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Effort to Lower Wages Stalls in SW Ohio, But Gets Help From State Lawmakers
When West Chester Township Trustee George Lang attempted to lower wages for area residents via a misleading Right-to-Work proposal, hundreds of Union members came to defend their community from the proposal’s devastating impact. The township stalled the bill – but stay tuned. Right-to-Work legislation moved quickly in Kentucky. And a Republican in the Ohio House is expected to keep pushing a statewide Right-to-Lower-Wages bill for public employees.
John McNay, President of the Ohio Chapter of American Association of University Professors, explains how these proposals harm communities.
Coldwell Banker Fires Realtor Who Told Woman Marcher to Return to The “Asylum”
Speaking of West Chester, the township’s fiscal officer, Bruce Jones, recently came under fire for his offensive remarks on Facebook. After making several inflammatory remarks about women, Coldwell Banker terminated Mr. Jones. Trustee George Lang, also the trustee who introduced Right-to-Work legislation, declined to comment on or denounce Mr. Jones remarks.
Ohio Lawmakers Plan Florida Fundraisers Right Before Lobbyists Gear Up to Fight for State Budget Goodies
While many Ohioans are wondering about the fate of important programs like Medicaid expansion and whether there will be resources to fight the opioid crisis, legislative Republicans are planning a February 4 “Winter Warmer” fundraiser in Florida.
Attendees can buy access and $1000 dinner and reception with state lawmakers and donate as much as $12,500 to lawmakers’ campaign coffers for fishing, fun and access at the Bay Club, a luxury golf and country club near Naples.
THE LEXICON CORNER
- Knowingly false information disseminated to appease a lying boss.
“Donald Trump’s fixation on size caused him to use alternative facts and insist the inaugural crowd was much larger than reality.”
Synonyms: lie, bullshit
Trump Spokesman Responds To Question on Plans To Extend LGBTQ Protections: Says He Knows Nothing
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked earlier this week if President Trump planned to repeal President Obama’s executive order banning anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination. Spicer’s short answer: “I don’t know on that one.”
When asked about a potential rollback of gay rights, Spicer replied: “Again…I just don’t know the answer.”
New Lawsuit Accuses Trump of Violating Constitution for Payments to His Businesses from Foreign Governments
Donald Trump has made clear that he has no intentions of selling his business interests; rather, his sons are managing them for them until he leaves the White House. Trump will still directly benefit or make money from the companies he owns. So for example, a foreign government can support Trump’s financial interests by say, staying at his DC hotel. And the hotel makes it easy by having a sales position dedicated to foreign diplomats.
So far, Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Kuwait have held or are scheduled to hold national celebrations at Trump International.
Similarly, the U.S. headquarters for the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority is located on the 22nd floor of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. It is registered as a foreign agent with the U.S. government and leases space from Trump Tower.
Is all of this constitutional? The “emoluments clause” bans Presidents from accepting any “emolument, title or office’’ from a foreign government. In other words, the U.S. Constitution prohibits receiving payments or profiting from foreigners.
Intelligence Committee Advances Probe into Russian Hacking
According to The Hill, the Senate Intelligence Committee is moving forward with its probe into Russian meddling in the presidential race. The investigation is expected to cover “counterintelligence concerns related to Russia and the 2016 US election, including any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns.”
Now you might ask, “Isn’t there a whole team of people who protect our foreign relations?” Usually, yes, but this week the entire senior level of management officials resigned. The Washington Post reports that this is “part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.”
But no worries. Putin’s got this.
Charter Schools Might Finally Get Their Own Funding System
Gongwer News Service dug into the issue of charter school funding and reported that Ohio House Finance Chairman Rep. Ryan Smith indicated that the Ohio House is exploring directly funding charter schools.
Under today’s funding system, charter school money passes through traditional schools. Student who attend charters are funded at full state core aid rates – a total of $5,900 per student this biennium. In many cases, traditional schools subsidize the amount paid for kids in charter schools.
Last year more than 80 school districts demonstrated their frustration by invoicing the state for the amount of money they estimate was redirected from their coffers to charter schools.
PROTECT OUR MOTHER
Trump Administration Goes After the Planet and the Truth
Soon after scientists reported that 2016 was the warmest year on record, a US Senate panel backed Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Trump then muzzled the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump signed executive orders to advance two pipelines (Keystone and the Dakota Access Pipeline). The National Parks Twitter account was censored by the Trump administration for posting facts about climate change and @AltNatParkSer was created by a rogue group of park employees to tell us what’s really happening.
Trump Calls for Probe Into Fake Voter Fraud, Ohio’s Top Elections Official (and Others) Say It Doesn’t Exist
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted told reporters what we’ve been saying all along: widespread voter fraud doesn’t exist. Since we’re on the same page that our voting systems are safe and secure, how about making it easier for everyone to vote?
Trump Bans Spending Tax Money on Foreign Groups that Perform-or Even Mention- Abortion
Trump signed an executive order reinstating a ban on giving federal family planning funding to international health groups that even mention abortion. The rule forces international aid agencies to reject American funds so they can continue to provide women accurate information about their reproductive health options, or accept American funds and deny women comprehensive reproductive health care information.
Congressional Republicans Introduce Bill to Ban Abortion, Many Kinds of Birth Control
Congressional Republicans introduced a bill to classify fertilized eggs, zygotes, embryos, and fetuses as “persons,” and grant them full legal protection under the Constitution.
The proposal would criminalize abortion with no exception and ban many forms of contraception, in vitro fertilization, and some forms of health care for pregnant women.
Progressive Action Calendar Alerts
Sunday, Jan. 29th – Findlay Protest in Solidarity With Standing Rock
Monday, Jan. 30th – #SaveOurCare Bus Tour – Dayton
Monday, Jan. 30th – #SaveOurCare Bust Tour – Columbus
Monday, Jan. 30th – Resist Trump – Statehouse Rally for the 99%
Tuesday, Jan. 31st – Roe Together – Cincinnati Activist Bootcamp