Matt Borges Exposed After Being Ditched By Trump Campaign

The Trump campaign has officially tossed Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges to the wind. In a letter to the ORP State Central Committee members who vote for Chairman, Trump’s Ohio director, Robert Paduchik said that Borges no longer has a relationship with the campaign. In doing so, Paduchik has thrown a monkey wrench into Borges’ ambitious goals within the national party and caused him some trouble within the rank and file of Ohio Republicans.

This isn’t much of a shocker as Borges has spent that last couple of weeks on a media tour saying he isn’t sure he will even vote for the presidential nominee of the party which he chairs. Borges’ own wife told the Cincinnati Enquirer, “Trump was so bad, he made the dog throw up.”

While there are some people who aren’t enthused with the nominee, it is the job of the chairman to support him. Borges hasn’t gotten over the embarrassing failure of John Kasich’s campaign, so this really isn’t that shocking. Since Trump is a non traditional nominee, it has given Borges the opportunity to act publicly as he would privately. If Borges can’t do his job, he should resign. This isn’t a private citizen, this is the Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. It is his job to support the nominee. If he can’t, then he should resign. But, taking a closer look at the situation will give you a better view of the agenda.

Borges instead is attempting to grab the mantle of the Never Trump movement and become the next RNC Chair. If Hillary Clinton is the next president, then Reince Priebus is out, so this is part of the reason why there is this backlash. What you are seeing publicly this year is the manipulation and gaming that typically goes on behind the scenes of the party. The only thing abnormal about it is that it is playing out in public. This is about power more than it is about doing what’s right.

Borges is a Kasich loyalist. Like Borges, Kasich has been plotting his next move. It’s apparent that he wants to run again. With Borges as the RNC Chair, perhaps a primary could be manipulated in Kasich’s favor.

Kasich and his hand picked chairman don’t seem to understand that Kasich’s prolonged vanity campaign helped Trump win the nomination by dividing the vote. It was obvious to anyone who wasn’t a Kasich supporter that his campaign wasn’t going anywhere, but he remained in the race. John Kasich’s ambitions and his consultants drive to continue a failed campaign handed states like Virginia to Trump and helped set up this situation.

I always tell people that there is more fighting within a party than between the two parties. That is what is being played out now. The curtain was pulled back a bit earlier this year when State Treasurer Josh Mandel endorsed Marco Rubio. Borges referred to Mandel as a “bit player” for supporting a candidate who wasn’t John Kasich. Believe me when I say that scorecards are kept with regards to who someone supports in a primary.

In a sour reply, Borges referred to Paduchik as a “staffer.” This is typical Borges. He tries to demean people he is threatened by. Paduchik was Rob Portman’s 2010 campaign manager and was the Ohio point person for Bush Cheney in 2000 and 2004. He was running campaigns before Borges even had his criminal record expunged or even had tax liens.

Just a few weeks ago, Borges looked to be playing the role of Trump fan boy. Some pictures were being texted around by people who were laughing that Kasich would be blowing his whistle and reprimanding the Ohio Republican Party Chairman for supporting the Republican presidential nominee.

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Within days, Borges started the Trump bashing circuit. If Hillary wins and Borges becomes RNC Chair, then he can try to give Kasich the upper hand in the 2020 primary. That’s what all of this is about. This isn’t about character, it’s about manipulating for more power. Kasich made Borges. Borges owes him.

Paduchik’s letter has closed another door on Matt’s face. Since Borges hadn’t outright disavowed Trump, if Trump wins Ohio, Borges could have attempted to take credit for it in a run for RNC Chair. Now he no longer can.

Paduchik has also left Borges vulnerable to State Central Committee members who are unhappy with how the presidential race has been handled by the Ohio Republican Party. One told me, “I was supportive of Governor Kasich until his stunt at the convention. The ORP has done an embarrassing job the past few months. Hard questions need to be answered.”

It doesn’t matter what your feelings are about Trump. The Chairman has a job and if he can’t do that job, he should resign. Will the State Central Committee members do the jobs they were elected to or will they also bow down and kiss John Kasich’s ring?

This Ohio church saves people from addiction. Now they need your help.

It’s hard to watch the local news today without hearing a lot about the heroin epidemic that is sweeping the country. It is especially bad here in Ohio. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about the inner city, the suburbs or the rural areas of Ohio. It’s everywhere.

With all of the bad news coming with this subject, you can still find some good news and inspiring stories. Check out the story of the in the video below, from here in Lorain County.

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What a powerful story.

He had been to government sponsored rehab for his addiction over and over and over and over again. And he had failed every time.

He finally lost his wife, and then his freedom as well. After getting out of prison, he went back to the drugs even harder than before.

Finally, another man reached out to him. A man who ran a faith-based program got involved in his life. He’s been clean ever since, reunited with his wife and spends time with his kids every day. Instead of getting high.

Beyond the Walls Church, Elyria Ohio - Third Base Politics Photo
Beyond the Walls Church, Elyria Ohio – Third Base Politics Photo

Within an hour of watching this video, I found myself at Beyond the Walls Church in Elyria. After reading more and why they need help (which I’ll get to shortly), I had to see it with my own eyes and made the short drive to check it out.

Paul Grodell from the video is the head pastor of Beyond the Walls Church. He doesn’t look like the stereotypical pastor. He looks like he should be leading a motorcycle gang instead of a church. But he saves lives.

How do they do it?

They call their program “Creation House”. It’s not a quick fix, but other faith-based that are similar to this have an 80% success rate, much much higher than government and traditional rehab programs. This is how it works.

Creation House first and foremost is a HOME. The most important facet of any home is the foundation. We believe that a Faith Based, Christ centered Home is the answer to the breakdown of the family, and the dynamics as well as the struggles that come with it.
There are 3 Phases that are implemented when a candidate enters Creation House, and they are part of our Mission Statement.

Reach the Lost, Restore the Broken, and Release the New Creation

The Introductory Phase – whether we go out to the streets, under bridges, in abandoned homes or someone comes to us, we accept them as they are, right where they are at.

Phase I: Introductory Phase (First 4 months) REACH
Candidates should enter Creation House with the understanding that after the Intake Process and the Conduct Agreement that they are HOME! This home is a faith based program that teaches biblical principles through group and individual studies. The core of this phase is the mentoring that takes place on a daily basis. We call it the Paul & Timothy ministry for the men and Naomi and Ruth ministry for the woman.

Phase II: Training & Teaching (Next 4 months) RESTORE
This portion of the ministry is vital as it uncovers behavior patterns that held the candidate in destructive cycles and the life of addiction. The Training & Teaching program helps the candidate to get a biblical view of why they were created and the purpose and vocation in their life.

Phase III: New Creation (Last 4 Months) RELEASE
Planning for the Exodus! In the last four months of the program, the candidate plans out a reintegration back into society. The candidate can begin the process of looking for employment via internet, phone interviews, transportation, home church, a place to live and most of all an accountability partner. Putting into practice what has been learned in the previous eight months.Creation House first and foremost is a HOME. The most important facet of any home is the foundation. We believe that a Faith Based, Christ centered Home is the answer to the breakdown of the family, and the dynamics as well as the struggles that come with it.

Just last year, the church bought an old school building for $50,000, with plans to use it to greatly expand their ability to help the addicted and the homeless. It will be the new Creation House.

Being under 45 minutes from Cleveland, Beyond the Walls got a special visitor in July. When House Speaker Paul Ryan was in town for the Republican National Convention was in town, he headed to Creation House for what he called his “most important meeting of the convention.”

Read more about Speaker Ryan’s dedication to this issue here and here. He has a plan to fight poverty and addiction, and part of it includes removing government barriers, allowing more indigenous programs like Beyond the Walls to sprout and operate.

Ryan says his plan would create more places Beyond the Walls that can help people recover from addiction, a problem both parties have identified this year as one that must be solved.

“What we are trying to do is get rid of those barriers in society to make sure more of this can happen,” Ryan said.

This old school building will become the new Creation House - Third Base Politics photo
This old school building will become the new Creation House – Third Base Politics photo

Unbelievably, the city of Elyria is actually adding barriers, not getting rid of them. You would think that the city would do everything it could to help them. Instead, Elyria has tried to shut them down.

The building was safe enough for children, but not safe enough for adults. At least, that’s what the local code enforcement officer said.

But that isn’t what Paul Grodell was told when he and his ministry first purchased the old abandoned school building. They were ready to transform the 62,000-square-foot eyesore into a church and a recovery home for opioid addicts—something the impoverished and heroin-infested city of Elyria, Ohio, desperately needed.

So what’s the problem?

“They eventually told us the building met state requirements for a school,” Grodell said, “but now that we changed the use of the building to a place of worship, it changed all the fire code violations.”

As recently as 2009, the school had housed more than 1,000 young children. But according to the code enforcement officer, the building was no longer “safe” by state standards, even though nothing about the building had changed. And the explanation for the last-minute new requirements was even more baffling to Grodell.

“They told us their reasoning for requiring all this work is because they taught the children fire drills a couple times a year, so the kids would know how to get out of a burning building,” Grodell said. “But I guess they think grown adults wouldn’t be able to figure it out.”

The cost for updating the building—which must include dozens of new doors, new walls, new fire alarms (even though the current system works just fine) and a whole assortment of confusing bureaucratic mandates—adds up to about $75,000.

The church already needed hundreds of thousands to totally convert the large 3-story portion of the school into dozens of dormitories for the people they are treating. But then, the city came and kicked them out of the 1-story portion of the school where they held their worship services.

Beyond the Walls Church, Elyria Ohio - Third Base Politics Photo
Beyond the Walls Church, Elyria Ohio – Third Base Politics Photo

They were forced to put up tents and hold services in the parking lot. And it further delays them from being able to treat more people who need it.

Unreal.

They now have a temporary permit and are back in the building with some temporary measures. But they are still far from the $75,000 they need to meet the city’s demands.

This is where they need our help. It will take a lot of money to address the city’s code requirements and complete the renovation to get Creation House fully under operation so the people they are treating have a home.

First, if you can donate to this cause, even just a few dollars, please do so at their newly created GoFundMe page.

Second, please share this story on social media and/or email it to your contacts.

The more people who learn the story of this incredible project here in Ohio, the more people they can save and the faster they can improve their neighborhood.

Educational Equality: the Case for Vouchers and Collaboration between Schools in Cleveland

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In a time of racial strife, growing inequality and more questions than answers on how to fix it, it is time that we re-examine what Horace Mann once called “the great equalizer”: education.

Educational equality can change the lives of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. A good education is the key to unlocking the promise of America’s New Economy. From kindergarten to college, a good education is more important now than ever before.

We already know that there are thousands upon thousands of jobs that go unfilled every year in America for lack of a skilled workforce. We also know that, according to some statistics, both Charter and Catholic schools produce more eventual college graduates than their public school counterparts. Furthermore, we also know that it is critical to have a college degree in the New Economy. But in many cities across the country, including Cleveland, there’s still a long way to go to unlock the promise of the 21st century in Education.

There were 96,450 children living in the city of Cleveland in 2015, according to the Center for Community Solutions. 58 percent of those children live in poverty. The Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program, the city’s voucher system, gives priority to “verified” low income families, but only 6,000-7,000 vouchers are available each year. This means that there are likely thousands of eligible children who do not get access to these vouchers. There are some high performing Charter and Public schools in Cleveland currently but far too many students are still in low-rated schools.

Far too often educational equality is viewed as a battle between public, charter and private schools over limited resources. This needs to change. If the leaders of public, private and public charter schools agree to work together with the ultimate goal of doing what’s best for the kids, our education system can be fixed.

For example, in Cleveland vouchers should be universally available, particularly to low-income students. In exchange for that, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District should be allowed to count and apply to their numbers test scores and attendance records of all students across public, private and public charter schools. Private schools will remain autonomous and independent, similar to public charters who today work with the city and its Transformation Plan. But there would be a shared incentive to work together and to view education in the district as a collaborative effort, instead of a competitive one.

The public school district may benefit financially as well, with the increase of students that would technically be on its rolls as well as an improvement in overall test scores. The increase of resources allows the public school district to re-invest in itself while also providing more investment in its private and charter partners. Best practices can be shared (but not mandated, beyond the state standards that everyone follows now), which could help lift all schools. Private and public charter schools, many of whom do not have the same security presence as public ones, can pay the district to provide CMSD police on campus. That would likely lead to an increase of the CMSD police force, which is positive for job growth and, most importantly, keeping our children safe.

The bottom line is that if we want to provide equality in education, we must increase collaboration and decrease hostility. The Cleveland Transformation Plan had led to more cooperation between public and public charters, but we need to go further. Private schools should be at the table too.

Video: Hillary’s abortion views extreme even for most pro-choicers

Perhaps you’ve seen this ad running here in Ohio. If not, we’ve embedded it below.

We’ve spoken before about the gruesome procedure known as partial birth abortion. The doctor only removes a portion of the fully formed baby from the mother’s birth canal, then pierces its skull to kill it. But since the baby wasn’t completely delivered, the law doesn’t consider him or her a person. It’s revolting.

The doctor you see in the ad wrote the following oped about how extreme pro-abortion politicians are out of sync with the majority of Americans and even a majority of pro-choicers. We are pleased to offer it exclusively to our readers.

Mrs. Clinton is today’s typical pro-choice politician. In the not-so-distant past, these politicians shared–and expressed–the ambivalence the American public feels about abortion. She herself called it, in 2005, “a sad, even tragic choice” and talked about how important it is to find ways to reduce its incidence. Bill Clinton famously said (and the Democratic platform in those days echoed) that the procedure should be “safe, legal, and rare.”

Today, far from referring to the procedure as a tragic occurrence, pro-choice politicians declare abortion a matter of justice and vital to the well-being of all women. Clinton and her party’s platform not only support the status quo, in which abortion is legal for any reason until viability, but call for repeal of any modest federal and state laws that attempt to regulate the procedure—such as clinic-safety policies. In a startling departure from long standing practice, Mrs. Clinton has stated unequivocally that the Hyde Amendment (a budget provision that keeps federal funds from paying for elective abortions) should be scrapped—thus forcing those who morally object to abortion into paying for it. Both Clinton and her party’s platform have abandoned religious liberty and conscience rights when it comes to this ethically divisive procedure, condemning the idea that employers can object to paying for abortifacients through their healthcare plans.

I participated in a commercial that will run in the weeks leading up to the elections in order to illustrate the difference between the views of pro-choice politicians and the American public. The ad consists of five women (not actors) pointing out where the lines of American general opinion really fall on abortion.

A Marist poll conducted in July 2016 showed that about 8 out of 10 Americans support substantial restrictions on abortion. This includes 6 out of 10 who say they are pro-choice! The de-facto position of pro-choice politicians of “abortion on demand” and for any reason throughout pregnancy is far outside the mainstream, with only about 1 in 10 Americans supporting such a view.

This shows that U.S. abortion law as it stands is already out of sync with a typical American’s thoughtful appreciation of what’s at stake.

People understand that abortion pits a woman’s “right to choose” against the life of her own child. As much as our culture paints the procedure as ethically inconsequential, a natural human desire to protect vulnerable pre-natal children persists. Even many European countries that we consider very liberal prohibit abortion after the first trimester.

The poll also reveals that proposals to repeal the Hyde Amendment run counter to the widely held (and eminently courteous) view that people who find abortion morally objectionable should not be made to pay for it. A strong majority, including 65% of African Americans and 45% of those who say they are pro-choice, oppose tax-payer funding of abortion. Americans also respect the conscience rights of physicians and other healthcare workers. By almost 20 points, a majority of Americans do not believe healthcare providers should be forced to participate in the procedure against their will. This includes 4 in 10 who identify as pro-choice.

As a doctor, I was glad to make an ad clarifying these issues for the public. Every day in my practice I examine, via ultrasound, babies that are not yet born but nevertheless exhibit a breathtaking humanity. The awed looks on the faces of their mothers and fathers show me that you don’t have to be a doctor to appreciate the enormity of what’s quietly going on in a pregnant woman’s belly. Pro-choice politicians who act as though it is a moment of pure “woman’s liberation” when one of these children’s lives is ended are simply ignoring not only reality but the opinions and values of most Americans, even most pro-choice Americans.

Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie specializes in radiology and serves on the advisory board for The Catholic Association.

Even in Europe, which is much more progressive than the United States, there are stricter restrictions on abortion. But America’s pro-abortion politicians like Hillary Clinton take the blood money from Planned Parenthood and do their bidding to keep barbaric practices like partial birth abortion legal.

Share this video to show people just how extreme Hillary Clinton is.

Tightening Rules Is Still Not Enough For Charter School Opponents

Earlier this week a certain Youngstown new source ran an article asserting that charter schools in Ohio should no longer receive educational grants from the federal government. Why? Because a few charter schools in Ohio have had less than satisfactory performance. The news source recognizes that new federal grants have additional rules and regulations that were crafted to avoid future under-performance, but these rules do not seem to be enough for opponents of charter schools.

This situation is a great example of opponents of charter schools. They will claim any reason to oppose charter schools, but when steps are taken to improve any situation that may be less than ideal, they will continue their opposition. This is because charter opponents are not against charter schools for “the children’s” sake, but for the special interests of the teachers unions.

Opposition to any sort of educational choice in Mahoning County, with Youngstown in particular seems hypocritical at best. Youngstown City schools have been such a long and spectacular failure that the state has had to step in and take control of the district. Situations like Youngstown City schools show why school choice, with charters in particular, is important. Students should not be condemned to such a poor public choice as Youngstown City Schools if there could be an alternative.

In 2015 the General Assembly and the Governor’s office, but controlled by Republicans, took step to refine rules governing charter schools in the state to improve performance. These state office holders recognized that a small amount of under-performing schools does not represent the whole of charter schools in the state, and that the best approach was a policy driven refinement based on what has worked and what has not worked in Ohio and other states.

It is hard to take such opponents like this seriously on their critic of charter schools, when other public school districts are constantly fleecing the taxpayer. One rural school district in Mahoning County in particular has put additional levies on the ballot almost continuously for the last several years. After the last attempt, the school district miraculously “found” over a million dollars in their budget not previously accounted for.

If regular news agencies put as much scrutiny on normal public schools as they did on charter schools, perhaps the overall educational performance in the state would improve.

Strive Preparatory Schools are Changing Lives in Denver and Showing Ohio the Blueprint

Strive Preparatory Schools, a charter school system in Denver, is achieving significant results with a diverse group of children.

Strive Prep, which opened its first school in 2006, is now home to 11 schools and over 3,500 students. 97 percent of their students are people of color and 87 percent are low income. 42 percent are English learners and 12 percent are students with special needs. With a majority-minority and low income population, they are achieving results that surpass many of the public school systems in America.

Between 2007 and 2013, a Strive Prep school led all Denver Public Schools in academic growth at the middle school level. 92 percent of their first senior class was accepted to a four year college.

Strive’s philosophy is community oriented. Chris Gibbons, Founder and CEO of Strive, says “College preparation is a means to an end where scholars are equipped to earn a four-year college degree, come back to their community and lead and transform their own neighborhood in the ways that they imagine and the ways that they seek and believe are possible.”

The city of Denver is home to a robust school choice system. According to the Brookings Institution, Denver Public Schools is the best large district in the country for School Choice.  There has been unprecedented bipartisanship among Republicans and Democrats in the state and many of the stakeholders have come together to put the needs of their population first.

It would be difficult to imagine a charter school group like Strive being successful in an environment where there is the typical partisan rancor over education. In many cities across the country, the school choice conversation immediately turns into war between political parties, parents and teachers unions. In Denver, stakeholders were determined to come together to find solutions for children. As a result of that, the environment was created for schools like Strive Prep to thrive.

The results of the Ohio Charter School system is mixed, with the combination of partisan squabbles and some low performing schools stunting growth in the sector. Cleveland is an exception, with an unorthodox mix of a Democratic mayor and a public school district CEO working together with public and charter schools to enhance the quality of education in the city.

Cleveland has seen growth in education as a result of their ambitious “Cleveland Plan”. Test scores are improving and enrollment in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District went up for the first time in two decades. There is more work to be done, however, with far too many schools in the district still failing and not enough charter schools to meet the need. Residents will decide if work will continue on the robust project when they go to the polls this November to vote on renewing a school levy.

There is some friction in Cleveland between the school district and the teacher’s union, who has threatened to go on strike and has taken a vote of “no confidence” against pro-reform CEO Eric Gordon. However, for the most part community stakeholders in Cleveland, like Denver, are working together to fix education. The hope is to have the same results that Strive Prep and others have been able to deliver for its residents.

Trump Makes Campaign Stop At Cleveland Charter School

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump made yet another campaign stop in Ohio yesterday. In the days since the Republican convention in Cleveland back in July, Trump has made multiple visits to Ohio with a majority of them being northeast Ohio. Since northeast Ohio has both a sizable population base as well as containing several counties that broke for Trump during the primary this makes good campaign sense.

This time Trump’s stop was at a Cleveland charter school. The school was the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy, a predominantly African-American school on Cleveland’s east side. Trump used this stop to stump for school choice, including a program to award grants for low-income children to pursue their choice in education.

This stop occurred during a time of bad press for charter schools in Ohio. The infrastructure and rules for charter schools in Ohio is still going through growing pains; a few schools have been in recent news for attendance problems and poor audits. These have only been further exacerbated by attacks from state democrats and teachers unions who see charter schools and other methods of school choice as threats to their traditionally comfortable hold on educators and their union dues.

However, schools like the Arts and Social Science show that charter schools can and most often do work in the state. This Cleveland school offers a valuable service and choice to many students who have been otherwise failed by the traditional public schools in the state. By offering additional choices, especially in a metro area like Cleveland, parents and students can choose the best model of education for their family.

It was refreshing to see Donald Trump take a positive view on school choice and to offer policy solutions that benefit families. Trump has embraced full school choice, which includes charter schools, private schools, and homeschooling. In comparison, Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton has given lip service support to public charter schools as recently as July 2016, but has made it clear she does not favor full school choice by opposing private schools. Clinton should embrace the view that Trump has taken; that of school choice as an “all of the above” for multiple options.

Why Is Sherrie Miday’s Campaign Misrepresenting Her As A Judge?

Judges are supposed be ethical. They should be beyond reproach and fair -and they absolutely have to be honest. They certainly shouldn’t misrepresent themselves. The same is expected of judicial candidates.

But, that can’t be said of Sherrie Miday, who is running for Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge again after spending over $400,000 on her failed 2014 judicial campaign. She wants to be a judge badly, so badly that her campaign will lie about her resume. At a recent parade, someone with Miday’s campaign was calling her a judge – and Sherrie didn’t correct her.

It says quite a lot about Sherrie Miday’s character when she is allowing herself to be misrepresented as a judge when she is not. Honesty is an important part of being a judge. These two videos show that Sherrie has some trouble with the truth.

Pamela Ballard even tagged Sherrie Miday on Facebook as being a judge. Miday didn’t remove the tag or even correct Ballard for falsifying Miday’s resume.

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Wouldn’t someone who was ethical and honest remove the tag and comment that she isn’t a judge? Well, Sherrie didn’t. She should have read and be following the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct. She seems to have some challenges following a certain portion of it:

Rule 4.3 Campaign standards and communications
During the course of any campaign for nomination or election to judicial office, a judicial candidate, by means of campaign materials, including sample ballots, advertisements on radio or television or in a newspaper or periodical, electronic communications, a public speech, press release, or otherwise, shall not knowingly or with reckless disregard do any of the following:(A) Post, publish, broadcast, transmit, circulate, or distribute information concerning the judicial candidate or an opponent, either knowing the information to be false or with a reckless disregard of whether or not it was false or, if true, that would be deceiving or misleading to a reasonable person;

(C) Use the title of a public office or position immediately preceding or following the name of the judicial candidate, when the judicial candidate does not hold that office or position;
(D) Use the term “judge” when the judicial candidate is not a judge unless that term appears after or below the name of the judicial candidate and is accompanied by either or both of the following:(1) The words “elect” or “vote,” in prominent lettering, before the judicial candidate’s name;
(2) The word “for,” in prominent lettering, between the name of the judicial candidate and the term “judge;”

Sherrie Miday is tied into the old Bill Mason machine of the Cuyahoga Democratic Party. She ran her 2014 campaign in a manner that was reminiscent of the old machine that crumbled when so many were hauled off to prison.

After the likes of Bridget McCafferty and Steven Terry, Cuyahoga can’t afford to have another judge with some ethical concerns. Miday’s silence is deafening. People along that parade route likely accepted the lie that she already is a judge. And with it being posted on Facebook, that lie had even farther reach.

Yet, Miday just accepted the lie. Is this what you want in a judge?

Trump Gets Hero’s Welcome While Biden Gets Ignored: Ohio’s Mahoning Valley

For northeast Ohio and for the Youngstown area in particular Labor day holds a special place: it is the time of the Canfield Fair. The Canfield Fair is the largest county fair in the state of Ohio and 3rd largest in the country. Every election year you can bet that at least a few candidates will make a stop at the fair: the venue is just too promising to pass up. This year the fair was lucky enough to host two different politicians: Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump.

Their visits could not have been more different.

Before we jump into the stark difference of these two visits it’s important to recognize the political climate of the area. The Canfield Fair is located in Mahoning County, one of the most heavily democratic areas in the state of Ohio. However, Mahoning County had the notoriety during this recent primary season of seeing over 6,000 Democrats cross over to take Republican ballots, most likely to vote for Trump as he won the county handily (although Trump lost the state overall to Governor John Kasich). Now the number of registered Democrats to registered Republicans is almost equal in the county. It’s safe to say that Trump has a base of support in Mahoning County that Republicans traditionally do not enjoy.

The fair this weekend was a great example.

Joe Biden visited the Canfield Fair on Thursday, the second day of the fair. Vice President Biden first arrived in the Mahoning Valley to a only half-full UAW Union Hall. Let’s repeat this: in the Democrat stronghold of the Mahoning Valley, in a UAW Hall not far from the GM Lordstown plant, the Vice President of the United States could not fill a space campaigning for Hillary Clinton. After the travesty of a first stop Biden then stopped by the Canfield Fairground at the local Democrat Party tent to another modest crowd. Biden was driven up to the tent in his limo, jumped out for some photos and then headed out.

I believe Mr. Trump would call this very low energy.

 

Compared to Donald Trump’s visit to the fair on Labor Day, traditionally the final day of the Canfield Fair, Biden’s visit barely counted as a rest stop. As soon as the rumors circulated about  Trumps visit as early as Friday, people were clambering into the Republican tent for more information. The local Republican Party did all they could to supply demand for Trump; they were constantly restocking on shirts, buttons, yard signs, and other Trump memorabilia. The local party even took it a step further: they started building a “Trump Wall” fundraiser for which  you could buy a brick, write a message, and place it on the wall for a small donation. The wall was a hit; the party built three different walls displays as the demand for bricks was so high.

One of the “Trump Walls” at the Canfield Fair on Thursday was already completed.

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Then came Trump’s visit to the fair on Monday afternoon, Labor day. People stood outside the Republican tent waiting to see the candidate. The crowd started gathering at 10 am, and Donald Trump did not even arrive to the fair until a few minutes after 3 pm. Thousands were crowding outside the tent, holding signs, wearing Trump campaign gear, and occasionally joining in with calls of “build the wall” and “lock her up!”. The video below shows the crowd at around 1 pm (two hours before Trump even arrived): the front of the Republican tent is nearly impassable due to the size of the crowd gathered.

Crowd waiting for Trump 2 hours before he arrives.

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Let’s do a recap of this Labor Day Weekend: Presidential candidate Donald Trump totally upstaged the sitting Vice President of the United States in a part of the country that has been a Democrat Stronghold for decades. It is no wonder that recent polling is showing this race so close.

School Choice Leads To Overall Education Improvement

The issue of school choice has been a hot button issue here in Ohio, especially since the expansion and changes of community (charter) schools in recent years. To be clear school choice is not simply charter schools: the idea of choice for youngsters’ education also encompasses home schooling and private schools. However, while home schooling and private schools have been around for a long time, the idea of a public charter school is still a new concept for most. Even using the phrase “public charter school” is a misnomer since in Ohio all charter schools ARE public schools, but many are still not aware of this fact. Regardless, the steps that the state has taken to increase school choice for students by expanding charter schools are great, even taking into account the need for some fine tuning in practices that is being shown by the state auditor’s office.

 

Expanding school choice can be simply looked at as expanding the marketplace in education. By expanding the marketplace the state is creating an environment where different approaches can be taken to education, where hopefully new best practices and methods can be explored. This expanded marketplace now contains competition: are you going to send you child to a traditional public school, a new charter school, the catholic school down the road, or maybe even home school them yourselves? You are going to pick what you think is the best option for your child and your family.

 

This expanded marketplace, with its competition for students will (and in many cases already has) lead to innovations. These innovations will lead to a better education for our children and their children. I recently visited a few charter schools in Denver, where different approaches to education were taken. These schools were also interesting because they not only served more low-income and minority students than the average Denver public schools, but they also were scoring higher on achievement tests on average than traditional public schools. It was a fantastic show of how charter schools can add to the educational experience by offering students a different choice from traditional public schools.

 

School choice, when done correctly can lead to great innovations in education as well as give students and families the choice of environments in which to learn. Of course there will be bumps in the road as can be seen in a few schools in Ohio today. However, the proof can be seen in other states such as Colorado that charter schools can improve the educational experience and academic results.