Trump’s Nuclear War Tweet That Was Heard around the World
This tweet happened. Enough said.
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
Days after, an explosive new book about Trump made the tweet look tame.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been railing against Michael Wolff’s explosive new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” calling it “sad,” “pathetic” and full of mistakes.
After Trump threatened action to ban the book’s publication, the publisher stepped up efforts to bring it to bookstores sooner.
Kasich Signs 20th Anti-Abortion Law and Hurts His Chances for 2020
“Over the last year, Governor John Kasich has worked hard to maintain his title of “moderate,” becoming a talking head on cable news, writing his book on just how divided he thinks America has become, and even toying with the idea of a 2020 presidential run with a Democrat. However, as 2017 closes, Kasich has revealed his true conservative colors by again signing a bill infringing on women’s reproductive health,’’ reports our pals at Plunderbund. The article lists the 20 abortion restrictions Kasich has signed off on.
Don’t miss it. The piece links to a mock Facebook page about Kasich called Dr. John Kasich, gynotician. He runs the aptly name Manned Parenthood.
Boozy Ice Cream and Discounted Liquor among New Year’s Offerings in Ohio
A 2017 legislative recap from the Dayton Daily News poses the following question:
What’s better than ice cream? Answer: Ice cream with alcohol in it. The new state budget will allow liquor permit holders to make and sell ice cream that is up to 6 percent alcohol by volume.
Liquor lovers got another win: Grab your wallet and head to the liquor store to save on cheap vodka and expensive scotch because retailers across Ohio will offer closeout prices on nearly 700 products. This amounts to 25-to-40 percent off the regular retail price.
Officials at the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control have dubbed the discounts the “Last Call” campaign.
Ohio Supreme Court to Hear ECOT Funding Case
The Ohio Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in February over the Ohio Department of Education’s efforts to recoup more than $60 million in funding to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT).
The case centers on Ohio’s largest online charter school and the student log-in records ECOT uses to tally attendance and enrollment at e-schools. A 2016 audit found that nine schools, including ECOT, had over reported their full-time enrollment, according to Education Week.
ECOT brought a lawsuit against the state, arguing that the Ohio Department of Education had retroactively applied new attendance tracking standards. ECOT claims that continuing to withhold funds from the school will force its closure.
As of October, the education department had withheld more than $10 million in monthly payments to the school.
As CDC Shows Ohio Ranks 2nd in Drug Overdose Deaths, Brown and Portman Search for Solutions
Congress recently passed Sen. Sherrod Brown’s INTERDICT Act, which provides funding to buy equipment to detect fentanyl, carfentanil, heroin, and opioids at entry points into the United States. Sen. Brown highlighted that the opioid crisis merits bipartisan solutions to help Ohio. While Brown’s bill would work in tandem with Sen. Portman’s STOP Act, which requires closer scrutiny of packages arriving from overseas through the U.S. Postal Service, the STOP Act, supported by Brown, is still awaiting a vote. Read more at the toledoblade.com.
Ohio College Students Face Dual Threat of High Tuition and Predatory Lenders
According to a recent report from Policy Matters Ohio, tuition at Ohio colleges is higher than in most other states and shows that abusive lending practices are often used to gets students to repay their loans.
Another Reason to Dislike Jeff Sessions: Feds to Prosecute Weed Growers Even in States Where It’s Legal
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama administration policy that paved the way for states to legalize marijuana, so long as officials acted to keep it from migrating to places where it remained outlawed and out of the hands of criminal gangs and children. As more states legalize weed, the marijuana business has become a multimillion-dollar industry that helps fund schools, educational programs and law enforcement.
Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and California’s sales alone are projected to bring in $1 billion annually in tax revenue within several years, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
Apparently Sessions has unrelated problems within his own party. Republican U.S. Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan called on Sessions to resign in an op-ed published by the Washington Examiner, citing leaks coming out of the FBI they said Sessions appeared unable to “control.”
Schiavoni Picks His No. 2, Candidates for Gov Weigh in On Issues of the Day
State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Joe Schiavoni was the first Democratic candidate to announce his running mate. Schiavoni picked Stephanie Dodd of Licking County who is a member of the State Board of Education. Dodd represents the 9th District east of Columbus, including Appalachian counties.
In other news, Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor’s responses to the Columbus Dispatch gubernatorial candidate questionnaire were shared this week. On the list of issues Taylor supports: Allowing Ohio teachers and officials to carry guns in K-12 schools, outlawing abortion under all circumstances and repealing Medicaid Expansion. She also doesn’t support same-sex marriage, even though the U.S. Supreme Court already ruled it the law of the land. Left unanswered: would Taylor support more taxpayer-funded lawsuits that result from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s passion for challenging unconstitutional Ohio laws?
DeWine also is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for Ohio governor.