by Natalie Krebs
67 hours ago
Posted In: News
at 09:40 AM | Permalink
Off-duty CPD officer fatally shoots robbery suspect; Cranley wants to restore human services funding; medical marijuana bill heads to Kasich's desk
Good morning, Cincy! A lot is happening around the city so let's get straight to the headlines. • An off-duty Cincinnati police officer fatally shot a man suspected of robbing a Madisonville bank yesterday afternoon. CPD Chief Eliot Isaac confirmed that the still-unnamed CPD officer fired two shots at 20-year-old Terry Frost in the Fifth Third bank off Madison Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. Frost reportedly claimed to have a gun during the robbery, then, after being shot, stumbled off into the woods behind the bank where he was found dead by CPD officers. Police still haven't said whether Frost had a gun or any other weapon. CPD is planning on holding a press conference this morning to reveal the name of the officer. This is the third fatal shooting by a CPD officer this year. • Mayor John Cranley says he is not OK with the cuts to human services funding in City Manager Harry Black's proposed budget released last week. Cranley told The Enquirer he wants to bring back 82 percent of the $413,500 Black has proposed cutting, amounting to an 8.5 percent decrease. Under Cranley's proposal,
human services funding would account for 1.9 percent of the budget. Black's
budget dedicates $4 million to five different agencies with the majority of funds going to nonprofit United Way. • Mayor Cranley appears to be a busy man at
the moment. The mayor will also hold a press conference with Vice Mayor
David Mann this morning at 10:30 a.m. in Over-The-Rhine to unveil the details of a $135 million initiative to upgrade and add low-income housing to the neighborhood. The effort reportedly will be led by 3CDC and Walnut Hills nonprofit The Model Group. • The city is taking Mahogany's
owner Liz Rogers to court. Rogers received a $300,000 loan from the city in
2012 to open the soul food restaurant, which went under in September 2014. Taxpayers have forgiven Rogers for two-thirds of the loan, but she is refusing to
repay the $96,928 she still owes the city. Rogers missed her $800 loan
payments in March and April, and the city filed suit on May 11. Vice
Mayor Mann said the city was left with "no choice." She is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 1. • A
bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Ohio in a highly
restrictive form is on its way to Gov. John Kasich's desk. The
legislation passed the Senate last evening
with a margin of just three votes. The bill would still prohibit growing
and smoking the plant, but would allow it in a vapor form and would be
available for doctors to prescribe to patients with a list of
approved medical conditions. The Ohio Department of Commerce would oversee the growth, distribution and testing of the plant.
Some Democrats expressed disapproval at the provision that allows employers to fire employees who tested positive for the
drug — even if they have a prescription. If Gov. Kasich signs the bill into law, Ohio will become the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. • Gov. Kasich, like Mayor Cranley, also appears to have a lot on his plate now. Also on its way to the Gov.'s desk:
a bill that would require taxpayers to fork over thousands of dollars
to keep polls open longer. The proposal from Sen. Bill Seitz, a
Republican from Green Township, came from the controversy sparked after a
judge in Hamilton County ordered the polls during the March 15 primary
to stay open 90 minutes longer.
The bill would require state judges who order polls to stay open later to
collect bonds. Several Democrats and the American Civil Liberties Union have objected to the proposed change,
saying it could discourage people from voting.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Planned Parenthood on May 11 filed a
lawsuit over an Ohio state law that stands to strip the organization of
its federal funding to provide services like HIV and cancer screenings,
domestic violence education and sex education for kids in the foster
care and judicial system.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
In some European communities, Christians
sought to avoid or mitigate plague with processions of men whipping
themselves bloody as they moaned through the narrow streets. Those unfailingly ineffective attempts to
appease a loving God came to mind as I followed the comments of today’s
penitent political journalists.
by Natalie Krebs
17 days ago
Posted In: News
at 03:54 PM | Permalink
Health organization claims law is unconstitutional, targets low-income populations
Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit over an Ohio state law that stands to strip the organization of its federal funding to provide services like HIV and cancer screenings, domestic violence education and sex education for kids in the foster care and judicial system. The law, signed by Gov. John Kasich in February, bars any organization from receiving federal funding if it provides abortions that are not medically necessary or from pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. When it goes into effect later this month, Planned Parenthood of Ohio, the largest abortion provider in the state, will lose $1.4 million, which it says does not go to fund its abortion services. Planned Parenthood of Ohio and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio Region's lawsuit says the law is unconstitutional, claiming it could affect tens of thousands of Ohioans' access to health care, disproportionally targeting minorities and low-income people.“We are in court because everyone deserves access to quality,
affordable, compassionate care no matter who you are or where you are
from," Iris E. Harvey, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, says. "Let’s call this what it is, an attack on people who already have
the least access to care, all in the name of politics.” Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio serves 20 counties and says 75 percent of its patients are low-income. In an amendment attached to the House bill, lawmakers redirected $250,000 into other community health organizations that do not provide abortions. But Planned Parenthood claims these clinics aren't immediately in a position to fill the health care gaps it would leave, which would include 70,000 free STD screenings it provides through a Centers for Disease Control program and 5,000 free HIV tests for populations at high risk for the virus. "Even if other health care providers are eventually able to provide similar services," the lawsuit reads, "many patients’ health care and access to other services will be disrupted because other providers are not prepared to assume responsibility for those services." On the other hand, if Planned Parenthood chooses to comply with the law to receive funding by ceasing to provide abortions at its Mount Auburn clinic, Cincinnati would become the largest metropolitan area in the country without an abortion provider. The organization argues that this also creates a constitutionally prohibited "undue burden" to obtain the procedure by forcing women to travel as far as Columbus or Cleveland. The law is the latest in a series of laws passed under the Kasich administration targeting abortion providers. More than half of Ohio's abortion clinics have closed since Kasich took office in 2011. Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio filed another federal lawsuit against the state of Ohio law last September, claiming other recently passed restrictions involving changes in the abortion license renewal process and required patient-transfer agreements with private hospitals also unlawfully restricted a woman's right to access abortion. That suit is ongoing.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
After U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz departed the GOP
presidential primary following Donald Trump’s big win May 3 in Indiana,
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was, for a moment, Trump’s sole challenger in one
of the strangest primaries in memory.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential bid
is no longer popular with voters in his home state — especially those in
his own party, a recent poll suggests.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Fate of historic building to be debated for a while longer; female college students receive helpful advice from dipshit governor; summer to occur despite invasion of biblical insects and more.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
State department advises ugly Americans to stay home and watch TV on Spring Break; John Kasich reportedly willing to start talking about being 'on fleek' and swagger'; bored with fucking up the government, tea party legislators leave office and more.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues to
campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, despite the nearly
hopeless delegate math that has him trailing far behind frontrunner
Donald Trump and second-place candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
by Steve Beynon
61 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
at 11:28 AM | Permalink
John Kasich was crushed in the last round of primary contests, even losing to
the ghost of Sen. Marco Rubio in Utah from early ballots casted before the
Florida senator terminated his campaign. Between the recent contests in Utah
and Arizona, Kasich failed to pick up any delegates.
This battle for
the Republican nomination has not been kind to governors. Chris Christie, Scott
Walker, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee have all been casualties in a rambunctious
political climate that seeks mischief and is giving the finger to the
establishment by hopping on the Trump train or embracing the rebellious Texas
Senator Ted Cruz.
Kasich sits with a mere 143 delegates. Trump is far in the lead with 739,
followed by Cruz’s 465. It is a long shot for the Texas senator to halt Trump’s
warpath to the nomination — it is mathematically impossible for Kasich. It
takes 1,237 delegates to secure the GOP nomination. Even if the Ohio governor
won every contest moving forward, there are not enough delegates for him to be
victory was Ohio — a contest he won by 11 points. However, Trump defeated the
governor in virtually all of Ohio’s southern counties and every county that
borders Pennsylvania and West Virginia. While Kasich’s victory in his home
state was a moral victory, it highlighted that even with a home field
advantage, he still could not get a sweeping victory like we saw with Cruz and
Sen. Bernie Sanders in their states.
that, he probably holds the record for most fourth-place victories. Outside of
the Buckeye State, Kasich has struggled with name recognition or gathering any
meaningful traction — a weakness that is entirely understandable when you have
to make noise while in the same room as a man that flies
around on a private jet with his name on it.
strategy is digging in northeastern states like Pennsylvania, where Cruz is not
expected to perform well. His campaign is not about defeating his opponents
with delegates — it is about denying Trump every vote possible.
This points to
both Kasich as a weak candidate and the power of Trump’s message. Kasich has
never had a real message in his bid for the presidency — other than not being a
jerk on stage. Instead of building his vision for the Oval Office, he hides in
the corner biding his time for Trump’s self-destruction. However, that
destruction never happened and is unlikely to ever occur.
either tapping out, accepting Trump will be the nominee — and possibly our next
president — or they’re holding their noses and siding with Cruz, a candidate
that in any other presidential run would be seen as the fringe candidate that
needs to be stopped at all costs.
It is hard to
tell if Kasich actually thinks he can show up to the GOP convention with a few
hundred delegates and deny Trump the nomination, or if this is a last-ditch
effort to put the Ohio governor out there to take humiliating defeats while
trying to soak up handfuls of delegates in hopes of putting some dents in
Trump’s almost inevitable nomination.
To deny Trump’s
nomination would be the GOP spitting in the faces of their voters. The
democratic process picked Donald Trump, and it is hard to not take Trump
seriously when he suggests there will be riots if the party robbed him of his
Bernie Sanders won the delegate game only to be toppled by Hillary Clinton’s
superdelegates. There would certainly be some liberal-on-liberal violence in
the aisles of Whole Foods.
If this is
Kasich’s strategy, it should raise concerns of how much respect for the
democratic process he has. If he is just crossing his fingers that Trump’s
plane crashes, he should admit it instead of suggesting he is going to upset
Republican voters of their candidate to lead the free world.