I mentioned the other day in passing the new study from Policy Matters Ohio called The State of Working Ohio about the jobs non-recovery in Ohio. I wanted to pull it out and call attention to it because you really should read it.
I think most of us know intuitively that there's been no "economic miracle," and that Ohio is not "on the rise," as our governor so cynically claims in his web ads. Most of us feel we are struggling; many of us have struggled to find work despite strong qualifications, education, and an excellent work record. Others are wondering if they will ever make more money or if their salary is frozen for the rest of their lives. Others are just hoping they don't lose ground.
They have good reason to fear.
Here's what Policy Matters Ohio had to say:
• The share of Ohioans that is working is at a 34-year low -- worse than in any year since we've been tracking it.
• Of Ohio's 12 most common occupations, 11 pay too little to get a family of three above 150% of the poverty line - the most common Ohio job pays just $18,300 a year!
• As a group, the bottom 99% of us now make less each year than the bottom 99% of a generation ago in Ohio. The top 1% makes 70% more.
• Median hourly wages have fallen over the past generation, while hourly productivity is up 65%!
That's a terrible record, and it's shameful that John Kasich thinks this is something to boast about. Ah but he'll fix everything with still more magic tax cuts, right?
Um, no. Policy Matters Ohio reports "Since the 2005 tax cuts, Ohio lost 2.3 percent of its jobs while the U.S. added 3.8 percent. Ohio cut more than 7 percent of local government jobs."
While the Cleveland Plain Dealer, acting as usual as an arm of the Ohio Republican Party, keeps telling us about unnamed traitor Democratics functioning as obedient errand boys for the ORP in accepting Ed FitzGerald’s defeat as a given two months before the election, some REAL Democratic who aren’t cowards are refusing to act as if Ed had cooties.
(By the way, ANY statewide candidate who fails to mention our candidate for governor when I hear him/her speak has lost my vote. Ojo.)
One of them is Kenny Yuko, a former state representative who is running for the state senate, though God only knows why, given the insanity there. At a meeting where several speakers avoided even mentioning Ed, cowering just as the GOP wants them to, Kenny told me he thinks that’s the wrong thing to do.
He said that at meetings where he speaks, he asks the audience, “How many people here have had their lives impacted by Ed FitzGerald’s failure to renew his drivers license?” Honestly, none of us can say that so, no hands.
Then he asks, “How many people here have been impacted by John Kasich’s cuts to local governments and schools?” That’s going to be a lot of people in any crowd. (OK, maybe not a Koch family reunion).
He’s cutting right to the heart of it. No one is impacted by Ed’s drivers license. But virtually every ordinary non-wealthy Ohioan is impacted by Kasich’s screwed-up economic priorities, to say nothing of his attacks on women and labor.
Another one who is getting it right is Armond Budish, running for Cuyahoga County executive to replace Ed FitzGerald, whod better be our next governor or we’re in a world of trouble. Let Armond explain why.
He brings up the fact that the rightie media and the people they’ve bullied and browbeat into submission are howling that Ed’s failure to renew his drivers license (honestly, this sounds sillier and more trivial every time I write it) shows a lack of judgment.
Maybe it does, he admits.
John Kasich can tell three!
He's running web ads (love seeing him waste them on progressive websites!) that say, "Governor Kasich may be tough but he listens and Ohio is on the rise."
Can you spot the lies?
1. "Governor Kasich may be tough"
He isn't. Anyone who makes a habit of trying to sneak through policies he knows a majority will hate isn't tough — he's a coward. He signed away women's rights late on a Sunday evening, and refused to respond to people questioning him about his stance.
We all remember how much he said about labor during the 2010 campaign — nothing. And we all remember that SB 5 was the first thing he did after getting elected. Now when asked about right to work, this coward refuses to own up to it, saying he's not thinking about the future. Of course he is.
2. "but he listens"
If Kasich is known for anything, it's talking AT people and not listening to what they have to say. I've heard this repeatedly from people who have tried to have a discussion with him. He's got the facts, he's made up his mind, and he doesn't want to hear what YOU have to say. Unless you have a large check for him, of course.
3. Ohio is on the rise
This is the biggest lie of all. Ohio is struggling to get back to its feet and keeps getting knocked back down by Kasich's policies — his cuts to local governments and public schools, his onerous tax increases that fall mostly on working people, his secretive and apparently ineffective — since Ohio has one of the worst job creation records of any state — JobsOhio. And what jobs have been created have all been low wage. Maybe Kasich got confused and meant that POVERTY was "on the rise" in Ohio.
Here are John Kasich and six other middle-aged white men blithely signing away women's rights. As usual, Kasich scrawled his signature in the most low-profile way he could — a Sunday evening, no less — and was too cowardly and dishonest to openly tell Ohioans what he was up to. This is typical Kasich — appear bland and blank in public so people think "he's not so bad," and then turn around and slam ordinary working Ohioans with policies and legislation that holds them down.
Here are some of the Ohio women who are fighting back against this attack on their lives and their ability to make their own choices. Kudos to all these great women who know what REALLY matters.
That traveling photo was taken by Karen Kasler of the Statehouse News Bureau. Good work. Karen!
We all remember attorney general Marc Dann, right? Elected in 2006 when Democrats swept all the statewide offices but one, Dann was forced out of office when it was learned that some of his closest associates in the office had turned the place into a sort of frat house and that there may have been some pressure for sexual favors. You know, sexual harassment.
Dann didn't really do anything wrong. The fact that he was having a consensual affair with an adult woman in his office is hardly the sort of thing that is rare in the summer-camp atmosphere of state capitals. But he was forced from office when even his fellow Democrats refused to get his back.
So now, Mike DeWine...
Courtesy of the Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus, here's a succinct description of what has been going on in HIS office:
Reports of the case detail allegations made by an intern against a senior male staffer who was reportedly personally close to Mike DeWine. The intern reported under oath that she was touched on her shoulder and knee by the harasser and that he would position himself close to her in a “creepy” manner.
As the investigation progressed, a confidential informant came forward to DeWine’s internal investigator. Over the investigator’s objections, DeWine demanded and received the name of this informant. Shortly thereafter, the investigation was closed. In a move of apparent retaliation, the internal investigator who initially refused to give DeWine the informant’s name was threatened with felony charges by DeWine’s senior staff.
Marcia Fudge (Oh-11) sent out the following statement about today's decision by Judge Peter Econumus to reverse the restrictions on voting put in place earlier this year by the Republican Ohio legislature and Secretary of Voter Suppress ... I mean STATE ... Jon Husted.
I am ecstatic voting opportunities have been restored to the people of Ohio. By reducing early voting days and hours and eliminating Golden Week a one-week period in which voters can register and vote at the same time the Ohio Legislature made it harder for thousands of Ohioans to access the ballot box. Moreover, these changes had a disparate, negative impact on some voters but not others. No democracy should seek to reduce voter participation. By granting a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus has reversed the potential harm that unjust Ohio laws and regulations would have caused and restored integrity to the electoral process in time for the 2014 election.
It's really well past time that it was legally forbidden for any state to roll back voter rights that have already been granted without showing that provable circumstances (not speculation about voter fraud that MIGHT occur but in fact doesn't) demand it. And the bar should be set very high.
Look for the Ohio GOP to next pass a photo ID bill, something that is entirely unnecessary but disproportionately impacts poor people and minorities. And to the Republicans, that's a huge plus! So we might be seeing them back in court again soon.
Oh, poor Jon Husted. It seems like every time he figures out another way to limit opportunities to vote, some big mean judge smacks him down and tells him to leave voters alone.
And not just Husted, but our anti-democratic legislature too. You may remember (or maybe you are trying hard to forget) that back at the beginning of the year, the legislature voted to end the so-called "Golden Week," when voters could register and vote at the same time (no, not ONE instance of suspected "voter fraud" was ever attached to this) and also to put limitations on mailing out absentee ballot request forms. Mailing out those request forms has been shown to dramatically increase voter participation. But we don't want that, do we?
After that, Jon Husted, who knows a thing or two about voter fraud because he is rare example of it, chimed in with restrictions on early voting hours — no pesky evenings to make it convenient for working people and certainly no Sundays so African-American churches can do that "Souls to the Poll" thing. Can't have that either!
But today, alas for Husted,
A federal judge has blocked Ohio’s cuts to early voting and its elimination of same-day voter registration — a major voting rights victory in the nation’s ultimate presidential battleground state. Judge Peter Economus ruled Thursday that the cuts violated the Voting Rights Act’s ban on racial discrimination in voting, as well as the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. He issued an injunction barring them from going into effect before the November election, and directed Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to add a second Sunday of early voting.
State newspapers like the Cleveland Dealer and the Columbus Dispatch are very rightwing. I did a two-year research project documenting the PD’s slant, and no one disputes that of the Dispatch.
So why are they harping on Ed FitzGerald’s driver’s license and a most likely innocent conversation he had in his car with a woman at 4:30 instead of just complaining he isn't a corporate lackey like they do with Sherrod Brown?
It’s clear to me. They want to reelect Kasich, because that’s what their corporate overloads want. But there’s no case for doing so, based on his policies, his record of governance, and the state of the state.
It will be interesting to see their endorsement editorials. Yes, Kasich has done a few good things, such as expanding Medicare. But they’re vastly outweighed by what he’s cost ordinary Ohioans and the damage he’s done to the state.
With such a very weak case, what are they going to do? Well, they can lie, and to some degree they probably will. They will overlook a dozen things that, if Ted Strickland had done any one of them, they would have gone on and on and on about.
I mean, I try to imagine what their reaction would have been if Ted had claimed Ohio’s economy was roaring — the contention Kasich is basing his campaign on. Unlike right now, the economy WAS improving when Strickland was running for reelection — just not very fast, as Kasich kept pointing out when he promised us his “economic miracle” in 2010.
Now Ohio owns one of the worst job creation records in the country. If it was improving slowly during Ted’s last year, any growth is microscopic now.
The rest of Kasich’s record isn’t any better — slashing education, attacking labor, cutting local government funds, destroying the environment, stripping women of their rights, spending recklessly to create the most outsized budget in Ohio history, raising taxes on most ordinary working Ohioans, hints of scandals everywhere caused by his crony favoritism, weak oversight, and lack of transparency. Even the PD and Dispatch would have a hard time putting lipstick on THIS pig.
We always refer to David Joyce, the freshman congressman from Oh-14, as David “I’m not a moderate but I play one on TV” Joyce. That’s because he’s playing the same game as his predecessor Steve LaTourette, trying to appear like he’s this wonderfully reasonable person who sees everything from a pragmatic point of view to the benefit of all of his constituents, while maintaining a consistently rightwing voting record and expressing support for far-right policies when talking to Tea Party groups.
But after seeing this video, we’re thinking we should change his name to David “I worship coal” Joyce. Some citizens shot the video at the Geauga Public Library in which he waxes so enthusiastic about coal, you’d think it was his god. He also seem to be suggesting that it's OK to drill the heck out of Ohio because we can just ship it to China and they'll pollute over there instead. Or something. It's hard to figure out.
Give it a listen and then support/donate to/vote for his opponent, Democrat Michael Wager.
Some people don't quit when the road gets rocky.
Some people don't collapse in a corner whimpering/WIMPering and going "You're right — we're terrible" the minute our rightwing media start lobbing spitballs at us.
Some people have good perspective on what matters and what's fabricated hooey.
Some people can keep their eye on what matters.
Some people recognize what's at stake.
They've got no time for your quititude.
The Ohio Republican Party has some new YouTube video of Nina Turner asking a couple of college students to stand during a stump speech. She wanted the students to stand to block the camera of a Republican tracker. It's a common thing in politics to have someone stand in front of a tracker's camera. Yes, both sides do it.
Perhaps the Republican Party released the video, because they were embarrassed they did the following...
— Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) June 12, 2014
After this, the Chairman of the Republican Party Matt Borges, made these suckers walk around on the streets of downtown Cleveland with these on. Does the Republican Party really want to go there with this video of Nina Turner?...
I don't know much about the Toledo Blade or their staff. I was surprised to read an editorial from them titled: On Labor Day, a gloomy job climate but a hopeful forecast. Actually, I was a little stunned by it. It's nothing like you'd read in the Plain Dealer, which, I imagine the next editorial in the PD will be about how Terence Egger has recalculated Cleveland hosting the Republican National Convention and now it's more like hosting 10 Super Bowls, the summer Olympics, the winter Olympics and the second coming of Christ.
Anyway, Toledo's editorial written by editor David Kushma, starts out...
"Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker. But this Labor Day, what do Ohio’s workers have to celebrate, other than getting tomorrow off? Not so much.
In Toledo and across our state, today’s workers are better educated and far more productive than the labor force of a generation ago. But these achievements generally aren’t reflected in their paychecks or their bank accounts.
To the contrary, the typical worker in Ohio earns less than his or her counterpart did in 1979, when you take inflation into account. Ohio’s median wage — half of us make more, half less — is nearly 6 percent lower than the national figure.
And that’s if workers are fortunate enough to have jobs. Ohio’s unemployment rate has fallen, slowly, since the Great Recession officially ended five years ago. But since 2005, while the number of jobs has grown by 3.8 percent nationwide, Ohio has lost 2.3 percent of its jobs. (The matter hits close to home: Next month, The Blade is eliminating 131 production jobs and shifting printing operations to a third party.)
I've been pretty surprised that not one, but two of my posts have made the Saturday Progressive Blog roundup at Dailykos (www.dailykos.com). While Anastasia and the folks over at Plunderbund (www.plunderbund.com) have made the roundup several times - and deservedly so, I never expected to see anything I wrote appear there. So it was interesting to see. The latest roundup can be found here:
Dailykos does them every Saturday: www.dailkos.com. It's an interesting review on things going on throughout the nation.
Enjoy it. If Kasich is reelected, it is very likely the last on which Ohio has a viable labor movement.
I just wanted to drop in and say hello, and let any fans I might have out there know that I have not retired from blogging. I've just been taking a break to recharge. I will be back at full power after the holiday weekend.
I want to thank my fellow blogger Derek for the work he has been doing to keep things going. His posts should give you some idea of what our major themes will be in the next couple of months — and after the election, especially if Kasich is reelected. People will pay for that, and yes, by "people," I do mean metaphorically "newspapers," probably the most useless, corrupt, biased, and destructive entities in the state of Ohio.
I was reading an piece on the media the other day in which the writer opined that the only sure prediction you could make about the future of the media was that within a decade, there would be no more local newspapers. Perhaps we can help hasten the arrival of this paradise on Earth. We're certainly going to try.
Apparently, the Trumbull County Democratic Party held some kind of executive committee meeting recently where they voted by ballot to appoint an interim county commissioner. The balloting process allowed people to vote in secret, which, kudos to the Trumbull County Democratic Party for doing so. The secret ballot process has only strengthened democracy as it allows people to vote freely without fear of retribution.
But it seems there are some laws or a law and party by-laws within the Democratic Party system that prohibits this. Why any of them exist is beyond me - it doesn't seem very democratic.
The vote, or the outcome of the vote, seemed to irk some party insiders. David Betras, the Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman seemed to be upset with it. I have no idea why, or what possibly the gossip behind the dust up was. It caused Betras, to request that the state Democratic Party take action against the Trumbull Party, which, they did Wednesday night.
I was going to do a post about how ridiculous and stupid the state party and the central committee members looked by pursing action over a rule that probably shouldn't exist and at a time that's just terrible for infighting. But as I was researching things something even stranger and more ridiculous occurred. It involved an exchange between WKSU Reporter Jo Ingles and Ohio State Dem Chair Chris Redfern. (I provided a clip from the exchange below. It's from Marc Kovac with Ohio Capital Blog. https://twitter.com/ohiocapitalblog)
The exchange started during a press briefing with Redfern. During it, Jo Ingles, asked if Ed FitzGerald had been properly vetted and if Redfern intended to keep him on the ticket. Read what I wrote above - the question was off topic.
Great article by Roldo Bartimole on the current state of "reporting" by the Plain Dealer. The article is posted at The Cleveland Leader. (www.clevelandleader.com). He writes...
"There's an old saying I can't track down even with Google.\[sic]
It's about journalists.
It goes something like, ""When the battle is over they come down and shoot the wounded.""
I knew only one person who might know the direct quote - Terry Sheridan. And he did with all the attribution: Newspaperman Clive Barnes (1927-2008), NYTimes dance and theater critic: "A critic is someone who rides in after the battle and shoots the wounded." That's the apt description I was seeking.
It's the feeling I get when I read the Plain Dealer articles now about County Executive Ed FitzGerald.
I'm no great fan of Fitz because he's left Cuyahoga County in what I believe will be a financial crunch. Maybe disaster. He helped extend the sin tax for 20 years and the bed tax and hasn't done anything to reduce the quarter percent sales tax put on the Tax Tim.
He's put the county in the hotel business. It shouldn't be in that money-losing business. It already has one called the convention center.
And he's made personal mistakes. Especially not getting a driver's license for years. Stupid, maybe even arrogant. Hardly a major crime though.
Now, however, whenever FitzGerald is covered in the Pee Dee all that is dredged up.
Quick and easy is the PD style these days.
Excellent editorial from the Akron Beacon Journal and his policies towards the poor. They write...
"Few offer a more telling perspective on the condition of the Ohio economy than the food banks across the state. They see the stresses and strains affecting families and individuals struggling to make ends meet. On Monday, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, joined by five other organizations, rightly urged Gov. John Kasich to accept an invitation from the federal government to make food assistance more widely available to needy Ohioans.
Unfortunately, the governor appears unwilling to budge."
Complete editorial can be found here:
The Atlantic has an interesting read about the origins of the five-day work week. They write...
"The earliest recorded use of the word “weekend,” Rybczynski notes, occurred in 1879 in an English magazine called Notes and Queries:
""In Staffordshire, if a person leaves home at the end of his week’s work on the Saturday afternoon to spend the evening of Saturday and the following Sunday with friends at a distance, he is said to be spending his week-end at So-and-so.""
Some 19th-century Britons used the week's seventh day for merriment rather than for the rest prescribed by scripture. They would drink, gamble, and enjoy themselves so much that the phenomenon of “Saint Monday,” in which workers would skip work to recover from Sunday's gallivanting, emerged. English factory owners later compromised with workers by giving them a half-day on Saturday in exchange for guaranteed attendance at work on Monday.
It took decades for Saturday to change from a half-day to a full day’s rest. In 1908, a New England mill became the first American factory to institute the five-day week. It did so to accommodate Jewish workers, whose observance of a Saturday sabbath forced them to make up their work on Sundays, offending some in the Christian majority. The mill granted these Jewish workers a two-day weekend, and other factories followed this example. The Great Depression cemented the two-day weekend into the economy, as shorter hours were considered a remedy to underemployment."
Rest of the article can be found here:
First, thanks for following the blog. It's good to get feedback from people like yourself.
I'm not sure how my post was "pathetic". I was merely re-posting what's been sent out on twitter feeds. I've noticed a lot of the pictures for Team Kasich have been made up of nothing but white people and I think that's a little pathetic. The second part was just to contrast with issues Democrats have been highlighting. John Kasich talks about the poor, but does he really understand the issues. From what I've heard from him, I don't believe he does.
In regards to accusations I made about the Plain Dealer, if you noticed, the paper changed its format after my post. If they were doing nothing wrong, why did they change? In my post, I ask if anyone thought I was wrong, to please explain it to me. No one did.
Thanks again for reading Nick. I'd welcome any further feedback from you. If you need to get an account set up for the comments section, please e-mail Anastasia, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background on why I wrote this post:
.@OhioDaily wow. is that a real post? That's pathetic dude.
— Nick Mascari (@Nick3BP) August 27, 2014
More proof from John Kasich that he's running to represent all of Ohio...
It's a busy day talking to the backbone of Ohio's economy -- our farmers. Really appreciate their incredible support. pic.twitter.com/tcPsuUfYjm
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) August 26, 2014
I guess he misses things like the following, because he's compassionate.
— Connie Pillich (@ConniePillich) August 26, 2014
Awesome picture guys. Team Kasich/Taylor is definitely a reflection of Ohio!
— Kasich Taylor For OH (@KasichForOhio) August 23, 2014
Interesting report from Innovation Ohio about Ohio's low-wage recovery - Just wait for Kasich's 2nd term and RTW -...Submitted by Derek K on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 7:16pm.
Innovation Ohio has an interesting report that shows that many of the new jobs created in Ohio's recovery have been low-wage ones. They write...
"While much has been made of state job gains and reductions in the state’s unemployment rate, Ohio’s economy employs nearly 140,000 workers than it did prior to the 2008 recession. Innovation Ohio sought to explore the jobs that have been created during the state’s recovery and see whether they are comparable to those that were lost.
By reviewing occupational employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2007 to 2013, we found that:
- Prior to the start of the recession in 2007, 33% of Ohioans were employed in occupations that pay, on average, more than $20 per hour, 39% in jobs paying between $13.40 and $19.99, and just 28% in jobs paying $7.00-$13.39 hourly.
- At the end of 2013, low-wage occupations had jumped to 36% of Ohio employment, while medium-paying jobs fell to 34% and high-wage occupations dropped to 31%.
Digging deeper into the numbers, we found that all the job gains in Ohio have come from low-wage occupations. Employment in high and medium wage occupations declined during the recession and continued to fall as the recovery began. Low wage professions now represent 36% of the state’s employment, up from 28% in 2007."
Link to report can be found here:
If you think this is bad, just wait until early 2015 when John Kasich and the Republicans push to make Ohio a Right-to-work (RTW) state.
Well this is good news, The Huffington Post is reporting that Michelle Rhee is going to step down as CEO of Students First. They write:
"Former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee has told people close to her that she is preparing to step down as CEO of StudentsFirst, the advocacy organization she created after leaving her chancellor post, according to three sources close to the organization.
In recent months, as local media have reported that StudentsFirst is winding down activities in at least four states, Rhee has taken on other jobs.
""She's been really brutally attacked personally, and StudentsFirst has not been as effective as she wanted,"" said a former prominent StudentsFirst staffer".
Article can be found here.
If anyone has followed the weird saga of Students First, Michelle Rhee, got attacked, because some of the stories she told were very mis-leading. She is yet another person who cries for others to show personal responsibility, but can't do it herself. And I love the part that says "StudentsFirst has not been as effective as she wanted". I thought Michelle Rhee was a miracle worker. I thought she transformed the DC school district in a day or something. Eh, maybe that wasn't all true.
We do need to improve our education system in America. But we've got to stop looking at hokey ideas disguised as silver bullet solutions. When are we going to do that?
Policy Matters Ohio did a great study on providing quality childcare to low-income families. For many families, such a service can be a pathway out of poverty. The Executive Summary states:
"Access to quality childcare helps build pathways out of poverty for low-income families. In the short run, childcare serves as a critical work support that allows parents to work knowing their children are in good hands. In the long run, quality childcare gives low-income children the attention, care, stimulation and education they need for brain development and prepares them to do well in school.
Childcare aid is often called a “work support.” Work supports are public benefits that allow families to survive in an economy with jobs that don’t pay enough. The largest occupational categories in Ohio pay far less than a family needs for self-sufficiency.
Work supports like childcare assistance are supposed to help families move from poverty to self-sufficiency. But for too many, the transition isn’t smooth: it is rough terrain, with cracks, cliffs and canyons.
The public childcare assistance program administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is the largest of several childcare programs the state sponsors; two-thirds of the funding is federal. In Ohio, the threshold of initial eligibility for public childcare assistance is 125 percent of the federal poverty level. While families can only enter the program at or below that level, they continue to receive childcare aid if they are in the system without interruption up to 200 percent of poverty, the ceiling for ongoing eligibility. Today Ohio ranks among the lowest of states in initial eligibility levels for this public childcare assistance. Once you are in, it is too easy to fall out."
Please read more about this vital program at their web site: http://www.policymattersohio.org/childcare-may2014#sthash.pDG7FfY3.dpuf