From the monthly archives: February 2011

Last November Americans for Tax Reform announced that John Kasich had signed its Taxpayer Protection Pledge. According to ATR, politicians signing the pledge agree to “oppose and vote against/veto any efforts to increase taxes.”

So when Kasich introduced his transportation budget that included a 66% increase in the auto title fee, questions immediately surfaced about whether or not Kasich broke his pledge.

Today’s Plain Dealer article by Patrick O’Donnell floats the question again but doesn’t quite answer it for you. Let me help clear it up for you…

Kasich absolutely broke his pledge.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m […]

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You have to have some insane level of hubris to tout a “study” that claims to save the state $1.3B by cutting the pay of teachers, police, and firefighters while you exist solely on the government teet enjoying a made up position of “Special Assistant to the Governor” at $145,000/yr plus benefits.

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Serious, serious onions it takes to pull this off.  Jai was up early this Saturday morning around 7am in order to catch this story posted at 2:51am in order to get it out on Twitter and retweeted by the sychophant right.  Maybe the job of […]

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Nick at BSB just posted this video of Ronald Reagan saying forming unions and striking are a “basic rights”.

Reagan was talking about Poland, but the basic rights are still the same…

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Updated SB 5 GOP Scorecard

On February 25, 2011 By

I updated our scorecard based on the latest intelligence we have on what can only be described as a very fluid situation.  As always, we welcome any tips or additional information you might have.

The Dispatch is reporting that the Senate GOP is scheduling SB 5 for a committee vote on Tuesday in which a raft of amendments will be introduced and debated to change the bill to get the votes they need to pass the bill on the floor.  The Dispatch, joining with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, agrees that there is a distinct possibility that […]

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Attention construction trade unions, you’re next!

Every newspaper in Ohio is reporting that yesterday John Kasich’s Ohio School Facilities Commission, which is headed by Governor Kasich’s Director of the Office of Budget and Management Tim Keen, voted to prohibit any local school district from requiring contractors in school construction jobs to pay the prevailing wage or use Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). 

This is yet another one-size fits all, Governor Kasich knows best policy that takes choices away from local officials.

Governor Strickland removed the ban but then ran into trouble when his Chair of the School Facilities […]

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When it was introduced, the Ohio political media was quick to declare that given the sizeable Republican majorities in both the Ohio House and Senate, SB 5 was an inevitable conclusion.  There was nothing anyone could do to stop it.  Don’t even bother, folks.  It’s a done deal.

Tonight, the Cleveland Plain Dealer was the first to write what we here at Plunderbund has been saying for some time:

Despite the GOP majority in the Senate, it is unclear whether the bill has enough votes to get out of the 12-member committee where it is being debated, […]

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I was just sent two more examples of the Ohio Governor’s office using state resources to promote slanted opinion pieces about John Kasich as though they were actual news.

The first is from Newsmax. Despite having the word “news” in their name, no one would ever consider what Newsmax does journalism. Newsmax is like Fox News without the actual news. Yet John Kasich has the balls to put it up on the Governor’s (publicly funded) website as though it was an actual piece written by a journalist. It’s like a Democrat putting up a link to a Kos […]

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Yesterday we reported that the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber changed the location of its luncheon to a remote aircraft hangar in an attempt to limit access by protesters angry at their guest of honor: John Kasich. Local GOP and Tea Party groups were supposed to be getting geared up for a big counter rally, even going so far as to host their own “sign making party” the night before.

I just got word that the location change seems to have had little impact on the size or voracity of the crowd. Accord to Kathy DiCristofaro of the Trumbull County Democratic […]

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I noticed on Twitter that the Governor is spreading his interview on Bill O’Reilly last night.  I also noticed that the Governor’s office is only promoting an edited version of the interview.   They’re not promoting the first part of the interview; dealing how SB 5 weakens union and makes Kasich anti-union.

Kasich: “I don’t want to be listed as an anti-union guy…”  Kasich didn’t get a single union endorsement in the election.  During the campaign he pledge to “break the teacher unions’ backs.”  He’s a national proponent of SB 5 (except, apparently, when he’s on […]

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Updated vote count on SB 5

On February 24, 2011 By

An “X” means I have credible information that the person is voting Yes on SB 5 either because they’ve since made their intentions clear or as a result of the new SB 5 outlined in yesterday’s press gaggle (believe it or not.)  A check mark means they’ve indicated they are opposed to SB 5 under the same standard I used to put the original four (I’m sorry, I just didn’t feel like making a whole new graphic for this post… sue me.)

This is coming from a reliable Senate source who is watching the vote count closely (I […]

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I’ve been seeing Tweets and blog posts popping up everywhere claiming that SB5 is redefining marriage in Ohio. While I hate SB5 as much as everyone else I thought I’d clear up this misconception about the bill.

The text of the bill does, in fact, reference Sec. 3101.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. And this part of the code does state that “A marriage may only be entered into by one man and one woman”. But this is not new code. It already exists under Ohio law.

The problem here is that people are misreading the bill. […]

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