Trump’s Lack of Compassion Takes Aim at Pregnant Widow of Army Veteran
Pulitzer-Prize Winning columnist Connie Schultz puts it in proper context:
“His name was La David T. Johnson.
His wife’s name is Myeshia Johnson.
The congresswoman from Florida is Frederica Wilson.
You would know none of this from Donald Trump’s public statement Wednesday:
‘I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who sounded like a lovely woman.’ He also asserted, ‘I didn’t say what that congresswoman said, didn’t say it at all. She knows it.’
This is a Trump habit. If he doesn’t name them as fellow humans, maybe he can pretend they’re not quite real.
Millions of Americans know otherwise.’’
Connie’s column came in response to President Trump’s call to the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson. Trump callously told her that her husband who died serving in northwestern Africa “knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”
While Trump fancies himself as an ally of our service members and surrounds himself with generals, he politicizes the military and often belittles their contributions.
Amid all this pain, Americans stood up for Sgt. Johnson’s family by giving to a GoFundMe page to help send his kids to college.
National Education Writer: ‘Why Do Ohioans Tolerate This Misuse of Tax Dollars?’’
Diane Ravitch, one of America’s premier education writers, reprinted a recent Akron Beacon Journal guest column that detailed the latest round of charter school abuses in Ohio: Schools saddled with exorbitant leases paid to a related company, tax dollars going to a dropout factory, unqualified foreign-born teachers imported to take jobs from qualified Ohioans.
She asks two important questions:
- Why do Ohioans tolerate this misuse of taxpayer dollars?
- How many more scandals will be exposed before the legislature stops waste, fraud, and abuse in the charter industry?
Treasurer Mandel is All Talk When It Comes to Transparency over How His Office Spends Our Money
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel markets himself as a strong champion of open and accountable government, frequently pointing to the online Ohio Checkbook he created. But he’s under fire from open government champions for insisting he has no written communication about the $2 million in public money spent on last year’s TV ads that debuted right before he announced yet another run for the U.S. Senate.
The ads highlight a program to allow families to set up tax-free accounts for disabled children and they featured Mandel and The Ohio State University’s popular football coach Urban Meyer.
Mandel’s office broke up the cost of the advertisements into chunks of less than $50,000 each to skirt a law that requires expenses in excess of $50,000 to get approval from the State Controlling Board. Mandel’s fellow Republicans in the legislature were so offended by the move that they passed a law to ban the practice.
U.S. Senate Plows Forward With Plan to Slash Taxes for Richest Americans
Hoping to reverse its reputation as the party that can’t govern, the U.S. Senate approved a Republican-backed budget late Thursday that advances the GOP effort to enact tax cuts that mainly benefit the wealthy.
The budget’s passage allows the GOP to use a procedural maneuver to pass tax legislation through the Senate with 50 or more votes, removing the need for support from Democratic senators, explains the Washington Post.
Despite the GOP’s repeated concerns about deficit spending, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was the lone Republican to oppose the bill, saying he believes the budget ought to reduce the deficit. Instead, it’s projected to add $1.5 TRILLION to the deficit and slash money for Medicare and Medicaid.
Continuing his preoccupation with size, President Trump tweeted that the tax cuts “will be the biggest in the history of our country!”
Corporations and the wealthy would see the biggest cuts, according to a Bloomberg analysis.
AG DeWine Courts the Base with Santorum and Effort to Undermine Healthcare Economy
Attorney General Mike DeWine is one of four Republicans vying to be next year’s GOP nominee for governor. Since Republican primary voters tend to be more conservative than general election ones, he misses no opportunity to showcase his belief that women should not have autonomy over their bodies.
DeWine appeared with well-known abortion opponent Rick Santorum, a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.
And DeWine moved to hurt Ohio’s all-important healthcare sector when he failed to join 17 other attorneys general in suing the Trump administration to prevent the cutoff of subsidies to people insured through Obamacare. Efforts to dismantle Obamacare are opposed by every major medical group in America, including the Ohio Hospital Association which has warned that Ohio could lose thousands of good-paying hospital jobs.
Euclid Fires White Cop Caught on Video Punching Black Motorist
The Euclid Police Department fired Officer Michael Amiott, who was seen violently beating Richard Hubbard III during a traffic stop earlier this year, reports the Cleveland Scene. Mayor Kirsten Gail said the move is a response to multiple complaints about Amiott’s behavior on the force.
As Algae Plagues Lake Erie, Congresswoman Kaptur Calls for Action
“Forthcoming infrastructure legislation, farm bill reauthorization and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative can help undergird a federal strategy,” Kaptur wrote. “Ultimately, a coordinated response that identifies sources, enforces standards and fosters innovation must save our Great Lakes, the largest body of fresh water on Earth.”
Kaptur wrote her letter in response to an article the New York Times published on Oct. 3, “Miles of Algae Covering Lake Erie.” The article, illustrated by many photographs, discussed the latest harmful algal bloom in the western portion of the lake.
This week Congresswomen Kaptur also joined Common Cause Ohio’s Catherine Turcer in calling for an end to hyper-partisan gerrymandering in the Plain Dealer.
State Senator Abruptly Resigns, Citing ‘Inappropriate’ Hugs with State Employee as Reason
Cliff Hite, a Findlay Republican, abruptly resigned from his state Senate seat and admitted to “inappropriate behavior” with a female state employee but insisted there had been no “inappropriate physical contact.”
Senate President Larry Obhof, a Medina Republican, “strongly suggested” that Hite resign after learning of the allegation against him.
The Toledo Blade has more details, including statements from Hite and his wife.
Fudge Endorses Sutton; Tiberi Won’t Run Again; Pelanda Jumps Out, Mingo Jumps Over, O’Neill Might jump in
Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton landed a major endorsement for her effort to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor. U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge announced she’s backing Sutton, joining U.S. Rep Marcy Kaptur.
Despite Sutton’s momentum, the race could get more crowded. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill hinted that he’ll announce he’s running.
But this week’s stunner of an announcement came from U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, a central Ohio Republican, who announced he will not seek re-election. Tiberi has faced a torrent of criticism and intermittent ridicule from resistance groups and from major healthcare organizations for his votes that would cost Ohio healthcare jobs by voting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Tiberi will trade in his $6 million campaign war chest for the job as President of the Ohio Business Roundtable, reports GQ.
Indivisible groups held weekly protests outside Tiberi’s offices and they ginned up calls to him when he told women constituents to buy their IUDs over the counter. Hundreds called him to set him straight as part of a ProgressOhio-led campaign to tell Tiberi “There are no DIY IUDs.’’
Republican Dorothy Pelanda said she’s ending her bid to become Ohio’s next secretary of state. That decision clears the field for State Sen. Frank LaRose, who recently earned endorsements from 78 Republican elected and party officials and visited all 88 counties.
Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo announced he won’t seek the GOP nomination to be state treasurer. That leaves state Rep. Robert Sprague of Findlay as the lone Republican in the race. Mingo said he plans instead to run for Franklin County Auditor.
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October 25: How to Hold Your MOC Accountable
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October 27: No Trumps in Cleveland