It’s been a little over a year since I came over to Plunderbund.  When I made the jump, it was the collective decision we all made that while snark and biting commentary would always be part of our blogging, we needed to get a little more engaged and professional in how we covered things.  In other words, we wanted to be the first blog in Ohio to move away from the cheap seats and be more engaged directly in the reporting of Ohio political news from all angles. 

We spent much of the past year developing relationships with sources so we could do more actual reporting.  We’re moving towards more of an objective, less speculative, manner in presenting Ohio political news from a progressive perspective.  You saw a lot of that in my discussions about “Troopergate,” for example, this year.

We’re continuing that trend throughout the next year.  By early next year (if not sooner), Jason Sullivan (a.k.a. “Bonobo”) from Blue Bexley will be joining us on the site as a contributor.  I’ve been a long time fan of Sullivan’s and am looking forward to seeing his content here. We’re still working on commitments on some other prospects as well. 

Eric Vessels, you probably noticed, doesn’t rock out content like he used to.  That’s because Eric is transitioning into a Business Manager role for the site to secure advertising to not only keep the site up, but to give us the financial resources to leverage into better coverage.  (All Modern wants for Christmas is a GONGWER account.)  It also helps us to have somewhat of a wall between our content generators (like me) and our advertising without which gets into some sticky ethical situations.

Next year, you know you can count on us to serve as voice for the majority of Ohioans who opposed the election of John Kasich as Governor and Mike DeWine as Attorney General.  We’ll be a progressive watchdog on the new Republican majorities in the Ohio General Assembly and the U.S. House of Representatives.

We’ll continue to develop our relationships to give you more original content along with the same commentary and analysis you’ve come to expect from us.  However, while there will be some considerable additions to the site this year, there is one notable loss effective immediately.

Tim Russo has left the site over creative differences.  In short, Tim simply didn’t agree with the rest of the PlunderCrew over the direction we had discussed back when Eric was talking to us about coming over here, and we just simply couldn’t find a way to resolve these differences.  It’s unfortunate, and I honestly don’t know what Tim is planning to do next.  If Tim plans on blogging somewhere else, we’ll be sure to let you know, so you can continue to follow him.  We all wish him the best of luck.  Personally, we wish we could have worked it out, but I’m sure Tim will do fine as he always had on his own or elsewhere.

As always, we appreciate your support, and we hope you’ll continue to like what you see from us as we attempt to continue to grow and develop this site.

Thank you.