Ohio Republicans in Congress Return Home, Hide From Constituents (Unless They are Republicans Who Pay)
Breast-cancer survivor Tracey Belcher, 58, led a group of advocates to deliver personal stories to U.S. Senator Rob Portman from Toledo area residents who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Belcher told The Toledo Blade:
“I have family and friends who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act and if they take it away, they won’t be able to afford medical, co-pays, anything. As a cancer survivor, I want to help other cancer patients and my family. I have a pre-existing condition.”
Unfortunately, Sen. Portman has been picky about who he meets with. This week, constituents who traveled, and paid, to hear Sen. Portman speak were told at the last minute that their tickets had been canceled and refunded because they weren’t Republicans.
According to The Plain Dealer, Wadsworth Congressman Jim Renacci bucked his political party’s staunch “repeal-and-replace” mantra by saying it should be “repealed and repaired.’’
Renacci didn’t attend the town hall in his district, instead he was in Columbus at the Evolution of Manufacturing Awards speaking on tax reform. He said he wasn’t invited. Organizers said he was invited by calling, emailing and tweeting.
Speaking of tweeting, during the town hall in Renacci’s district, the Congressman tweeted:
In Columbus, both Congressmen Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi skipped out on town hall meetings organized by their constituents. In Hilliard, over 500 constituents, some who had traveled over an hour, asked questions meant for Rep. Stivers. These questions were delivered to his office. In Clintonville, nearly 1,500 of Rep. Tiberi’s constituents assembled to discuss the ACA and how it has benefitted them.
Ohio Mayors Crusade for Healthy Communities – and Preserving the ACA; Boehner Predicting ACA May Be Here To Stay
While Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and many other Ohio Mayors are vocally opposing repeal of the ACA, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner made the bold prediction that Republicans won’t ACTUALLY repeal Obamacare – they’ll just “fix it.”
“[Congressional Republicans are] going to fix Obamacare — I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” Boehner said.
“Most of the framework of the Affordable Care Act … that’s going to be there,” Boehner said, adding that “Republicans never ever agree on healthcare.”
Read more here from Politico.
While Marketing Himself as a Budget Hawk, Treasurer Mandel Costs State $1.7M to Raise His Profile
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office has spent nearly $1.7 million in taxpayer dollars on TV ads featuring himself and Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer to promote investment in programs that Mandel’s office oversees, according to cleveland.com.
Mandel plans yet another run for the U.S. Senate. If he wins his party’s nomination, he will face a rematch with incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown. During the 2012 race, Mandel was caught in so many campaign lies that he was crowned the Pants on Fire King.
By spending less than $50,000 at each TV station, Mandel circumvented good-government rules that require purchases over $50,000 to get approval from the State Controlling Board.
U.S. 6th District Court to Take Up Constitutionality of Executions
A federal appeals court will consider the constitutionality of Ohio’s lethal injection process in early March. At issue is whether midazolam is powerful enough to render death row inmates unconscious before two subsequent drugs paralyze them and stop their hearts.
Trump Effect Inspires Unnecessary Anti-Gay Bill to Emerge as Legislative Priority in Ohio
The Trump administration announced that it will no longer bar schools from discriminating against transgender students, rescinding a policy put in place by the Obama administration.
Equality Ohio calls this bill “unnecessary” and points out that pastors’ religious freedom is already protected under the First Amendment. Religious leaders don’t have to marry anybody that they don’t want to.
Note: this bill doesn’t create jobs or help working families. In fact, it will likely hurt Ohio’s economy (see North Carolina restroom bill).
New Polls Show Trump’s Popularity Falling, Media’s is Rising
More than half of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance after his first month in office. The NBC News poll also found high discontent with how the federal government is working, with 31 percent saying it angers them, according to The Hill.
On Wednesday, a Quinnipiac poll was released that found that 52 percent of voters believe that the media is more likely to tell the truth. Only 37 percent believe that Trump is more trustworthy.
Nearly 60 percent of those polled by Quinnipiac say that Trump is doing more to divide the nation and 36 percent say that Trump is doing more to unite the country.
GOP Leaders and Teachers Agree: Externships Unnecessary
Regarding the Governor’s half-baked proposal for teachers to complete an externship with a local business to renew their license, Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said:
“Teachers have enough that they have to go through without putting more on them. I don’t think we need to be putting more obstacles in teachers’ paths.”
The Ohio Education Association called the proposal a needless hoop to jump through, proposed by people who are not part of the teaching profession.
Gov. John Kasich included the proposal in his state budget plan, which is making its way through the General Assembly. This marks the latest idea proposed by Kasich that has been shot down by his fellow Republicans who control the state legislature.
CIA Veteran Explains Why President Trump Caused Him to Leave a Job He Loved
Ned Price was inspired to join the CIA when he watched black smoke emanating from the Pentagon on September 11. He left the agency because of President Trump.
NPR has a details and a transcript of its report.
‘White House’ Access for Sale, Trump Spends Third Week in Florida
If you’re keeping track, President Trump has now spent three weekends in a row at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, which he dubbed the “Winter White House.” Shortly after Trump was elected, the resort doubled the initiation fee to $200,000. The President has been seen carrying out official White House business with foreign leaders at Mar-a-Lago. While wealthy donors have unprecedented and unregulated access to the new President at the resort, taxpayers are footing the bill.
DeVos’d It: When you completely blow an interview and still get the job.
Usage: Dude, I DeVos’d my job interview but still got the gig.