Commentary

Real pay data show Trump’s ‘blue collar boom’ is more of a bust for US workers, in 3 charts

BY: - February 11, 2020

If you thought workers’ hourly pay was finally rising, think again. At first glance, the latest data – which came out on Feb. 7 – look pretty good. They show nominal hourly earnings rose 3.1% in January from a year earlier. But the operative word here is nominal, which means not adjusted for changes in […]

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Ohio is flat, rural, red and boring. Except that it’s not.

BY: - February 10, 2020

Ohio is flatland corn country. It’s rural and red and full of white people who drink mass-produced American lager and like football. Oh, and it’s boring, painfully boring. It’s not that these statements are entirely inaccurate, but the massive generalizations they represent are wildly off base.  In reality, while Ohio boasts plenty of flat corn […]

1-in-3 working Ohio women would benefit from raising the minimum wage. So would 1-in-5 men.

BY: - February 7, 2020

Everyone who works for a living should earn enough to cover the basics and keep their family stable and healthy, no matter what job they do. But Ohio’s minimum wage falls $3,600 short of the poverty level for a family of three and is worth 28% less than the minimum wage of our grandparents’ generation.  […]

4 myths the Trump team promoted about Andrew Johnson

BY: - February 6, 2020

The claims: Andrew Johnson then, like Donald Trump now, was unjustly impeached by a group of radicals in the House of Representatives. Fortunately – so the claim continues – enough honest and brave men withstood forces in their own party and voted against convicting Johnson in the Senate. Among those was Sen. Edmund Ross of […]

DeRolph case attorney: Stop killing public schools

BY: - February 5, 2020

Our forefathers had a couple of good ideas that have, sadly, fallen by the wayside lately. One of the most important of those was that church and state should be separated. It was so important that it was included in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Many of our nation’s founders had come from countries where religious persecution […]

It’s long past time to pass the Ohio Fairness Act

BY: - February 4, 2020

Every General Assembly for many years now, the Ohio Fairness Act is introduced, and every General Assembly it fails to become law. The Ohio Fairness Act would make sexual orientation and gender identity or expression part of the civil rights law’s “covered characteristics” for which discrimination is prohibited. Under current law, covered characteristics include “race, […]

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New federal Medicaid waiver is not healthy for Ohio

BY: - February 3, 2020

Last Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the deceptively named Healthy Adult Opportunity waiver to allow states to receive Medicaid funding as either an annual aggregate cap (block grant) or per capita cap program instead of continuing to pay states the federal share of Medicaid expenses.  The waiver applies to parts […]

Sen. Portman, stand up for our Constitution. It matters.

BY: - January 31, 2020

Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman voted 11 times on Jan. 21 and 22 to block witnesses and evidence in the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump. In doing so, he demonstrated a shocking disregard for the future of our system of constitutional government. On Jan. 29, he expressed concern that calling witnesses would prevent the […]

A brief history of impeachment in America

BY: - January 30, 2020

Three American presidents have been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives through our history; all have been acquitted by the U.S. Senate. They are Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and (likely to be acquitted) Donald Trump. A fourth, Richard M. Nixon, faced articles of impeachment, but resigned from office after they were approved by committee […]

Air National Guardsman: Don’t leave military families out of paid leave conversation

BY: - January 29, 2020

As a veteran and current member of the Air National Guard, my unit and I can be activated to respond to natural, man-made, or terrorist initiated Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear high-yield Explosive (CBRNE) disasters and additional hazards in as little as six hours within our state or across the country.  However, if I were to […]

Paid family and medical leave would help families, boost economy

BY: - January 28, 2020

Family is the backbone of our country. It’s important for people to be able to care for their family when it matters most — at birth, when a personal medical crisis strikes, or when a family member is facing a long term illness and requires care. Paid family and medical leave is an investment in […]

Celebrating the suffrage centennial: Three Ohio women you should know

BY: - January 23, 2020

The 19th Amendment was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, and all women across the United States won the right to vote. Over the last year, I’ve had the great privilege to work with a lot of individuals and organizations on planning for the suffrage centennial. Through this work I’ve been encouraging partners around the state […]