Wednesday, December 16, 2015

GOP Debates

I have found that I don't want to waste time watching the Republican candidate debates. The Republicans attack our President, push for more wars, and propose more tax cuts for the rich. It is
the same old record. There is nothing new that they have to say.  Besides, I won't be voting for any of the GOP clowns anyway.

---  If you have been following the recent escapades of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, then you know that he is against safe healthcare for women. Mike DeWine worked, on our dime, to stop marriage equality, and now he is trying to smear Planned Parenthood. DeWine just hates the fact that women have access to safe healthcare and abortions. Why does Mike DeWine want to deprive women of treatment for yeast infections? Ask him! According to Plunderbund, Mike DeWine is
thinking of running for Ohio Governor! Yuck!

--- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is against equal pay for women!!!!! Wow! That is disgusting! I'd never vote for a candidate that is against equal pay and equal rights.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Time to get to work!

You might be shocked to learn that the health care bill that assists the first responders from 9/11 needs renewal. Some politicians are good at using words to praise the rescuers from 9/11, but that is all they've done. More than words are needed.


Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show this Monday evening to continue his fight to get Congress to do the right thing for our 9-11 first responders: Jon Stewart's Back On 'The Daily Show' Tonight, And He Is Not Happy:
    Jon Stewart isn't letting up in his effort to convince lawmakers to pass a new 9/11 bill after his   visit to Congress last week -- the former host of "The Daily Show" returns to the broadcast Monday night to put an exclamation point on his trip to D.C. 

    Stewart and a group of 9/11 responders on Thursday toured the halls of the Capitol and visited the offices of senators in hopes of spurring them to pass a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which began expiring in September.....

Republicans Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell need to get this legislation passed NOW!

Attention, Ohio voters!  Sen. Rob Portman had avoided signing to support the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act----- until Jon Stewart cornered him (see HuffingtonPost).

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


If you are concerned about which candidates to vote for in the election, here is a list put out by the Franklin County Democratic Party:

2015 Election Official Sample Ballot

Candidates Endorsed by the Franklin County Democratic Party

County Wide Candidates

Ted Barrows-Municipal Court Judge
Mark Hummer- Municipal Court Judge
Eileen Paley- for Municipal Court Judge
Cynthia Ebner- for Municipal Court Judge
Cindi Morehart- for Municipal Court Judge

Municipal and Township Candidates

Andrew J. Ginther- for Mayor of Columbus

Zach Klein- Columbus City Council
Elizabeth C. Brown-for Columbus City Council
Jaiza Page-Columbus City Council
Michael Stinziano-for Columbus City Council
Shannon G. Hardin- Columbus City Council

Gary Baker- Columbus City School Board
W. Shawna Gibbs- Columbus School Board
Mary Jo Hudson- Columbus City School Board
Eric S. Brown- Columbus City School Board

Kim Maggard- Whitehall Mayor
Michael Bivens- for Whitehall City Attorney
Steven Quincel- for Whitehall Treasurer
Karen Conison- Whitehall City Council

Cornelius McGrady-for Reynoldsburg Mayor
Krisitin Bryant- for Reynoldsburg City Attorney
Preston Stearns- for Reynoldsburg City Council President
Michael Krakomberger- for Reynoldsburg City Council
Mark McKenzie- for Reynoldsburg City Council
Sean McMullen-for Reynoldsburg City Council
Tyrone Martin- for Reynoldsburg City Council
Debbie Dunlap- for Reynoldsburg School Board

Mike Schadek-Upper Arlington City Council
Carolyn Casper- for Upper Arlington City Council
Bob Foulk- for Upper Arlington City Council

Steven Gladman-Grandview City Council

Sharon Whitten- for Madison Township Trustee
Mary Tedrow- Groveport Madison School Board

Deb Steele- Clinton Township Fiscal Officer

David Donofrio- for Prairie Township Trustee

Beryl Piccolantonio- for Gahanna Jefferson School Board

Carmen Malone- for Hilliard School Board

Richard Bird- for Westerville School Board

WRITE IN David Melvin- for Sharon Township

Randy Reisling- South-Western City School Board

Statewide and County Issues

Issue 1: Redistricting Plan- YES
Issue 14: ADAMH Renewal- YES
Issue 15: Zoo Renewal- YES

Make certain that you vote!!!!


Ohio voters will also be deciding about the marijuana issue. People suggest voting 
NO on 2, and YES on 3.

>>>>>  One woman stopped a protest at a Planned Parenthood center:


Mary Numair took down Planned Parenthood protesters in quite an unusual, but awesome way.

According to BuzzFeed News, the 29-year-old Oregon copywriter and Planned Parenthood supporter noticed protesters outside a local clinic in Portland. After trying to approach them multiple times, she opted for a more creative route.

On Oct. 25, Numair arrived at the protest with a sign that read, "Dear P.P., Thanks for helping me with my yeast infections." In a tweet, she said she broke up the protest by chanting the words "yeast infections."

Wow! I bet there will be similar 'yeast infection' demonstrations across the country!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Falsehoods from GOP

Are you tired of the right wingers and their false claims? I am.While Republicans get their panties in knots over Hillary Clinton's emails, we should examine what the Bush family and their minions did.

*  Jeb! seems unable to fathom that his brother, former President George W. Bush, had multiple  warnings that Bin Laden was 'determined to attack' the United States. (See NYTimes, CNN, Slate, FindLaw, etc.) But they were ignored.

*  Jeb! and the Republicans are concerned about Hillary Clinton's emails but they ignore the private email server Karl Rove had and the emails erased. Jeb! seems to forget that he erased his own emails  (Politifact).

*  Carly Fiorina was not a job creator but a job destroyer. She cut 30,000 jobs at HP, spent too much money on corporate jets, and  delayed paying  employees from her last campaign,

I'll write more on the other Republican clowns a little later......

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Are you ready for this?

You were wondering how a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate could hurt.


Mitch McConnell privately wants the White House to pay this price to enact a major budget deal: Significant changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for raising the debt ceiling and funding the government.

Several people familiar with the high-stakes fiscal negotiations said the Senate majority leader's staff is trying to drive a hard bargain in the private talks with the White House and Democratic leaders.

McConnell is seeking a reduction in cost-of-living adjustments to Social Security recipients and new restrictions on Medicare, including limiting benefits to the rich and raising the eligibility age, several sources said. In addition, the Kentucky Republican is eager to see new policy riders enacted, including reining in the Environmental Protection Agency's clean water regulations....

The Republicans continue their assault on working people. The Republicans never will stop - unless of course they are out of office.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Kasich Losing Ohio?

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich is losing support from Ohioans. Will Kasich lose the Ohio Republican primary?

Monday, September 28, 2015

News Around Ohio

>  While a majority of people are against a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood, the right wing Republicans still continue their demands.


Nearly 70 percent of voters say they would oppose a government shutdown in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

While support for Planned Parenthood is split among party lines, fewer than one-quarter of all voters say they would support a shutdown if it meant defunding the group, according to the poll released Monday...

...But the odds of a shutdown shrunk dramatically on Friday when House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that he would be resigning within one month....

While Planned Parenthood and technical experts have stated that the videos of abortions have been "fixed' to create lies, right wingers still continue on their crusade. I wish the Republicans would create a few hundred thousand/million jobs instead of being concerned about a woman's uterus.

>  Ohio Auditor Yost investigated Planned Parenthood in the state and, according to,  found nothing wrong going on in Ohio: 

'....The findings of his office's work, he noted, are based on data -- not a political ideology or debate over policy.
In this case, Yost considers his questions on Planned Parenthood answered and the issue closed.'

Unfortunately, Ohio's Republicans are not concerned with facts.

>  There continues to be more fallout from John Kasich's Latino outreach.


...Kasich's remarks suggest that his only interaction with Latinos is with the people who clean his bathroom. At a time when a Latina sits on the Supreme Court, and Latinos are CEOs and Pulitzer Prize winners, Kasich seems dangerously out of touch with an increasingly diverse America....

Yep. That is Ohio's Kasich! He is unable to fathom the idea that the country is made up of many nationalities, races, and religions. He is still ignorant about equal pay and women in the workplace.
Kasich is the perfect Republican if you want to turn back the clock on human rights. John Kasich IS NOT a moderate.


Monday, September 21, 2015

The End of Privacy?

Imagine that every single time that you go to the OB/GYN doctor that a Republican politician is in the examining room with you. That is disgusting to even imagine it! Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Republicans have inserted themselves into that exam room. Your privacy is gone! Your right to a decision is gone! Your health needs don't matter because Kasich and his buddies are deciding what happens inside your uterus.

WKRC-TV is reporting that Kasich will sign the bill that bans abortion if the reason is a Down Syndrome diagnosis for the fetus.

Here is more about the abortion legislation-

...This bill would ban doctors from assisting women in exercising fundamental rights over their bodies, all without any assurance women and families will receive needed support once the baby is born.

Republican lawmakers refused changes helping families transition to the lifestyle of raising a child with Down syndrome. One amendment called for 12 weeks of parental leave after the birth of a child. Not only would this allow for parents of babies with Down syndrome time to adjust, but it would allow all new parents to bond with their babies in those precious first moments.   

Republican lawmakers also rejected amendments for education funding and Medicaid eligibility for women and babies confronting Down syndrome. If HB 135's intent is to help and strengthen families, why reject these common-sense amendments?....

These Republicans and Kasich just want to punish women and deny them any rights.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" that he would sign a bill currently being debated in his state banning abortion if the reason for the procedure is because the child would have Down syndrome. "I would sign it, yes," Kasich said. "Look, I'm a governor. I'm a CEO. I have to have a hand steady on the wheel. But in this case, I'm more than glad to say that of course I would sign that." Kasich, who opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to preserve the life of the mother, previously had not commented on the bill, saying he didn't want to express his opinion while it was being debated in Ohio's statehouse.

Read More at:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" that he would sign a bill currently being debated in his state banning abortion if the reason for the procedure is because the child would have Down syndrome. "I would sign it, yes," Kasich said. "Look, I'm a governor. I'm a CEO. I have to have a hand steady on the wheel. But in this case, I'm more than glad to say that of course I would sign that." Kasich, who opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to preserve the life of the mother, previously had not commented on the bill, saying he didn't want to express his opinion while it was being debated in Ohio's statehouse.

Read More at:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" that he would sign a bill currently being debated in his state banning abortion if the reason for the procedure is because the child would have Down syndrome. "I would sign it, yes," Kasich said. "Look, I'm a governor. I'm a CEO. I have to have a hand steady on the wheel. But in this case, I'm more than glad to say that of course I would sign that." Kasich, who opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to preserve the life of the mother, previously had not commented on the bill, saying he didn't want to express his opinion while it was being debated in Ohio's statehouse.

Read More at:

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

'16 restrictions'

*  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.

Mother Jones:

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

More on Kasich.....

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.

American Prospect:

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:

Shame on Kasich. He has never and will never get my vote.

Monday, August 17, 2015

In my opinion...

•  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

Kasich Exposed!

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.

> 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

'I don't know'

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. 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

Did you miss it?

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.

.....His blowups have not simply been behind the scenes. In January 2011, while speaking at at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Kasich told a story about a police officer pulling him over on a highway for driving too close to an emergency vehicle. The police officer, the governor said several times, was an “idiot.” Kasich would later meet with the officer to apologize....

Read the entire article at Politico and then share it with your friends.  If you are from Ohio, you might want to add some additional instances of Kasich's angry outbursts in the comment section of Politico.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Stay Informed!

*  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

Happy 4th!!!!

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

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 " 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:

> 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.

•   •   •   •   •

> 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:

> 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!

* * *

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


> 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!


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

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.'


....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!


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:

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.


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


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

Monday, February 16, 2015

Testing Time!

> Ohio's students are facing a massive amount of tests in the next few weeks ( 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.


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.


>  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:

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.....

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.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015


Here is an item that will get you thinking-----


...Tamir Rice was carrying a pellet gun near a recreation center when he was shot and killed in November. Police shot Rice in the abdomen seconds after arriving on scene in response to a 911 call that reported someone who was “ probably a juvenile ” was waving a gun that was “ probably fake ”.

“I don’t have confidence that a [state Bureau of Criminal Investigation] probe into police use-of-force would be a transparent, due-process kind of investigation,” said Jackson, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group . He instead called on the Cuyahoga County sheriff to investigate Rice’s death....

...Jackson’s comments on Sunday were similar to those he made last month after the the Department of Justice released its report on the city’s police force....

What is it about Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine that might cause anyone to think that there would be political motivations behind an investigation? 

> Mike DeWine is against marriage equality and he has spent time and money fighting against it. 

> Mike DeWine is against a woman's reproductive rights, including those that would allow a woman to choose to have an abortion.

> Mike DeWine's conflicts of interest in the investigation of the killing of a man at the Beavercreek Walmart. Plunderbund provided the details.

Considering the Republican control of the state, anything involving civil rights should be investigated by the U.S. Justice Department.

Friday, January 02, 2015


Let me start off the year by recognizing the success of the Ohio State Buckeyes and their win in the Sugar Bowl.


The Buckeye Nation is a little tired today. The late game at the Sugar Bowl made many Buckeye fans stay up well past their bedtimes.  That game was heart-stopping!!! Thank you, Coach Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes for an exciting game!

* Politics.
Here in Ohio, it appears that Gov. John Kasich is running for President. He is not out there like Rand Paul or Rick "oops" Perry, but he is conducting a campaign for his 'federal balanced budget' law. Kasich, like most Republicans, thinks government interferes in their lives and that of their business cronies. Even though they hate government, rules, and laws, they continue to run for office to get a paycheck from the government.

>>>> Don't forget to follow me on Twitter.......@Ohiomom6

Go Bucks! 
Beat the Ducks!