Author

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.

COMMENTARY

Abject sycophant Jim Jordan can’t lie his way out of Jan. 6 role

By: - January 18, 2022

Jim Jordan is a bad liar. The Ohio congressman can’t pull off deceit like the Dear Leader of the MAGA cult. The diminutive Jordan is wont to stammer, backtrack, draw a blank, deny, admit, or squirm like a trapped weasel. Not a good look for Ohio’s 4th U.S. Congressional District Republican who fancies himself a […]

COMMENTARY

Portman refusal to stand up for voting rights will be a dark stain on his legacy

By: - January 11, 2022

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” – Martin Luther King Jr. History could record U.S. Sen. Rob Portman as a pivotal player who stepped up when American democracy teetered […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio leaders have failed the public as state now stands as one of worst for COVID

By: - January 4, 2022

Paging Dr. Amy Acton. Help! We are rudderless and reeling. Our health care system is crashing. Hospitals are running out of beds. COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations are through the roof. Hospitalized children are outpacing adults. Especially in five states. Ohio is one. With only half the state fully vaccinated, the even more infectious virus […]

COMMENTARY

Take a moment for yourself this holiday season

By: - December 27, 2021

A moment. That’s all. I want a moment. To find Orion. In the ink black December night, the familiar constellation is oddly comforting to me. It’s always there on a frigid evening no matter what kind of day I’ve had or what existential threat on Planet Earth is sending my stress levels to the moon.  […]

COMMENTARY

Bullying ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ political minority has no right to tread on the rights of others

By: - December 21, 2021

Don’t tread on me. Leave my liberty, my choice, my freedom to do whatever I damn well please alone. But I can tread on you. No vax for me means I can infect you. Zero gun control for me makes you unsafe in a country where mass shootings are routine.  My belief about abortion cancels […]

COMMENTARY

Fed up with gerrymandering, Ohioans are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore

By: - December 7, 2021

It’s time to channel Howard Beale. The iconic TV newsman in the 1976 movie “Network” crystallized the anger and powerlessness sweeping many Ohio voters today after state Republicans made a mockery of the redistricting reforms we overwhelming passed in two statewide referendums. A frustrated, angry, collective yawp is building in the Buckeye State over the […]

COMMENTARY

Giving thanks for vaccines, investments in American people, and those fighting gerrymandering

By: - November 24, 2021

“Unfurrow your brow.” My mom’s frequent admonition to her easily impassioned daughter. I need a lot of reminding. I feel like I’ve been furrowing my forehead nonstop for almost two years straight. But on Turkey Day, I will take a moment, if not the whole day, to unknit that brow and give thanks for small […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio voters who care about democracy must challenge Statehouse autocracy

By: - November 9, 2021

“Once you accept that you have undemocratic statehouses attacking democracy every week and all you do is play defense on some of those attacks, you have literally set yourself up for guaranteed failure.” David Pepper, former chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, has an urgent message for every pro-democracy Ohioan: Go on the offense with […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio government panders to hard-right at expense of fair-minded majority

By: - October 21, 2021

State government has taken a hard right turn down a dangerous road in Ohio. It’s not where most Ohioans want to go, but that doesn’t matter. The legislature doesn’t answer to us. An extreme minority is calling the shots with GOP lawmakers. Same thing is happening in other states where Republicans, with an absolute lock […]

COMMENTARY

In reelection mode, DeWine panders to base, ignores will of most Ohioans

By: - October 4, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is in trouble. He’s in full reelection mode, and nothing is going as planned. He figured he’d coast to a second term on his brand image as a “moderate” Republican ably leading the state. But the curtain has dropped on that façade. Sure, DeWine may still fool some in the national […]

COMMENTARY

Gerrymandering is cheating: Don’t let them get away with it

By: - September 21, 2021

Missouri Republicans thought they could get away with it. “Democracy will cease to exist in Missouri,” declared one newspaper editorial, if state Republicans ignore the will of the people on Medicaid expansion. They tried. For over a year. GOP lawmakers turned their backs on a majority of Missouri voters who amended the Missouri Constitution to […]

COMMENTARY

Think Texas politics is extreme? Ohio right-wing radicalism has taken over the state

By: - September 14, 2021

Don’t kid yourself. Texas radicalism isn’t just coming to a state near you. It’s been in Ohio for a long while and getting worse. Understand that the abhorrent politics being practiced against Texans by the GOP is being mimicked by Republican copycats in Columbus. Hold that thought. Jaws dropped when Texas got away with enacting […]