What It Takes to Stop Trump’s Tweets: A Subpoena for his Financial Records
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, possibly signaling that the investigation into Russian election interference could expand to include President Donald Trump’s finances. ABC News previously reported that Deutsche Bank lent the Trump Organization more than $300 million for real estate transactions before Trump became president.
Coincidentally, President Trump has gone practically silent on Twitter. Over a 48 hour span this week, Trump tweeted only four times and retweeted only once. Comparatively, Trump sent 10 tweets and retweeted four other tweets in the previous two days.
Not only has the volume dropped, but so has the content, making us wonder: Have we found out how to silence President Trump?
While the President has been silent on the subject, a Trump lawyer has responded with a denial, “No subpoena has been issued or received.”
How Does ECOT Screw the Taxpayers? Let Me Count the Ways
The Columbus Dispatch compiled several examples of how the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) used creative counting in reporting student learning time. In one example, a student was reported as participating in more than 9,000 hours of learning, which would be impossible considering there are only 8,760 hours in a year.
In another example, one student was supposedly logged on to his computer for 300 consecutive hours and another was logged on from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Eve.
This again raised questions about whether ECOT’s computer-tracking system counts student participation anytime a computer was left on, regardless of how long, and certainly further solidifies that ECOT isn’t tracking actual learning or time in the “classroom.”
Yet for the second year in a row, ECOT is fighting an order to repay millions in state aid for unverified student enrollment.
Janet Folger Porter, ‘Christian’ Crusader, Lands Gig Defending Accused Child Molester
You may have heard of Janet Folger Porter from her work on behalf of right-wing zealots in Ohio trying to pass un-Constitutional anti-choice legislation. Well, she’s gone national! Ohio’s very own Janet Porter is now representing accused child molester Roy Moore in Alabama. Porter claims to be supporting Moore, in part, because of his Christian values. Check out this CNN interview for some of Porter’s most outrageous statements.
In other news, US Sen. Sherrod Brown joined other Democrats in suggesting that US Sen. Al Franken resign after another accusation of inappropriate behavior surfaced this week. In a conference call with reporters, Brown said he was “grateful to the victims (of sexual harassment) who have had the bravery to come forward,” according to the Dayton Daily News.
Franken heeded the suggestions and announced his resignation Thursday, noting:
“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of the sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party.”
The thousands of shared stories among women from all walks of life led to Time Magazine naming “The Silence Breakers” of the #MeToo movement as its “Person of the Year.”
According to The Washington Post, Time’s editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal explained the selection this way, “The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover … along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s.”
SwampCare Popular With Lobbyists and Portman, Hated by Most Voters
A new report from Public Citizen shows that 6,243 lobbyists have been listed on lobbying disclosure forms as working on issues involving the word “tax” in 2017. This means that 57 percent of all the lobbyists registered this year worked on taxation. This is equivalent to more than 11 lobbyists for every member of Congress and may be in part because the tax plan itself is so wildly unpopular amongst voters. Read more here.
This Year’s Progressive Hero Award Goes to The Resistance; ACLU, Regional Resisters to be Honored
ProgressOhio announced that the Progressive Hero Award is going to The Resistance. Ben Guess, the Executive Director of the Ohio ACLU, an organization that has fought, and continues to fight President Trump’s unconstitutional policies and – here in Ohio – is challenging Secretary of State Jon Husted’s wholesale effort to deny infrequent voters their right to cast ballots, will be honored. Fellow honorees from across the state:
Nicole Rocco, Fairfield County Indivisible
Lili Sandler, Lorain County Rising
Jennifer Nimer, CAIR-Columbus
Mathias Detamore, Our Revolution, Dayton
Stephanie Barnard, Indivisible Cincinnati
Janet Ritter, Fulton County Indivisible Alliance
Jaladah Aslam, Mahoning Valley Activist
Indivisible Cleveland (Suzy Scullin, Ethan Goodman, Jay Ketchavar)
Tammy Alsadda, People’s Justice Project
Indivisible 12 (Sara Sampson, Mia Lewis, John Gatiss)
Fear & Loathing Ensues After Ohio Hired Convicted Drug Dealer to Grade Weed-Growers
One of the three individuals paid to evaluate licenses to grow medical marijuana has some personal experience with drugs. CannAscend Ohio, one of the applicants denied a Level 1 cultivators’ license, conducted background checks on the reviewers and found that Trever Bozeman pled guilty in 2005 to possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance in Pennsylvania.
This led CannAscend to question the state’s review and selection process. The company has announced that it intends to appeal the licensure process. Read more at cincinnati.com.
Congressmen Turner and Joyce Urged to Vote NO on #GOPTaxScam Heading Their Way
A group of nearly 50 constituents, including physicians, veterans and students, rallied this week outside of Congressman Mike Turner’s office in Dayton encouraging him to vote NO on the Senate Tax plan.
Dr. Matthew Noordsij-Jones, who believes the tax plan will be dangerous for the country’s middle and low-income families, told WDTN that “A lot of what this bill does is it puts together tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations adding a large amount to the deficit.”
In Painesville, faith leaders as well as nurses and students delivered a similar message to US Rep. David Joyce. According to the News-Herald, Amy Hanauer, Executive Director of Policy Matters Ohio, told Congressman Joyce:
“We know that you are often thoughtful about doing the right thing and thinking about how things affect your constituents and we think you’re being deceived about what the effects of this bill will be, so we just want to kind of clarify for you what we’ve learned… It’s not something that is going to help the majority of Ohio’s working families.”
Cleveland Judge to Oversee Dozens of Opioid-Related Lawsuits
Several states and municipalities have filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers on the heels of the current epidemic. This week, these cases were consolidated in an Ohio court after a ruling issued by a group of federal judges.
According to WOSU, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled that 64 lawsuits filed against opioid manufacturers in nine federal district courts will have their pretrial motions overseen by Judge Dan Polster in the Northern District of Ohio.
Informal term used for a Republican-backed tax plan that hurts seniors, students, colleges and universities, middle-class taxpayers, homeowners and small businesses but helps the Koch Brothers and other millionaires.