Trump Calls Dems “Treasonous” While In Cincy Selling #TaxScam
While visiting Blue Ash, Ohio – a futile attempt to sell his tax scam in the midst of record-breaking plummets in the stock market – President Trump found time to call Democrats “treasonous” for having the audacity to remain sitting during parts of the State of the Union. While Dems sat for many parts of the speech, it was when they refused to legitimize Trump’s misleading boasts about the economy that ticked him off the most.
Considering that accusing those who disagree with you (or refuse to support your lies/delusions) is basically Fascism 101, ProgressOhio is left to wonder: how soon before showing off a RESIST or PERSIST sticker gets a person put in jail? Also, is Melania committing treason by refusing to be seen with her husband after it came to light her husband had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels?
In another sign of Trump becoming more and more fascist, the Washington Post reported the draft-dodger has ordered the U.S. military – no, not to hunt down terrorists or prepare for war with North Korea or end the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan – to spend millions of dollars on a parade. Because he saw one in France, and if there’s ever a military the U.S. should emulate, it’s the French…
And in another sign the Trump White House doesn’t care about women or the integrity of staff, it appears that senior officials knew about domestic violence allegations against Rob Porter for months before the allegations became public and he was forced to resign.
Government Shuts Down, Reopens While America Sleeps
Despite controlling all branches of government, Republicans still can’t manage to fund the government without at least a little bit of unnecessary drama. Last night (really early this morning), Congress was only able to pass a budget after Senator Rand Paul delayed the spending and budget bill, causing the government to shut down between midnight and roughly 5:30 a.m. The deal funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program for 10 years, sets aside $6 billion for opioid and mental health treatment, provides $80 billion for disaster relief funding, and puts $20 billion into infrastructure.
Faith, Community Leaders Demand Action On Poverty From GOP; Republicans Continue Push For Right-to-Work (For Less) Laws
Leaders from “The Poor People’s Campaign” delivered letters to state legislators in over 30 state capitals on Monday. Activists, including local clergy, gathered at the Ohio Statehouse to discuss a wide variety of issues affecting the poor, including: lead paint in low-cost apartments, systemic racism, and certain residential areas given low priority for city services. Campaign members delivered a letter to the offices of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Senate President Larry Obhof demanding the legislature embark on an anti-poverty agenda.
In one of the top tone-deaf moves of 2018 so far, some legislators in the Midwest (including Ohio), continue to push “Right-to-Work” laws designed to benefit the one percent at the expense of unions and the middle class. Though Ohioans overwhelmingly opposed anti-union legislation when they overturned Senate Bill 5, Becker & Riedel want to put their amendments on the 2020 ballot.
Ohioans One Giant Step Closer To Slaying The Gerrymander
In a rare show of bipartisanship in a dangerously polarized world, Democrat and Republican legislators, together with the Fair Districts = Fair Elections coalition (which includes ProgressOhio), have come to an agreement to slay the gerrymander. Though not perfect, the Plain-Dealer describes the deal perfectly when their Editorial Board says it “promises far fairer redistricting in Ohio and greatly limited latitude for political hanky-panky by either party.” The deal prohibits splitting large counties by more than three ways and requires significant input from the minority party.
As lawmakers, lobbyists, and the press have stated, this deal wouldn’t have happened without the incredible work of volunteers collecting petitions for the ballot measure. The incredible number of people and hours spent collecting signatures pressured a GOP that controls all branches of Ohio’s government to capitulate to the Fair Districts demands and compromise.
Chief Justice Dissents From Majority In Toledo Clinic Showdown
The Ohio Supreme Court upheld the state’s order to end surgical abortions at northwest Ohio’s last abortion clinic, according to The Toledo Blade.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor dissented, stating that she would have gone on to find that lawmakers acted unconstitutionally by putting these restrictions into the state budget. O’Connor also would have determined that the restriction placed an undue restriction on a woman’s right to an abortion.
Meanwhile in Columbus, campaign finance reports showed that the Republican Senate Campaign Committee failed to return a $50,000 check from former Sen. Cliff Hite after a female staffer reported Hite’s repeated sexual harassment of her, which led to Hite’s resignation. Hite’s donation came the same day the victim came forward and reported the harassment.
ProgressOhio called for donations from Hite to be given to charitable organizations that support women.
ECOT Scandal Could Shift Political Power In Ohio
For those who remember Tom Noe and Coin-gate, ECOT is shaping up to be a scandal with similar ramifications. The Columbus Dispatch has a summary of the elected officials and candidates who have received money from ECOT founder Bill Lager or one of his associates. With the massive fallout from ECOT’s closure, many argue it could be sufficient to turn the political tide in Ohio this election cycle.
While Ohio House GOP Rips Apart Its Own Caucus, Dems File In All House, Senate Seats
The fight for Speaker of the Ohio House is ramping up with allegations flying between former Speaker and now State Rep. Larry Householder and Rep. Ryan Smith. The GOP caucus appears divided as both camps are recruiting candidates to support their campaigns next year. While republicans are fighting amongst themselves, President Trump followed suit by dissing Governor Kasich earlier this week.
Both House and Senate Democratic Caucuses have filed candidates in every seat up for election this year, being helped by a field of candidates born of the resistance. One of those, Rachel Crooks, filed to run in Ohio’s 88th House District. Crooks accused Donald Trump of forcibly kissing her against her will.
The White House disputed Crooks’ claims, as they have of the numerous women who have alleged improper sexual conduct with Donald Trump before he was President.
Progressive Action Calendar Alerts
2/11: CAIR- Columbus Governor Candidate Forum
2/12: Abortionaccesstoledo Rally!
2/17: Muslim Ban/Refugee Ban, DACA: A Year Of Resistance
2/17: Femmes Speak Up! Public Speaking 101