TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28:  Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Kasich is nearing decision on White House run

ONUMBA.COM, USA – With all the republicans running for the White House, it is hard to say who is going to emerge as the frontrunner from that stampede to duke it out with the presumed Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. But one thing that is easy to conclude is this: running for the White House on the republican side is starting to look more like Boston marathon than a presidential contest considering the burgeoning crowd of candidates getting into the race. Just recently, four more Republicans entered the race. Highly touted pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former New York governor George Pataki, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham and real estate developer Donald Trump, all threw their long shot hats in the ring, hyping their republican credentials and bringing the total number of Republican presidential candidates to …..a lot. The smorgasbord of choice of candidates is good for democracy. Continue Reading

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Healthcare.gov fixed well enough, but bugs remain

ONUMBA.COM – By now, everyone is probably copiously aware that the Obamacare website rollout has been nothing but an epic disaster, a chaotic blend of a lousy website, a fumbled rollout and a daisy-chain of missteps responding to the whole mess. The bug plagued blastoff of the healthcare.gov website, which many see as the signature achievement of the Obama presidency, has betrayed the promise of a great start to a new era in health care coverage due to a plethora of crippling hiccups among which are glitches, crashes, delays, frozen screens and all sorts of headache just accessing the website. And then there’s the more serious issue concerning consumer privacy to cap it all off. In short, it all summed up to a extraordinarily woeful month for the president, a disaster of monumental zenith.  But through it all, an often petered-out looking Obama remained optimistic, mixing that with a humbling apology for the mess on which the media has been feasting. “I am sorry,” the president told the American people followed by a seemingly gutsy assurance, after implementing a “tech surge,” that the beleaguered website will be rectified and ready to go by the end of the November. Continue Reading

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Fitzgerald set to take on Kasich, but who is going to take him on?

ONUMBA.COM – For quite some time now, speculations have been rife about who is going to take on Republican Governor John Kasich in the next gubernatorial showdown. Some Democratic names have been dangled around as likely candidates, but no one has categorically declared an interest in running for governor of Ohio until now. He is Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, the former Mayor of Lakewood, who last week kicked off his campaign with planned clambakes in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. Fitzgerald is the first Democrat to jump into the race for governor. But it came as little surprise given that the 44-year old former FBI agent had been talking up his interest for months. Continue Reading

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Africans hope Obama’s second term will usher in deeper engagement with homeland

ONUMBA.COM –President Obama’s only visit to Africa during his first term was his brief trip to Ghana shortly after he took office in January 2009. Some folks are startled by the fact that it was his only visit to the ancestral homeland in his first term, to say the very least.  When White House Director of African-American and Minority Business Outreach Michael Blake visited Columbus a couple of years ago, it was one of the questions posed to him by the Onumba.com during an interview at the State House, Downtown. Blake, who was in Columbus to trumpet the president’s accomplishments for the African-American community, was asked if the president was planning a major trip to Africa. “It is not finalized,” he replied, but quickly veered off matters of African visit, saying, “We have shown a very sincere and continued engagement with Africa,” particularly in the area of economic aid and support for elections to shore up Democratic governments there. “Finalized,” or not, it never happened in the president’s first term. Continue Reading

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After hedging, board agreed to allow Coleman’s panel in

ONUMBA.COM –After months of grappling with an immensely embarrassing probe involving student attendance record skullduggery, which is still playing out, it would be safe to assume that members of the Columbus Board of Education and school district officials are now busy cleaning up the mess from this massive catastrophe by installing adequate measures to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But there’s no assuming what role Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is playing as part of his effort to help improve the district. Recently, he and City Council President Andrew Ginther formed a panel of 25 members to recommend ways to do that. It is called Columbus Education Commission (CEC). To be sure, it wasn’t clear at first just how both independently concieved orbs, that is, the districts internal housecleaning efforts and Coleman’s moves, would coalesce or at the very least work in choriamb in pursuit of a common mission. Continue Reading