Tuesday, September 01, 2015
* Ohio Republicans have their panties in knots because President Obama announced the name change of a mountain. Formerly known as Mt. McKinley, the name change to Denali reflects the wants and needs of the people in Alaska. (see Heavy for details)
* Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been seen in every early primary state as he campaigns for President. He has yet to weight in on the latest abortion bill promoted by the crazy right wing Ohio Republicans.
Ohio, a state often considered ground zero for anti-abortion legislation, finds itself at the center of the latest reproductive rights controversy—one that could force its governor, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, to take an uncomfortably public stance.
A bill approved in June by a health committee in the Ohio House of Representatives, on a bipartisan 9-3 vote, would ban physicians from performing abortions on women who want to terminate their pregnancy because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The legislation shifts the reproductive rights conversation from its typical preoccupation with time frame and viability to the more nebulous question of a woman's motivation for ending a pregnancy....
...Since entering office in 2011 Kasich has signed every anti-abortion measure that has landed on his desk, enacting a total of 16 restrictions that limit abortion access and family planning opportunities, and resulting in the closure of half the state's abortion clinics. There is little reason to think this bill will be different....
Kasich is not an advocate for women's reproductive rights and has been an opponent of equal pay (even in his own administration). Kasich is no friend to women.
Monday, August 24, 2015
There is an interesting article about John Kasich's term at Lehman Brothers.
Republican presidential rivals Jeb Bush and John Kasich bring to their campaigns their experience as governors of major battleground states, but they also share a resume line from their time in the private sector. The Florida and Ohio pols both worked at the ill-fated Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers just as the firm was racking up vast losses for their states' respective pension systems.
While Kasich has denounced Wall Street greed and Bush has criticized lawmakers who become lobbyists, during their time at Lehman they leveraged their public sector experience -- Bush as a former governor and Kasich as a former nine-term congressman -- to help the bank build relationships and navigate public policy matters....
....Kasich was hired to help run Lehman’s investment banking operation in January 2001 despite, by his own admission, having “close to zero” knowledge of the business. He was, however, a longtime ally of the financial industry during his 18 years in Congress. He voted for legislation to eliminate regulations on banks like Lehman. The month before he got the job at Lehman, Kasich sponsored a bill to allow Social Security money to be invested in financial firms -- including inevitably Lehman -- that stood to make hundreds of billions in profits had it passed.....
You might want to read the entire article here. How did Kasich do at Lehman? John Kasich admits he had a 'fantastic time' at Lehman. (People that lost their funds did not have a fantastic time.)
•••• What is new in Ohio? Not much! It is the same old Republican attacks on women's health.
If you're looking for true Republican policy innovations, don't bother with tax policy or national security; the place where the GOP is really exercising its creativity is in coming up with new ways to restrict abortion rights. In the latest inspired move, Republican state legislators in Ohio have introduced a bill to make it illegal for a woman to terminate her pregnancy because she has discovered that the baby would have Down syndrome. The bill is expected to pass, and though he hasn't yet taken a position on it, it would be a shock if Governor John Kasich—who is both an opponent of abortion rights and currently in search of votes in the Republican presidential primary—didn't sign it.
After it passes in Ohio (and even if by some strange turn of events it doesn't), look for identical bills to come up in state after Republican-controlled state. Anyone who objects will of course be accused of wanting to kill children with disabilities....
....Perhaps to expedite things, every women's health clinic could come equipped with a special hotline to the state legislature, where any woman who wants to end her pregnancy would have to justify it to a Republican state representative, who would have the final say. Maybe that will be the next bright policy idea from the party that says it's committed to getting government off your back.
Republicans are for less regulations----unless you have a uterus.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
The governor of the state of Ohio, John Kasich, just plain hates teachers. The teaching profession is made up mostly of women. I've often felt that his dislike of teachers has to do with the fact that he doesn't like smart, outspoken women. Now he has gone too far.
Obviously, Kasich has never been in a teachers lounge (AKA lunchroom or closet). It is the place where the discarded chairs and tables are placed. There is nothing fancy. He must have teachers' lunchrooms confused with what was spent on his JobsOhio's coffee bar: http://innovationohio.org/2013/03/18/jobsohio-blows-1-million-on-office-expenses/
Shame on Kasich. He has never and will never get my vote.
Monday, August 17, 2015
• Local Columbus television station, WBNS 10TV, seems to be going out of the way to support Ohio Gov. John Kasich's presidential campaign. Nearly every broadcast has some story about his campaign. I've always been a viewer of the station's news but I'm starting to watch other newscasts. I'm not a fan of Kasich's and refuse to listen to 10TV's propaganda.
If you are also sick of the pro-Kasich broadcasts, contact 10TV here.
• Some right wingers might be wetting their pants with this news from Forbes:
For the first time in more than 50 years of surveys, the CDC on Wednesday reported that more than 90% of Americans — 90.8% of us, to be specific — have health insurance.....
....Being insured even appears to cut down on your risk of death.....
Thank you, President Obama, for protecting the lives of Americans!
• Ohio's charter schools needs a massive examination by federal authorities. Do you think there is something fishy about how Republican lawmakers have refused to investigate and reform the charter school business in Ohio?
....We already knew that while its citizens waited, the Ohio legislature left town as one festering charter school scandal after another went unaddressed. In particular, a long-awaited piece of “reform” legislation, HB 2, proposed to address “governance, sponsorship, and management of community schools,” languishes in the wind tunnel located at Broad and High....
....The proposed reform legislation would, according to the Enquirer, “prevent failing charter schools from swapping sponsors to avoid closure, require that attendance and financial records be available for inspection, force online schools to track how many hours a student is learning and eliminate conflicts of interest between those who run the schools and the groups policing them.”
The Enquirer article also points out that perhaps $91,726 in timely donations in June and July by charter school leader William Lager might have distracted Republican lawmakers from doing the right thing. After all, isn’t the devil – or is it the dollar – in the details when the subject is Ohio charter schools?....
How does the owner of ECOT charter school live? Plunderbund did another investigation in 2014 which demonstrates how some are profiting off the schools. You can read the Plunderbund post here.
It is time for citizens to demand an outside inquiry into the Ohio charter school money machine!
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
If you missed Rachel Maddow's program last night, here is a sample:
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night tore into Fox News for the polls they used to decide which ten Republican presidential candidates will compete in the first debate on Thursday night.....
...Yet Maddow pointed out that Fox did not use the fifth most recent national poll -- an NBC/WSJ poll conducted through July 30. The channel instead used a Quinnipiac University poll conducted through July 28.
Though using either the NBC/WSJ poll or the Quinnipiac poll would have scored Kasich a place at the top-tier debate, the Quinnipiac poll, which had Kasich leading Perry by 3 points, gave the Ohio governor a more definitive lead.....
Yes. Fox News appears to have chosen polls that would boost their buddy, former Fox News star, John Kasich! Kasich's friendship with the head of the network proved more important than statistics.
Monday, August 03, 2015
Newsweek has a very interesting article about John Kasich that might open the eyes of people that don't know him. Those of us that are residents of Ohio are familiar with his pompous attitude. We know that he has little regard for teachers, police officers, firefighters, school children, and the poor. Sure, he talks about helping the poor, but his actions reveal more.
> Kasich cut poor people off of food programs --- Think Progress has the story.
> Most of the teachers in our state are females. Kasich said wanted 'to break the back of teachers unions.' (See Plunderbund.) Does that mean he wants teachers to lose their rights to have a safe work place?
> After he received a ticket, Kasich called the ticket-issuing police officer 'an idiot' in front of state workers. https://youtu.be/KF0_Qe4zNrE
> Kasich stated that first responders that strike for job safety should be fired. (SpringfieldNewsSun)
> Schools have had to cut programs because Kasich has slashed funding to traditional public schools. Instead, he has increased money to charter schools, which perform poorly, but whose owners are big $$$$$ GOP supporters.
> Kasich and his Republican sheep in the Ohio General Assembly have restricted women's rights to gynecological services.
We know Kasich and his 'job miracle' is a figment of his imagination.
Monday, July 27, 2015
If you want another war, you should support a Republican candidate for President. It appears that every Republican candidate is willing to send your sons and daughters to war.
Here is an example of what GOP candidate John Kasich said------
...Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, suggested that he wouldn't immediately revoke President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran if he were to be elected president.
But he would send U.S. ground troops to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State, the radical group known as ISIS or ISIL that has taken control of a huge swath of Syria and Iraq....
....the Ohio governor said he would send U.S. troops to fight a ground war against the Islamic State...
Our sons, daughters, relatives, and friends that fought in Bush's wars cannot even get proper medical care for their PTSD, wounds, and trauma, because the Republicans have cut budget funds for veteran medical care. However, the Republicans are ready to send them and others to more wars. Haven't we had enough? Shouldn't we be working for peace instead of war?
* Kasich has been making some town hall attendees a little uncomfortable for his lack of specific responses. Kasich repeatedly responded, "I don't know," to questions on policy. Cincinnati.com has more.
I'd suggest that people demand answers and not allow these 'don't know' responses from Kasich or any candidate.
Monday, July 20, 2015
In case you missed it------
• Republican Dave Yost, Ohio's Auditor, has endorsed John Kasich for President. They actually wasted time, money, and print to announce that crap!
• Donald Trump continues to speak abhorrently about people and issues.
• David Hansen resigned his post with the Ohio Department of Education. He tried to hide some numbers.
Top Ohio education official resigns admit charter school grade scandal
An Ohio education official resigned over the weekend after acknowledging he excluded failing grades for charter schools in evaluations of the schools' overseers. David Hansen, the School Choice director for the Education Department, confirmed last week he left F grades for online and dropout recovery schools off evaluations of charter school sponsors. He said he felt the marks would "mask" successes elsewhere. The omission boosted the ratings of two sponsors, which could make them eligible for more state perks. Hansen sent a one-line letter of resignation to state Schools Superintendent Richard Ross late Saturday. The evaluations have been retracted. Hansen's wife is chief-of-staff to Gov. John Kasich.
The Ohio Republicans will do anything to hide the failures of the charter schools and their owners. The owners of the charters contribute big, big money to the campaign coffers of Republicans, and they'll do anything to protect their donors.
Do you think that David Hansen thought we wouldn't notice his fudging with numbers?
• John Kasich's pals want to influence what subjects are taught in schools.
The right-wing push to amend the U.S. Constitution by requiring a balanced federal budget is gaining momentum. In January, GOP Governor John Kasich of Ohio went on a six-state tour to rally support, and so far this year, New Jersey, Utah and North Dakota have passed resolutions calling for a Constitutional Convention to propose a balanced budget amendment. By some counts, 27 states have passed such resolutions; 34 are needed to trigger a convention....
....Prominent economists also warn that such an amendment could have catastrophic results during economic downturns and is exactly the wrong prescription for today’s sluggish economy.....
...ALEC has indeed been working hard, and now the corporate bill mill has opened up a new front in the decades-long battle for a constitutional amendment: high school kids....
It is not enough that Kasich has cut billions of dollars from K-12 education in Ohio, but now his financial sponsors want to push their agenda in our classrooms. We should remain vigilant and make sure this propaganda doesn't make it into our schools!
• Some national writers have noticed the unpleasant personality of John Kasich.
John Kasich has a résumé seemingly tailor-made for a serious run for the Republican nomination....
....But there’s just one problem, according to interviews with dozens of those who’ve worked in politics alongside him at various points over the past several decades: his short fuse.
Monday, July 06, 2015
* Ohio's media outlets continue to remind people that Republican Gov. John Kasich will announce his intent to be a candidate for President. I think that most Ohioans don't give a s**t about his candidacy. We already know what his anti-union, anti-women's rights, anti-middle class, anti-equality, and anti-public school agenda has done to Ohio. It will be difficult for Kasich's ego to fit inside any upcoming Republican debate venue with the other pompous, racist Republicans.
* Apparently, according to MotherJones, the Republican candidates appear to be all over the place on 'common core' in education:
...Jeb Bush is the ultimate True Believer. His non-profit, Foundation for Excellence in Education, which crisscrosses the country touting the benefits of the Common Core, has bagged over $4 million in Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants...
....Sen. Lindsey Graham is anti-Common Core today. In February 2014, he even introduced a Senate resolution that "denounced the Obama Administration" for using federal funds to "coerce" states into adopting Common Core. But in September 2013—three years after his home state adopted Common Core—Graham had no clue about it. In this video, Graham, who at the time had been a South Carolina senator for 11 years, was asked what he thought about Common Core. His answer: "What’s Common Core?"
* Jim Jenkins of TheNews&Observer has some solid examples of how the Republicans are completely clueless about laws and the Supreme Court.
Saturday, July 04, 2015
Here is wishing you a Happy 4th of July! Have fun! Stay safe!
> There are lots of people in Ohio wondering if Gov. John Kasich is really running as a vice presidential candidate because of his late entry into the Republican clown car of presidential candidates. Kasich always talks about how holy and religious he is. However, the people of Ohio know that he hasn't treated women, disadvantaged children in public schools, people seeking equality, and the poor, with much fairness, goodness, and kindness. Kasich's funding cuts and disregard to the needs of people so that the rich can get more tax breaks, doesn't show much empathy.
FYI: School districts around the state are responding to Gov. Kasich's latest budget:
Cincinnati's schools are very unhappy about how Kasich's budget hurts them.
Port Clinton's schools will lose more than $700,000 in Kasich's budget cuts.
Mason City Schools will lose money under Kasich.
Other districts are also waking up to the reality of Kasich's education cuts.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to announce his candidacy for President on July 21st, according to CNN. Let me state it another way-------- Ohio's anti-women's rights, anti-marriage equality, anti-public school, anti-union, pro-corporation governor, Kasich, plans to run for President.
I firmly state that I have never and would never vote for Kasich. I just don't know how Kasich's ego could fit on the stage with the other announced GOP candidates.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Monday, June 08, 2015
> How is Ohio doing in job creation? W.P. Carey has the numbers that show Ohio with a job growth ranking of #31 (out of 50 states). Plunderbund has more sad details: http://tinyurl.com/pmzznum
> On top of all the cuts made by Republicans to education, housing, and other programs, now Gov. John Kasich (a still undeclared presidential candidate) is considering proposing a flat tax, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Kasich just cares about the wealthy.
> Could Kasich's former job as a Vice President at Lehman Brothers ruin his national political ambitions? WHOTV has the facts. The truth of the matter is that anyone that would call Dick Fuld 'an awesome guy' should have NO future in politics.
Monday, June 01, 2015
* We extend our sympathy to the Biden family on the death of Beau Biden. Please remember the Biden family in your thoughts and prayers.
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USA Today has captured the craziness of the Republican presidential candidates here: http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/opinion/cartoons/2012/09/18/daily-editorial-cartoons/1411813/
> Did you know that Jeb Bush thinks his brother, George W. Bush, kept the country safe? As I recall, then President George W. Bush was warned of an impending attack on the U.S. in August of 2011. However, President George W. Bush continued on his vacation and did nothing (see the New York Times). Perhaps Jeb is trying to rewrite history or hoping that we're dumb enough to believe him.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The Republican candidates for president are completely out of touch with the American people. Where the hell do they find these people? They don't care about women, the poor, the sick, public school children, vets, or anyone but their rich, right wing supporters. The Republicans are for more wars but refuse to pay for the care needed by returning veterans.
Here are a few examples of the Republican candidates:
Huckabee is telling us that we should support a molester (CNN).
Jeb interfered in the dying days of a comatose woman and today says he has no regrets (Time).
Carly Fiorina took years to repay her former campaign workers (Mother Jones).
Rick Perry can't come up with a list of three departments he'd like to cut (You Tube).
Scott Walker has shown himself as an enemy of public education (SALON).
The rest of the GOP clown car contains self-absorbed idiots!
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> Google has a Google Doodle on Sally Ride, the first woman in space. The Verge has more about the salute to Sally Ride.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Today is Memorial Day when we honor those that served and gave the ultimate sacrifice.
> According to Time, Carly Fiorina must be something to work with on a campaign!
Carly Fiorina apparently left a trail of unpaid, unhappy campaign staffers after her unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate bid. According to Reuters, the former HP CEO and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful waited more than four years to give her campaign staff the compensation they were promised.
“Federal campaign filings show that, until a few months before Fiorina announced her presidential bid on May 4, she still owed staffers, consultants, strategists, legal experts and vendors nearly half a million dollars,” Reuters reported.
Twelve ex-Fiorina campaign workers told Reuters that, if given the chance to work Fiorina again, they’d rather not. One anonymous senior staffer reportedly said they’d prefer to be sent to Iraq. Ouch....
That explains a lot about her management style. Another bit of info on her can be found here.
>>> If you want to know what is really happening in Ohio politics, you absolutely MUST read Plunderbund every single day. Since so many Ohio newspapers and reporters have lost all objectivity in reporting about Kasich, you do need other sources of information.
Monday, May 18, 2015
There is a great article in Politico that describes what the Republican Party is up against:
...There’s been much written about how millennials are becoming a reliable voting bloc for Democrats, but there’s been much less attention paid to one of the biggest get-out-the-vote challenges for the Republican Party heading into the next presidential election: Hundreds of thousands of their traditional core supporters won’t be able to turn out to vote at all.
The party’s core is dying off by the day.
Look at that one line....''the GOP is attracting fewer first-time voters.' Whatever the Republicans are selling, anti-immigrant, anti-equality, anti-women's rights, etc., the young people aren't buying. This is why the Republicans try to stop young people, minorities, and women from voting. The GOP cannot win if Democrats show up and vote.
>>>> What are the Republicans offering to us? According to an article posted at Politicususa calls them 'Republican clones.'
....In the end, Republican hopes will come down to a nutty white male who sounds like all the other nutty white males, a guy who hates blacks, hates Latinos, hates Native Americans, hates women, hates gays, hates Muslims, hates workers and labor unions, hates atheists and secularists, hates environmentalists and scientists and intellectuals, hates the freakin’ Pope – and, well…even post-birth human beings in general....
It is no wonder that young people are turning away from the GOP.
* What is next in Ohio? It appears that Gov. John Kasich plans to close some of the centers that take care of the severely developmentally disabled. Plunderbund has the details.
Monday, April 27, 2015
It is no secret that Gov. John Kasich has been promoting himself and the non-existent 'Ohio miracle.' Unfortunately, Kasich's focus has left the state continues to lose more jobs. The good people at Plunderbund have the details:
...While Gov. Kasich has been away pushing a federal balanced budget amendment and unsuccessfully trying to boost his name recognition, which hoovers barely above zero, Goodyear, headquartered in Ohio, decided to go play in another country. Since Congressman Kasich voted for NAFTA, he shouldn’t have been surprised to learn the company said it will build its new $550 million state-of-the-art tire plant in Mexico instead of Akron....
Kasich seems to be unable to save jobs like the 1000 that disappeared at Ormet, but he is capable of giving money to CEO cronies to keep 10-30 jobs. It just doesn't make sense. The jobs that have come to Ohio are low paying (as in Walmart), and part-time. You cannot support a family on a minimum wage, part-time job. Period.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Gov. John Kasich is waiting for a message from God, according to Plunderbund, before he decides whether to run for President. Give me a break! Ohio is a mess with continued job losses, cuts to communities and schools. Kasich touts an 'Ohio miracle' in his speeches, but he is full of baloney. Kasich and his 'trickle down' economics have only helped the rich get richer.
Plunderbund has a great headline:
'Kasich Extends Subpar Job Growth to 29 Months'
One more thing.......
Kasich hasn't caught up on the news------ there is no Soviet Union anymore:
Monday, April 06, 2015
• Ohio voters are voicing their opinions!
Ohio's 2016 Senate race looks competitive. Republicans nationwide prefer a candidate who avoids a no-tax-hike pledge. And wording matters more than usual for the Indiana 'religious freedom' law. This is HuffPollster for Monday, April 6, 2015.
SENATE 2016: STRICKLAND LEADS IN OHIO Quinnipiac University: "In the 2016 U.S. Senate race in Ohio, former Gov. Ted Strickland, the Democrat, leads Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Rob Portman 48 - 39 percent. Independent voters back the Democrat 50 - 32 percent… Ohio voters approve 49 - 23 percent of the job Portman is doing and give him a 38 - 18 percent favorability rating. Strickland has a 49 - 29 percent favorability rating, while 89 percent of voters haven't heard enough about [potential Democratic challenger P.G.] Sittenfeld to form an opinion of him. Voters approve 52 - 27 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is doing. Ohio Gov. John Kasich gets a 61 - 28 percent job approval rating, continuing his trend as one of the highest-ranked governors in any of the nine states surveyed by Quinnipiac University." [Quinnipiac]
Ohioans might have been upset about how Portman signed that crazy letter to Iran.
Ted Strickland is a wonderful man. He actually cares about middle class Ohioans. Portman--- not so much.
> Hmmmm. If you lie on voter registration material, can you be charged with fraud?
In a 2009 voter-registration application, obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Mr. Bush marked Hispanic in the field labeled "race/ethnicity."And why would Bush III do that? Innocent mistake? Pathetic pandering?
A Bush spokeswoman could offer no explanation for the characterization....
Strange. I wonder what would have happened if an average person did this?
>>> The layoffs continue in Ohio: http://jfs.ohio.gov/warn/current.stm