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.
Health orgs donating to lawmakers who oppose public health measures can’t have it both ways
By: Marilou Johanek - March 8, 2021
You can’t have it both ways. You can’t be a science-driven, public health advocate and support clear threats to best safety practices during a monumental public health crisis. You can’t be for saving lives during a viral pandemic with prudent safeguards and for politicians out to weaken or scrap them altogether. You can’t vigorously oppose […]
It’s the extremist regressive politics, not a lack of PR, that makes people not want to move to Ohio
By: Marilou Johanek - February 10, 2021
Ohio could be a helluva bargain for out-of-staters looking to relocate. Plenty of sweet move-in offers they can’t refuse. Cost of living, for one. Quaint Midwestern farm towns, for another. Urban centers that boast world class cultural attractions, if not winning sports teams. Good places to raise a family. Premier medical institutions and universities. Treasured […]
Portman’s Trump apologetics tarnished his legacy. Will he do the right thing now on impeachment?
By: Marilou Johanek - January 29, 2021
Any respect that scores of Ohioans had for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is long gone. It disappeared the day the Cincinnati Republican hopped aboard the Trump train and never looked back. He may have held his nose, but he was all in. We thought Portman would be different. We thought a Midwest sense of honor […]
Republican politicians betrayed our country for Donald Trump
By: Marilou Johanek - January 14, 2021
Before all hell broke out at the U.S. Capitol, I wondered if we the people could still summon outrage about anything. Surely, we had exhausted what was left of our fury quota last year. The human psyche can only sustain so much abuse, right? Safe to say we’re there. After being mercilessly pummeled with an […]