decisions. Every Ohio Democrat voted Nay.

During most of the 20th Century Republicans portrayed [...]

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The Republican Party held the White House from 1968 to 1976. After four years of Jimmy Carter, they again held the White House from 1980 till 1992. That’s twenty of twenty-four years. From Nixon to Bush the Elder, the Republican Party developed the idea they were entitled to exclusive possession of the presidency. So, when a Democrat from Arkansas was elected in 1992, the collective heads of Republicans exploded.

How dare the electorate not elect a Republican? There must be nefarious actions afoot. Thus we saw the birth of a new de facto GOP policy, the refusal to accept election [...]

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On Monday Salon posted a look behind the curtain of Ohio Secretary Of State Jon Husted’s voter suppression plans.

You may remember that Husted was the GOP’s poster boy for suppression in the 2012 election cycle. His blatant restrictions were slapped down by the federal court and the US Supreme Court.  This was the same Supreme Court that gutted the Voters Rights Act, and ever they found Jon Husted’s plans to be too much.

With losses in the courts and a resounding reelection victory by President Obama, the Republican led Ohio Legislature did the only logical thing they could: they went [...]

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It started simply enough for the times. April of 1970. Ohio State had been a Midwestern hot bed of protest for a few years by then. It was overlooked because of huge protests and clashes at Berkley, Columbia, Harvard and more well-known schools in major media markets. They got the press. OSU was seen nationally as a bucolic football powerhouse, not a nest of commie hippie pinkos.

There had been protests for years at Ohio State. However in 1970, Governor Jim Rhodes was facing term limits and running for Senate. To score political points he ramped up responses to peaceful [...]

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On April 12, 2014 the Daily Beast did a piece on our Governor, John Kasich. It seems to take him seriously as a potential 2016 Republican contender for the Presidential nomination. It was a soft, positive look at his tenure so far. My first response was WTF? Was this the same Kasich that has been running the Ohio I live in?

Well they started off with his lack of name recognition nationally. That helped doom his aborted 2000 run.

So far, so good.

They then mentioned that his record as Governor and as a member of the House gave [...]

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has never met a dubious legal argument he won’t commit Ohio to defend. He even goes out of his way to join in cases where Ohio has no compelling interest to go.

The most recent example is the amicus brief he wrote on behalf of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga. In fact he’s listed as lead attorney for the 19 other GOP-led states that have joined to protect the conservative religious liberty of persecuted corporations.

Like his fight to prevent a married gay couple from having a spouse listed on a death certificate, DeWine [...]

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