Our friends over at Michigan’s Eclectablog are working diligently this week to help raise money for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a same-sex couple challenging Michigan’s discriminatory marriage ban.
Before you do anything else, please read this amazing interview with the women and their three adopted children.
The couple’s fight began when they realized Michigan law prevents them from adopting their children together, meaning the non-adoptive parent has no parental rights if something were to happy to her partner.
Their lawsuit has expanded, and they are now fighting to overturn Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Seriously, go read the interview. [...]Full Story... →
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has released their second annual Worst Governors in America report and, for the second year in a row, Ohio’s John Kasich made the cut.
According to CREW “Gov. Kasich will do whatever it takes to keep the public in the dark about the non-profit he created, and played partisan politics with his state’s voting laws.”
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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... →
Release bad news when no one is looking. That’s one of the tricks of political communicators. And that’s exactly what Kasich’s JobsOhio did today.
On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, two days after Black Friday, and the day after the OSU-Michigan game, most Ohioans are not following politics or job numbers. They are likely still hung over, possibly still wearing the same scarlet and gray clothes they went to bed in the night before, and most certainly are wondering what they can do with all those scraps of turkey they still have in their fridge.
Or, like me, they spent [...]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.
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A number of election bills, including one that would reduce early voting hours, have passed or are in process at the Ohio Statehouse. While not every bill is bad, the goal appears to be to shave off a few votes here and there to impact the outcome of statewide elections. The party in power is going for a victory of a hundred cuts rather than a single blow to the head as in last session’s failed HB 194. With the districts gerrymandered for predictable outcomes for nearly a decade, the attention shifts to rigging the voters for predictable statewide election [...]Full Story... →
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters hates fraudulent voters. Dozens of Cincinnatians have been investigated, 6 have been charged, and one has been sentenced to 5 years in prison. A progressive blogger was investigated during the mayoral election.
The investigations have been disproportionately African-American, and have not included 30 police officers who may have voted in the wrong jurisdiction.
Who else hasn’t been part of the witch hunt? Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, who totally committed voter fraud in the 2012 general election.
Deters was going through a divorce in 2012, and according to the documents filed by his [...]Full Story... →
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is a master at getting positive news coverage for doing his job. Among the best, consistent coverage centers on his efforts to rid the state of illegal slot machines used first in internet cafes, then in veteran and fraternal halls.
Well, looks like Ohio’s top cop is suddenly backing away . What’s changed?
Former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett, a consultant to the company that makes that machines, has been urging legislators to help his client. Bennett has scheduled a Dec. 16th high-dollar fundraiser for DeWine at his home. A $500 donation will get [...]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... →
Stinging wind and cold rain ripped through Dealey Plaza last week in stark contrast to the sun-soaked warmth of that fateful Friday 50 years earlier when the president was murdered on Elm Street.
In third grade I developed a passion for presidential history, memorizing every name, in order, of those often funny-looking men whose pictures stretched across the bottom of the classroom chalkboard.
The picture of John Fitzgerald Kennedy stood out among them in my young mind, not only as the first color photograph in the series but also from the knowledge of his untimely demise and the fact that the incident [...]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... →