Trump’s MAGA Mantra Doesn’t Apply To Americans Looking For Work At Mar-A-Lago
In what’s approximately the thousandth hypocrisy of President Trump’s administration so far, despite making life hell for immigrants in America and throwing businesses under the bus who hire immigrants, Mar-a-Lago apparently can only find one American to hire. For the other 143 seasonal positions that included servers, cooks, and bartenders, Mar-a-Lago requested and received permission from the Department of Labor to hire immigrants through H-2B visas. While ProgressOhio applauds Trump for hiring immigrants, we really wish he would save DREAMers and expand our legal immigration system outside of his company just looking for cheap labor to exploit.
Russia Targeted Ohio: Here’s How
Living in a vital swing state for Democrats and even more so for Republicans, Ohioans are used to bombardments of political ads, mailers, surrogate speakers, and canvassers. But despite being used to how in the social media age this messaging has invaded our Facebook feeds and Twitter, a U.S. House’s revelations of how Russia influenced the election in Ohio still stands above as outrageous propaganda.
The investigation showed that Russian trolls made accounts posing as real news organizations, retweeting attacks on certain political figures in order to get topics trending, and pushing Fake News — mostly to bolster Trump or attack Hillary Clinton. With 13 more indictments announced last week, it seems this Russian investigation is going to get more damning every week.
Ohio Legislators Continue Attacks On Poor
Announcing yet another proposal to create a bureaucratic mess for a non-existent problem, Ohio will apply to institute work requirements for people who rely on Medicaid for health care. Despite Governor Kasich’s administration admitting that only about 5 percent of people are not exempt and aren’t already working, the extra layer of bureaucracy is almost certain to cause confusion. Never before have states been allowed to institute work requirements for Medicaid, but apparently Trump and his business cronies are ok with expanding government as long as it only hurts those in need. 18,000 are expected to lose coverage, and the loss will seriously thwart plans to tackle Ohio’s opioid problems.
New Proposal to Slay the Gerrymander Heads to May Ballot
After crossing its last procedural hurdle, the Fair Districts=Fair Elections campaign has been certified as state issue 1 and will appear on the May ballot. Ohio is now one step closer to fair congressional districts and ‘slaying the gerrymander.’
“Thoughts and Prayers”
A phrase used by spineless politicians to create the appearance of caring while deflecting from their own inaction, often to appease wealthy campaign donors or a rabid voter base.
“Senator Portman sent his thoughts and prayers after the mass shooting but refused to support any gun control legislation or return the over $3 million the NRA has given his campaign.”
In Wake Of Tragedy, Students Demand Action
This week, Ohio students joined students across the nation in walking out of their classrooms to address legislators lack of response on gun violence prevention. In central Ohio, students walked out for 17 minutes to honor the 17 teens who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week.
School walkouts and marches across the country are scheduled on March 24 and April 20.
Butler Sheriff Wants To Arm Teachers
In Butler County, Sheriff Richard Jones is offering concealed carry classes for teachers in order to arm our classrooms. Teachers across the country have shared what they actually would like to be armed with, including well furnished classrooms, extra supplies, and food for students who go hungry.
Portman Still Offering No Action, Just “Thoughts and Prayers”
Cleveland Plain Dealer writer Brent Larkin shares his perspectives on Sen. Rob Portman’s recent offering of “thoughts and prayers.” From Larkin’s piece:
On Feb. 15 of last year, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and 56 other senators voted for a measure making it easier for some mentally ill people to obtain guns.
Three hundred and sixty four days later, a young man believed to be mentally disturbed used a military-style assault weapon to slaughter 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida.
Later that afternoon, Portman wiped the blood off his hands long enough to tweet, “Jane and I send our prayers to the school, the community, and the victims of this tragedy.”
Meanwhile, in the Ohio Senate, Sen. Charleta Tavares and Sen. Mike Skindell introduced legislation to ban the possession of assault-style rifles and require the registration of gun purchases in Ohio. You know, actions, not thoughts.
Kasich Gun Stance: Evolution Or Flip-Flop?
Governor Kasich waffled on his gun stance earlier this week, when he removed Pro-Second Amendment positions from his website. Considering that he’s signed six pro-gun rights measures since becoming Governor, this seems like a major shift in policy. Some laws he signed included allowing guns in bars and restaurants and reducing the hours of training required for a concealed handgun license. Read more on Kasich’s ‘evolution’ here.
Roll-Call: Renacci ‘Absent’; Cleveland Doctor Knocked off Ballot
Republican Rep. Jim Renacci, missed the highest percentage of votes of any Ohio member of Congress in 2017, according to a survey of congressional voting patterns compiled by Congressional Quarterly. Yet somehow, Renacci believes his record is sufficient to now represent the entire state of Ohio in the U.S. Senate.
Another One Bites The Dust
Dr. John Heavey, a Cleveland Clinic emergency room doctor who loaned his campaign for governor $1.5 million, ended up not qualifying for the ballot, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.
This development reduces the Democratic field to six candidates.