New Evidence of Collusion with Russia Latest Evidence Trump Won’t Drain the Swamp.
President Donald Trump continues to be unpopular, with a 40/53 approval spread, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling. Voters think he has failed on a core promise; Just 15 percent think he’s drained the swamp.
This week in the Swamp, Congressional investigators discovered an email from a top Trump aide that referenced a previously unreported effort to arrange a meeting last year between Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The aide, Rick Dearborn, is now President Donald Trump’s deputy chief of staff.
Clearly some top nonprofit organizations are feeling the pressure to flee Trump’s orbit. The Washington Post reports that 18 organizations have canceled fundraisers or events at Mar-a-Lago in the last two weeks. Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic is one of them.
Sen. Sherrod Brown Asks FBI, Justice Department for Review of Ohio Hate Groups
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown requested information from federal law enforcement and Justice Department officials regarding domestic terror and hate organizations in Ohio and how they are tracked, according to The Blade.
The East Coast Knights of the Invisible Empire flyers have been found around Wooster. The organization is a white supremacy group and are affiliated with the KKK and the Southern Poverty Law Center has declared it an active hate group.
On Thursday, a member of the Ohio Realm of the East Coast Knights confirmed that they are actively recruiting in Ohio and are targeting Wayne and Holmes Counties.
Orville-Wooster NAACP Unit and Indivisible Wooster have organized a community rally to push back. Speakers include the heads of both Wayne County political parties.
ECOT Shifts Focus in Effort to Stay Alive; Decides to Stick Workers with Higher Health Care Cost
We all knew it was only a matter of time, but the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, has found a new way to try and bilk taxpayers out of money – while forcing employees to pay a greater share of their healthcare costs. ECOT is now looking to re-classify as a “Dropout Recovery School.”
What is the distinction between a charter school and dropout recovery school? As a charter school, ECOT must accept everyone who comes through its virtual door. Changing to a dropout recovery school means that the state can never really close ECOT, and their grades won’t hurt their sponsor – the Education Service Center of Lake Erie West.
Our friend, Stephen Dyer, at 10thperiod.blogspot explain it best:
“Dropout recovery schools are the recipients of one of the last bastions of legislative loopholes for politically connected charter school operators. In order to avoid being shut down, they can improve their graduation and test passage rates by 10 percent a year in two consecutive years. However, this benefits the worst performing schools because improving from a 1.7 percent graduation rate to a 2.1 percent graduation rate over two years is much easier (it can mean simply getting 1 or 2 more kids to graduate) than going from 40 percent to 48 percent. So, ECOT can’t graduate 4 out of 10 kids, which is a failing grade as a start-up charter school as they are currently classified. But their putrid graduation rate would ‘exceed expectations’ as a dropout recovery school.”
In 2016, The Columbus Dispatch reported that one of every six high school dropouts in Ohio came from ECOT. The New York Times found that more students drop out or fail to finish high school at ECOT within four years than at any school in the nation. ECOT’s five-year graduation rate is 44 percent, compared with a state average of 85 percent.
Despite Calls from Doctors, Patients, Lawyers, Consumers, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Refuses to Acknowledge Conflict
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy said that she will not recuse herself in a contentious abortion case that could close Toledo’s only abortion clinic.
Capital Care Network asked Kennedy to recuse herself from their case because Kennedy’s recent speech at a Greater Toledo Right to Life event violated an ethics rule that calls for judges to avoid appearance of impropriety. Kennedy spoke at the event two days after the Ohio Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of Capital Care’s case.
Previously, two complaints were filed against Kennedy. In April, a grievance over conflict of interest was made to the Ohio State Bar Association after Kennedy’s appearance at the anti-abortion’s group’s annual breakfast. In May, a second complaint was filed with the Ohio Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel by ProgressOhio and signed by 51 individuals and groups, including the Physicians Action Network.
A secret judicial panel dismissed the second complaint against Kennedy. The panel wrote that “good cause does not exist for further investigation of the grievance.”
As Air Quality Worsens, GOP Wants to Undermine Green Energy – Again
While medical experts, like Dr. Sumita Khatri from the Cleveland Clinic, discuss the impacts of pollution and air quality on asthma, the alt-right Greg Lawson of the Buckeye Institute suggests perhaps poverty and “upkeep” are to blame.
If only there was a path for working people to make more money such as raising the minimum wage. But the GOP-ruled legislature passed a new law that bans cities from raising their own minimum wages.
Ohio Sailor among the Missing on USS John McCain
Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, is among the sailors missing from the ship that collided with an oil tanker near Singapore.
Originally from Columbus, Drake graduated from high school in Illinois, and joined the Navy with the hope of seeing the world, according to the Washington Post.
His sister Veronica told the Springfield News-Sun that he was coming home in November and planned “to be back in the United States for good.” He recently received a Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal for going above and beyond the call of duty during an inspection aboard the McCain.
Ohio Senate Clips Gov. Kasich’s Power with Rare Veto Overrides
On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate overrode six of Gov. John Kasich’s budget vetoes this week. This follows the Ohio House voted to override some provisions and marks the first time that the lawmakers have overridden Kasich’s veto. And the first time this repudiation of a governor’s veto was used on a budget bill in about 40 years.
Some of the GOP’s priorities included the override of provisions designed to limit the governor’s power to use the Controlling Board to draw down billions in federal funds, as Kasich did in 2013 to expand Medicaid.
Another overridden provision requires legislative approval before optional populations can be added to the Medicaid rolls in the future. Senate President Larry Obhof said the vetoes were about the Ohio General Assembly reasserting itself.
“The administrative state has taken on what were traditionally or should be responsibilities of the legislature, and we are starting to take some of those back,” he said.
Sen. Rob Portman Praises Trump as Fit to Lead
Facing mounting criticism, U.S. Sen. Portman defended President Trump, saying he’s fit to lead, calling into question just exactly how many white nationalists the President has to support or p***ies he has to grab before Portman pulls his support. The Columbus Dispatch has the details.
In case you missed Trump’s latest rant, you can find a summary of his 77-minute-tirade in Phoenix, Arizona here.