After Tamir’s death, the county prosecutor, Timothy McGinty, an elected official, responsible for seeking justice for Tamir, instead blamed my 12 year old boy for his own death. All of this happened under the administration of Ohio governor, John Kasich, a 2016 presidential nominee. Ohio’s state government has shown me repeatedly that the people elected to serve have no interest in justice. The loss of Tamir has made it clear to me that Cleveland is deeply invested in a system of injustice. No one has been held responsible for any part of this entire traumatic experience. No one has at least apologized for killing my son. Not a single politician has offered me some substantial support.
While I’ve continued to push my state’s officials towards real changes, several Presidential candidates have said my son’s name in their mouth, using his death as an example of what shouldn’t happen in America. Twelve year old children should never be murdered for playing in a park. But not a single politician: local, state or federal, has taken action to make sure it doesn’t happen again […]
True community oversight of the police is one that evens the balance of power and allows the communities police serve to judge how well they are doing their job. My experience has let me know that the system is working just the way the people in power want it to. That is why I refuse to accept plans or support politicians that offer what they propose as solutions, not informed by us, the community. It’s why I won’t accept plans for more “community police” as positive solutions when it was the police that killed my son. I cannot settle for partial solutions and lip service. I know we need real action, and I refuse to endorse any candidate that offers less.
In a blatant violation of separation of church and state, Ohio’s Republican governor is literally forcing public schools to partner with religious groups if they want taxpayer funding. Because Ohio voters are apparently gluttons for punishment and chose not to oust incumbent Governor John Kasich, they now have to live with the reality that one way or another, their kids are going to be preached…
You’ve seen the super innovative period undies that absorb your period blood without needing pads or tampons. Now, another brand is taking the design up a notch, by allowing you to free bleed right onto a picture of politicians who don’t support women’s reproductive rights. Totally genius.
Buzzfeed reports that Cute Fruit Undies is now making a line of underwear called Bloody Marys. They absorb your period blood, and keep leaks from happening. There’s even a detachable heat pack to help soothe your cramps.
All of this awesome-ness WITH a politicians face sewn right onto the crotch. At this time, there are nine politicians to choose from, but the company is happy to consider others. These politicians have notoriously bad records when it comes to women’s rights, including Ohio Governor John Kasich who signed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, and Texas Senator and Republican Presidential Nominee Ted Cruz who opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest and has also called to defund Planned Parenthood and women’s access to birth control all together.
Governor John Kasich failed to veto the bills, that were added to Ohio budget last minute; these bills restrict abortion, which thus restricts a woman’s right to choose. i am tired of old men deciding what women get to do with their bodies. I’m tired of old men siting religious texts as justification to tell women what they can do with their bodies. This fight is supposed to over, it was supposed to be decided with Roe v. Wade. I want a politician who understands that every person is human, and therefore that every person has inalienable human rights. I was born in the State of Ohio, that should make me an equal citizen of the United States of America, but I’m not. I am a young woman, who happens to be a lesbian. So even with DOMA being overturned i am still a second class citizen. I am tired of OLD MEN making decisions on things they know nothing about. I wish I had a politician like Wendy Davis, a strong woman who understands the reality of an ever progressing world, and she fights for what is right. It’s time for the rest of the politicians to realize this fact as well, because they are no where near filling her shoes
I know he isn’t flashy or terribly exciting, but I just finished watching CNN’s Town Hall with Ohio Governor John Kasich, and can you please nominate him? He’s not entirely crazy, he’s trying to run a positive campaign in the midst of an Elimination Chamber match, and he seems like a good man. Please don’t nominate one of the terrible human beings. Let’s try not to destroy our country this year.
Even pieces of shit like Ohio’s governor has supporters, I guess.
I think my favorite part was when she said “The Constitution gives us the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!” then backtracks when she realizes she’s wrong. I’ll give the tired thing though cause it was 2AM in Ohio… but still…. oops.
Do you think the reports are true that Kasich turned down the offer to be Trump's VP?
My understanding is that the Trump campaign – particularly some of the leading aides and Trump’s kids – were pressing hard for Kasich to be Trump’s running mate. They understood the importance of Ohio, and the potential that Ohio could have to Trump’s campaign, but Kasich refused to consider it. Governor Kasich is a mild-mannered person, but he was clearly put off by Trump throughout the process, almost to the point of not acknowledging him in some of the debates. I think Kasich saw more than most of his fellow GOP rivals that attacking Trump was just as useless as cozying up to Trump, and did his best to neutralize Trump by pretending that Trump wasn’t on the level of the serious candidates. In a way, he was right, but that didn’t work, either.
But Kasich recognized that he still had a job to go home to, and his gubernatorial term isn’t finished until 2019. Of all the 2016 GOP candidates for President, Kasich arguably set himself up better for 2020 than anyone else, especially after how Cruz’s non-endorsement of Trump was received in Cleveland. Kasich didn’t pull a Rubio and support Trump in the wake of the primary, and he skipped the GOP convention itself (while attending and hosting parties and events outside of the convention hall) despite the fact that it was held in the state where he is the incumbent Governor. I think the Trump campaign absolutely was hoping to get Kasich to join the ticket and Kasich flat-out refused. There was talk that Kasich was being offered the opportunity to be the “most powerful Vice President in history”, and that the Republican National Committee was working to try to heal any wounds between the two sides and bring them together because they also recognized that Kasich was perhaps the perfect running mate for Trump. People will criticize Kasich (and Cruz) for not following through on that “pledge” to support the eventual GOP nominee, but I have respect for both of them for standing up for what they believe in and refusing to support someone who is so wrong for the country.
Kasich to sign Ohio bill cutting funding for newborn health, other reproductive health programs
The Ohio legislature passed a bill last week that cuts
$1.3 million from funding for Planned Parenthood. The funding cuts specifically
target programs designed to prevent infant mortality and HIV/AIDS, provides
breast and cervical cancer screenings, and education and prevention of violence
Governor John Kasich, who claims to be the moderate in a
Republican Presidential field of conservative extremism, has promised to sign
the bill. The “Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies” initiative, one of the programs
effected by the funding cuts, is a particular loss for Ohio, which has one of
the country’s highest rates of infant mortality.
Just months after
becoming governor, Kasich signed a bill banning abortions after 20
weeks of pregnancy unless the fetus is nonviable. In 2013, Kasich
signed a budget that stripped roughly $1.4 million in family planning funds
from Planned Parenthood, required abortion providers to perform ultrasounds on
patients seeking abortions and allowed rape crisis centers to be stripped of
their public funds if they referred victims to abortion providers, among other
measures. The budget also blocked public hospitals from entering into transfer
agreements for medical emergencies with abortion clinics, threatening clinics
with closure if they couldn’t get a private hospital to enter into those
agreements. Because private hospitals often have religious affiliations, this
arrangement often wasn’t possible.
In all, nearly half of
Ohio’s abortion clinics have closed since Kasich took office.
Our activism around
reproductive health and justice must include more than abortion because we are
losing much more than access to one medical procedure. No area of reproductive
health is safe, not when states are willing to take funding away from programs
meant to ensure that newborns survive the first year of life. Without Planned
Parenthood to provide these services, Kelli Arthur Hykes, health policy
director for the health department of Columbus, Ohio, fears that the void left
in its place is one that the community will be unable to accommodate.
With the Republican National Convention here in Cleveland this week, it’s all eyes on Ohio once again. Inside the convention hall, it’s been chaotic and divisive, as the Trump campaign has publicly called out the home-state governor, John Kasich, for his refusal to endorse Donald Trump. Delegates have booed, tossed their credentials, and stormed off the floor. However, there was very little acrimony as the Party of Trump voted on Monday to adopt a “staunchly conservative platform” that “amounts to a rightward lurch even from the party’s hard-line platform in 2012,” as The New York Times put it. The head of the Log Cabin Republicans said, “There’s no way to sugar-coat this … the Republican Party passed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history.”
So what exactly is lurking in the GOP platform?
• Even though marriage equality has been the law of the land for more than a year — thanks in part to the courage and determination of Ohioan Jim Obergefell — the Republican Party wants to end the freedom to marry. • The platform endorses the First Amendment Defense Act, which doesn’t really protect anyone’s constitutional rights — but it would allow businesses and government employees like Kim Davis to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans. • The GOP platform also endorses parents to utilize “conversion” therapy — a dangerous and discredited pseudo-science that led to the suicide of Cincinnati teen Leelah Alcorn. • Finally, the Republican Party’s platform condemns policies that allow transgender people to use the restroom that is in alignment with their gender identity, and states that President Obama’s measures to allow transgender students access to the correct restrooms at school “is at once illegal, dangerous, and ignores privacy issues.”
In the Ohio legislature, Rep. Nickie Antonio is pushing for a statewide nondiscrimination law. This sort of measure has broad support among Ohioans. According to polling by Equality Ohio, about eight in 10 Ohio voters believe laws should be passed banning discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. In fact, many Ohioans assume this is already the law. For LGBTQ voters, the race for the White House is crucial — we need a president who believes we are stronger together. But state and local races are just as important as who’s at the top of the ticket, maybe even more important. State and local leaders are making decisions that have a real impact on the lives of LGBTQ Ohioans, and having LGBTQ elected officials and allies at the table means that we can continue to expand equality.
The entire Republican Party has shown us where it stands on LGBTQ issues. We should listen to the party — and turn out to vote this fall. We must stop Republicans from implementing their hate-filled and divisive agenda.
Ohio governor (and presidential hopeful) John Kasich just signed dangerous, medically unnecessary abortion restrictions into law — restrictions that could force even more provider closures, making a bad situation even worse for Ohio women.
During the Republican debate last night, when asked what American woman should be placed on the $10 bill, Jeb Bush did not think any American women were worthy. He chose Great Britain’s Margaret Thatcher. Some other candidates said their wives or mother, while Ohio governor John Kasich said Mother Teresa. Remember that women of America.
Ohio Governor John Kasich apparently thinks female voters just attend town halls to try and mooch tickets to Taylor Swift concerts. As college sophomore Kayla Solsbak enthusiastically tried to ask Kasich a question on immigration policy, he called on her by telling her that he doesn’t have any Taylor Swift tickets. “I’m sorry, I don’t have any tickets for Taylor Swift, or Linkin Park. Go ahead,…