In downtown Columbus Thursday, a new study based on years worth of work shows millions of federal tax dollars intended for high-performing charter schools have actually gone to some of Ohio’s worst. More problematic was the news that many millions went to other charter schools that never even opened.
The federal government has sent more money to Ohio to expand “high-performing” charter schools than all but two other states, but Ohio spent millions on some of the lowest-performing schools. And nearly $4 million went to schools that never opened, according to a new analysis, a media release announcing “Belly Up” […]
How many times did Ohio Gov. John Kasich say with absolute certainty that Donald John Trump would not be the Republican nominee for president this year?
On Thursday, the only absolute certainty Gov. Kasich knows for sure is that the New York real estate billionaire will be the GOP nominee, after claiming the magic number of 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination in Cleveland in July on that first all-important ballot.
Gov. Kasich finished in fourth place in the delegate count with just 160, behind second place finisher Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, who despite […]Full Story... →
The offices of the International Association of Theater and Screen Employees were the opening media event site for Ohio Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland’s three-day sojourn around Ohio to contrast his agenda with incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s, especially on issues including economic fairness and getting earned pay for overtime work.
Wednesday’s media event featuring Ted Strickland speaking to a small group about wealth disparities and pay for work was dubbed the “You Work It, You Earn It” Tour. Ohio’s former chief executive contrasted his candidacy with that of Republican Rob Portman’s by discussing his Ohio Families […]Full Story... →
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced yesterday that he would appeal the court’s decision in Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted related to the elimination of “Golden Week”, the time where voters can both register and vote on the same day. In his press release related to the appeal, Husted falsely claims that groups like the NAACP and the ACLU have supported the elimination of Golden Week. Husted writes:
“The elimination of Golden Week has enjoyed a broad coalition of bipartisan support, which includes the Ohio Association of Election Officials, the NAACP, the ACLU, the Republican controlled legislature and in 2009 the Democratic controlled House […]Full Story... →
The lawsuit is called the “Libertarian Party of Ohio v Husted,” and its lost three times already, once at the Ohio Elections Commission and twice in court, first in Franklin County and then in U.S. District Court.
But Libertarian Party of Ohio [LPO] attorney Mark Brown of Capital Law School hopes the fourth time, this time at the U.S. Court of Appeals, will give him the break he thinks his case involving coordination and collusion between and among Gov. Kasich, the Ohio Republican Party, long-time insiders and political operatives deserves. If Brown gets his day […]Full Story... →
It’s hard to believe that anyone who visits Plunderbund on a regular basis is confused about where we stand on Gov. Kasich’s mediocre efforts to crank up Ohio’s economy.
We reported recently that Ohio has entered its 41st straight month of not even breaking even with the national job creation average. Worse still, the Buckeye State is still tens of thousands of jobs short of bringing state workers back to work in the numbers prior to President George W. Bush’s ‘Great Recession’ kicked virtually all states, especially Ohio, in the gut.
Ohio Missing Out
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Ohio Republicans including hard-right Gov. John Kasich and a conservative GOP legislature can pass, and have passed, any bill they want, regardless of whether it’s constitutional or not.
But two Federal court rulings Tuesday stopped two bills—one to defund Planned Parenthood and a second to eliminate “Golden Week”—in their tracks.
One decision Monday, by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett of Cincinnati, barred Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges from enforcing a law that was to have taken effect Monday to strip $1.5 million from the organization, the AP reported.
Planned Parenthood Saved By The Bell
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After months of waiting for the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to release public records related to last summer’s charter school scandal, Plunderbund Media LLC has filed a lawsuit to force Governor John Kasich’s representatives at the ODE to turn over emails from David Hansen, Kasich’s hand-picked and now-disgraced Charter School Czar.
Hansen, husband of trusted Kasich adviser Beth Hansen, resigned from his state job back in July 2015 after it was discovered he illegally withheld damaging rating data from charter sponsor evaluations. Seven weeks later, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) finally released some public records related to that charter school data scandal. […]Full Story... →
It’s not often that Ohio’s congressional delegation comes together on anything. But they did Tuesday, when Buckeye State senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman were joined by 15 House Members to push U.S. Secretary of Transportation (DOT) Anthony Foxx to award its Smart City Challenge grant to the City of Columbus, Ohio.
Citing its leadership in innovation and research as well as its geographic fit, the delegation sent a letter Monday praising Ohio’s capital city, which out of an original pool of 78 competitors is one of seven cities still vying for the award. Austin, TX; Denver, CO; Kansas City, […]Full Story... →
“No big deal. We were waiting for this so we can appeal,” Mark Brown, a capital law school professor who represents the Ohio Libertarian Party [LPO], told Plunderbund Saturday.
Attorney Brown’s plan to appeal another judicial turn down comes on the heels of a ruling by a federal judge that justice may have to wait a little longer after The Libertarian Party of Ohio, who had sued Secretary of State Jon Husted and voter Greg Felsoci, alleging they were part of a scheme to selectively enforce Ohio election law to help Republican Gov. John Kasich’s re-election bid, […]Full Story... →
The 64-year old lame duck governor isn’t actively running for president anymore, after he suspended his poorly performing campaign following 46 losses and one win. But when his campaign was going full tilt, among his campaign’s tour of hopes and hugs was his homilis on the evils of drugs, especially opioid drugs, manufactured legally by big pharma drug companies, that are claiming too young lives.
Notwithstanding a revelation from […]Full Story... →