Generals Might Tackle Trump if He Reaches for Nuclear Launch Codes
More and more people are wondering what would happen if President Donald Trump decided to authorize a nuclear weapon.
New York Magazine contributing editor Gabriel Sherman asks if Trump’s Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis have thought about “physically [restraining] the president” in the event he “[lunges] for the nuclear football,” according to this article.
After feuding with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who reportedly called the president a “‘moron,” Trump launched a Twitter tirade against U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, leading Corker to compare the White House to “an adult day care.” According to the Washington Post, one of Trump’s confidantes “likened the president to a whistling teapot, saying that when he does not blow off steam, he can turn into a pressure cooker and explode, adding ‘I think we are in pressure cooker territory.’”
Who might be able to save us? A guest column penned this week calls on the five living former Presidents to step in.
While we worry about President Trump’s mental health, this week he signed an executive order that could make it easier for small business to offer plans with fewer benefits. And late Thursday night, the White House said that the President plans to end the subsidies that help cover costs for low income Americans.
He Once Monitored Charter Schools from the Inside, Check out What He Sees from Afar
Denis Smith worked in the Ohio Department of Education’s charter school office until his retirement in 2011. He shares his current perspective on the state of charter schools in Ohio in this guest column “Charter Schools Still Abusing Money” for the Akron Beacon Journal.
Ohio Gun Groups Oppose Efforts to Ban Gun Accessory Used in Las Vegas Mass Shooting
While even the National Rifle Association (NRA) is saying that it’s time to take a look at bump-stocks, the gun accessory that modifies semi-automatic weapons in order to fire more bullets more rapidly, Ohio gun groups aren’t following suit. The Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans for Concealed Carry say a ban on the accessory would be “a threat to American gun rights,” according to the Associated Press.
Stephen Paddock equipped rifles with bump stocks that he used to kill 58 people and wound hundreds from a Las Vegas hotel room a week ago. In Ohio, the groups mentioned above have supported bills that allow guns in daycare centers and college campuses.
Some more sensible lawmakers are choosing to part ways with the NRA. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, who once held an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, donated a matching sum to three prominent gun-control organizations.
Ryan donated about $20,000, split between Americans for Responsible Solutions, Everytown for Gun Safety and Sandy Hook Promise — groups that advocate for expanded background checks and other common-sense reforms that are opposed by the NRA. Kudos.
International Trade Commission Rules in Favor of Whirlpool
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has ruled that Samsung and LG are “harming American workers” at Whirlpool Corp. by illegally importing washing machines, which in turn flood the market.
After the ruling, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called on the USITC and President Trump to “make a strong recommendation that provides real relief for workers in Clyde and around the U.S. who’ve been hurt by this surge of cheap washers,” according to the Athens News Messenger.
Whirlpool has a strong presence in Ohio and makes about 20,000 washers a day, five days a week at its facility in Clyde, Ohio.
Supreme Court Says Golden Parachutes Are Exempt from City Taxes
Already suffering from state cuts, Ohio’s cash-strapped cities are unhappy with an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that says if you receive a golden parachute after leaving a company, you won’t have to pay local income taxes. According to the high court, Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERP), is a nontaxable pension and not income.
While SERPs are taxed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the court maintained they are exempt from city taxes. Kent Scarrett of the Ohio Municipal League is unhappy with the decision, saying that cities need the boost that SERP income taxes can provide.
Local governments have lost more than $1 billion since 2010, according to a report by Policy Matters Ohio earlier this year.
Amid Wage Stagnation and High Poverty, Rep. Rob McColley Has Plan to Worsen Both
Rep. Rob McColley, a Republican from Napoleon, was named “state legislator of the week’’ by the rightwing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In an interview on ALEC’s website, McColley said Ohio “needs to become a right-to-work state” and that “Ohio’s biggest issue is the long-term solvency of its Medicaid program.”
“Right-to-work” bans mandatory union dues or fees as a condition of employment.
Federal law currently allows states to decide whether they want to be right-to-work.
“Right-to-work” is an underhanded way that Republicans hurt labor unions which tend to support Democrats.
Studies have consistently shown that right-to-work states have lower wages and less access to employer-supported health care.
To learn more about ALEC, visit the Center for Media and Democracy’s ALEC Exposed.
Bill to Ban Abortion after Downs Syndrome Diagnosis Advances at Statehouse
Opponents lined up to testify against a bill that would ban abortion based on the diagnosis of Down syndrome.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio deputy director Jaime Miracle said the bill is unconstitutional.
“It’s already been permanently blocked from going into effect in Indiana, so it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars to pass a bill we know is just going to get blocked in the courts and never go into effect,” said Miracle.
Passing unconstitutional laws, then sticking taxpayers with the bill for court costs, is common in Ohio these days. Taxpayers have spent millions on losing court battles over a same-sex marriage ban, voter suppression cases and attacks on Planned Parenthood.
Renacci Campaign Accuses Husted of Threatening Renacci’s Wife; Taylor Clams Up
Ohio GOP gubernatorial hopefuls held their first forum this week, sponsored by Citizens for Community Values (side note: their founder is a self-proclaimed porn addict).
Candidates offered their visions for Ohio while also dissing Governor John Kasich. At the top of Jim Renacci’s to-do list if elected: make Ohio a Right-to-Work (is wrong) state.
Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor made some allegations that small businesses were treated “like criminals” without providing any support for her claims.
The Renacci campaign accused Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted of verbally threatening Tina Renacci, the Congressman’s wife, after Tina approached Husted at a campaign event. This follows an earlier story about a Renacci staffer cyber-bullying a Husted staffer via Facebook, commenting on a post regarding the Husted staffer’s deceased grandmother. We can’t make this up.
Democrats running for their party’s nomination for governor continued to take the high road.
Need help keeping up on who is running for which office? The Columbus Dispatch has a great up-to-date summary.
In the U.S. Senate race, Sen. Sherrod Brown raised a record-breaking $2.6 million in the third quarter for his 2018 re-election. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons are competing for the Republican nomination and have not yet disclosed fundraising totals.