Excerpt From Ghosts of Tom Joad

By: Friday November 28, 2014 12:40 pm

Jeff’s old man kept a small boat. It had seen better days, floating as much out of stubbornness any more than anything else. Seats two safely. Rides low in the water. We’d take it out on the river from time to time, drinking beer when we could, horsing around.

It was a heavy, humid Ohio night, still then soft around us. Car sounds far off. The current was light and the river half dry in summer, so we figured loading the four of us into a boat made for two wouldn’t be a problem. Then we met Pam.


Walmart Again Holds Food Drive for Own Underpaid Workers

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 11:23 am

Walmart, who pays its workers so little and/or gives them so few hours, that they cannot feed themselves while the Walton family rakes in billions, does have its sense of humor. Either that or they could just care so little about what anyone thinks that they are just like, whatever, what are you going to do about it anyway except buy more junk you don’t need from us on Black Friday?

Democrats Crushed in Ohio: What It Means, and What It Could Mean

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 7:05 pm

Yesterday, Democrats in general were simply crushed in Ohio. Only 38% of voters turned out to give Republican Governor John Kasich a 31 point victory over the deeply flawed, corporatist Democratic nominee Ed Fitzgerald. I predicted something like this back in August, but the margin of Fitzgerald’s defeat exceeded even my expectations. Hell, the worthless bastard couldn’t even carry his own county where he is still County Executive for another two months, Cuyahoga. It was the largest margin by far in any statewide race, but every single Democrat got soundly trounced. The closest margin was the Treasurer’s race, where the truly despicable spoiled child Josh Mandel won by “only” 11 points.

Missile Defense – Alive and Well, and Eyeing Ohio

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 12:48 pm

Here are two questions you will not often hear from your average American: How large a threat is Iran’s fictional ICBM arsenal, and what is the Pentagon doing to protect us from this imaginary threat? I am pleased to report our government is working on the answers. They are, in order, “worryingly grave” and “send more money and we’ll get back to you.”

Average Exchange Premiums to Increase by 13 Percent in Ohio

By: Friday May 30, 2014 1:00 pm

Next year is still a unique circumstance. Insurance companies are making a one time adjustment based on how well their predictions lived up to the reality of enrollment this year. In addition, they are still benefiting from the temporary reinsurance and risk corridors programs which will soon disappear. It is too early to learn much one way or the other.

Big Data Meets Civic Engagement

By: Saturday May 3, 2014 12:59 pm

An effort like this seems very important to me – the “wait until it fails” model of regulation doesn’t seem like a winner, and I’d like to see other examples highlighted. They are buried in data, though, and ferreting them out requires new tools and new talents. Activists take note.

Poll Confirms Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot Can Drive Turnout

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 8:16 am

According to a new George Washington Battleground poll, 69 percent of voters said a legalization ballot initiative would make them more likely to turn out to vote. Among this group 39 percent said it would make them much more likely while 30 percent said it would make them somewhat more likely to vote.

Majority of Ohio Voters Back Pot Legalization

By: Monday February 24, 2014 12:48 pm

Ohio becomes the latest state where a majority support marijuana legalization. According to Quinnipiac, 51 percent of registered voters support allowing adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. The poll found 44 percent still oppose this change.

Commissioners Pipeline Meeting: Eminent Domain and Corporate Need

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 6:05 pm

Last week I linked to this article detailing how the relative lack of pipelines in Ohio is preventing fracking from taking off as the extraction industry would like. This means pipelines have moved front and center in some communities. Since the fastest way to assemble the land for one is to pressure citizens to sell under threat of seizure via eminent domain (ED), ED law is starting to get a much closer look.

Statement to Portage County Commissioners at Pipeline Meeting

By: Saturday January 18, 2014 12:45 pm

It is up to us to think in advance what those hazards might be, and to insist that business as usual is not good enough. Pipeline companies have proved to be extraordinarily poor neighbors of late, and we should require a much higher standard of conduct for one that wants to move into our neighborhood.

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