Marilou Johanek

Marilou Johanek

Marilou Johanek is a veteran Ohio print and broadcast journalist who has covered state and national politics as a longtime newspaper editorial writer and columnist.


Republican big wigs right to chagrin over Ohio’s radical, conspiracy theorist candidates

By: - September 27, 2022

In a rare moment of candor, U.S. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell downplayed expectations of Republicans capturing control of the Senate in the 2022 midterms. “Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome,” he drawled. Ohio will surely test his theory on Nov. 8 with its spate of low-bar candidates stumbling to the […]


An empowered electorate will face choices in 2022 election, candidates face reckoning

By: - September 20, 2022

After the 2016 election, shellshocked women braced for the worst. A crude misogynist – and direct threat to reproductive, civil and human rights–was poised to make the next four years a living hell. The day after he was inaugurated president, more than four million women (and men) hit the streets in massive marches to decry […]


Trump betrayed America and the Constitution. He shouldn’t be welcomed to Ohio as some kind of hero

By: - September 13, 2022

An ex-president, who should be wearing an orange jumpsuit to match his spray-painted visage, will do Ohio the dishonor of swooping into our great state Saturday. In a bygone era of normal, the twice-impeached disaster, under multiple criminal investigations, who tried to topple his own government — and pilfered highly classified documents at grave risk […]


J.D. Vance can’t hide his radical, extremist agenda with Hallmark-style ads

By: - August 16, 2022

The average snake sheds its skin three to six times a year. The average politician sheds skin throughout the year — as soon as old layers become liabilities. J.D. Vance is in a class all his own. The Republican nominee angling to replace Rob Portman as U.S. Senator sports new epidermis so often snakeskin sightings […]


Republican leaders tax Ohioans with costly second primary for rigged Statehouse districts

By: - August 9, 2022

To market members of the Grand Old Party as money-saving, by-the-book, principled conservatives must be a Herculean task in Ohio. Especially after state Republican officials blew a giant hole in their party brand with an election held for no good reason last Tuesday. Their part deux primary — that nobody knew about — destroyed any […]


Women will not go quietly into a repressive post-Roe world

By: - August 2, 2022

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, goes the famously true idiom. Ohio candidates running for office on an anti-women agenda in 2022 would be well to remember the phrase. Women will not go quietly into a repressive post-Roe world. Campaigners who think they can hide from their rhetoric or records and avoid the […]


Anti-abortion extremist who helped impose gerrymandered maps rewarded by Ohio Gov. DeWine

By: - July 26, 2022

Anti-abortion leader Mike Gonidakis has made quite a name for himself in Ohio Republican circles. The Ohio Right to Life president has strengthened the GOP’s gerrymandered hold on state politics. In return, the party has given Gonidakis enormous power over state abortion policy and state physicians who run afoul of draconian statutes regulating health care […]


Extremist Ohio legislators created the law forcing child rape victims to give birth

By: - July 19, 2022

Lawmaking in Ohio has become a national and international embarrassment. A model of far-right extremism that draws gasps of incredulity. The severe ramifications of Ohio’s abortion ban on a pregnant child in the state, a victim of rape, generated worldwide disbelief and disgust. But the state legislature, whose so-called “heartbeat” bill would have forced a […]


Voters are angry over having their freedoms ripped away, and they want fighters standing up for them

By: - July 12, 2022

Cautious responses to a raging fire signal timidity not tenacity. Incremental baby steps to battle flames engulfing a house let it burn out of control. Leading the charge to the rescue with a flat, passionless recitation of purpose galvanizes no one. California Gov. Gavin Newsom gets it. “Where the hell’s my party?” asked the vexed […]


Women merit no mention by misogynist, extremist politicians ripping away their bodily autonomy

By: - July 5, 2022

Reducing women to compulsory breeders, under penalty of law, by eviscerating landmark abortion rights never came up in Republican talking points after Roe v. Wade was overturned.  Women didn’t even rate an asterisk in the party script copied and pasted in GOP statements that portrayed the U.S. Supreme Court’s radical nullification of reproductive freedoms as […]


Ohioan advocating for veterans suffering from toxic military exposure on cusp of victory in Congress

By: - June 28, 2022

The little engine that could lives in northeast Ohio. It chugs away in the form of a 65-year-old retired UAW worker who, after multiple setbacks, finally surmounted Capitol Hill. It was an improbable legislative odyssey for Susan Weber Zeier of Sandusky, who confided the whole experience was almost surreal.  On the cusp of long-awaited victory […]


Trump and his mob tried to overthrow American democracy and threaten to try again

By: - June 21, 2022

Picture a split screen on your TV. On one side a parade of prominent Republican officials in the Trump administration, in the Trump family, in the Trump Justice Department, in the Trump 2020 reelection campaign are spilling the beans about Jan. 6. Finally, Americans are hearing the truth about Trump’s Big Lie from his own […]