On Anniversary of Nixon Resignation, Trump’s Fire & Fury Make Us Miss Dick
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump told reporters, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Many viewed this as a threat to start a nuclear war. Others noted that the threat coincided with the 43rd anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation – and reminded that things can go wrong at the highest level of government.
U.S. News and World Report used the anniversary to explain how Nixon and Trump have much in common:
“There were many lessons for the nation which still apply, notably that very destructive consequences can flow from the politics of polarization and retribution, and that enmity and bitterness often result from viewing public life as a form of warfare, where the goal is winning above all, and where the victor aims to crush his opponents without qualm. Critics say President Donald Trump seems to be following Nixon’s pattern in these areas.”
We aren’t sure how to take Trump’s fury anymore. The New Republic points out that on the one hand, Trump treats “his minor enemies the same way he treats rogue world powers with nuclear weapons. On the other hand, Trump’s erraticism poses a litany of dangers, with the possibility of nuclear holocaust being at the top.”
Did we mention this also occurred the week of the anniversary of bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
The New Yorker helped put nuclear war in context by reprinting a 1946 article about some who survived the last one.
Sessions’ Justice Department Sides with Husted in Voter Purge Case
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reversed the government’s position on a voter roll case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The DOJ now says Ohio’s method for purging voters does not violate the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
The government’s filing said the DOJ reconsidered its position following the change in administrations and has determined that the voter purges are legal. Read more here.
For a more comprehensive look at voter suppression tactics in states across the country, take a look at this analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.
Ohio Leads in OD Deaths, Student Loan Debt so Kasich Sets Sights on New Hampshire – Again
An American Research Group poll found that if the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary were held today, Kasich would get 52 percent support, compared to Trump, who would receive just 40 percent.
Why are we talking about a New Hampshire presidential primary in the summer of 2017 when we are leading the nation in overdose deaths (see below) and student loan debt right here in Ohio? We aren’t sure, but we could speculate.
Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin wrote about Ohio’s successes and failures under Governor Kasich and offers this harsh assessment here.
Heroin Crisis Turns Even More Deadly
Calling it a “mass fatality crisis,” this CNN story details how Ohio has been one of the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis. Last year, 86% of overdose deaths in the state involved an opioid. In Montgomery County, more than 800 people are projected to die from an opiate overdose there this year, more than double last year’s record of 349 opioid deaths.
Interstates 70 and 75, two major arteries that crisscross the nation, intersect in the northeast corner of the Dayton area. Officials say drug cartels ship their products directly to Dayton, less than a 10-minute drive from the intersection. Then, local dealers hop onto one of the “heroin highways” and circulate opioids throughout the country.
New Report: Manufacturing Accounts for 18% of Ohio’s GNP
How important is manufacturing in Ohio? The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association “2017 Ohio Manufacturing Counts” report notes that the industry provides 700,000 jobs for Ohio workers and an annual payroll of $39 billion, with $50 billion in products to 213 countries and territories.
Manufacturing, the report says, is the largest of the 20 sectors of Ohio’s economy. Read more here.
Ohio’s manufacturing sector would be more robust had the GOP not scaled back green-energy requirements put in place under then-Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat. Under Strickland, Ohio manufacturers ramped up production of components needed to supply green energy, especially solar and wind power. Experts argue that the reduced green-energy requirements and continued uncertainty about them are hurting Ohio’s green-collar jobs.
Protect Your Mother
US EPA Raves About Great Lakes Restoration Project It Once Tried to Kill
Less than three months after Trump attempted to zero out the $300 million annual program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is lauding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, saying it protects public health in the region “more than any other coordinated interagency effort in U.S. history,” according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
In a moment of sheer hypocrisy, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said, “I’m proud that through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, we are fulfilling our mission to restore the health of the water that so many of our communities depend on.”
Bowling Green Expresses Concerns to Ohio EPA Over Pipeline
Residents of Bowling Green have expressed concerns about the proposed Nexus pipeline that would run near the city’s water treatment plant and cross in the area of the Bowling Green fault. Conversations are ongoing, and a local group also recently submitted signatures to put a proposed charter amendment related to the issue on the November ballot. The city is in communications with the Ohio EPA, and is looking to meet with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission address ways to protect residents’ drinking water.
Dark Money Forces Fear Cordray Will Run for Gov; Some Consumer Groups Hope He Won’t
“We don’t want him to leave,” was the response from Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress, regarding Richard Cordray’s heavily speculated departure from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Many worry what will happen to the new rules and regulations that are not yet finalized if the head of the Bureau decides to return to Ohio governor. Others speculate President Trump is looking for reasons to dismiss him anyhow.
Separately, a nonprofit “dark-money” group called Protect America’s Consumers put up a website and an ad titled “Cordray for Ohio.” The
The ad calls Cordray the “current boss of a huge and unaccountable organization named the CFPB and possible next governor of Ohio,” and is clearly intended to weaken his prospects for winning a governor’s race. You can view the ad here.
Looks like Republicans are already worried about how their candidates will fare in 2018.
Progressive Women to Democrats: Abandoning Repro Rights is a Betrayal of All Women
In response to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Chair, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s, statement that the DCCC will consider supporting anti-choice candidates for public office, several women shared their thoughts.
Jennifer Rand posed the following questions in a recent piece for the Huffington Post:
“How can a political party that claims to believe that equality in our society is an ideal to work towards achieving (and, to that end, that we all have the right to access to affordable healthcare, a living wage, equal pay for equal work, paid family and sick leave, and affordable childcare), in the same breath support the undermining of women’s rights?”
We’re all ears if there are any good answers.
Ohio Auditor Demands Refunds from ECOT Vendors and Sponsor
Ohio Auditor David Yost did his job when he warned the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) that it could face repercussions if it doesn’t seek reimbursement of nearly $13 million from its software vendor, management company and sponsor, reports the Associated Press.
Yost, a candidate for state attorney general, said his office’s review of contracts between ECOT and the three private companies — IQ Innovations, Altair Education Management and ESC Lake Erie West — found “the legal situation is starkly clear” and he will pursue refunds as the agreements allow.
ECOT owner Bill Lager also owns IQ and Altair. Cozy, huh?
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