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Consumer Protection Agency Headed By Rich Cordray Ruled Unconstitutional
As advocacy groups have touted the success of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), business interests scored a partial victory in limiting the scope of its power in protecting consumers. According to The Hill, the nation’s second most powerful court ruled Tuesday that CFPB’s structure is unconstitutional, delivering a huge victory to business groups and Republicans in Congress.
The decision deals a blow to the pro-consumer agency that was created five years ago as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.
And the decision comes as the agency shows exactly why it’s needed. CFPB made a splash by investigating and fining Wells Fargo $100 million for the widespread illegal practice of secretly opening unauthorized accounts for its customers.
Top Republicans in Ohio Wrestle with What to Say about Deplorable Donald
Check out this guide on where our elected GOP officials stand on Donald Trump’s most recent offensive remarks about assaulting women. From John Kasich’s “Told You So” to Mike DeWine’s “I’m Still with Him,” you can check out the feigned outrage.
After vowing to not endorse the Republican nominee, Auditor Dave Yost endorsed Trump in July. That was before GOP became “Grab Our Privates.” Yost’s now decided to unendorse Trump, saying “I condemn his loathsome words and despicable attitude.” Did Trump’s attitude only recently become “despicable?”
After National Outrage, Portman Finally Decides He’s Done with Donald, Voting for Pence (note: he can’t do that)
Of all of the Ohio candidates who have taken a position on Donald Trump, the one taking the most heat is Rob Portman. After initially accepting Trump’s lame apology, the Senator withdrew his support for Trump after dozens of other state and national leaders did the same. Portman then stated that he would be voting for Mike Pence. While Portman can write in Mike Pence’s name, a valid vote for him isn’t technically possible to do in Ohio.
If Portman’s confused about the voting laws, he should call 866-OUR-VOTE for clarity.
At the Ohio Democratic Party’s annual dinner, President Barack Obama zeroed in on Portman for finally disavowing Trump after supporting him as he “attacked minorities,’’ suggested “Mexicans were rapists,” and “insulted Gold Star Moms.’’
“They don’t get credit for, at the very last minutes when finally the guy they … supported is caught on tape saying things that no decent person would even think, much less say, much less brag about, much less joke about, much less act upon,’’ reported the Columbus Dispatch.
Melania Looked Fetching at the Latest Debate in Her Pussy Bow Blouse
While many watched the almost horror-film-like way Donald Trump lurked behind Hillary Clinton as she gave in-depth answers to policy questions, the more fashion conscious were captivated by Melania Trump’s attire. Twitter lit up with the news that the aspiring FLOTUS wore a “pussy bow” blouse. Teen Vogue, a trusted source for political fashion says the hot pink silk Gucci shirt retails for $1,000.
When asked if she wore in reference to her hubby’s claim that his celebrity allows him to grab women’s “privates” without consent, she said the two were not connected.
Millennial Voters Up All Night to Cast Ballots on First Day of Early Voting
Early voting is underway in Ohio, and across the state, voters, particularly women are lining
up at the polls to cast their ballot. In Youngstown, 75 voters waited in line on day 1, including students voting in Ohio for the first time.
Voting questions? Call 866-OUR-VOTE.
Polling questions? For the latest on Ohio, check out FiveThirtyEight.
Despite Voter Purges, Early and In-Person, Absentee Voting Remain Popular
All the efforts to limit voting have not dampened enthusiasm. In Hamilton County, elections officials report great excitement. And election experts are reporting strong voter participation and an even stronger showing for Hillary Clinton.
Taxpayers Funding Charter School with Possible Ties to Terrorism
ProgressOhio hosted a press conference to announce findings of a major investigation into Gulen-linked charter schools and the referral of those findings to Auditor David Yost.
The international law firm, Amsterdam & Partners, conducted the investigation into the Ohio charter schools managed by Chicago-based Concept Schools. Investigators discovered that the schools have improper relationships with their management company and landlord, with their business subsidiaries and with each other.
Specifically, the complaint says Concept has collected $19 million in excessive profits in Ohio through a real estate practice Robert Amsterdam calls “closed-loop leasing,” reports the Washington Post.
“They do it by being on both sides — and sometimes three sides — of a transaction,” he said.
A Whopping 21 Charter School Sponsors Flunk State Review
Nearly a third of Ohio’s 65 charter-school sponsors could be out of business after flunking much-anticipated ratings released by the state Department of Education, reports the Columbus Dispatch.
Of the sponsors overseeing Ohio’s tax-funded, privately operated charter schools, just five received ratings of “effective;” none received the top rating of “exemplary.”
Women and Men Mock Trump for Bragging About Sexual Assault
Women and men from all over Ohio “welcomed” Donald Trump to Columbus where he was holding a private meeting Thursday afternoon. They carried signs that read “Pussy Grabs Back,” “Dump Donald” and even one that featured and over-sized sex offender notification card with Trump as the deplorable felon who just moved into your neighborhood.
The pickets complimented a new ad campaign launched in Columbus that aims to parody Donald Trump’s boasts of grabbing women by the p&$$1. With remarks like “Dump the Trump into your litter box” and pictures of a cat that missed the box, the campaign puts pussycats front-and-center. See the billboards here.