Editorial roundup


The (Toledo) Blade, Feb. 25

In signing legislation this week that cuts off public funding to Planned Parenthood in Ohio, Gov. John Kasich took off the gloves and removed his mask of moderation. He showed the nation who he is: an ideological extremist who won’t hesitate to deny money to an agency that has provided HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and other vital programs to tens of thousands of poor women in Ohio…

The legislation that Governor Kasich signed prohibits roughly $1.3 million in mostly federal funding, administered by Ohio’s health department, from going to agencies that perform abortions and their affiliates…

This assault on women’s health care is not about abortion. Planned Parenthood provides a broad range of medical services; abortion accounts for just 3 percent of them in Ohio…

To be fair, Kasich has been pragmatic, even compassionate, in expanding Medicaid coverage, supporting corrections reforms, and expanding treatment for addiction in Ohio…

Kasich needs to do more to separate himself from a pack of Republicans who would struggle mightily to capture the political center in this year’s presidential election. Just as Senators Rubio and Cruz seek to persuade voters that they are the real alternatives to Donald Trump, Kasich has shown he can be as extreme and callous as the best – or worst – of them.

Online: http://bit.ly/1nbxCub

The (Youngstown) Vindicator, Feb. 23

For the past several years, Republicans in Congress … have accused President Barack Obama of shredding the Constitution by his actions…

This line of attack has served to rally the GOP majorities in the Senate and House against any initiatives from the White House that run contrary to their conservative agendas.

… Now, these same Republicans in Congress … are demanding that Obama ignore the Constitution with regard to one of the most important duties of a president: the nomination of federal judges, including those for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The unexpected death … of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who was the guardian of the court’s conservative wing, has turned the Republican- controlled Congress into a partisan political battleground.

Republicans cannot fathom the idea of a liberal Democratic president naming a successor to Scalia and, perhaps, changing the ideological makeup of the court…

… We do urge Obama to name someone who is already serving on the federal bench and, thus, has been through the Senate confirmation process…

Indeed, it would spotlight the hypocrisy of Republicans if the president nominated a sitting judge who had received high praise from the GOP leadership during his or her confirmation hearings…

Online: http://bit.ly/1VMXCrP

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