Plunderbund attended the press conference held by the American Policy Roundtable/Ohio Roundtable today and MAN are they pissed off at Kasich.

Kasich’s casino deal is so blatantly unconstitutional that APR’s CEO, David Zanotti, says everyone in Kasich’s office “seems to have forgotten not only law school 101 … but pre-law school.” “This is stuff you can read on the internet,” he says. (We assume he was talking about Plunderbund, since we mentioned this back in December when Kasich first proposed it.)

According to Zanotti, APR is absolutely going to sue the Kasich Administration “and so are a bunch of other people.” John Kasich’s casino deal is “opening a Pandora’s box of lawsuits that is going to go on, and on, and on.”

According to APR’s press release: “Governor Kasich’s actions are unprecedented in Ohio history. No Governor has ever attempted to redefine the Constitution, the Ohio Revised Code, and tax policy based on a handshake with those who stand to profit the most. Such actions threaten the very core of representative government.”

And they provide 7 reasons:

1. Exempts casinos from the CAT tax which will “circumvent the intent of the voters”

2. Rewrite licensing fees for casinos that are written into the Ohio Constitution

3. Legalizes new casino gambling sites. The Constitution specifies 4 sites only.

4. Establishes tax structure for new facilities

5. It violates the Constitutional boundaries of the 1973 Lottery Amendment

6. It does all of the above without Consitutional authority or amendment

7. It does all of the above without legal authority of statue via the Ohio Legislature

Here’s the letter APR sent to the legislature along with the full list of their issues with Kasich’s deal:

APR Casino Release

Video coming soon!

  • Anonymous

    So this answers the question of why Kasich doesn’t want the legislature to budget over $750 million in VLT revenue in conference committee. They must have known this was illegal and would get hung up in court. 

  • Bob

    This is why we need a re-call process in Ohio. 

  • Annekarima

    So we have a governor and a bunch of lobbyist and legislators breaking the law?  Intentionally breaking the law?  What will we do about it?

  • mvirenicus

    the state of ohio is an irretrievable joke.  why does anyone live here?

  • Ah, there it is and not even 6 months in office and he is robbing us blind.

    Somebody has all the politicians and judges in their pocket, but it sure ain’t us.

  • Bob

    Which explains why we have a brain drain and loss of population.  I’m glad I don’t have kids attending Ohio public schools anymore.  In 10-15 years, we are going to be so far behind Mississippi will pass us.

  • I guess “constitution” just doesn’t mean what it used to. 

  • Can Prince John go straight to jail, and not collect $200.00?

    Oh yeah right, R’s don’t go to jail, they become lobbyists and senior “statesmen”.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know how the governor of Ohio can be impeached?  Does it have to go through the Ohio Senate or House, or can citizens be involved?  In the short time that he has been in office, Kasich has shown disdain for our state constitution, for every working citizen in this state, as well as public school students/elderly/poor/public employees, etc.  I can’t wait to see how APR’s CEO make his next move.

  • Anonymous

    Wow — the American Policy Roundtable is about as far right as you can get. David Zanotti is to the right of almost every Republican in the state. Kasich can’t make ANYONE happy. Buy you know, Zanotti is right.

  • Annekarima

    Jack abramoff went to prison.

  • Annekarima

    Because some of us remember…when I grew up in Ohio it was a good place to be.  “We was taught to say grace..and we was taught to say ‘mam…if you ain’t into that we don’t give a d***” …  what our folks didn’t teach us, a teacher did.

  • Anonymous

    That was back when Adults were holding public office, now the Banksters run the show, so all bets are off.

  • dlw

    “We” who? The Republicans in the Statehouse? Not likely…

  • dlw

    The Constitution says that the House has sole power of impeachment. However, there’s a Dispatch article from 2008 (when the Ohio Dems were debating whether to impeach Dann) that says there is a second way: “through a complaint signed by at least 603,413 qualified
    electors that is filed and tried in court.” Of course, they didn’t cite the relevant law and a quick search didn’t reveal it, so no clue what else is involved.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    where do I sign up to collect signatures for this ……. rain,snow sleet, dark of nite I would stand in to get these !!
    They can sue if they want –No court will go against these shysters !

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