A Win for Planned Parenthood and Another Chance for Mike DeWine to Waste Tax Dollars

I am so done with attorney general Mike DeWine and so should every Ohioan who cares about the good stewardship of our tax dollars be.

Today there was some good news for advocates for women’s reproductive rights.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett ruled that the attempt by anti-choice Governor John Kasich and the Ohio state legislature to take money away from Planned Parenthood being used for programs that do things like lower infant mortality and prevent STDs was unconstitutional.

"The government cannot take away $1.4 million in health grants and contracts that provide critical public health care for thousands of women in Ohio as punishment for Planned Parenthood’s providing abortion services," said PP lawyer Jennifer Branch. "Now that the law is unconstitutional, Ohio must continue to fund the grants and contracts it had with Planned Parenthood."


Not according to self-appointed arbiter of Ohioans’ sex lives Mike DeWine. He plans to squander more of your tax dollars and mine to appeal the decision. After all, isn’t it horrible how money is being spent on addressing Ohio’s appalling infant mortality rate (you know – those BORN babies someone wanted?)

Our governor's office and our legislature have wasted a lot of our time and money coming up with these vindictive bills to try to limit reproductive freedom to only women who can afford it. Now the court challenges are knocking down these bills. Just two weeks ago, a state appeals court ruled that the state's requirement that abortion clinics have transfer agreements with hospitals within 30 miles (and if there is no hospital within that distance willing to make one, oh too bad) is unconstitutional, allowing the only remaining clinic in Toledo to stay open.


We will be back!

No, we're not gone for good. We were just "berned out" by the acrimonious primary and needed a break. But the primary is over, and we have a landslide winner as much as a few dead enders don't want to admit it. We are facing the most loathsome Republican candidate in living memory. Time to move on — and we will.

Poor Ohio GOP! Poor Rob Portman! They Have a Yuuuuuuge Problem

It’s not a happy time for our friends over in the Ohio Republican Party.

They have a yuuuuuuge problem and it’s spelled T-R-U-M-P.

Super Tuesday was this week, and if you followed the results you know who came out the big winner on the GOP side. His name is spelled T-R-U-M-P. The efforts of the GOP establishment and its moneymen to prop up and push Marco Rubio failed spectacularly. For all practical purposes, he came in third behind Ted Cruz.

Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges did a media call earlier this week to lay out the ORP’s plans for stopping Trump. Good luck with that!


Politico published this partial hooey today:

Kasich has tapped Matt Borges, his hand-picked state party chairman, to help oversee his efforts in Ohio and awards its delegates on a winner-take-all basis. Kasich’s team is pulling out all the stops to ensure that he wins his home state, going so far as to reach out to labor groups whom the moderate [hooey alert!] governor has worked with. (In Ohio, Democrats are allowed to vote in the Republican presidential primary.) [Not precisely true — by pulling a Republican ballot you become a Republican until you change back in the next primary and won’t be able to sign petitions for Democratic candidates, for instance]. At the same time, a pro Kasich super PAC, New Day for America, is reserving more than $1 [sic! LOL] in TV ad time in Ohio.


And while Borges said he would support any Republican over Hillary or Bernie, state auditor Dave Yost, a Tea Party type, said he would not support Trump, period, but would vote for a Libertarian or Constitution Party candidate instead.

Former Ohio Governor Likes Sittenfeld Better Than Former Ohio Governor


I didn't get around to posting this earlier, but it's well worth taking note of. Several weeks ago, former Ohio Governor Dick Celeste (1983-1991) endorsed PG Sittenfeld in the U.S. Senate primary race against former governor Ted Strickland (2007-2011).


While the Ohio Democratic Party, the national Democratic Party and a whole raft of elected officials endorsed Strickland early last year before he even started campaigning, a clear sign that they wanted Sittenfeld to drop out of the race, Sittenfeld declined to be intimidated and apparently is picking up some momentum. Yesterday Strickland was endorsed by President Obama, one of only two faces he has endorsed in, and the other is the close Florida race in which one of the candidates appears to have become unhinged and is facing a possible ethics scandal (How Kasichian of him!)

According to the Toledo Blade, Celeste said, "“his is an extremely gifted and exciting candidate with a record of accomplishments. He understands the issues well. He has a bold agenda. He’s especially committed to building an economy that works for all Ohioans and in which all Ohioans can find work. I’ve been tremendously impressed by P.G.’s willingness to stand up to the gun lobby. I wish we had more people in public life willing to be as brave and bold as PG."

Do PG Sittenfeld's Numbers Look Better Than We Thought?

I am voting for PG Sittenfeld in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate because I think we need to look to the future, not the past, and I think PG articulates progressive positions with more clarity and passion than former Governor Ted Strickland.

However, I have long said that I believe Strickland is virtually a shoo-in to win the primary, which I am fine with — he's a decent guy with mostly good positions. And I expect that PG is building experience, name recognition and a network for future runs, which is why I am glad he stayed in the race despite pressure to get out.

But I got this email today from the Strickland which makes me wonder if PG's polling isn't looking a whole lot better than I thought:

"Anastasia, this is HUGE. Moments ago, my campaign received a major endorsement.


Now, as far as I know, the president has not endorsed any other U.S. Senate candidate, so I have to wonder what the impetus was for him to do so now.

From the time the party decided to throw its weight behind Ted early last year, virtually the day he announced and before he even started campaigning, they've called out the heavy hitters, including Bill and Hillary Clinton. He's got ALL the high-profile announcements, although as i wrote yesterday, two major Ohio newspapers have endorsed PG. But frankly, newspaper endorsements are kind of minor — they don't really sway a lot of votes. So naturally I wonder what else is behind this


U.S. Senate Candidate PG Sittenfeld Gets Newspaper Endorsements Over Strickland; Speaks in Cleveland Wed 3/2


*PG Sittenfeld with Cleveland Heights city councilwoman Melissa Yasinow, both barely past 30. The Future of Ohio Democrats*

While the Democratic Party is acting as if Ted Strickland has already won the primary of U.S. Senate — and to be honest, he probably WILL win, and that’s OK — his opponent PG Sittenfeld has remained in the race despite attempts to push him out. And that’s a good thing. Because candidates like 31-year-old PG are the Democrats’ future and people like 74-year-old Ted Strickland are not.

I want to make it clear again — I’m OK with Ted. He’s good on most issues (No candidate is good on all issues). But PG is good on more issues, a solid progressive who has informed himself about the things that matter most to voters and speaks eloquently about them.

Check him out:


Although he is an underdog, he has, surprisingly, received the endorsements of two major Ohio newspapers: The Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal.

Links, with warning. The PD has gone to an annoying and difficult-to-use slide show format for its endorsements. Beware.



The Beacon mentioned Ted’s refusal to debate, a terrible Kasichian stance he should have thought better of, if only to prepare for the debates with Portman he won’t be able to duck out on.

It goes on to say,

Plain Dealer's Brent Larkin Rails Against Failing Ohio Charters, Pretends Kasich Has Little to Do With It


*White Hat charter school. Not much education happening here*

Brent Larkin is the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s right-leaning columnist emeritus. But even he can’t ignore the corruption of Ohio’s charter school system. Unfortunately, he mis-assigns the bulk of the blame to protect the most guilty party, Governor John Kasich.


In this column, Larkin unloads on our bought-and-paid-for politicians in Columbus who have allowed failing for-profit charter schools to destroy the futures of some of Ohio’s most vulnerable children while sucking education dollars away from all of the state’s kids.

He lays down the gauntlet in his opening paragraphs.

“Few human beings are more worthless than morally bankrupt politicians who consciously game the system in ways that make learning even more difficult for struggling young students.

Dear Readers: Allow me to introduce you to the people in charge of your Ohio General Assembly.”

The legislators certainly shame the blame, including such bad actors as Cleveland “Democrats” Bill Patmon and John Barnes. The latter’s reelection in 2014 was primarily paid for by out-of-state charter school interests.

“For years, one of the worst-kept secrets in the nation's public education community was that Ohio was a state where legislators would gladly sell out children in return for sizable campaign contributions from charter schools run by for-profit management firms,” Larkin correctly points out.

Is John Kasich sitting on a THIRD education scandal? Yes, says Progress Ohio

Ohio’s charter schools are a cesspool of failure, due in large part to the infestation of for-profit charter schools run by bad actors (and probably not coincidentally large donors to the Ohio GOP) like David Brennan (White Hat schools) and William Lager (the online ECOT schools). These schools are the majority of those clustered in the basement of the state school rankings. In short, they stink.

Worse, they siphon money out of public schools, which in many, if not most, cases perform better, cheating every child. And they sell desperate parents on false promises.

So let’s just say we were “not happy” (understatement) to read this report from Progress Ohio. Unhappy but not surprised.


“How the Kasich Administration and Ohio State Had Taxpayers Fund Bill Lager’s Private Venture, Then Tried to Cover Their Tracks”

Read it and smoke will start to come out your ears.

Political leaders close to Lager steered at least $2.7 million in public money to help refurbish IQ Innovations, a distance learning platform that Ohio tapped to provide online textbooks and other educational materials used by K-12 schools. The state calls the clearinghouse iLearnOhio.

Governor John Kasich’s first state budget mandated that the digital clearinghouse be housed at Ohio State University but authorized the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to choose IQ as its outside vendor.

This resulted in a highly unusual arrangement: Ohio taxpayers paid millions to help IQ, a private firm, build a sophisticated technology platform – but the state received zero ownership interest in it.

And of course:

Despite the state’s generosity, IQ consistently failed to deliver on the system’s promised functionality, records show.

The Profoundly Sexist John Kasich Just Can't Help Himself

Ohioans are familiar with the patronizing attitude John Kasich has toward women. His condescension is barely concealed; he exudes the kind of "Who can figure out those crazy dames" attitude that reeks of ’50s standup comedy and old Playboy cartoons. He's waaaaaaay out of his time, whether making a comment about his "hot wife" in the State of the State address or telling a young woman who rises to ask him a question at a townhall meeting, "No, I don't have any Taylor Swift tickets" or saying something like "It's not easy to be a spouse of an elected official. You know, they're at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we're up here on the stage getting applause, right?"

Yeah, right.

He's done it again:


"How did I get elected?" said Kasich, talking about his first run for the state legislature. "Nobody was — I didn't have anybody for me. We just got an army of people, many women, who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and put up yard signs for me. All the way back, when you know things were different. Now you call homes and everybody's out working. But at that time, early days, it was an army of women that really helped get me elected to the state senate."

Ah yes, all the way back, the "early days," back when women were little housewives and knew their place, and any work they did was strictly volunteer, unpaid because after all, that's about what they were worth.

We Need Jill Miller Zimon in the State Legislature


My friend Jill Miller Zimon is once again running in the Democratic primary in house district 12 (a swath of mostly southeastern suburbs of Cleveland) against incumbent John Barnes. She ran in 2014 and it was a very close race, but in the end, a California-based group that pushes charter schools and the privatization of education poured six figures into Barnes' campaign and he pulled it out.

Now she's running again.


Jill is an avid supporter of progressive values — of women's and LGBT rights, of unions, of public education and more which you can read about here:


She has been active in Democratic politics here for many years, served on the Pepper Pike city council and has especially been a champion of government transparency. She shows up.

That is precisely what John Barnes DOESN'T do. You may not know this, but Ohio legislators make one of the bigger salaries among state legislators in the U.S. — upwards of $60,000 a year.

Now I am not one of those who whines and complains that our elected officials are paid too much. People should be paid for doing a good job. The problem is, John Barnes is collecting a salary for doing NO job.

He's known as unresponsive to constituents and skipping votes that he might have to justify. And considering what happened this weekend here's a biggie: Barnes failed to vote on the bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Just didn't bother to take a stand.

Democrats Speak Out Against Kasich's Defunding of Planned Parenthood

David Pepper, chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, issued this statement about Governor Kasich signing the bill to defund Planned Parenthood

“With his decision today to sign House Bill 294, Governor Kasich has finally answered the question of whose side he’s really on. Rather than listen to the majority of Ohioans who oppose defunding Planned Parenthood, Kasich decided to take sides with radical extremists who were recently indicted on felony charges. Kasich is no moderate. He is firmly in the Tea Party’s pocket. Under Kasich’s right-wing leadership, Ohio is now competing with Texas and Louisiana for worst state in the nation for women’s health.”


Ohio Senate minority leader Joe Schiavoni released the following statement today:

"Governor Kasich has just signed a hugely unpopular bill that will devastate Ohio’s ability to provide quality care to some of our most underserved residents. Defunding Planned Parenthood ignores the wishes of 65% of Ohio voters and 65% of the country. By signing HB294, Governor Kasich disregards advice heard from countless medical professionals, patient advocates, and even the Columbus Public Health Department.”

"To put it bluntly, signing HB 294 is a political move by Governor Kasich, but it will inflict far-reaching, real world harm on the citizens he was elected to represent. As he travels the country, the governor claims to be a voice of reason who can unite a divided nation. It is hard to believe candidate Kasich, as seen on TV, is the same person who would completely ignore the demands of his constituents."


And state representative Greta Johnson from the Akron area posted:

Make no mistake.
This isn't just about Planned Parenthood.
Every school, health department and agency that previously contracted with Planned Parenthood may now have to find a new way to serve, educate and treat Ohioans. This bill not only defunded PP, but may prevent any group who wants to continue to receive State funding from partnering or contracting with PP.
In Summit County, that means HIV testing and treatment as well as sex ed, and many others.
This decision should have been about public healthcare, not political headlines. Ohio became a weaker, less healthy, less safe state today.

Kasich Does It Again: Sneak-Signs a Bill Attacking Women's Rights

Well, as he promised, John Kasich has signed the bill defunding Planned Parenthood, based on a lie, defunding effective programs to treat STDs, to screen for cancer and to address Ohio's appalling infant mortality rate.

Actually two lies: one is that this money was connected in any way to abortion and the other is the fake Planned Parenthood video, claiming they were "selling baby parts." Completely fabricated. And based on these lies, Kasich and our legislature believe women are not entitled to quality health care provided by a heritage organization they trust.

But Kasich being Kasich — and also running for president with a phony "moderate" facade, designed to dupe low-information voters turned off by the craziness of candidates like Trump as well as a media desperate for a Republican candidate who appears to have SOME kind of legitimate claim to reality — he pulled his cowardly, duplicitous Kasich trick that he pulled back in 2013 when he signed a budget bill packed with anti-woman/anti-choice policies. He signed the bill deep in the heart of a weekend with two hotly contested, highly discussed primaries — the Democratic caucuses in Nevada and the Republican primary in South Carolina. He knew that all attention and discussion would be focused on those. And once again, he attempted to fly under the radar.

We cannot let this happen. It's incumbent on each and every one of us to spread the word: John Kasich is not a "moderate." When it comes to women's reproductive health care (and many other issues), he is an extremist and he is willing to damage the lives of many women for his personal religious beliefs and ideology. And he is willing to lie and to buy into lies to do so.

Your Woman-Hating Ohio GOP: Getting Set to Run in 2018

So, as expected, the legislature — the Republicans plus the appalling turncoat "Democrat" Bill Patmon — have passed the bill to defund Planned Parenthood, based on a long-debunked lie.

It was finalized today and it's on its way to John Kasich desk, where it's a slam-dunk he will sign it. He's already said he would. And there has been murmuring that the timings was planned to benefit him — after the New Hampshire primary where Republican voters tend to be less religious but before the South Carolina primary where they tend to be more so.

Isn't that special? Using the bodies of poor and working women as a political tool.

But if you thought these women had a friend anywhere among our statewide elected officials — almost all of whom are eying higher office — think again.


Four Republican statewide elected officials said today that they support Gov. John Kasich's decision to sign legislation defunding Planned Parenthood.

It seems that ALL of our statewide officials agree that taking away women's access to contraception, to pap tests and mammograms and to programs that reduce infant mortality is somehow a good and moral thing.

"The majority of Ohioans don't want their tax dollars spent on an organization that provides abortions," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said this morning at a forum sponsored by the Associated Press.

You know what else a majority of Ohioans don't want their tax dollars spent on? Blocking the right of same-sex couples to get married. Preventing women from having access to affordable contraception. And you went ahead and spent it anyway — OUR tax dollars pursuing YOUR religious/ideological agenda.

Kasich In Iowa: Sweeping Inexorably To the Presidency!!!

Ha ha. Just kidding. He came in 8th last night in Iowa with just under 2% of the vote, tying with Snarly Liarina to pick up one — count ’em, ONE — delegate.

Kasich Cons the New York Times

Well, the mighty New York Times came out with its presidential primary endorsements.


On the Democratic side, they endorsed Hillary Clinton, despite a long crusade against her that involved three stories they were forced to retract for containing lies and a non-stop vendetta from columnist Maureen Dowd. I guess in the end, her qualifications were just too strong.

On the Republican side, they endorsed New Hampshire ... I mean, OHIO ... governor John Kasich. I guess in the end, The Crazy was just too strong in the GOP field. They spent the first five paragraphs talking about how awful the GOP field is. Can't argue there.

But they really had to tie themselves in knots to find stuff to praise. They did concede he's "no moderate." But they falsely claim "he has been capable of compromise and believes in the ability of government to improve lives." Then they say a lot of stuff about what he TALKS about saying "He speaks of government’s duty to protect the poor, the mentally ill and others 'in the shadows.'"

What they didn't say is it's all talk. They flog the old saw about his Medicaid expansion of course. In fact, that is the only concrete thing they point to. They end by saying

“I am so tired of my colleagues out here on the stage spending all their time talking about Barack Obama,” he told a town hall crowd in New Hampshire. “His term is over.” Mr. Kasich said recently that he had “raised the bar in this election. I’ve talked about hope and the future and positive things.” In this race, how rare that is.

All talk.

Planned Parenthood — Good News, Bad News

Planned Parenthood: Good News, Bad News

Planned Parenthood got some good news out of Texas, of all places, earlier this week. A grand jury there declined to press charges against the group on trumped-up accusations based on a doctored film that the group “sells baby parts.” Never mind that what that charge was flimsily based on — in some states the group provides tissue from abortions for medical research for reimbursement costs — doesn’t occur in Texas.

In a stunning and unexpected move however, they DID indict the dishonest, lying producers of the film. That was well deserved. Sadly, since the main goal of the film seemed to be to provide a talking point for rightwing politicians to use in the their crusade to oppress women and deprive them of their freedom, Republican presidential candidates have doubled down, with supposed “moderate” candidates like Rubio echoing the debunked talking point, saying how sad it was that Planned Parenthood could get away with “selling baby parts.”

"We'll need to learn more, but I'm disturbed that while Planned Parenthood, who are the ones that were actually selling off these parts were found having done nothing wrong, the people who tried to expose them are the ones that are now facing criminal charges," this clown said.

Yeah, you need to “learn more” alright, but since the truth is out there and in your face, apparently you are impervious to learning.

And of course, there’s Snarly Liarina, who’s kind of a non-issue, but she just won’t let go of this bone.

"Here's what I know: Planned Parenthood has been trafficking in body parts. Planned Parenthood has been altering late-term abortion techniques to this specific purpose of harvesting body parts," she said.

Every word of that is a lie, and that last sentence has embellished her previous lies. It’s a brand-new lie. Luckily, Liarina will be disappearing from the public screen very soon.

Please no — not again!


This is still true.

Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel has been laying low lately. Oh, every once in a while I get an email from his office touting some wonderful thing he (read: his staff) has done to make the state treasurer's office more efficient.

Now the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that he revving up for another challenge against Sherrod Brown in 2018.


"Opening these committees gives Ohioans an opportunity to support my style of leadership. It does not force me to make a decision anytime soon on what I'm going to do next," he told the dispatch, laughable describing his style as "high integrity, direct, and open to listening to taxpayers of all walks of life."

No, Josh — once a sleaze, always a sleaze.

According to the Dispatch,

Mandel's campaign reactivated his senatorial campaign Friday in a filing with the Federal Election Commission. The federal paperwork showed Mandel set up two political action committees to raise funds for a potential bid: Justice Opportunity Strength Honor, which is JOSHPAC, and another organization called Team Josh.

This is one more, powerful reason why the Ohio Democratic Party needs to hone its chops and get its shit in order for 2018. We NEED to elect a Democratic governor to start to undo the damage Taxin' John Kasich has done to our economy. We need to elect a Democratic secretary of state to protect our election process. We need to election both in order to take control of the congressional redistricting process in 2020 and balance the districts fairly.

Why the U.S. Doesn't Need Paid Maternity Leave, According to John Kasich

You may have heard that last week on the campaign trail in New Hampshire (where else?!), John Kasich put forth the idea that it was perfectly OK that the U.S. continues to be the only developed country in the entire world that does not guarantee paid maternity leave.

He said all we need to do is “give them the flexibility to be able to work at home online.”

Check out this excellent column today from Connie Schultz about this:


She writes,

Kasich’s telecommuting suggestion would work so well for nurses, teachers, police officers, factory workers, doctors, waitresses, cashiers, baristas — you know, any woman in a job that involves something other than tapping the keys on a laptop. Did he even hear himself? I wonder that. A lot.

About those mothers who, in Kasich’s mind, could work from home: What fun for bone-tired mothers caring for newborns whose idea of sleep is a brief flutter of eyelids between feedings. Has this man never spent a day with a newborn?

I’m guessing the answer to both her questions is “no.” Kasich doesn’t listen to himself and he’d probably consider caring for a newborn beneath him, given the condescending remarks he has made about women in the past, one of which Connie pointed out:

You know, Jane Portman, Karen Kasich and Janna Ryan, they operate an awful lot of the time in the shadows. It’s not easy to be a spouse of an elected official. You know, they’re at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things, while we’re up here on the stage getting a little bit of applause, right?”

Name of Anonymous Asshole Congressman Who Invited Homophobe Kim Davis to SOTU Addressed Revealed!

Hide your head in shame, Ohio!

It’s a tradition for Congresspeople and Senators as well as the president to invite special guests to the annual State of the Union address, often for political emphasis. For instance, we learned several days ago that one of the Obamas’ guests would be Cincinnati’s Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the case that brought marriage equality to the whole country. Obama is also leaving an empty chair for victims of gun violence to highlight the importance of sane gun regulations.

Today we heard that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, the Christian-posturing piece of excrement who got national publicity and a jail sentence when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, was invited — by someone.

This brave opponent of human rights was not named. Now we have learned who it is and sadly, he is from Ohio.

Of COURSE it is Jim Jordan (OH-04). Of course. But he’s got an alibi:


“Congressman unaware he invited Kim Davis to SOTU”

Jordan, who is the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, had denied inviting anyone to the speech earlier on Tuesday, and then reversed himself, saying he had just been told by his staff.

"Kim Davis used our ticket. Our staff heard from the Family Research Council that Ms. Davis and her family hoped to attend the State of the Union address and so we offered a ticket," Jordan said in a statement obtained by The Hill.

Hetold Huffington Post, “I found out today. And I'm being totally honest with you: That's -- Family Research Council asked us, her family wanted a ticket, and we said 'OK.'”


Kasich Has Performed an Education Miracle Equal to his Economic Miracle!

Well, isn’t this special?

Happy New Year, everyone! We're about to make you so glad John Kasich is our governor — NOT. Yeah, he's still missing in action reportedly last seen in a small town in New Hampshire.

But he’s left behind a nice parting gift for Ohioans:


“Ohio Schools Slide in National Rankings: Achievement gap widens between rich and poor students”

Our miraculous governor is working more miracles!

Six years after ranking fifth in the nation, Ohio’s education system has tumbled to 23rd among the 50 states and District of Columbia, according to a national report card released on Wednesday.

Hmmm…. Let me think. Who was governor six years ago? Oh yeah, that alleged “failure” Ted Strickland.

And Kasich’s education “policies” keep growing more and more poisoned fruit: it’s down from 18 last year in the annual Quality Counts report from Education Week. And Ohio ranked 43rd in the gap between affluent and poor students, not a good place to be considering the increase in child poverty and the decline in the middle class since Kasich took over as governor. According to the Columbus Dispatch article linked above, Ohio’s child-poverty rate rose to 23 percent last year from 18 percent in 2008, meaning almost one Ohio child in four lives in an impoverished household.

Heckuva job, Johnny!

Now let’s take another look at Ted Strickland’s “failure” of an administration, which, you may recall, was challenged by the Bush economic collapse of 2008. Says the Dispatch,

For four years, from 2008 to ’11, Ohio earned Bs and ranked among the top 10 school systems in the nation.

So, in ALL the years impacted by Strickland’s budget and policies, Ohio schools ranked in the top 10. DESPITE the national economic malaise. Hmmmm ….

Once again, I Am Calling for Woman-Hating Stochastic Terrorist Mike DeWine to Resign

Mike DeWine practically ruined my lunch today.

I got together with an old friend at a Chinese restaurant we both love here in Cleveland. We periodically meet to talk about family, old friends, what we’re up to now and what’s going on in the world (Luckily we are both on the left side of things so we commiserated about Trump a lot).

Our food hadn’t arrived yet when he said to me, “Apparently, someone found fetal remains in a dumpster outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Dayton.”

Immediately, my bullshit detector went up — TOO convenient — and I said, “Where did you hear that? Who is claiming that?”

He pulled up the story on his phone and I read the first half dozen words and that was all. “According to the Ohio attorney general’s office …”

I almost said “Screw lunch” and jumped in my car to drive to Columbus and slap some sense into DeWine.

From day one, Mike DeWine has tainted the AG office by turning it into a slush fund to promote his own ideology and religious beliefs, traveling around the country organizing other AGs to put contraception out of reach of many women (Hobby Lobby) or to block same-sex couples from having their marriages recognized (Obergefell). He's also worked to try to limit voter rights. He takes money from Ohio’s citizens and uses it to try to strip rights from those very citizens.

So now Mike Dewine is using his office to “investigate” Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that the recent charges that triggered the phony outrage on the right and congressional “hearings” are a partisan witch hunt, driven by a doctored video that has been exposed repeatedly as a lie. And he is doing this even now that we have seen vividly how these lies are driving terrorism — more clearly, directly and predictably than any Muslim terrorist group.

A Political Superstar Comes to Cleveland!!!!!!!

Yeah, I know. Some of you were all excited when Bernie Sanders came to town a couple of weeks ago. Rah rah rah. That's small potatoes compared to this:


Karl Rove Comes To Cleveland!
December 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Meet Karl Rove – author, columnist, and political kingmaker!

(The exclamation marks are in the press release; I did not add them).

Log on and grab those tickets now — this is an opportunity you don't want to miss.

Karl Rove, bestselling author of Courage and Consequence and visionary behind the Republican Party’s last two presidential victories, has written a historical book with important lessons that can be applied to today’s political environment. The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters (on sale November 24, 2015) will be published one year before the next presidential election, coinciding with the beginning of the primary season in which over a dozen candidates are vying for the Republican nomination.

Poor Karl! It must be hard to grab any media attention anymore given this field of candidates that apparently will say just about anything to be center of the debate.

On December 12th at 11am at the Cleveland History Center, Rove will discuss his research behind the book, some of which was conducted in the Research Library, and share insights into the birth of the modern campaign.

Well, that should be worth the price of admission! ($35) Maybe he can share his insights into those votes coming in from Cuyahoga County that he said were going to put Mitt Romney over the top in Ohio, just as they were calling Ohio for Obama on the other side of the split screen. I'd love to hear his thoughts on that!

I enjoyed some of the quotes in the bio provided, especially this one:

Why You Shouldn't Waste a Phone Call Asking Kasich to Veto Planned Parenthood Defunding

In my last post, I talked about how the legislature has now passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood — a major source of reproductive health care for the non-affluent — in Ohio.

Those of you active in women’s rights groups and on their mailing lists will likely now be hit with a spate of emails urging you to contact Governor Kasich to ask that he veto it.

Don’t waste your time. I mean, did you really fall for that “Roe is the law of the land and we have to obey the law” garbage he spewed a month or two ago to try to make himself seem passably “moderate” on the presidential campaign trail? You didn’t get the unspoken part about “And I’ll make sure that changes if I’m elected president”?

For years, Kasich has been playing a game where the legislature passes onerous and pointless anti-choice measures and Kasich scrawls him signature on them without comment beyond, when pressed, “I’m pro-life.” (He hasn’t demonstrated that to any degree!)

His game has been exposed in this Associated Press (AP) story:


“Gov. John Kasich’s aides helped craft abortion restrictions”

Gee, now THERE’S a surprise. You mean all along, Kasich was driving these restrictions on women’s freedom and attempts to close clinics by hamstringing them with pointless rules?

Believing state legislators were solely responsible for abortion restrictions added to the 2013 budget bill, activists and editorialists across Ohio called on Gov. John Kasich to veto the provisions. What they didn’t know at the time was that Kasich’s office had a hand in developing some of the language.

Yeah, knock me over with a feather. While I appreciated the passion of some of these activists, I knew that picking up the phone or clicking “send” to exhort the governor to counteract this hatred for women was a waste of time.

Ohio Legislature Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

This week the Ohio House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood, joining the Ohio Senate, which did so back in late October.

Grandstanding about abortion, which receives no tax dollars, the misogynists in our state legislature displayed either their hypocrisy or their ignorance in doing so, since the defunding vote was part of a current wave of such measures driven by a dishonestly edited video fabricated by a rightwing anti-choice group and long since debunked.

While these legislators try to paper over their contempt for women by insisting there are other options for women to receive reproductive health care, in fact, such options are limited and in many areas lacking. Planned Parenthood has established its name, reputation and trust factor for over a century; many women would not know where else to go. And as those who are more informed and intelligent than many legislators know, Planned Parenthood’s contraceptive services prevent many more abortions than all the religious freaks screaming at women outside clinics combined.

The Republicans in the House exposed that their objections have nothing to do with a heartfelt concern for “unborn children’ and everything to do with imposing their religious beliefs about the evil of women’s sexuality on everyone when they voted down amendments proposed by Democratic legislators to fund comprehensive sex education (which actually DOES prevent abortions) and to bar tax money from going to religiously motivated “crisis pregnancy” centers which lie to women and try to bully them into carry unwanted babies to term.

One of the most disgusting of many disgusting aspects about this effort is that one of the main drivers of it — a lead sponsor of the bill — is Cleveland “Democrat” Bill Patmon. Patmon is not a stupid man. In pushing this effort he is doing something deliberately dishonest and intentionally harming women, especially poor women like those who live in his district.

John Kasich: A Veritable Gushing Fountain of Bad Ideas

I’ll bet some of you out there felt like you couldn’t be any more disgusted with the mean-spiritedness, wrong-headedness and sheer duplicity of Taxin’ John Kasich. I think you would be wrong.

As part of the Republican frenzy to exploit the tragic murders in Paris to stir up fear and hatred of “the other,” Kasich has come up with one of the worst ideas yet proposed by a GOP presidential candidate — and that is really saying something!


“Kasich Proposes New Government Agency To Promote Judeo-Christian Values”

Yes, rub your eyes and read that again. John Kasich is proposing that our tax dollars be used to put our government in the missionary business (and does anyone else feel like “Judeo” is just inserted as a “cover your ass” measure to make it harder to paint this as a measure to promote a certain type of Christianity?)

Look at what this ignorant clown is proposing:

As part of a broad national security plan to defeat ISIS, Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich proposed creating a new government agency to push Judeo-Christian values around the world.

The new agency, which he hasn't yet named, would promote a Jewish- and Christian-based belief system to four regions of the world: China, Iran, Russia and the Middle East.

Gee, do you think that might be viewed as colonialist, paternalistic, condescending and offensive? Rather than defeating groups like ISIS, it would give them a target to point to in order to strengthen their argument. Oh, and as a bonus, it’s likely to be ruled unconstitutional.

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