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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When 2011 began, I was “just a teacher.”  I was new to Facebook, did not have a Twitter account, and had virtually no interest in the political scene.  That changed swiftly with the introduction of Senate Bill 5 and I can now scarcely remember what my life was like before then.  While today marks the 3rd year anniversary of the signing of that harmful, divisive law, the truth is that Senate Bill 5 has changed my life dramatically in ways that I would never have imagined and that I never want to forget.

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their [...]

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Josh Mandel is the son of a rich corporate lawyer.  He grew up in a rich, Northeast Ohio neighborhood.  And he married into one of the richest families in Ohio.

But Josh Mandel really wants you to think he’s just a regular, working-class guy.

During his 2012 campaign for Senate, Mandel tried to earn his blue-collar credentials by appearing with also-rich-guy Mitt Romney at a rally in Beallsville, Ohio.   The backdrop seemed perfect: a bunch of hard working men in hard hats, and Mandel talking about the importance of coal and coal-related jobs.

But then Mandel, in his freshly-pressed, nicely-tailored [...]

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SB 5′s Historic Defeat Marked; Will Ohio Voters Remember In November?
by John McNay

Three years ago, on March 31, 2011, the Republican-dominated Ohio legislature passed Senate Bill 5 in the face of overwhelming public protests. That evening Gov. John Kasich had a celebratory signing ceremony covered by statewide television. Senate Bill 5, derived mainly from the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council, was designed to crush public unions across the state.

Championed by Gov. Kasich, SB 5 was the centerpiece of his legislative agenda­, and was defended as necessary to close a $6 billion budget gap. Proponents inaccurately blamed [...]

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Ohio Republicans have introduced a dangerous new plan to freeze Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standards indefinitely.

GOP leadership is reportedly driving this proposal, with Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) leading the effort and Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zainesville) introducing the legislation, SB 310, Friday morning. SB 310 calls for an immediate freeze on efficiency and renewable energy standards at their current 2014 levels and for the creation of an “Energy Mandates Study Committee” to review existing law.

As a refresher, Governor Strickland signed Substitute Senate Bill 221 (SB 221) into law on May 1, [...]

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The following is an open letter, from an Ohio teacher, to members of Ohio’s House Education Committee regarding the hijacking of SB 229.

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Dear Representative,

It was with great concern that I learned of the Ohio House’s decision to make significant, drastic, and educationally unsound changes to SB 229. As an educator I have grave concerns regarding the policies regarding public education that are developed in Columbus.

The evaluative protocol being imposed on local schools from outside the district is an illustration of both the lack of familiarity with a student’s development through their relationship with their teachers as well [...]

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Kasich Plays Wheel Of Fortune

On March 30, 2014 By

Should we be surprised that Gov.Kasich  earned the coveted Sheldon Adelson White Guy  Mr.Congeniality Award at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s spring conference in Las Vegas?  That became a slam-dunk as the governor daringly referred several times to the mega-casino owner – for God’s sake one of the  richest men in the world – on a chummy first-name basis. Unless you are a car salesman, you don’t get much friendlier than that.

Nosy reporters, of course,  wanted to know whether the governor was running for president by trying to suck up as much cash as he could in Las Vegas from Adelson’s [...]

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