Monday, June 29, 2015

NO!!!!!


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

Marriage Equality!


Congratulations to those who've fought so hard for marriage equality. As President Obama said, "...We've made our union a little more perfect..."  and "...love is love..."

Monday, June 08, 2015

Just saying.....


> 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

Today....


* 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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> With all that money that the Bob Evans company received from the administration of Gov. John Kasich, you wonder if they'll be paying back that money now. Plunderbund has the ugly details.

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

Decisions Ahead?


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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>  I like both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic candidate for President. They are both well-qualified and in tune with what is needed for the future.

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



Today is Memorial Day when we honor those that served and gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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> Isn't it odd that those that reject climate change the most are living in areas where massive storms are destroying their states? Brownback and Inhofe seem unable to explain the magnitude and ferocity of the storms.


> According to Time, Carly Fiorina must be something to work with on a campaign!

Time:

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.

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>>> 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

Going, Going,....



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.

Since the average Republican is significantly older than the average Democrat, far more Republicans than Democrats have died since the 2012 elections. To make matters worse, the GOP is attracting fewer first-time voters. Unless the party is able to make inroads with new voters, or discover a fountain of youth, the GOP’s slow demographic slide will continue election to election.....

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.'

Politicususa:

....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

While Kasich promotes himself....


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

Silly Kasich


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'

Kasich hasn't delivered the jobs to Ohio. Period.

One more thing.......
Kasich hasn't caught up on the news------ there is no Soviet Union anymore:




Monday, April 06, 2015

Worth Reading


Ohio voters are voicing their opinions!

HuffPost:

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?

DailyKos:
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




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Kasich vs. Women (Again!)


It will come as no surprise that Gov. John Kasich of Ohio doesn't care that much about the women of this state. Kasich and his party have worked hard to take away women's reproductive rights, restricted the amount of women in leadership roles within his administration, and refused to address income equality.  We can't forget Kasich's disdain for the teaching profession which is dominated by women.  Now Kasich's aim is to do even more harm to women.

DailyKos:

After spending much of his 2014 re-election campaign running tv ads showing his support of breast cancer screening for uninsured women, Gov. John Kasich has completely eliminated Ohio's Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCP Medicaid) from his FY 2016-2017 budget.  The program provides emergency, temporary Medicaid coverage to uninsured women earning up to 200% of FPL who were diagnosed through the state's free screening program. His proposal doesn't just leave it out of the budget, it eliminates the program completely. Forever.

It seems that, while Kasich plans to fund free mammograms and pap tests for uninsured women up to 200% FPL, if they're diagnosed and not eligible for the Medicaid Expansion (which only covers those earning up to 139% FPL) they'll have to buy private health insurance.  In short, he only cares if you get diagnosed, he doesn't care if you need treatment. And if you're lucky enough to earn so little to qualify for the Medicaid Expansion, he's going to charge you a monthly premium to get it....

It is no wonder that Kasich and the Republican Party have found it difficult to win the votes of women. Mitch McConnell's tactics that are holding up the confirmation of the first African-American woman as Attorney General do not help the Republicans (see DailyNews).

The Republican war on women continues. When we women hold the majority, we'll treat the male-dominated Republicans with the same respect they gave us.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

New Hampshire?


If you live in New Hampshire, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be arriving soon. Kasich claims lots and lots of successes, but don't believe him for a second!

Plunderbund names a few ways Kasich has made life more difficult for Ohio women:

...In his latest budget, the biggest in Ohio history, Gov. Kasich wants to eliminate key Medicaid optional programs for women above 138 percent of the federal poverty level that include a program to provide family planning coverage, a breast and cervical cancer program, and a program that covers pregnant women. In June of 2013, Gov. Kasich signed a state budget that included multiple attacks on family planning and abortion providers. A strong voice for women’s health rights, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio notes that the governor and his compliant GOP-led legislature are forcing clinics to close, “leaving millions of Ohioans without access to safe, legal abortion services in their community.” The so-called “Heartbeat” bill, HB 69, pending in committee, would prohibit an abortion when there is a fetal heartbeat. Gov. Kasich has been protected by legislative leaders who kept this bill, and a right-to-work bill, from reaching his desk. Demonstrating exactly how vulnerable he is on this topic, Gov. Kasich refuses to say more than he’s “pro-life.” It’s hard to imagine, as he caters to his core base of voters, that he would veto this bill or others like it given the bills he has signed, one of which never had a minute in committee before it was injected at the 11th hour into a budget he signed into law....

....when John Kasich wants to tell Ohio’s story, he really means that he wants to hide the harms he’s already signed into law that won’t be reversed anytime soon. Recent national polls show Kasich trending near zero in the percent of Americans who know who he is enough to weigh-in on his as yet unannounced campaign to live in the White House.

Maybe one reporter should ask Gov. Kasich what he would say to a women CEO who would consider locating in Ohio, but who doesn’t want to move her, her daughters, her female employees and their daughters to a state where they are denied by law access to rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution? Maybe the governor doesn’t think there’s a connection between bad social policy and good economic policy outcomes. But that would again underscore why he and other GOP officials who share all his beliefs would be a big step backward for America were they and a like-minded Congress come to power.

 Here are a few other tidbits about Kasich's damage to Ohio:

>  Women have been hit hard during the Kasich years. Kasich & the GOP have done their best to block women's reproductive rights and equal pay for women.

>  Under Kasich, Ohio's public schools have faced massive budget cuts, while failing charter schools have received more money. Because of the cuts to public schools, school districts have had to turn to school levies to raise money to keep schools open.

>  Cities, and counties have seen their money from the state cute severely which has resulted in cuts to police officers and firefighter divisions.

>  Kasich refused to save 1,000 high-paying jobs at Ormet. He acted like he just didn't care about the people and their community.

>  Ohio has expanded fracking under Kasich.  The dangers to our environment, water, and increases in earthquakes have been noticed by everyone.

>  Kasich is working to reduce income tax for the wealthy while he has raised the sales tax on goods and services. In Ohio, the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.

>  Ohio has gained some jobs, but bringing more Walmarts to the state should not be viewed as success. 

>  Over 100,000 men, women, children, and veterans were cut from the food program in the state. Food pantries remain overwhelmed.

New Hampshire is a much smaller state than Ohio. I just hope that Kasich's ego can fit inside 'The Granite State.'

Monday, March 02, 2015

Boehner


Why did John Boehner invite Ohio Gov. John Kasich to attend the speech by Benjamin Netanyahu?

The answer is simple! With so many Democrats not expected to be in their seats, Boehner needs to fill up every seat. Republican governors, and special invited guests from previous Republican administrations will fill every seat so that Boehner is not embarrassed.

Boehner is in a lot of hot water since he appears unable to get his Republican Congress to vote for his bills. With so many fractures in the House Republican caucus, it is safe to say that Boehner and his bunch are completely inept. Even the Republican-loving Columbus Dispatch is aware of Boehner's failures.





Monday, February 23, 2015

Another Buckeye Winner?


>  Did you know that the winner of an Oscar has some strong ties to Ohio State? Really. You can read more about J.K. Simmons here.

>  The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus recently released some sad facts about Ohio.  Here is one fact about unemployment that was recently published in the Dispatch:

   ...While Ohio’s unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, the rate among black Ohioans is 15 percent,          higher than the national average of 13.4 percent....

Read the entire article at this Dispatch link.

> Rudy Giuliani's racist comments about President Obama show that the Republican Part just can't stop itself from being stupid. If you are interested in my further comments about Giuliani, check out my post at stubbornliberal.blogspot.com

Monday, February 16, 2015

Testing Time!


> Ohio's students are facing a massive amount of tests in the next few weeks (Cleveland.com). There
is just too much time being spent on preparing for and taking tests. As the Governor and General Assembly continue to destroy public education in Ohio, more tests will be used in the future.

> Plunderbund has an interesting post on a recent teacher evaluation proposal from the Ohio General Assembly.  It appears that those in the General Assembly that know nothing about educating children are doing their best to make it even more difficult.

> How are Ohio charter schools doing? Not so good. Recent articles about poor performing charters
convicted felons on charter boards, lack of accountability of charters, and failures of charters have been hitting the news.

> Gov. John Kasich continues his tour of states to talk up his ideas surrounding a balanced budget amendment. His appearances just happen to be in states that will have early Republican presidential primaries.  Surprise.


Monday, February 09, 2015


>  Do we really need regulations? Yes!

  *  WKBN is reporting that workplace fatalities are up in the state of Ohio. Even though Republicans hate regulations, the existence of the safety rules are in place to save lives!

  *  Vaccination requirements are being ignored across the nation, and as a result children are dying. Those of us that are old enough to remember can recall youngsters with polio, measles, mumps, and other communicable diseases.  We don't want to revisit those horrible days.  We need to go back to the time when all children had to be vaccinated to attend school. Only those children with an ironclad medical reason should be exempt.

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>  Gov. Kasich's new funding plan is being closing scrutinized. Despite the talking-point that funding is increasing, the reality is that education cuts are being made.

Timesleader:

Despite a $459 million increase in school funding in Ohio Gov. John Kasich's proposed budget, many local districts would see a reduction in state aid under the governor's new funding formula.....

Why do some people want to destroy traditional public schools?

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>  Have you noticed the lack of information on the Affordable Care Act from Ohio media outlets?  The good people at Plunderbund noticed.

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>  Ohio farmers are seeing their tax bills increase dramatically. The Dispatch has details. Did Ohio farmers really expect that Kasich would lower their taxes???



Monday, February 02, 2015

What game?


I enjoyed the Puppy Bowl again this year. There was another game yesterday?????

*** Ohio is ranked 37th in job growth. This is sooooo sad. While Kasich tours the country talking about balancing the federal budget and preaching, many Ohioans have just stopped looked for work. Many of the new jobs that we have seen are low wage ones that make it impossible to support a family. As we know, Kasich the the Republicans care little about those things.

Meanwhile, more layoffs are in the future for Ohioans:

http://jfs.ohio.gov/warn/current.stm

http://bakken.com/news/id/231067/u-s-steel-warns-may-lay-off-almost-2000-workers-alabama-texas/

http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/story/news/local/2015/01/30/layoffs-part-restructuring-zane-state/22612849/

http://wdtn.com/2015/02/02/syncreon-gets-short-reprieve/




Monday, January 26, 2015

Wasting Money


Recent information about the attendance records of Ohio's charter (aka 'community schools') schools have made taxpayers upset.  It appears that some of these schools are receiving money for invisible students.   Following an investigation by the office of the Ohio Auditor, attendance records were released from some charters. Here is part of what was discovered-----

The Columbus Dispatch:

....A report released yesterday by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost found significantly lower attendance at half of the 30 charter schools where auditors conducted unannounced head counts this past fall....

....Among those with the widest gap was Capital High School, 640 Harrisburg Pike, Columbus. The school reported 298 students; auditors counted 142, fewer than half.....

....Gateway Academy on Kimberly Parkway North in Columbus reported 100 students but auditors counted 52, with 20 students absent....

Dayton Daily News:

Just 43 of the 153 students listed in attendance records at Dayton Technology Design High School were present when investigators from the state Auditor’s office conducted a surprise, random head count at 30 charter schools across the state, according to a report issued Thursday....

.....Auditors showed up at 8:35 a.m. Oct. 1 at Dayton Technology Design H.S. and found just 43 students in school — well below the 172 estimated enrollment given in July 2014 and below the 153 students reported to Ohio Department of Education by the school to be in attendance on Oct. 1. School Director Karl Perkins told auditors that the headcount would be low because tardy students tend to arrive closer to 9 a.m. and some log onto the computer from home, the report said.

Yost’s team showed up again — unannounced — at 8:55 a.m. on Nov. 12 and counted 60 students at Dayton Technology Design H.S. The audit also noted that the school didn’t notify ODE that it would offer “blended” learning where students take classes in person and online.....

Cincinnati.com:

Two Hamilton County charter schools had fewer than 25 percent of registered students in the classrooms when investigators from the Ohio Auditor's Office stopped by for a surprise head count, according to a state report released Thursday.....

....The local schools – Life Skills Center of Hamilton County and Life Skills Center of Cincinnati, which share an administrator and some teachers – are among seven schools whose surprise checks found far fewer students in the seats than the estimates provided.

Reported registration tallies were 64 at Life Skills Hamilton and 127 at Life Skills Cincinnati. But the headcounts, conducted Oct. 1, found 18 at Hamilton and 22 on the Cincinnati campus....


 Read Plunderbund's post on the charter school mess here.

You can download the entire report from the State Auditor's Office here.

If you are concerned about wasted money and corporations getting richer off of your tax money, call your state representative's office and demand an investigation.  I'd like to see a full report on charter school attendance, money received, and graduation rates side by side. It is time to stop wasting our tax dollars on these failing charter schools!!!!

FYI: Those online charter school ads you see on TV are the same ads shown in other states. It is fair to conclude that results are not the same for every student in every state.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Take a Moment


Take a moment to examine the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and think about how you can bring his dream alive.

In other news.....

- Yahoo has an article about those members of the House and Senate that voted against having a day to honor Dr. King.

- A new ABC/WaPo poll has some interesting approval numbers for President Obama.

- Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential candidate, has discovered poor people. Obviously, he wants us to forget his comments about the '47%' he made in his last campaign.

- Republican Mike Huckabee continues to attack Beyonce. Huckabee is just plain out of touch with reality. It might have something to do with all the squirrels he cooked in college!

- Chris Christie wants the people of New Jersey to forget about the economic mess he has created in the state. New Jersey ranks 49th in job growth according to ASU W.P. Carey Research. Ohio is ranked 38th.)

- Research published in the Washington Post shows that in Ohio 39% students in public schools are 'low income'.  Hungry children cannot learn!  Wake up, people!



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Did you notice?


* The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes won the National Championship this week.  As we say here in Ohio:

Go Buckeyes!

As an Ohio State graduate, I am proud of the coach and team for doing a great job this season.


>>> On the grim side, Ohio's job growth continues to lag behind other states. Ohio is ranked 38th in job growth (which is much better than number 49, New Jersey). According to ODJFS, Ohio continues to have layoffs.