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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.

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With support of Putin’s attack on Ukraine, Trump turns betrayal of America into an artform

By: - March 1, 2022

This should be the final straw. A former American president genuflecting to a ruthless dictator invading a democratic ally of the United States. Can you imagine any other U.S. president publicly admiring a violent, unprovoked assault on a sovereign nation of democracy-defending citizens? Hell no. Yet, even as Russian President Vladimir Putin rained carnage on […]

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Real education issues ignored by lawmakers inventing culture war to stoke parents, undermine schools

By: - February 22, 2022

I’m all for transparency. Who isn’t? People with something to hide, right? That’s what the book-banning, history-sanitizing, fear-fanning culture warriors hope you’ll think with their latest diversion into so-called “curriculum transparency.” Hardliners, who jumped on the Fox News bandwagon to weaponize critical race theory as a threat to white people, are now queuing up to […]

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Gerrymandering leads to extreme laws most Ohioans don’t want

By: - February 15, 2022

Fault for the gerrymandered mess in Ohio lays directly at the feet of Statehouse Republicans who are watching their unconstitutional handiwork play out exactly as planned. The same folks who brought Ohio national notoriety in 2011 for drawing state district maps distorted in the extreme to lock in GOP control, had no intention of playing […]

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Republican candidates keep lying about 2020 Election even as proof of legitimacy keeps stacking up

By: - February 8, 2022

First, the good news. Out of nearly 6 million votes cast in Ohio for the 2020 presidential election, just 27 have been referred to local and state investigators for potential voter fraud. Wow. A routine review of an election with the highest turnout ever — conducted during a pandemic that posed “the most challenging set […]

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DeWine can’t run from energy bailout bribery scandal as dirty laundry keeps piling up

By: - February 1, 2022

Follow the money. Its corrupting influence runs through all the great scandals piling up in Ohio under Republican rule. From the biggest online charter school rip-off of tax dollars to the largest public corruption indictment in state history, money has paved the way to epic wrongdoing under GOP management. Find out who in Columbus is […]

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Forget Washington, the real shows to watch in 2022 are the elections here in Ohio

By: - January 25, 2022

Grab your popcorn. The show could be good. It’s getting to the point where, like a compelling Netflix series, you might have to stick around to see how it ends. Can’t say the same about the stale story line in Washington that we follow as a form of self-torture. No, the real drama worth pulling […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]