Donald Trump: President of White Supremacists of America
Author Terrell Starr wrote a compelling piece for The Root contrasting the actual teachings and beliefs of evangelical Christians and the policies President Trump supports. Labeling Donald Trump “the antithesis of a true follower of Christ,” Starr explains that Trump’s “xenophobic assault against Muslims, racist remarks about Mexicans, troubled history with women and sympathy for neo-Nazis make him remarkably unqualified to represent God’s teachings.”
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Jemele Hill called Trump a “white supremacist” in a tweet. She offered an apology after the Whitehouse’s Sarah Huckabee Sander’s asserted that it was a “firing offense.”
In solidarity, several activists and a few parody accounts pushed back and sent out tweets echoing Hill’s original tweet.
ESPN accepted the Hill’s apology.
According to ProPublica, Facebook has committed to removing anti-Semitic advertising options. But only after being called out. On September 14, the Federal Election Commission voted unanimously to being a process to establish disclosure requirements for online advertisements.
ECOT’s Already-Low Standards Would Sink Lower If It Converts to Dropout Recovery School
In a last-ditch effort to avoid closure, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) applied to become a dropout recovery school – a designation known for ridiculously lax standards. ECOT claims that it meets the standards because 8,000 of its 15,000 students meet state requirements by being between 16 and 22, by testing one year or more behind in their classes or by having a crisis in their life that interferes with normal learning.
According to cleveland.com, these numbers would give ECOT 53 percent “at-risk” students – just above the state requirements that a “majority” fits that profile.
If you still are not appalled by ECOT’s shenanigans, try this:
A 2013 state report lists charter schools with the “most significant dropout problems.’’ ECOT tops the list with 2,908 dropouts. The next school in line has 453 dropouts.
You can find the chart here on page 12.
Cincinnati Enquirer Dispatches 60 Journalists to Study Heroin Epidemic
The Cincinnati Enquirer dispatched a group of reporters for an up-close, week-long look at those affected by the heroin epidemic. This heart-wrenching piece shares the perspective of addicts and their families, as well as first-responders and others on the front lines of this fight.
Across the state, coroners are continuing to report that overdose deaths are on the rise. In Franklin County, overdose deaths are up 88 percent this year.
We hope all 2018 gubernatorial candidate put forward a real plan to deal with this crisis.
With Maternal and Infant Mortality Rising, Advocates Call for New Laws to Help Women
Carolyn Casper, President of Ohio NOW, authored a compelling piece that calls for passage of House Bill 234, the Clinic Protection Bill. State Reps. Stephanie Howse of Cleveland and Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown are sponsoring the measure which would make it a crime to impede access to a reproductive health care facility and make it a crime to harass or intimidate its employees.
The legislation comes as clinic violence is on the rise in Ohio and nationally.
Read the column here.
State’s High Court Could Close another Abortion Clinic; Zealots Seek Total Abortion Ban
Ohio’s highest court heard arguments on a case that could close Toledo’s last abortion clinic. At issue is whether a state-mandated transfer agreement between Capital Care and a nearby Michigan hospital is considered “local.” Lawmakers who want to outlaw abortion added the unnecessary requirement to state law but don’t require these agreements for centers to perform other types of surgeries.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy was present to hear the case, despite a ProgressOhio-led effort for her to recuse herself after speaking at a Greater Toledo Right-to-Life fundraiser earlier this year.
Meanwhile, some Republican lawmakers are planning to introduce clearly unconstitutional legislation to make providing abortion care an offense that could lead to aggravated murder charges.
Taxpayers already have spent millions to defend unconstitutional laws to limit voting, same-sex marriage and abortion rights. In the unlikely event this bill becomes law, the so-called fiscal conservatives would guarantee Ohio taxpayers would be handed another high legal bill.
Advocates Seek Investigation into Police Use of Force after Beating of Unarmed Black Man
Community activists are calling for an investigation after the violent arrest of Timothy Davis inside a Columbus convenience store. In the 8-minute confrontation, a cell phone video appears to show officers punching and kicking Davis while yelling profanities. At one point, Davis’ pants and boxers get pulled down as officers wrestle with him.
You can watch the video here.
Hold Onto Your Voting Rights, President Trump Wants to Take Them Away
Earlier this year, Trump created the “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.” The Commission’s main charge is to study the registration and voting processes used in federal elections and identify “vulnerabilities in voting systems” that could lead to voter fraud.
Vice President Mike Pence is the chair, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the vice chair. In addition to Kobach, Commission has several members with a history of using their offices to suppress votes (remember former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell?).
Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post’s Right Turn Blog describes the commission as fraudulent and calls for shutting it down. Our friends at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University have a site devoted to tracking the Commission’s activity.
Looking Ahead to 18
All Four Announced Democrats for Governor Outline Their Vision and Experience during Debate
All four Democratic gubernatorial candidates met for the first of what will be several debates held across the state. Each shared their ideas for Ohio, as well as their own personal accomplishments.
State Sen. Joe Schiavoni said, “I was the first one in 2011 to stand up and say, this is insane what we’re doing with charter schools.”
Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton said she “stood up to big drug companies for a lot of my life.”
Former State Rep. Connie Pillich said, “I’m the only candidate on this stage who has ever won a Republican seat, and I’ve done it three times.”
And Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said, “I’ve worked with every community in Dayton. And only because I’ve worked with every community in Dayton have we been able to accomplish so much.”
Earlier this week, Pillich released her plan to improve education and workforce development. The plan includes free college tuition for Ohio residents who stay in the state for 10 years after graduation as well as universal pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds. Read more at cleveland.com.
Ohio US Sen. Sherrod Brown Wins a Victory for Consumers
Read more here.
GOP Platform Spanks Porn, But Some GOP Office Holders Like It Anyway
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien deleted his twitter account after Ohio’s premier lefty blog, Plunderbund, reported that he apparently “likes” a lot of porn from his account.
This comes after the Republican National Committee’s platform declared internet pornography a public health crisis:
“The internet must not become a safe haven for predators. Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the lives of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children’s safety and well-being.’’
Ted Cruz-Ron O’Brien in 2020?