In Trump’s World, Nazis & Those Who Vanquish Them on Same Moral Ground
After a violent weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one young woman dead and dozens injured, President Donald Trump still refused to blame the torch-wielding, assault-rifle waving white nationalist protesters for the violence. Instead, Trump has claimed that “both sides are responsible.”
A Vice video gives a chilling behind the scenes account of the white supremacists.
One of the bigots drove his car into a crowd, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Yet Trump’s initial response fell so far short that the Akron Beacon Journal wrote that “it invites familiar questions about his capacity to lead.”
It also invited questions about his mental health. A group of legislators contacted a psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine to consult with them about “forming an expert panel to review and advise on President Donald Trump’s mental health.”
Call Portman About New Report Showing Premiums Would Spike if ACA Subsidies End
According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the federal deficit would swell and premiums for some health plans would rise sharply if the Trump administration makes good on a threat to cut off subsidies for low- and medium-income buyers of health insurance.
As Trump steps up efforts to destabilize the insurance market and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), US Sen. Rob Portman continues to act as if the rate hikes are caused by problems outside of his control.
CALL Senator Portman and tell him not to cut off health insurance subsidies and destabilize the insurance market.
Investigation Sought into Hiring of AG DeWine’s Grandkids by Political Ally
State Senator Cecil Thomas of Cincinnati called for a special prosecutor to investigate Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters for “racism, cronyism and all the other isms” after DeWine used his influence to secure a job for his son with Deters.
Thomas cited a recent CityBeat investigation that found Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine asked Deters to consider his son Matt DeWine for an internship this summer; Deters hired him soon after.
According to Cincinnati.com, an email sent April 23 shows Justice DeWine asking Deters, “Can you find a spot in your internship program for my son, Matt, this summer. I’ve attached his resume. He is a freshman at Miami. It would be a great experience for him. If you can, I would really appreciate it.”
Matt was hired for a 6-week internship at $11 an hour along with 37 others, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Generally, this matter is something the Attorney General could look into; in this case, Attorney General Mike DeWine is Justice Pat DeWine’s father.
Ohio Senate Showdown Coming Over Gov. Kasich’s Budget Vetoes
The Ohio Senate announced that it will meet next week to attempt to override some of Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes on the two-year budget.
Kasich has been at odds with the GOP supermajority in the Ohio General Assembly over Medicaid expansion, among other issues. On June 30, Kasich vetoed 47 line items in the $133 million, two-year budget, which went into effect July 1.
Five days later, the Ohio House met and overrode 11 of those vetoes.
The Senate will meet next week and can only override vetoes the House has already voted to override.
Janetta King, president of the progressive think tank, Innovation Ohio, said no legislature has overridden a governor’s budget vetoes in about 40 years.
“This is very telling of a toxic environment between the current legislature and the governor,” she said.
Plain Dealer Launches Series into Best Practices for Ending Gerrymandering, Repairing Democracy
The Plain Dealer is taking a closer look at the effects of hyper-partisan congressional districts in its new multi-part series. It starts by noting that the fastest route through Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s 9th congressional district involves a 116-mile, two-hour drive mostly on the Ohio Turnpike that includes driving through areas represented by Congressmen Jim Renacci (16th), Bob Gibbs (7th), Jim Jordan (4th) and Bob Latta (5th).
Read more here.
Congressman Tim Ryan: NAFTA Needs a New Model
Renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement, better known as NAFTA, began this week. Congressman Tim Ryan, along with other trade policy experts, shared their visions of what the agreement should look like.
“There [have been] so many changes since NAFTA was written, so we have to very seriously take a look at the changes and come up with something that will benefit workers,” Ryan said. “We need a new model that works for everybody. It should be the U.S. leads a new era of global trade.”
Read more here.
Toledo Blade & Gov. Kasich Do What Trump Would Not: Quickly Condemn the Racists
Across the country and right here in Ohio, organizations and leaders are condemning the white nationalist/Nazi protesters who descended on Charlottesville this past weekend. In Toledo, the musical act – Rodney Parker and Liberty Beach – was removed as the opening band for The Toledo Blade’s 34th annual Rib Off this weekend. A statement on Rodney Parker’s Facebook page supporting white nationalists led to the decision.
Kurt Franck, executive editor of The Blade, said that Mr. Parker’s personal views are not shared or supported by the newspaper.
“The Northwest Ohio Rib Off is a fun, family event,” he said. “There is no room for racism, bigotry, or hate.”
In Columbus, Gov. Kasich held a press conference to further condemn Trump’s remarks by suggesting that Trump is further dividing the country. Read his remarks here.
The FBI says the Ohio has more hate groups and hate crimes than the national average.
In Washington, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined calls to have Confederate statues removed from the U.S. Capitol. Ohio’s junior Senator, Republican Rob Portman, urged Trump to denounce bigotry but Portman has not weighed in on the statues.
The New York Times put together a list of Confederate statues.
Cleveland School Quality Panel Seeks Removal of Weak Charter Sponsor
The Cleveland Transformation Alliance is recommending that St. Aloysius not be allowed to start a new charter school in the city. Despite having a high rating from the state, members of the alliance say it does too little to guarantee school quality and questioned whether profit is a major motivation for adding more schools.
Read the recommendations here.
With school back in session, or about to be, you can compare the performance of traditional schools with charter schools that siphon money and students from them at KnowYourCharter.com Virtually all of the information used on the site came from the Ohio Department of Education.
Cleveland Clinic Stands Up to Bigotry, Cancels Fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago
The Cleveland Clinic caved under public pressure and announced that it is moving its annual fundraiser from Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private club in Florida. A letter asking the Clinic to change venues has more than 1,700 signatures from doctors, nurses, medical students and other patriots. Those who signed are concerned about a nationally recognized hospital – which happens to be Ohio’s second largest employer – patronizing a business owned by a bigot who is working to take health care from millions of Americans.
A Columbus cardiologist who signed it said the Cleveland Clinic is a thought leader in medicine, and he believes that Trump’s support for repealing the Affordable Care Act goes against the Clinic’s core principles of supporting science, research and integrity, according to the Associated Press.
Separately, Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove announced that he would remain an advisor to President Trump, even as other business leaders resigned from both Trump’s Manufacturing Council and his Strategy & Policy Forum. Trump settled the matter on Twitter saying, “rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!”
According to the New York Times, “the defections left Mr. Trump all but isolated from the business leaders whose approval he covets.”
A political movement dedicated to standing up for American values, such as vanquishing Nazis.
Usage: Donald Trump is so clueless that he equates unarmed protestors from the alt-left with the violent bigots from the alt-right.