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Don't Miss Thursday's Party Meeting

This Thursday’s meeting will be among the most important of the year, and you won’t want to miss it.  We have two critical agenda items.  First, we will be presenting an overview of our Fall Field Campaign – the final stretch of our 2014 Victory Campaign to ensure we elect our statewide candidates AND our local candidates like Nancy Powell for Auditor and state House candidates like Lucinda Greene, Cathina Hourani, and Suzi Rubin.  The presentation will include our goals and activities from now through Election Day to register, persuade and turn out voters and motivate them to vote all the way down the ballot.

Second, we will be presenting for consideration a resolution in support of the striking county Children’s Services workers.  These men and women are the front lines, serving children and families in need.  They have worked under increasingly difficult working conditions, with budget cutbacks forcing them to do the work of four people, and with less and less compensation.  They are striking because they know that these conditions will lead to more children falling through the cracks of the system and it cannot continue.  I hope you will attend to hear more about this ongoing crisis for important public servants and cast your vote in favor of this resolution.  Learn more about this issue and sign their online petition in support of the striking workers.

When:  Thursday, August 21, 2014

Time:  7:00pm

Location:  Party Headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton

Women's Reception and Day of Action on September 7

Please join our women candidates at a reception to raise money for our Fall Get-Out-The-Vote Effort on Sunday, September 7.  The reception will be held at my home, 5929 Dickinson Trail, Liberty Twp., from 1:00 – 2:30pm.  Following the reception, all are welcome to participate in a Day of Action by either making phone calls or knocking on doors to talk to women voters about the important issues in this year’s election and introduce them to our fantastic slate of women candidates.  We also will have a post-card writing station set up for anyone who would like to send follow up post cards to the women voters we speak to.  We are asking for a minimum $35 contribution for the reception.  If you would like to help sponsor the event, we have a host level at $250, and a sponsor level at $100.  This fundraising effort will help us fund our sample ballot program to targeted absentee voters and base voters before Election Day.

Can You Help Fund Our 2014 Victory Campaign

We appreciate all of your continued support for Democrats, and know you are being bombarded by donor appeals.  But we have to ask:  We need to raise another $5,000 by September 15 to fund our Victory Campaign in the fall, including sample ballots.  Can you help us raise the money we need by sending a $25, $50, or $100 check today?  Please mail a check made payable to the Ohio Democratic Party Federal Account to our party treasurer, Glenn Rymer, at 6440 Fairfield Rd., Oxford, OH  45056.

Thank you again for all of your support!  Please see our complete calendar of events for other great events.


Jocelyn Bucaro

Chair, Butler County Democratic Party

Calendar of Events:

Saturday, August 23, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Nancy Powell for Auditor Hog Roast, featuring live Appalachian style music, dinner, quilt auction and door prizes. Minimum donation of $12.00 requested for adults; $5.00 for kids 12 and under. 5023 Wayne Milford Rd., Hamilton, OH. RSVP to 513-726-4323 or

Tuesday, September 2, at 5:30 – BCDP Governing Board meets at headquarters, 224-226 Park Avenue, Hamilton.  All are welcome.

Sunday, September 7 – Women’s Reception honoring our Democratic Women Candidates, Home of Jocelyn Bucaro, 5929 Dickinson Trail, Liberty Twp., OH  45011.  Host Level $250; Sponsor Level $100; Attendee $35. Includes light refreshments.  RSVP to

Tuesday, September 9, at 7:00pm – Butler County Progressive PAC Meet the Candidates Night, LCNB Bank Building, 30 Park Place West, Oxford. Come meet our local candidates, including Tom Poetter, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 8th District, as well as state House and countywide candidates.

Monday, September 15, at 6:30pm – Democratic Women of Southwest Ohio Meeting; St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, 6461 Tylersville Rd., West Chester.  Social at 6:30; Meeting at 7pm.

Thursday, September 18 – Regular Party Meeting, 7pm, at headquarters.  We are looking for volunteers to assist with Dinner before the Meeting.  If you can help provide an entrée, side dish, drinks, or dessert, please contact Kim Cornett at 513-896-5201.  Hope you can join us!

Saturday, September 20 – Trap Shoot, Middletown Sportsmen’s Club, 6943 Michael Rd., Middletown, OH  45042.  $35 per person includes 50 targets and lunch.  $10 for lunch only.  Trap House Sponsors are $500; Station sponsors are $250.  Sign or team sponsors are $50.  Call Joe Andrews for more information at 513-839-0365.

Sunday, September 28 – 2nd Annual Wine Tasting Reception featuring special guest Lt. Governor Candidate Sharen Neuhardt and invited guest State Treasurer Candidate Connie Pillich.  Home of Glenn and Judy Rymer, 6440 Fairfield Road, Oxford.  5:00 – 7:00pm.  Host Level $250; Sponsor Level $100; Attendee $35. Includes six tastings courtesy of Hanover Winery and light refreshments.  RSVP to

No Justice; No Peace - The Facts of the Michael Brown shooting

Shooting of Michael Brown

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shooting of Michael Brown
St. Louis County Missouri Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Ferguson Highlighted.svg
Location of Ferguson, Missouri, within St. Louis County and St. Louis County withinMissouri
Time 12:01–12:04 p.m.
Date Saturday, August 9, 2014
Location Ferguson, Missouri, U.S.
Coordinates 38.7383°N 90.2736°WCoordinates38.7383°N 90.2736°W
  • Darren Wilson (shooter)
  • Michael Brown (victim)
  • Dorian Johnson (accompanied Brown)
Deaths Michael Brown

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, United States, a suburb of St. Louis. Brown, an 18-year-old man, died after being shot at least six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28.[1][2][3] Brown was unarmed and had no criminal record.[4][5] According to Ferguson police, Brown was a suspect in a robbery committed minutes before the shooting, although the initial contact between Wilson and Brown was unrelated to the robbery.[6][7] The Ferguson police have changed their story of the shooting several times.[8][9] Wilson has served four years with the Ferguson Police Department and two years with another local police department.[10] He had no disciplinary history.[11]

The incident sparked unrest in Ferguson, largely due to questions of racism as a factor in the shooting, since Brown was African American, while Wilson is white.[12] Peaceful protests,[13] vandalism, and other forms of social unrest have continued[14] for more than a week, with night curfew being imposed and escalated violence.[15][16] Widespread media coverage examined the trend of local police departments arming themselves with "military-grade weapons" and responding in a military fashion when dealing with protesting civilians and journalists covering volatile current events.[17]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a civil rights investigation of the shooting.[18] U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement expressing condolences to Brown's family and committed the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an investigation.[19]

On August 16, after the police were criticized for "standing down" rather than acting to impede looters who inflicted substantial losses on several Ferguson businesses, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and implemented nightly curfews in Ferguson from midnight to 5:00 a.m.[20]



Parties involved

Michael Brown

Michael Brown
Died August 9, 2014
FergusonMissouri, U.S.
Cause of death
Gunshot wounds[21]
Ethnicity Black[22]

Michael Brown (d. August 9, 2014) was the son of Lesley McSpadden and Mike Brown, Sr.[23] Brown graduated from Normandy High School in St. Louis on August 1, 2014 after completing an alternative learning program.[24] The St. Louis Dispatch reported that, according to his teachers, he was "a student who loomed large and didn't cause trouble", and referred to him as a "gentle giant"[25][26] (he was 6'4" tall and weighed 292 lbs at the time of his death).[3]

Brown was to have started attending Vatterott College, a technical school, on August 11, two days after he was killed.[26][27]According to Benjamin Crump, the lawyer representing the Brown family, he wanted to become a heating and cooling engineer.[26] A friend of Brown said, that while everybody else wanted to be a basketball or football player, Brown wanted to own his own business.[25]

Brown was an amateur rapper, calling himself Big'Mike when posting online solo and duet tracks in the hard-driving trap hip hop style.[28]

Darren Wilson

Darren Wilson
Ethnicity White[22]
Occupation Police officer
Employer Ferguson Police Department

Darren Wilson lived in Crestwood, Missouri, a city of 11,000 people about 18 miles southwest of Ferguson. He was 28 years old at the time of the shooting.[29]

On August 16, Yahoo News published a photo of Darren Wilson from February, in which he was seen receiving a commendation for "extraordinary effort in the line of duty".[30][31] His name was released by Ferguson police one week after the shooting incident.[32]

Shooting incident

According to a Ferguson Police report of a robbery incident, on August 9 at 11:51 a.m., two African-American males identified by police as Michael Brown, 18, and Dorian Johnson, 22, were observed at a convenience store in a strong-arm robbery. There were conflicting reports by Ferguson police about the connection of the robbery to the shooting.[33]

At 12:01 p.m. on August 9,[3][16][34] Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson[35][36] drove up to Brown and Johnson in the 2900 block of Canfield Drive and ordered them to move off the street and onto the sidewalk. An altercation ensued and a shot was fired from within Wilson's police vehicle, and the two men began to flee.[37] Wilson left his vehicle and pursued them. At some point moments later, Wilson fired an unspecified number of shots, fatally wounding Brown. Brown died approximately 35 feet (11 m) from the police cruiser.[16] According to CNN correspondent Ana Cabrera, documents show that less than three minutes passed from the time that Wilson encountered Brown to the time of Brown's death.[38] A preliminary private autopsy performed at the request of Brown's family by Dr. Michael Baden concluded that Brown had been shot at least six times. Four of the bullets entered his right arm, one entered his right eye on a downward trajectory, and one entered the top of the skull.[3]

Ferguson Police Department release of information

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson announced the name of the officer involved in the shooting in a news conference the morning of Friday, August 15, nearly a week after the officer shot Brown on Saturday afternoon. Jackson prefaced the name announcement by describing a "strong-arm" robbery that had occurred a few minutes before the shooting at a nearby convenience store. A police report released to members of the media at the news conference described Brown as the suspect involved in the robbery.[32]

Hours later, Jackson held another news conference in which he said Wilson wasn't aware of the robbery when he stopped Brown.[39]

Jackson later told NBC News that while the officer who shot Brown initially stopped him for walking in the street and blocking traffic, "at some point" during the encounter the officer saw cigars in Brown’s hands and thought he might be a suspect in the robbery.[40]

Witness accounts

In addition to the account provided by Dorian Johnson, a number of individuals have come forward with eyewitness accounts or video footage of events after the shooting. Tiffany Mitchell arrived in the area to pick up co-worker Piaget Crenshaw, both of whom gave interviews to local and national news media.[37]

Dorian Johnson's account

According to Michael Brown's friend, Dorian Johnson, who was walking with Brown at the time, the police officer pulled up beside them and said, "Get the fuck on the sidewalk."[41][42][43][44][45] Johnson said the young men replied that they were "not but a minute away from [their] destination, and [they] would shortly be out of the street".[45] Johnson states that the officer drove forward without saying anything further, only to abruptly back up, positioning his vehicle crossways in their path, almost hitting the two men. Said Johnson, "We were so close, almost inches away, that when he tried to open his door aggressively, the door ricocheted both off me and Big Mike's body and closed back on the officer."

At that point, the officer, still in his car, grabbed Brown through the open window around the neck. Brown tried to pull away, but the officer continued to pull Brown toward him.

According to Johnson, Brown "did not reach for the officer's weapon at all", insisting that Brown was attempting to get free of the officer rather than attempting to attack him or take his weapon from him.[46][47][43][48][49]

At that point, according to Johnson, the officer drew his weapon, and "he said, 'I'll shoot you' or 'I'm going to shoot,'" and almost instantaneously fired his weapon, hitting Brown.

Following the initial gunshot, Johnson said that Brown was able to free himself, at which point the two fled for their lives. The officer exited the vehicle, after which he fired a second shot, striking Brown in the back according to Johnson. At that point, according to Johnson, Brown turned around with his hands in the air and said, "I don't have a gun. Stop shooting!" The officer then shot Brown several more times, killing him.[37][50] Johnson's attorney stated that officer Wilson did not attempt to resuscitate Brown, did not call for medical help, and “he didn’t call it in that someone had been shot.”[51]

The resulting autopsy from Dr. Michael M. Baden revealed that all bullets were fired into the front of Brown, which appears to contradict Johnson's account that Brown was shot in the back.[52]

Piaget Crenshaw's account

Piaget Crenshaw, a witness to the shooting, said that from her vantage point, it appeared that the police officer and Brown were arm wrestling before the officer initially shot Brown from within his vehicle. The officer then chased Brown for about 20 feet before shooting him again. Crenshaw stated, "I saw the police chase him...down the street and shoot him down."[53] She added that when Brown then raised his arms, the officer shot him two more times, killing him.[54]

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Mary Poppins for Minimum Wage

The Democratic Family for OHIO in 2014

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your support and effort on behalf of our Democratic family over the past few months—and especially for coming out to vote yesterday. I know that this fall is going to be a busy and important one for communities all across our state.

Democrats are continuing to fight for Ohio’s workers, minorities, women and middle-class families-will you contribute $5 to help us in this fight?


We all know this is going to be a tough election year, but I’m proud of each of the candidates on our Democratic statewide ticket: Ed Fitzgerald for Governor, David Pepper for Attorney General, Nina Turner for Secretary of State, Connie Pillich for Treasurer, John Carney for Auditor, John O'Donnell for State Supreme Court and Tom Letson for State Supreme Court.

Each of these candidates is working for you—will you contribute $5 to the Ohio Democratic Party to help elect them?

Again, I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done in support of progressive values in our state this year. Let’s continue to work together to ensure Democratic victories across Ohio this November.


Chris Redfern
Chair, Ohio Democratic Party

Paid for and authorized by the Ohio Democratic Party, not authorized by any federal candidate or campaign committee. Chris Redfern, Chairman, 340 East Fulton St, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The Affordable Healthcare Act


Obamacare Is Saving Thousands of Lives. And Americans Will Always Hate It.

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Dean Angstadt, a 57-year-old, self-employed logger, said that the Affordable Care Act saved his life. He was unemployed when a faulty aortic valve necessitated heart surgery. His plan kicked in, and he had the surgery just days later.

Kathy Bentzoni, a 58-year-old Pennsylvanian, is also thankful for Obamacare. Just after she got coverage, doctors discovered that she had a rare blood disorder. Without the law, she said, she would be "probably dead."   

Joshua Haymore, a 27-year-old Coloradan, could not get a specialist to see him for weeks last year while he was uninsured, and his ulcerative colitis worsened to the point that he nearly died, his mother told me. His family ended up paying up to $800 a month for drugs to keep the condition in check. Now that he has Medicaid, his prescriptions cost $3 and his health has improved significantly.

Those are just three of thousands of good-news stories coming from the insurance expansion in the Affordable Care Act. Across the country, the law is improving access to doctors, prompting low- and middle-income Americans to use more medical care, protecting families from financial distress and ultimately saving lives — as many as 24,000 a year, back-of-the-envelope math suggests.

Those are exactly the sort of life-saving and life-changing outcomes that Democrats have eagerly awaited since the law was signed nearly five years ago, outcomes that might brighten the public’s perception of the Affordable Care Act after years of unremitting Republic attacks.

Finally, President Obama has gotten to describe the law in personal and moral terms, rather than as a dry, numbers-and-bullet-points policy. “Those who have based their entire political agenda on repealing it have to explain to the country why Jeanne should go back to being uninsured. They should explain why Sean and his family should go back to paying thousands and thousands of dollars more. They’ve got to explain why Marla doesn’t deserve to feel like she’s got value,” he thundered this spring.

But there is scant evidence that Americans have started to take notice, or care. More than half of the country has an unfavorable view of Obamacare, a proportion that has been rising of late. The Democrats who passed the law are generally avoiding discussing it this election cycle: “We're not running on or from the Affordable Care Act," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told the website Vox. Republicans, for their part, continue to howl for its repeal and focus on its downsides, including its trillion-dollar price tag.

Is it just a matter of time? A year or five from now, might large numbers of Americans think of the Affordable Care Act as lifesaving, not just complicated or costly or intrusive? Might there eventually be an Obamacare dividend?

To all those questions, there is a good chance that the answer is no.

The Affordable Care Act is a law with huge costs and huge benefits — and its costs started to pile up years before its benefits did. President Obama signed the law on March 23, 2010. But to give the government and businesses time to prepare for the biggest expansion of the welfare state since the Great Society, its main coverage provisions did not kick in until January 1, 2014.

Over that time, the unpopular law never became popular. Its story was a story of government mandates and intrusion and ineptitude and costs. Republicans forced more than 50 House votes to repeal or kneecap the law. Court cases and business complaints piled up. The White House horrifically bungled the website that millions of families needed to use to get subsidized insurance.

Media coverage and personal conversations about the law skewed negative during that time, too. Of late, only about half of poll respondents said they have talked about Obamacare with friends and family — and people were four times more likely to say they heard bad things than good things. Individuals report seeing far more negative political advertisements about Obamacare than positive political advertisements, as backed up by independent studies of what is on the air.

On top of that, the Obama administration failed to explain the content of the law to Americans. Even now, with Obamacare nearly in full force, misconceptions abound. In a recent poll by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, about one in four respondents thought Obamacare was a government health plan. (It is not: About half of new enrollees have Medicaid and half have subsidized private plans.)

At the same time the major insurance expansion hit, making it easier for millions of families to make a doctor’s appointment, or pay for prescription medication, or get a necessary surgery, Americans were mostly feeling confused and negative about Obamacare.

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Odds Are Senate Will Go Republican

Nate Silver's new Senate forecast could terrify Democrats into action

Polling expert Nate Silver has come out with a new forecast: Republicans are currently favorites to take control of the Senate this fall. That prediction could open Democratic wallets.

By Staff writer / March 23, 2014

Nate Silver, the political prognosticator pilloried by Republicans for correctly predicting President Obama's convincing victory in 2012, has perhaps just given the GOP another reason to curse him.

He has predicted that Republicans are better than even odds to take back the Senate this November.

At first blush, that might seem like something for Republicans to celebrate. Control of the Senate is the Grand Prize up for grabs in this fall's midterm elections. Few doubt that Republicans will hold on to the House, and most also acknowledge that Republicans are likely to cut into the Democrats' 55-to-45 majority in the Senate. (There are actually only 53 Senate Democrats, but both Senate Independents side with the Democrats.)

The burning question is whether that Republicans will win enough seats to become the majority. And now Mr. Silver, the web's foremost political polling analyst and the very man who refused to give Mitt Romney much electoral love two years ago, has suggested on his FiveThirtyEight blog that "Republicans are now slight favorites to win at least six seats and capture the chamber."

Crack open the caviar, right? Cue the images of Mr. Obama's final two lonely years in the Oval Office, where filling out the presidential Final Four bracket will be the height of his executive action.

But here's the rub.

One of the great challenges facing Democrats this November is the threat of getting outspent, big time. That is why Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D) has taken every conceivable opportunity (and a couple fairly inconceivable ones) to attack the Koch brothers, the conservative political donors who even at this early stage of the election are spending millions on advertisements to unseat the most vulnerable Senate Democrats.

Fortunately for Senator Reid, no one opens Democratic pocketbooks like Nate Silver, it seems.

Democratic operatives have found that the most effective way to get a potential donor to open an e-mail is to put Silver's name in the subject line, according to a report by National Journal's Scott Bland. As in: "Nate Silver's terrifying math."

Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada, seen here on Capitol Hill in Washington, has been trying to turn voters against the Koch brothers, two obscure billionaires who are funding attacks on Senate Democrats and the president’s healthcare law. A new poll could help Democrats' counter-fundraising.

Charles Dharapak/AP

The last time Silver released a Senate forecast (July), he called Senate control a "toss-up." His new analysis, released Sunday, could be the forecast that launches a thousand Democratic e-mails. If the June forecast was "terrifying," the new one is nearing a Democratic Senatepocalypse.

"There's a lot of testing, particularly for subject lines, to see what has the best open rates," Taryn Rosenkranz, a Democratic digital fundraising consultant, told National Journal. "Using that name [Silver] over and over suggests it's successful, and people are opening and giving."

The Koch brothers' early spending is already forcing some Democrats to dip into funds they had hoped to hold in reserve. The Koch brothers' "super political action committee," Americans for Prosperity, has reportedly spent $3 million on ads attacking Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) of Louisiana on Obamacare. 

"Now, Landrieu is reserving $2.6 million in airtime between April and June, an apparent recognition that the cascade of opposition ads has forced her to consider spending big months before the November election," The Washington Post reported last week.

Perhaps the biggest problem facing Democrats this fall is getting their own voters to the polls. In midterm elections, when the political buzz is lower, many voters stay at home – and those voters often trend Democratic.

"During presidential elections, young people vote, women are more likely to vote, blacks, Hispanics more likely to vote," Obama said Thursday at a fundraiser in Miami for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "But in midterms, we get clobbered – either because we don't think it's important, or we've become so discouraged about what's happening in Washington that we think it's not worth our while."

Motivating those voters to think voting is worth their while this November will be Job No. 1 for the Democratic campaign operatives. And on Sunday, Silver might have given them a little more ammunition.

Why Would OHIO Make It More Difficult to Vote?

Ohio GOP resumes effort to make voting harder

Ohio GOP resumes effort to make voting harder

02/26/14 10:17PM

Rachel Maddow reports on a litany of measures enacted by Ohio Republicans to make voting harder and reduce voter turnout to their benefit. watch

Fellow Democrats --

Depending on your perspective, the year 2013 was either chock-full of positive milestones or one mired in bad news and defeat. Here’s our quick take on the good, the bad, and the Buckeyes.

The good:

  • Anounced for Governor last March and Ed has since visited ALL 88 Ohio counties, racking up 28,901 miles traveled;
  • Received the endorsements of the Ohio Democratic Party, Sherrod Brown, Marcia Fudge, Ted Strickland, Marcy Kaptur, Jennifer Brunner, SEIU, OSCEA, OEA, Ohio AFL-CIO, UFCW, Steelworkers, Teamsters, UAW, Chemical Workers, Ironworkers, Machinists, Transport Workers, Teachers, and thousands more Ohio voters;
  • Fought back against Republican voter suppression, winning victories in the courts and sending a message that tampering with an individual’s right to vote is an illegal unacceptable campaign strategy;
  • Defeated long-serving, anti-worker incumbents like Don Robart and Mike Bell (Google ‘em!);
  • Began to build a state-wide voter contact operation;
  • Neck and neck with Governor Kasich to become one of the hottest races in the country.

The bad:

  • Because of the Kasich Model, Ohio is one of the only states LOSING JOBS and currently ranks 46th in growth;
  • JobsOhio has been embroiled in scandal and allegations of deception and wasteful use of taxpayers’ dollars to benefit the rich;
  • Governor Kasich chose to limit access to food stamps for 130,000 people, making it harder for them to keep food on the table;
  • Kasich sat on his hands when 40,000 Ohioans lost access to long-term unemployment insurance.

The Buckeyes:

  • We had a great football season and couldn’t be prouder of our boys. How many days until the Scarlet and Grey game?

Tell us what you think: How will you remember the year 2013?

Looking forward to a great 2014,

Team FitzGerald, December 31,2013


We've got the momentum and need your help to keep it going. It's an easy but important gesture: Will you sign your name and say you endorse Ed FitzGerald for Governor?

We have a long road ahead, but with your help, we can clean up Ohio and create an economy that works for all of us.

Thanks again for all you do,


Campaign Manager
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Prof Tom Poetter Challenges Boehner for Congress

Tom Poetter for Congress

Back Home, Boehner Finds Something Unusual: A Challenger

No Corruption in State Government? Think Again...

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) is the largest charter school in the state of Ohio.  The online school is larger than the vast majority of Ohio’s traditional school districts and received over $88 million in state funding last school year.  This year that amount is expected to jump to over $92 million.

On the latest report cards released by the Ohio Department of Education, ECOT continues to rank below all of the 8 large urban schools that are often-criticized by legislators and in the media for their “sub-par” performance.

ECOT’s Performance Index Score of 68.1 earned them an F grade [...]

Full Story... 

Investigating JOBS OHIO

Like you, I've been following the JobsOhio controversy closely.

Governor Kasich and his cronies at JobsOhio have been padding their own pockets, using state economic development dollars to benefit companies to which have direct financial ties. It just stinks.

And when Ed FitzGerald and others called for an investigation, the Ohio Ethics Commission punted. And now we've got an idea why.

Just days ago, The Plain Dealer revealed that "three of the panel's five members, or their spouses, have contributed to Governor John Kasich's campaigns over the years." Can you believe that?

And not only is JobsOhio mired in controversy, it's also underperforming and failing to do its job.

Just last week yet another company that got millions in state tax dollars from JobsOhio announced a plan to move its corporate headquarters to Chicago.

If that's what Governor Kasich calls economic development, no wonder we're 47th in the nation in job growth.

Former FBI agent and current Cuyahoga Executive Ed FitzGerald, State Representative John Patrick Carney, and other Democrats have taken action to stand up for your tax dollars. But we need your help to keep fighting back.

Thank you for your support.                               

Sincerely, Chris Redfern, Chairman, Ohio Democratic Party




We are not going to have a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe versus Wade.  There will be no more Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this court.  We’re not going to repeal health reform.  Nobody is going to kill Medicare and make old people in this generation or any other generation fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance.  We are not going to do that!  We are not going to give a 20 percent tax cut to millionaires and billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kid’s insurance to cover the cost of that tax cut.  We’re not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control under the insurance plan that you’re on. We are not going to redefine rape.  We are not going to amend the United States constitution to stop gay people from getting married.  We are not going double Guantanamo.  We are not eliminating the Department of Energy or the Department of Education or Housing at the federal level.  We are not going to spend $2 trillion on the military that the military does not want.  We are not scaling back on student loans, because the country’s new plan is that you should borrow money from your parents.  We are not vetoing the DREAM Act.  We are not self-deporting.  We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt.  We are not starting a trade war withChina on Inauguration Day in January.  We are not going to have, as a president, a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared, gay kid, to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help - and there was no apology, not ever.  We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton.  We are not bringing Dick Cheney back.  We are not going to have a foreign policy shop stocked with architects of the Iraq War.  We are not going to do it.  We had the chance to do that if we wanted to do that, as a country.  And we said no, last night, LOUDLY.


                                                                                                                           Rachel Maddow, 11-7-12


The Bottom Line


Over 50 years ago President Kennedy prevented a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. 
Over 50 years ago he signed an order to withdraw our troops from Vietnam.
Today we are left to work for peace...

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

August 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech.
50 years later, voting rights are still under attack. 

Stand up for voting rights!

The King Center



This is still the BEST GRAPH EVER!  Can you figure out why?  
Can you imagine a Republican who understood this graph?
NO WAY!!  He would switch sides....


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