This cartoon assesses the political atmosphere of Youngstown and Mahoning County during the late 1980s, then dominated by three well-known local officials: U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Mahoning County Party Chairman Don Hanni III and Youngstown Mayor Pat Ungaro. Often, Ungaro would find himself at odds with the two other outlandish characters, providing fodder for […]
This cartoon, published in our May edition, 2009, is still relevant today as U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan ponders his political future. Then, there was widespread speculation that the congressman might make a bid for Ohio governor, but he was largely dissuaded by close associates and stayed put. He’s since risen in the ranks in the […]
In the heat of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, president Bill Clinton attempted to use every tool in the trade to stave off one of the most embarrassing revelations for any modern president. Among these strategies was his attempt to invoke executive privilege in order to avoid testifying, or his aides from testifying, about the president’s […]
Among the biggest challenges to small retailers in the area was the arrival of the Big Box discount stores such as Wal Mart, whose purchasing power and ability to source products manufactured from overseas allowed them to sell products at much lower cost than their smaller counterparts in the Mahoning Valley.
This cartoon, published in Mid-December 2007, comments on the continued outsourcing of jobs to China and its impact on product quality. Even Santa Claus isn’t immune.
This cartoon paid homage to a holiday classic while commenting on the holiday bust of the 2008-2009 economic collapse. Or, to paraphrase another Peanuts animated classic, “It’s The Great Recession, Charlie Brown…”
In November 1989, then U.S. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, was implicated in the so-called “Keating Five” scandal along with four other senators – John McCain, Alan Cranston, Dennis DiConcini, and Don Riegle. Glenn, an American hero of the early space program – memorialized in the movie, “The Right Stuff” — and a genuine no-nonsense senator, […]
This cartoon from our August 1992 issue relates to the fraud allegations against Michael “Mickey” Monus, the businessman behind the successful Phar-Mor discount drug chain. Monus was convicted in 1994 in what was the largest corporate fraud case in U.S history at the time.
August Issue, 1990. Here’s one of the few times I’ve had the pleasure of cartooning the most cartooned president in U.S. history. This one is a take on the grand opening of the Richard M. Nixon presidential library in Yorba Linda, Calif., in July of 1990. I think Nixon ranks as the first president I’d […]
In November, the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives opted to strip U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant’s assignment to the House Ways and Means Committee. By the end of his tenure, Traficant, then a senior member of the House, was stripped of all assignments, leaving him essentially powerless.