As I mentioned previously, Republican members of the Ohio legislature, apparently feeling they hadn't angered the state's women enough, were planning to re-introduce the "Heartbeat" Bill, as well as their ultra-extreme, lie-filled, woman-killing HB 200.
Thursday, they had their little dog-and-pony show. And they brought the "20 is not enough" Duggar family, whose radical ideas about family and reproduction have made the reality TV show freaks, to be the showcase act.
It's easy to dismiss this as just more pandering to the right, but when you drill down it's a lot more sinister than that — and a lot more dangerous for Ohio's women.
By tying the Duggars into the introduction of these anti-choice measures, the Republicans are clearly stating that this is their desired outcome, the ultimate goal of these measures: that women are reduced to breeding machines. By putting the Duggars on display while touting these measures, they are saying this is what ALL Ohio's women should aspire to – and if you don't, we will try to force you.
It's been clear for a while that everything these people say about "murdering babies" and the "preborn" is a calculated lie. It's inflammatory language intended to emotionalize the discussion and stampede people into destroying women's rights. It's the kind of language used by demagogues. It was once found in the most extreme outposts of the anti-choice movement, but now it's moved to the mainstream and coming out of the mouths of elected officials.
In the last session of the legislature, it rammed through a bill, quickly signed by our governor, Taxin' John Kasich, to put the books of JobsOhio (aka RobsOhio) the governor's privatized version of the department of development, off limits to the state auditor. Never mind that it's funded with public tax dollars.
If you want to see where the next government scandal is going to erupt, look for secrecy and non-transparency. Even the most well-intentioned office holder — and yes, we have many; I refuse to be cynical about ALL our elected officials — could be tempted if they knew no one was watching and their actions were shrouded in secrecy.
We're already seeing the first glimmers of what is almost certain to become JobsOhioGate.
Information is starting to bubble up that state money and tax credits are flowing to cronies and donors of Kasich. Thestate.com says, "Ohio Ethics Commission Chairman Merom Brachman said he saw no reason for the panel to investigate the relationship between Kasich and Worthington Industries."
The company's subsidiaries received JobsOhio-broked tax breaks. And,
The company's founder and late chairman, the powerful John H. McConnell, was an architect of Kasich's political rise from state legislator to congressman to governor — joining family members and employees in giving hundreds of thousands to his campaigns and political committees over the years.
Kasich's spokespeople are of course dismissing this as a partisan attack — just as Republicans tried to dismiss Coingate in its early days. And "That is not an issue before us. It's a red herring," said Brachman, a generous Kasich campaign contributor...
The level of hatred for women in our legislature has reached nearly psychotic proportions.
it wasn't enough for some of our misogynistic legislators to stuff extremely stringent anti-choice measures into the budget bill at the last minute without any public discussion, or for our governor Taxin' John Kasich to arrogantly sign them into law surrounded by six other middle-aged white men.
No. Despite enflaming women (and many pro-choice men) and energizing them to a degree not seen in decades, their arrogance knows no bounds, and they have upped the ante almost immediately:
"Ohio Lawmakers Revive Radical ‘Heartbeat’ Bill To Ban Abortion After Just Six Weeks"
State Senator NIna Turner and Kellie Copeland of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio spoke about this Monday night at the meeting at Cleveland Preterm that I previously wrote about.
Ohio lawmakers will reintroduce a six-week abortion ban to criminalize the procedure as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can occur before some women even realize they’re pregnant. The legislature considered an identical measure last year, but it was so controversial that Republican leaders in the state decided to drop it.
These legislators — led by Lynne Wachtmann — apparently feel so invulnerable that they can get away with things that will damage women, damage the state, and are opposed by a vast majority of the state's citizens. As Nina said, we are a pro-choice state with an anti-choice government We are nor being fairly represented.
Oh, and this is just charming:
Wachtmann and some of his fellow Republicans will announce the legislation at a banquet sponsored by the anti-choice group Faith2Action. At the same event, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar — the stars of TLC’s reality show “19 Kids and Counting” — will also appear as speakers.
We have GOT to get this woman elected secretary of state.
No, not just because she's wearing an amazing dress in these photos, although she is. Rather, because she is not afraid to boldly speak out on behalf of the rights of all Ohioans — including and especially voters and women.
Nina was the featured guest speaker at an event at Cleveland Preterm abortion clinic yesterday evening, and there was a packed house of women (and men) who are mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore.
While a handful of fanatics "prayed" out on the tree lawn, Nina pointed out what we all know now since they've expanded their fight to attacks on contraception and sex education: "They are not pro-life, they're pro-birth." She added that she's "pro-quality of life," which includes every child's access to a quality education "regardless of zip code."
She said accurately that the new abortion restrictions are "meant to demean and humiliate women and make them second-class citizens. It's about control."
Of course, she spoke about voter rights since she's running for secretary of state, and she made the connection between an unfairly tilted field in elections and the extreme abortion measures, saying that when legislators have districts drawn to favor them, they don't have to listen to constituents, let alone statewide voters who overwhelmingly oppose extreme abortion restrictions.
"It's going against the will of the people, but facts don't matter to them," she said."I wish there were moderate Republicans but in Ohio, there are not. So it becomes a partisan issue."
And with gerrymandered districts, the likelihood of electing moderate Republicans is slim.
Keep this close at hand for reference.
And maybe you want to thank state rep. John Carney, Democratic for state auditor against incumbent Teabaggin' Dave Yost (He hasn't officially announced yet but come on — he's traveling around the state telling people how Yost is falling down on the job).
Go here: http://www.votecarney.com/
Over the protests of Ohio Secretary of Voter Suppr ... I mean STATE ... Jon Husted who says it wasn't necessary because of course he is doing everything in his power to help people vote easily, Judge Algenon Marbley extended at 2010 court order on voter ID and provisional ballot voting that was set to expire this year through 2016.
It allows provisional ballots to be counted if the voter provides the last four digits of his or her Social Security number. This is important to help homeless people vote — not that we'd want them to, right Mr. Husted?
It also expanded the definition of what is acceptable I.D. We know Husted doesn't like that because he's on record expressing a desire for Ohio's voter ID regulations to be more "onerous." Never mind that there has not been one single case of voter fraud that could have been prevented with more "onerous" I.D. rules.
Secretary of State Jon Husted said there was no evidence that a single Ohioan would be denied the right to vote if the order expired. Husted’s attorneys argued that the decree wasn’t necessary, and Husted was committed to following the rules it sets out.
Oh yeah, he'll just do the right thing on his own. And I have a solid gold cat turd I'd like to sell you.
Husted's spokesperson said he "hasn't determined" whether he is going to squander more tax money appealing something he says he would do anyway out of the goodness of his heart.
To his credit,
Marbley noted that secretaries of state change frequently, and there’s no guarantee a Husted successor would make the same commitment.
“A citizen’s right to vote, however, cannot be at the mercy of the shifting legal interpretations of a single state officer, no matter how well intentioned he or she is,” he wrote.
Preferably "she." As in Nina Turner.
One of the most blithely blown-off stories Ohio media has ignored recently is the bill rammed through the legislature hat puts the books of Governor Taxin' John Kasich's JobsOhio aka RobsOhio off limits to the state auditor.
Funded by tax money, this privatization of the state's department of development was Kasich's "big idea" for job creation. Anyway, that's what he said. With all the challenges it's faced getting up and running, it hasn't created many (if any) jobs.
It sure is spending our money though. And it's looking increasingly like at some point it's going to explode into a big corruption scandal.
Already there's this:
— Six of nine members of the JobsOhio board of directors have direct financial ties to companies that have received tax credits and other assistance from state government or JobsOhio since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, public records show.
JobsOhio officially are explaining it away/ But once you've slammed the door shut on transparency, your explanations are no longer trustworthy. And secrecy is a great motivator to try to get away with things.
I've long been irritated by how he Cleveland Plain Dealer makes a major scandal out of local Democratic officials failing to reveal trivial things, like private discussions about who county council members favor for council president.
Now at a state level, we have legislatively mandated secrecy of a new, dubiously legal agency that appears to be using a large amount of tax money to reward the governor's associates while not doing very much for Ohioans.
The PD isn't making much of this. And given that it's just laid of a third of its editorial staff, we're likely to see a decline in its diligence in exposing boondoggles like this.
So former governor Ted Strickland was teasing that he was going to make a "big announcement" yesterday morning. To derail speculation from the dead-end nostalgists who apparently see no problem with blowing up out party and giving Taxin' John Kasich a smooth path to re-election,he said he wasn't going to get back in the gubernatorial race.
Instead he endorsed Ed FitzGerald, as he rightfully should.
See his endorsement video here:
In his straightforward, somewhat dry, style, Strickland lays out the simple facts Ed's background and why we should elect him — and why we as Democrats should get behind him.
We should realize we are lucky to have such a solid candidate his early so that we can start working on his behalf. Remember that Strickland himself was not set as out candidate until a month and a half into election year, 2006, when his challenger Eric Fingerhut withdrew.
Time is helpful. With time, you can raise name recognition and raise money.
And I want to say a few words to some of the Democratic doomsters I'm encountering down there who see some sort of nebulous liability in Ed, while openly wishing for another candidate who combines the movie star qualities of George Clooney, the fiery oratorial style of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the name recognition of Kim Kardashian (don't get me started!), and the rabble-rousing progressivism of Howard Dean or Paul Wellstone.
There is nobody like that.
But there is a strong, accomplished, articulate candidate in Ed FitzGerald. And I am getting sick of people on OUR side saying he can't beat Kasich.
The story of Detroit's bankruptcy is sad and has many causes that have accumulated over the years.
But nothing about this situation is making me angrier than the attempts by politicians, pundits and the media to use it to blame workers and suggest that retired public workers must pay for it by giving back some of their pensions – an average of $19,000 according to some sources. Remember they do not have Social Security. Take their pensions away and hey have nothing.
Oh wait — there is something that pisses me off even more. This:
"Michigan To Go Ahead With New Arena Despite Detroit Bankruptcy"
Seriously? Come on — SERIOUSLY?
Just days after Detroit declared the largest Municipal bankruptcy in American history, Michigan officials approved issuing up to $450 million in bonds to finance the construction of the new $650-million arena for the Detroit Red Wings. ...The 30-year bond issue would be backed by both private and public funding, including revenue from property taxes, as well as revenue from concessions and parking at the venue."
THose property taxes are being paid by the same retirees whose pensions are now being threatening.
The governor is boasting that somehow this new arena is going to increase the tax base and of course, jobs, jobs, jobs. Temporary construction jobs, that is. They will go away. The cost of the project will linger forever.
But the article continues — and remember, this is a live entertainment trade publication, not some liberal news outlet:
New jobs and tax base enhancement are very common justification for public financing of sports and entertainment venues, however, apart from studies by paid consultants, the majority of academic research strongly indicates that the economic development argument fails to stand up to scrutiny.
As I've mentioned before, in all the pious pontificating about the "unborn," the anti-choice crew down in Columbus has exhibited no urgency or alarm about Ohio's infant morality rate, despite a recent study showing that in certain Cleveland neighborhoods it was higher than in many third-world countries like Haiti and Rwanda.
Now that they've snuck a bunch of anti-women's rights stuff into the budget bill which will force many poorer women to give birth to babies they don't want and can't care for, there's a little flurry of concern about the fact that Ohio is ranked 48th in infant mortality — the third worst state in the country.
Democratic state senator Charleta Tavares may be sincere. But forgive me if I am less than impressed by Republican Shannon Jones' concern.
Jones is an anti-choice zealot. She's also chair of the Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee (which Tavares also sits on). From that position, she could have been tackling the problem in the most effective way: making sure that her anti-choice measures includes guarantees of quality maternity care. Her counterparts in the house voted this down every time such an amendment to one of their anti-choice bills was presented by a defender of women and babies like Nickie Antonio. I wonder if Jones thinks any differently.
I'm not terribly impressed by this:
The state has been taking steps to deal with infant mortality, including more than $3 million per year in the latest budget aimed at infant vitality, newborn screenings for immune deficiency and congenital heart defects, prenatal smoking cessation and an awareness campaign to have babies sleep alone, on their backs.
Good-grief. John Kasich has stuck his foot in his mouth again. In a recent visit to Cleveland he made a completely disconnected statement that he believes that poverty could lead people to become serial killers. His statement was made in response to the discovery that a resident of East Cleveland apparently went on a killing rampage. I guess his statement was supposed to be some sort of empathetic statement, which, makes him an even more pathetic person, because it wasn't.
I don't know, has John Kasich, ever heard of Jeffery Dahmer or Ted Bundy? I don't think those two came from terribly impoverished backgrounds. I think if anyone looks into the issue or has half a brain, they would find the problems that cause serial killing are probably deeper than living in poverty.
NBC's In Plain Sight reported on Kasich's statement...
They note Kasich stated...
"The best way to tackle poverty, Kasich continued, is to “give people hope by giving them a sense that they can get work.”
Ah yes, the Republican talking point of a job saves all.
The problem: there are millions of people who have jobs and are still living in poverty. Some of these people have two or three jobs. A job does not save all, but a livable wage... you'll never hear John Kasich, talk about that. Nope - being the disconnected person he is, he's actually in favor of creating laws that would make things worse with "right to work" (for less) legislation.
Then there's the reality that the current policies he's supported are exacerbating poverty in Cleveland. I'm glad someone called him out on it. The article states...
I was somewhere near Elkhart, Indiana last Thursday when I heard a news item on the radio that Texas Governor Rick "Oops" Perry had signed the package of anti-women's rights measures that state senator Wendy Davis so famously filibustered for 13 hours.
Unfortunately they played a sound clip of Governor Oops sanctimoniously and ludicrously contending, "Today’s signing definitely builds upon our continued commitment to protecting life in the state of Texas." (I was ready to turn the car south and head for Texas to punch him in the mouth!)
This is not true, of course. He has exactly zero commitment to "protecting life in the state of Texas." None. Zip. Nada.
Forget even that Texas executes more people than any other state in the union — by far. It's also got one of the highest rates of people without health insurance, some of the lowest wages, one of the highest poverty rates, and one of the worst "education" systems, which the state is constantly taking money from (sound familiar?)
Just as patronizingly and hypocritically, lieutenant governor David Dewhurst said, "“For those who may be outside chanting, for those who don’t agree with us, we love you. We love you just as much as we love those unborn babies.”
They don't "love unborn babies" — or born ones either. Among other things, the measures they signed will decrease already difficult access for many poorer women to prenatal care — one of the main factors in helping women to give birth to healthy babies and decreasing the infant mortality rate. The clinics they are shuttering don't merely provide abortions. They also provide a full range of health services to women that help them have healthy babies if that's their choice.
The situation in Ohio is not much different. The new rules will create new hurdles for women who need access to health care the most to have healthy babies.
The first thing I heard when I arrived in Chicago after my leisurely drive through Ohio and Indiana was that Detroit had declared bankruptcy.
Rifling through the Chicago Tribune on subsequent days, I read the "common wisdom," a narrative being parroted in many states and cities — that underfunded pension systems are behind government shortfalls, and retirees and future retirees must pay for whatever financial mismanagement has gone on.
Of course, there's talk that pensions for the already retired, who have no other source of income, must be cut, after they have paid their share for decades. It's always irritated me that contractual golden parachutes for CEOs are considered sacred — you always hear that even though so-and-so ran the company into the ground, he has a contract that must be honored — but contracts with ordinary workers exist to be broken.
I read this article on Salon today that crystallized a lot of what I've been thinking. It says that the average "greedy" union public worker retiree in Detroit is receiving $19,000. These are the people they want to extract givebacks from.
This article talks about HOW those pension funds ended up being underfunded, It won't surprise you that the money was extracted to give tax cuts to the wealthy and welfare to corporations.
And then there are the boondoggles.
It didn't help my mood any to read that Detroit is committed to building a nearly $300 million hockey arena.
At the same time, there came the news that Chicago's bond rating ha been downgraded, below Cleveland's even.
*Think Kasich Will Get The Message?*
Today around 100 women (and some men) of all ages gathered on the steps of Cleveland City Hall to send a message to our governor, Taxin' John Kasich, and our legislature, that we are taking notice of the anti-women's reproductive rights measures slipped into the budget bill without public discussion or hearings and quickly signed into law by the governor. And that they have not heard the last of this; in fact, it will snowball as more women become aware of what they did.
The event was organized by burlesque promoter and human dynamo Bella Sin who decided on the spur of the moment when she heard Kasich had signed the measures that opposition needed visibility. She enlisted NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio's Mallory McMaster Ullman and state representative Nickie Antonio, who has been a tireless advocate for reproductive health rights, as speakers.
*Nickie Talks to the Crowd*
The event was attended by seasoned activists like Cuyahoga Democratic Women's caucus chair CIndy Demsey, Shaker Heights Dems president Jane Buder Shapiro and candidate for state representative Anthony Fossaceca, as well as young people with homemade who said they'd seen a post online and felt the urge to be there.
Heh heh. CREW, Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington, has a new report out about governors with ethics issues. It comes up with a full 18 names! In the midst of so much competition — Scott Walker! Rick Snyder! Rick Scott! Rick Perry! Don't vote for anyone named "Rick"! — Kasich is only grouped with five others as a "sideshow," which appears to be the category for governors who should be watched like hawks because of their moves to be nontransparent.
Gov. Kasich will do whatever it takes to keep the public in the dark about the non-profit he created, and played partisan politics with his state’s voting laws.
In February 2011, Gov. Kasich replaced Ohio’s Department of Development with JobsOhio, a private non-profit exempt from public record laws. Gov. Kasich’s administration resisted efforts by the state auditor to procure JobsOhio’s financial records, leading to a subpoena. JobsOhio ultimately complied, but Gov. Kasich later fast-tracked a bill to strip the state auditor’s authority to examine the records.
That just is not likely to have a happy ending for the people of Ohio. Hopefully it will also have an unhappy ending for Taxin' John Kasich next November.
Tomorrow when he gets to work, he will be officially head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and not merely an interim recess-appointed head whose tenure expires at the end of the year.
He was confirmed by a 66 to 34 vote.
Finally, he can do the work many Republicans dread:
Mr. Cordray, 54, and the agency are now set up to regulate interactions between borrowers and lenders, from the largest banks to mom-and-pop payday shops, and the terms of mortgages and student loans among other financial transactions.
It's a great day for ordinary Americans. It's a sucky day to be a financial firm that wants o scam and mislead people.
Also, this puts to bed any speculation that Cordray might return to Ohio to run for governor in 2014. Some diehards were holding out for this, often citing declared candidate Ed FitzGerald's lack of name recognition.
However, this is exceptionally early for a challenger to be running, so that will change. And for Cordray to jump in so many months after Ed had launched his active campaign would have caused confusion and bloodletting that could have helped doom our chances of ejecting Taxin' John Kasich next year.
I wouldn't bet against Cordray running for office again in the future though. That Portman Senate seat, which comes up in 2016, could look mighty tempting to him.
Just about two years ago, President Obama nominated former Ohio treasurer and attorney general Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.
This followed the derailing of his nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the bureau she created. That kind of backfired on them when she ran for the U.S. Senate and won. Since then her main issue has been fighting the financial sharks that gouge average Americans, exactly what the bureau was created do to.
But of course, Republicans don't want this done. And they have spent two years using procedural bullying to block Cordray's confirmation, demanding in return for their acquiescence that the bureau be made toothless, in essence, repealing the law that created it by blackmail. Cordray's been heading the bureau under a recess appointment.
This morning, the Democrats in the Senate finally played a little hardball and broke the logjam that prevented Cordray's confirmation from coming to a straight majority vote. As many know, the issue in the Senate has been requiring 60 votes to do virtually anything short of going to the bathroom.
I've had this sitting on my computer desktop for a while now, and keep meaning to post it. This comes from Brian Davis at the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, a long-time Cleveland area organization advocating for homeless rights.
"Homeless Vote in Record Numbers in 2012: 93% registered cast their votes"
Uh-oh. You and I and Husted all know that those were mostly not Republican votes.
An amazing 93% of the 324 people registered through NEOCH’s voting efforts went to the polls to cast their vote in the 2012 Presidential Election which compares to 70% for all Ohioans. NEOCH staff and volunteers hit the streets to ensure individuals who may be struggling to find shelter, food and income were still able to pursue their right and vote.
Brian goes on to say that 47% of that 93% used the shelter address.
I know it by heart: 2100 Lakeside. I was working in the early voting room at the board of elections during the presidential election cycle, pulling ballots, and I pulled that one over and over.
But of course, there's this:
NEOCH’s efforts ran into some difficulty. First, the new process for entering shelters in Cleveland is called “central intake” where there are only one or two doors into any shelter in the city. The staff of central intake did not have the means to register voters, which led to missing many individuals. Secondly, the Ohio Secretary of State’s inconsistency in rule enforcement caused additional barriers for low income voters. By limiting the hours at the Board of Elections, he created long lines in urban counties and college towns, and not allowing weekend voters hurt full time workers.
Ah yes, the voters' friend, the Ohio secretary of state, who would have limited hours even more than he did, if only he could have gotten the U.S. Supreme Court, which he wasted out tax dollars petitioning, had agreed to hear his case and agreed with him.
People complain all the time about voter turnout, how citizens in this country don’t participate at the level they do in other countries. Then they sit around and complain.
So you would think that a state’s highest election official, its secretary of state, would be all about encouraging as many people to vote as possible and making it as easy as possible.
Not Jon Husted! He fought to shut down early voting outside business hours. He went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court attempting to close voting the three days before the election, the heaviest early voting days. He has publicly expressed a desire to make Ohio’s ID laws, despite the absence of any voter fraud that could have been prevented by them, more “onerous.” (His word).
He needs to be replaced. Luckily state senator Nina Turner, a champion for voter rights, has stepped up to run against him.
Today Nina sent out a press release about Husted’s latest battle AGAINST, not for, voters. It shows one more reason why we need to elect Nina and send Husted packing.
COLUMBUS—Today, Nina Turner, Democratic candidate for Ohio Secretary of State, issued the following statement in response to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s opposition to the extension of a 2010 consent decree that allows voters to use the last four digits of the Social Security Number as identification to cast a ballot.
The order, issued by Judge Algenon Marbley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, blocked the implementation of an Ohio law that, in part, would have required voters to produce a form of identification, such as a utility bill, bank statement, or current driver’s license at the polls. Since all of these require financial means to be obtained, it effectively amounts to a modern-day poll tax.
We've seen years and years of attacks now on strong, quality public education in Ohio.
Instead of using the money in the most economical and efficient way, a shrinking pie has been split into duplicative pieces under the deceptive banner of "school choice."
We've seen public schools drained to pay for charter schools, including for-profit charter schools where only a fraction of the money goes to educate kids and a chunk of it goes into the pockets of the management company to make them richer with our tax dollars.
We've seen another hunk of our education dollars go for education welfare checks aka vouchers for a handful of students. These checks, which were originally intended to rescue a few kids from failing schools, were a bad enough idea to begin with, since they go to kids with parents savvy enough to advocate for them, not the neediest kids. Now they are draining the resources of excellent schools to pay for a handful of privileged kids to go to private school at our expense.
The assault on public education in Ohio is as bad as it is anywhere. But it could get worse.
Remember state senator and wife abuser Kris Jordan (R, of course)? Our friends at Plunderbund posted extensively about the incident in which his terrified wife Melissa called 911 about one of his drunken rampages, which she said were regular occurrences. The tape of her encounter with the sheriff's deputies is so chilling I could not watch more than a couple of minutes of it.
Later he bullied her into saying it was all nothing, said patronizingly that "she got a little upset ... girls do that," and blamed the Republican sheriff for scheming against his political career.
Well, this arrogant bully is proposing taking a massive sledgehammer to Ohio school funding.
Today the Cleveland Plain Dealer had a story about Congressional race in Ohio's 6th district next year (mostly in southeastern Ohio.)
This is the district where former state rep. Jennifer Garrison has announced she plans to seek the Democratic nomination, apparently feeling she hasn't done enough damage to the party and its ideals by helping us lose the governorship in 2010.
The PD also focused on state senator Lou Gentile of Steubenville, who has said he is also considering a primary bid. He needs to run! We need to support him! We need to pledge to donate to his campaign!
The seat is currently held by the far right-winger Bill Johnson who defeated the late CHarlie Wilson in 2010 and again last November (Charlie died in February).
But this district, which includes a big chunk of Ohio's Appalachia, and is very poor, is not THAT Republican. Lots of it was Ted Strickland country.
We have related the story of Jennifer Garrison many times, highlighting how she probably helped cost the Democrats the governorship in 2010 with her anti-choice, anti-marriage equality positions costing the party the volunteer hours of many women, and probably LGBT people too, before she was finally pushed off the ticket in early 2010 after six months.
A LOT has changed since 2010 — and none of those changes work in Garrison's favor or make her any more attractive to have weighing us down in Ohio.
People are saying the new Kasich budget is the worst in Ohio's history and one of the worst in the country.
And our governor, Taxin' John Kasich, is so brazen, he clearly thinks he'll get away with stripping women of their rights, helping shield government spending from scrutiny, continuing to cut education funding (except for his buddies who run the dismal, failing for-profit charter schools), and raising taxes on virtually all ordinary Ohioans who aren't blessing with six-figure incomes.
He's a living, breathing pile of liabilities, any one of which should bar his reelection. And unlike some of the doomsters I've talked to, I believe they will.
But it will take work and raising money and , especially, talking to your friends, family and acquaintances until you are blue in the face.
Yes, even that judgmental relative who thinks government should tell women what to do with their bodies. Doesn't he also believe government should get of "his" back and stop making him pay taxes?
Good. You have an opening.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald's campaign has provided you with the talking points you need here:
These are all actual FACTS, not the sort of made-up spew you hear on Fox "News." Please share facts like this one:
Provides the wealthiest Ohioans with an average net tax cut of $6,000 at the same time middle-class Ohioans receive a net $9 break. That’s not a misprint: John Kasich’s tax cut amounts to nine dollars for an Ohioan who makes between $33,000 and $51,000 a year.
and this one:
Eliminates the 30-year-old property tax rollback that saved Ohioans on their property taxes and makes it harder for local governments to pass new levies to fund vital services, including for schools and police and fire protection services.
and this one:
One cares about people, the other doesn't.
Guess which is which.
While this story uses South Carolinian Appalachian trail-walker Mark Sanford's support of defunding the Appalachian Regional Commission as its eye-grabbing slant, the real story is to me is elsewhere.
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) is getting a helping hand from Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) in his push for an amendment to defund the Appalachian Regional Commission, which is designed to promote economic development in the underserved region.
Yes, it's always about the alleged "waste," the fallback GOP excuse to destroy any government program that helps the neediest. In his testimony, Chabot said,
This inefficiency, duplication and overlap have cost the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars over the years. These commissions were established for one purpose: economic development. Yet the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] and other organizations have found no factual evidence that these commissions have created jobs or improved education or health care."
Sort of like RobsOhio, eh, Steve?
I actually question whether the CBO found what he says, and probably "other organizations" in right-wing think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.
Then there's the jokey stuff about Sanford, and then this:
After Chabot spoke, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) rose and spoke against the amendment, saying the Appalachian Regional Commission is still sorely needed. She said this lesson hit home for her when she went to southeast Ohio, part of the Appalachian region, for the funeral of former Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio). Kaptur said it was difficult "just to try to move through the territory and get to where we were going."
There's this nice l'il Texas lady who introduced the extremist anti-choice measures in the legislature — name is Jodie Laubenberg. R, of course.
She says she's all about protecting the precious "pre-born," and says her bill focuses on "the definite death to the 70,000-plus babies who have been aborted in this state."
Well, except when she's not.
Either she's had a radical change of view since 2007 or she's revealing that the attacks on women don't have the slightest connection to protecting babies or fetuses or "the pro-born," but rather to punishing sinful sluts who have unapproved sex, unlike nice gentile Texas ladies like Jodie Laubenberg.
During a House debate on an appropriations bill that year , Laubenberg, a staunch conservative, put forward an amendment that would require expectant mothers to wait three months before they could begin receiving prenatal and perinatal care under the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, a program that helps cover uninsured children in low-income families.
Laubenberg's amendment drew criticism from Democratic Rep. Rafael Anchia, who said the change would mean that more than 95,000 children, in utero, would be kicked out of the CHIP program. As the two sparred over whether that was true -- Anchia cited CHIP data from hospitals, Laubenberg alleged it was "misinformation" -- Anchia asked if Laubenberg recognized those in-utero babies as people.
"You do know, don't you, that these are U.S. citizens?" Anchia asked.
"But they're not born yet," Laubenberg said.
Laubenberg's response drew a look of shock from Democratic Rep. Dawnna Dukes, who could be seen standing next to Anchia during the exchange.
I can imagine how you feel, Dawnna.
Cleveland comedian Mike Polk Jr. is known for his hilarious videos which have gone viral: his "Hastily Made Tourism Video", "I'm a Stupid Cat," starring his cat, "Factory of Sadness," about the Browns' non-winning ways, and my favorite — "Josh Mandel Campaign Ad Outtakes."
As Polk, channeling Governor Kasich, says at the end, "There you have it. The new laws are just that simple, ladies. Old white Republican men helping Ohio women decide what to do with their vaginas since we egregiously gerrymandered the state in 2010.