Monday, April 22, 2013

News Items

* U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (OH-R) voted "NO" on background check last week in the Senate. He just wants you to know that the NRA had absolutely nothing to do with his vote, according to an article in the PlainDealer.  Of course, Portman doesn't want you to remember that he was endorsed by the NRA in 2010.

* The police, FBI, ATF, and other law enforcement did an incredible job last week in Massachusetts.  Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the entire population of the state for what they've endured over the last week.

**** Speaking of the ATF (alcohol, tobacco, firearms)....
Why are Republicans in the U.S. Senate still blocking the vote to confirm a director of the ATF?   Is Sen. Chuck Grassley the person responsible for holding up the ATF director's confirmation? Ask Sen. Grassley at:  or or on Twitter @chuckgrassley.


>>>  Today is Earth Day. I remember the first celebration of Earth Day in 1970 at the Ohio State University. If you want to read more about how we can preserve our planet, visit the EarthDay web site.

*****  Democrat Ed Fitzgerald plans to announce his candidacy for Ohio Governor. Ed Fitzgerald will need all of our help to defeat Kasich.


*The next time Republicans start talking about cutting regulations, remind them of what happened in the fertilizer plan in Texas, and the alleged lack of obeying regulations.

>>> There is a must read by Luke Brockmeier at Plunderbund.  The article explains how the Republicans have moved to increase infant mortality in Ohio.

Every Republican voted to pass a state budget that won’t add jobs, but will add to the infant mortality rate.....

....Ohio has the 11th-highest infant mortality rate, and the highest infant mortality rate for African-Americans, in the United States. Higher than neighboring states. Higher among African-Americans than Mississippi and Alabama....

...Republicans are so obsessed with attacking Ohio’s women that they will actively and knowingly take strides to increase infant mortality in the process. The Senate needs to fix these provisions and send a sensible budget along–or else the governor needs to veto the budget.

Otherwise, John Kasich will be held accountable for Ohio’s abysmal and depressing infant mortality rate.

Read the entire post at Plunderbund to get a fix on the statistics on the health of the poor in our state.

If Republicans are so pro-life, why do they block every effort to feed children, help women receive gynecological care, and assist the poor with medical care?  There is nothing pro-life in your actions when you stop providing for those that are living.