Hannity & Trump Share The Same Crooked Lawyer: Michael Cohen
It seems like Donald Trump isn’t the only person Michael Cohen sees. After the FBI raided his office and home, Cohen was forced to reveal the name of his other clients, which included the propagandist Sean Hannity. As you probably don’t know because most of our readers don’t watch Hannity, Sean has spent hours defending Cohen without telling his viewers the media personality hired his lawyer. That’s like yelling at the ref for a bad call without telling the spectators your kid is playing.
Portman Won’t Protect Mueller
Portman is once again pulling his “duck and cover” routine, this time with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Never one to stand up for his convictions or the good of the country over party loyalty, Portman hid behind his lawyers when trying to explain away his blatantly opportunistic opposition to a bill banning Trump from firing Mueller. The best part? Portman really walks a tightrope when claiming that he would oppose firing Mueller, but there’s just not a gosh-darn thing he can do about it.
GOP Lawmakers, Some City Leaders Want Guns In City Halls
The Ohio GOP gun craze has gotten full-blown insane. Now, not only is it enough that people have the right to buy and carry around assault weapons without any meaningful background checks, but cities shouldn’t be able to even control who can carry guns into government buildings. And if localities try to regulate guns, then that locality can be sued by any gun owner AND the government would be on the hook for legal fees.
Just wait: soon, these lawmakers are going to make it illegal to ban guns from your own home.
Labor, Community Leaders Call Out Renacci on Tax Day
Local advocates and constituents held a protest this week in front of Jim Renacci’s office to educate the public about how the new tax law will impact Ohio families and services they depend on. The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became law after passing the House and Senate late last year despite widespread constituent opposition and record-low public approval ratings.
Advocates at the event released a new report from Americans for Tax Fairness and Health Care for America Now that shows the specific impact of the tax cut package for families in Ohio and compares that impact with tax benefits that health insurance companies and prescription drug manufacturers receive under the same law.
ECOT Appeals to Ohio Supreme Court. Yet Again.
ECOT is looking to overturn a State Board of Education order that the school repay $60 million in state funding in a dispute over the number of enrolled students.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the appeal filed Friday argues the state board violated the Open Meetings Act while making its decision.
ECOT suspended operations in January after state investigators concluded the school had about 60 percent fewer full-time students than the 15,322 it had previously claimed.
ECOT officials are arguing in a separate case that the education department illegally changed its rules for counting students.
DeWine Wastes More Taxpayer $ Defending Unconstitutional Laws
Three federal appeals court judges ruled Wednesday that Ohio lawmakers passed an unconstitutional law that sought to defund Planned Parenthood and keep the organization from receiving public money to pay for non-abortion-related health care programs for the poor. This is the next in a long line of cases where DeWine fell on the wrong side of history, wasting tax dollars on frivolous lawsuits.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the second court to strike down that the state’s 2016 law forbidding Ohio from contracting for health services with any entity that performs or promotes non-therapeutic abortions. Cincinnati federal Judge Michael Barrett blocked the law from being implemented in May 2016 and declared it unconstitutional later that year.
The panel included two judges appointed by Republican presidents and one Democratic appointee.
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Ohio Loses Billions From Restrictive Rules On Wind Farms
A group called the Wind Energy Foundation reports the state is missing out on as much as $4 billion in economic development because of what it calls roadblocks to new wind projects. A bill in the Senate would decrease the setbacks. Supporters of the current setbacks say it benefits landowners who don’t want turbines near their property.
Senate President Larry Obhof says he’d like to consider changing the setbacks as part of the bill to change the state’s renewable energy requirements into optional goals.
On another environment note, check out this video on the methane rule and submit comments opposing the waste of taxpayer-owned natural resources.
GM Lordstown Eliminates 2nd Shift; Sherrod Demands Answers
One of the largest employers in the Mahoning Valley has announced that it is eliminating about 1,500 Lordstown Assembly Complex positions in June.
“This decision will be devastating to the families and communities of the workers whose lives will be impacted, and it is particularly galling after your company received massive tax benefits from the recent enactment of the corporate tax cut bill,” wrote Brown, a Democrat of Cleveland.
“I urge you to reverse this decision and instead invest your tax windfall in the facility and workers in Lordstown.”
A total of 1,500 jobs will be cut because of the elimination, but the company announced a special attrition program that could mitigate the layoff number.
Kucinich Rakes in the Cash From Pro-Assad Group
Former Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich disclosed that he received $20,000 from a group sympathetic to Syria’s regime. Syrian President Bashar Assad, who Kucinich has met with, has been accused of using chemical weapons on his own people in the long-running Syrian Civil War.
In response to the political fallout over this disclosure, Kucinich issued a statement saying that “The purpose of the conference was to bring peace and reconciliation to Syria, not to support the current regime, according to his website.
After Rosenberger, Many Speculate Manning Next To Go
Former House SPeaker Cliff Rosenberger resigned amidst mounting pressure from his own party surrounding a number of scandals and a current FBI probe. While he initially planned to resign May 1st, he quickly backed up the date to make his resignation effective immediately. SInce lawmakers are paid their salary a pay period in advance, it looks like Rosenberger potentially owes the taxpayers some money.
Rosenberger isn’t the only one under fire for a questionable trip to London paid for by the payday lending industry; State Rep and candidate for State Senate Nathan Manning was also on the trip in question. Multiple sources have suggested that Manning resign as well.