Rocky Republican RoadMike DeWine spent the last week traveling the state to claim credit for Senator Sherrod Brown, Tim Ryan and Nan Whaley’s hard work to put Ohio back on the road to recovery. DeWine announced a boost to behavioral healthcare workforce funding on Friday following his grant announcement for law enforcement last Monday. The problem? DeWine opposed the legislation that made this critical funding possible. Now, because it’s an election year and he’s losing voters by the minute, he’s looking to gain support wherever he can find it – and using Democrats’ accomplishments to do it. DeWine should find some shame and stop campaigning on Ohio Democrats’ work to put our state back on the road to recovery. ... See MoreSee Less
In a May 19th letter, Ed Singer makes the case that Biden and Democrats in Congress are acting for working families and those in their care. Despite mention of “blame” in only 2 of 11 paragraphs, the C-N Editor titled the LTE “Blaming Provides Nothing of Substance.” As you read, remember Democrats’ focus must be to shed light on good governance and not be mired in Republican lies and obfuscations. Ed writes, "Stickers from the Blame Game (it’s all the other guy’s fault) are pasted on gas pumps, spread across the internet, spewed from talking heads on TV and radio and repeated on this page. President Biden appears to be the cause of all that’s wrong in our country: inflation, the energy crisis, Putin’s war on Ukraine, crime, and COVID. The Blame Game is easy. Facts make people uncomfortable. Here are a few:The president’s budget clearly demonstrates his legislative priorities for 2022. Notably, Biden’s budget calls for a new minimum tax on anyone making above $100 million and a corporate tax rate hike from 21% to 28%. Without raising taxes on the middle class, and by closing loopholes on the wealthy this budget plan would reduce the deficit by $1 trillion over the next 10 years. Already, in Biden’s first year, the federal deficit has fallen by $300 million.A minimum tax on billionaires is the right thing to do, pure and simple. Moreover, having belts tightened on a class with ample room for belt-tightening cools inflation. Selectively imposed higher taxes would likely decrease the runaway spending of the rich (spaceship in every garage?), tamping down inflation that burdens us all.Biden’s proposed budget signals support for legislation to lower costs on prescription drugs, childcare and healthcare premiums. These measures can help low- and middle-income Americans through the volatile economic recovery cycle.In response to last month’s spike in gas prices, triggered by Russia’s war in Ukraine, Biden recently waived the 10% ethanol blend in gasoline. Allowing for higher ethanol content dampens demand for gasoline, holds down prices and boosts corn markets for Midwest farmers.Ultimately, the policy fight for middle America is about the fact that working families are finding representation — and not abandonment — in our nation’s democracy.Contrast this with the GOP’s 11-point plan from the nation’s richest senator, Florida Sen. Rick Scott. This plan calls for the elimination of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act.It is easier to play the blame game and call for the cancellation of effective government programs than to do the hard work of policy and legislation. Democracy is hard work. Blaming and lying are easy, but offer nothing of substance and no plans to secure our nation’s future.The road to autocracy is lined with easy slogans that will eliminate our way of life. Democracy demands vigilance. ... See MoreSee Less
The next meeting of the DCDP will be on Monday, May 16 at the UAW Hall. The candidate development committee will meet at 5 pm. The Steering Committee will meet at 6:15 pm. The Executive Committee will meet at 7:00 pm. Proof of vaccination is required (we have a record if you have shown this at previous meetings). Masks are required.On the agenda: Seven County Picnic updates, Campaign headquarters in town, Fair Gate scheduling, updates on liability insurance.Guest: Kyle Buda, Kaptur campaign "Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." Ruth Bader Ginsburg ... See MoreSee Less
“The #SCOTUS opinion is not just about Roe. Your right to birth control is next. Your right to marry whomever you love is next. All of your rights to make your own decisions about how and when to ra...