Staff Reports

The Cincinnati Enquirer recently highlighted one Ohio woman’s attempt to “buy back” Sen. Rob Portman and persuade him to vote no on confirming Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education.

Liz Plotnick-Snay started a “Go Fund Me” page “asking like-minded Ohioans to try to match the approximately $50,000 in campaign contributions that DeVos and her family members have donated to Portman’s two Senate campaigns.”

There had been many community efforts to sway Portman’s vote, but ultimately, Sen. Portman voted to Confirm DeVos.

Plotnick-Snay said she will give the money to the Ohio Federation of Teachers, and had Sen. Portman voted “no” on DeVos, she would have donated the money in his name. Since Sen. Portman voted to confirm DeVos, the money will be donated to the Ohio Federation of Teachers “in the name of all the donors who have contributed.”

Southern Poverty Law Center Legal Director Rhonda Brownstein:

“Betsy DeVos is simply not qualified to be the next education secretary. As her testimony before the U.S. Senate revealed, she lacks a basic understanding of current education concepts and policy issues. …

Throughout her career, instead of supporting public education, she has successfully advocated for the diversion of public dollars to private schools, with no accountability or oversight. She does not support accountability for charter schools that receive public funds.

In addition, foundations with whom she is associated have supported groups that attack the LGBTQ community, including organizations that support conversion therapy, an abusive practice that we have discredited in court and that has been rejected by all major medical and psychological associations.

As secretary of education, Mrs. DeVos would undermine public education and opportunity for our nation’s children.”

(DeVos was confirmed)

A Facebook group recently posted a list of recommended dystopian fiction — novels that depict a bleak future. Half of the comments proposed other works not on the list, such as Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. The other half made comments such as the following:

“Why read dystopian fiction when we live in dystopian reality? To see where we’re headed I guess.”

Republican Senate Candidate Josh Mandel campaign emails:

“Sanctuary cities need to stop. Period. Right now across the country liberal extremists are flouting the rule of law and making our nation less safe.

“Here in Ohio, the Mayor of Cincinnati unilaterally decided that his city would be added to that list. He is just the latest in a string of liberal mayors abdicating their responsibility to protect their citizens and enforce the law.

“I’m not going to stand for it. On Tuesday I went straight to Cincinnati to denounce this dangerous decision and make it clear that as a US Senator I will not stand for this disregard of our laws and our borders.

“I don’t care what the media says: Standing up for the laws of our country is important. I think we need more people in the Senate, standing beside our President, saying exactly that.

“This push to allow sanctuary cities is happening all over the country. I’m committed to stopping it. I’m committed to being a strong voice in the Senate against this kind of lawlessness.

“I don’t know about you, but I think we need more conservative fighters in Washington. We need to drain the swamp, starting with one of the worst offenders: Sherrod Brown.

I served in the Marines. I know what it is to defend our Constitution. Sanctuary cities must be stopped. I’m going to the Senate to stop it.”


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