Late yesterday, the Dispatch website put up a story with this ominous headline:

More than half of city’s third-graders could be held back under new law

The timing was ironic because, late yesterday, Ohio legislators voted along party lines to zoom ahead in implementing the law, originally proposed by Governor Kasich and adopted into law in late 2012.

According to Hannah News, State Representative Teresa Fedor offered an amendment to the mid-biennium K-12 education bill that would have delayed the bill’s impact on student retention until the 2018-2019 school year. Fedor and others are concerned that [...]

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It was really painful to watch. John McCain, the hawkish old soldier at the Senate hearing, scolding John Kerry in the hushed tones of a discreet insider. John McCain, with the haphazard expertise that the Sunday morning TV news panels regularly find so seductive.

With the annoyed secretary of state sitting before him, the Republican senator from Arizona would, by God, let everyone in TV-land know that the foreign policy of the President, in general, as effected by Kerry, was a mess in the hands of the weakest in the universe. The same John McCain who was censured by his [...]

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With the rise of pay inequalilty for women looming as a strong political issue, a new organization called Americans for Pay Disparity is reaching out to companies to counter the challenge with a simple response:  Fire all of the female employees on their payroll.  According to a recent advisory to companies, unequal pay for women would not be  a negative issue if all of the workers were men.

Problem solved.

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Ed FitzGerald reclines, relaxed, methodically taking notes as though he were culling together arrows for his political quiver.

He glances up periodically to scan the reactions of the 125 Athens County Democratic Party members gathered at the local American Legion hall listening to area favorite Debbie Phillips introduce the man who will challenge Ohio Gov. John Kasich this November.

Athens County Democrats haven’t gathered a crowd so large for a party dinner since another local favorite, Ted Strickland, was running for governor in 2006. The doors to Post 21 have been flung open to allow in the cool Saturday night [...]

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Shortly after Governor Kasich introduced his latest budget bill a few weeks ago (HB472), it was split up into a series of different bills that addressed different topics and was distributed to the appropriate House committees. The education components were written up as House Bill 487 and sent to the House Education Committee. Last week, that bill quietly passed out of the committee (and is expected to be considered by the full House on April 9) with a variety of small changes and with one very significant addition.

House Bill 487 would require every student attending a private [...]

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Did somebody hurt  Charles Koch’s feelings? You know, the CEO of Koch Industries, a  vast enterprise big enough to be its own country managed by hand-picked servile Republicans.

It certainly seemed that the politically active billionaire felt bruised by villainous opponents as he spoke out hurtfully in the op-ed piece he wrote for the Wall Street Journal.  Let him explain:

“Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents.    They engage in character assassination ( I should know, as the almost daily target  of their attacks).   This is the approach that Arthur [...]

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Hans: Yeah, pay attention, because we’re not working for nothing here!

 

Franz: Yeah. Listen to me now, and believe me later: you know, if you don’t think this matters, you know.. maybe we should take a belt to your buttocks muscle until it’s all black and blue and swollen!

 

A federal judge in Cincinnati says he will strike down a portion of Ohio’s ban on same sex marriages.

The judge will issue a formal ruling in April 14, 2014.  After that date, Ohio will be compelled to recognize same sex marriages performed [...]

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The United States Supreme this week struck down a federal law capping the total amount any individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle.

The ruling is much broader than just the elimination of this particular cap on donations.  Combined with the Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court is essentially saying that the Constitution prohibits practically all efforts to restrict the role of money in politics in the form of limiting campaign contributions.

We aren’t willing to go as far as one candidate did, suggesting that this is the worst Supreme [...]

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In the heated moments following President Obama’s announcement  that the Affordable Care Act had surpassed its goal, a panicky John Boehner reportedly  called in his inner circle to  create a caustic response.  They agreed on cherry picking a 94-year-old recluse in Idaho who had enrolled 63 times in Obamacare because he was told he would be rewarded with a year’s supply of  shotgun shells. Although some of his advisors doubted that many people would believe the story,  the Speaker said it would at least do until the House voted again to repeal the law.

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Ohio sits — once again – at the center of America’s abortion wars.

This time, the death of a 22-year-old woman is the spark that ignited the war, and her tragic death has given Operation Rescue an opening to do what it does so well:  Lie and incite violence, including murder.

Operation Rescue has announced it will take part in a Tuesday press conference to discuss the death of Lakisha Wilson, who died over the weekend just days after being transported from an abortion clinic to the hospital. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has not determined the cause of [...]

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Well, the reviews are in for Gov.Kasich’s headliner role in a reprisal of the movie Honeymoon in Vegas. Not good!

Headliner?   Kneeliner  is a better fit for his groveling performance to impress  Sheldon Adelson, the Midas-like figure whose riches are based on casinos. Adelson spends hundreds of millions promoting politicians who would be expected to protect his gambling empire.  Of late he’s in a huge campaign to block on-line gambling that he fears would nibble at his casinos.

Allow me to quote New York Times columnist David Firestone, who wrote:

“It’s hard to imagine a political spectacle more loathesome than [...]

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