With the announcement last Friday by long-time Ohio Congressman John Boehner that he’ll step down from his role as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and quit Congress by the end of October, Republicans are looking to replace him with another ideological leader bent on mayhem as they grind government.

Republicans may think they are fit to govern, but Americans by a 3-1 margin want the federal government to stay open even though the rabid right wants to shutter it over funding for Planned Parenthood.

In Ohio, under the Kasich Administration, the number of abortion providers in Ohio has […]

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Last week Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer finally provided us a limited and redacted set of transcripts for the interviews conducted as part of the CoinGate investigation     We are making all of those interviews available for download below in the format received by the IG’s office.   Note:  the records were delivered seventeen months after our public record request and nearly a decade after the original IG investigation started.

CoinGate is one of Ohio’s best-known political scandals.  Wikipedia sums it up nicely: “The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) invested hundreds of millions of dollars in high risk or unconventional investment vehicles run […]

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What a difference spending $5 million or more makes when candidates for president promote themselves as the political equivalent of a new laundry detergent guaranteed to take the stain out while making your clothes whiter and brighter.

You might think that buying goodwill with on-air TV ads instead of earning it on the ground where it counts would be easy, especially in a tiny state like New Hampshire that barely merits two congressional districts but where a lackluster candidate can take off if they place well.

Kasich’s ‘New Hampshire Miracle?’

A world-class exaggerator, Ohio Gov. John Kasich called his […]

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John Kasich probably never once gave a thought to serving his country in the military. Instead, he chose to enrich himself [up to $22 million] through partisan Republican politics and all the riches that could be mined from serving in Congress for 18 years.

As Ohio’s governor is wont to do, he’s again shooting from the lip and talking tough. After thousands dead, including about 188 from Ohio, he’s ready to squander more American blood and treasure to fight unwinnable wars in Syria and Iraq. John Kasich has stated he’s ready to re-engage in the Middle East for […]

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In his regular Wednesday conference call with reporters, Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said 1.7 million Ohioans who depend on food assistance would be hurt from a loss of SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits if Republicans follow through on their vow to shutdown the federal government over a plan to defund Planned Parenthood.

Unlike the federal government shutdown in 2013, which was estimated to cost about $16 billion, the looming shutdown at the end of the 2015 federal fiscal year, October 1, could result in the loss of food stamps for approximately 45 million Americans who rely on SNAP […]

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The Akron Beacon Journal reported last week that another failed charter school, the Next Frontier Academy, closed leaving at least 60 students  displaced.  It’s the same sad and sorry story we continue to hear about Ohio’s disastrous charter school experiment:  misspent state money. unqualified staff and a severe lack of oversight by the state.

Here are the highlights from the ABJ story:

“Like 200 other charters, the school has closed, adding to the $1 billion in taxpayer funding given to failed charter schools. More charter schools closed last year than at any point in the industry’s 17-year history in Ohio” “Ohio Department of Education […]

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In Tuesday’s edition of Nashua New Hampshire’s The Telegraph, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose expenditure of $5 million for on-air TV ads has boosted his ratings there to no higher than third place, got a good dose of his own snarky brand of medicine.

Pulitzer Prize for Commentary winner Kathleen Parker said, “Sometimes what seems the least consequential detail tells the most about a person’s character – or at least his or her intentions.” She was referring to the question the field of GOP candidates got dealt at the end of their three-hour debate at the Ronald Reagan Library last week […]

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Yogi And Scott Walker, Humorists Gone

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In a blink, America lost two of it well-known humorists this week. Yogi Berra died at 90. Scott Walker gave up his presidential bid when his campaign died.

We could all laugh when Yogi would say profound things like: “We made too many wrong mistakes.” Or: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

Or when the sleepy-eyed Walker, the Wisconsin governor, would boast: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.” That was his response to a question about ISIS, his confidence swollen by his victory over public employes unions in his state.


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Ohio’s favorite reactionary crank from Mt. Lookout is twisting his toe into the starting blocks to try to enact a so-called ‘right-to-work’ law.

When state Rep. Thomas E. Brinkman, Jr. isn’t gamely designing to regulate the reproductive lives of Ohio women, he likes to hack for the anti-labor interests that have been trying to undermine and destroy unions since they first fought their way into existence.

In a letter to colleagues Wednesday, Brinkman asked for co-sponsors to private sector ‘right-to-work’ legislation he said he would soon be introducing.

He noted that neighboring states Michigan and Indiana have already served this hemlock to […]

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Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was relegated to the kid’s table debate when the first GOP forum featuring the top ten leaders in national polling came to Cleveland in early August.

More than a month later, after cracking the starting lineup last Wednesday for the second big Republican debate, this one held at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA, Carly Fiorina, the only woman among the 16 active presidential hopefuls, had her breakout performance.

Enter Fiorina, Assassin To Trump, Clinton

Standing for three hours in 3-inch heels, Fiorina, who was dubbed “Carly Scissorhands” when working […]

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A new analysis of Ohio’s job statistics by one of the state’s leading and unchallenged number crunchers shows August 2015 was the 34th consecutive month when Ohio’s job growth rate was below the USA national average. George Zeller, an economic research analyst based in Cleveland, said, “This below average job growth in Ohio now has reached 2 full years and 10 additional months.”

The good news for Ohio is that 14,500 jobs seasonally adjusted were gained in August 2015. The bad news is that Ohio’s job growth rate in August 2015 is now 1.12 percent compared to the USA […]

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