From the monthly archives: September 2011

In college I use to go home over the summers to Akron and work at a grocery store to make some extra money. Normally, when I worked at the grocery store I worked in the meat department but sometimes they sent me down to the fish department to cover for someone. I hated the fish department. It smelled like dead fish, it made me smell like dead fish, and I had no idea how to answer anyone’s questions. I remember once a customer asked me to cut some steaks off a whole salmon for him so I went in the […]

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What’s your favorite thing about Issue 2/SB5?  Okay, try and say it without using swear words.  Hard, isn’t it?  Personally, I continue to marvel at the sheer magnitude of ignorance collected all in one single document.  It is sort of like browsing the pictures on the People of Walmart website, I find myself staring at the screen trying to figure out just what the hell they were thinking.

I also keep thinking about the performance pay and evaluation measures of teachers included in Senate Bill 5 (NO on Issue 2).  These sections refer to student academic growth [twice], the […]

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In an incumbent race where the challenger is largely unknown, conventional polling wisdom is the incumbent’s scoring on whether people think the incumbent deserves re-election is the most accurate predictor of the general election result.  An incumbent in the low 40s or below is in serious trouble, but an incumbent with 50% or more is viewed as an almost certain bet to win re-election.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Sherrod Brown would fall in the latter, but President Obama the former.  Brown is, by far, the most popular elected official in the State of Ohio as the only […]

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Last weekend John Kasich hosted The Ohio Governor’s 21st Century Energy & Economic Development Summit in Columbus. According to the event’s website, the Governor’s goal was to bring “together a diverse group of leaders to discuss the future of Ohio’s energy policy and lay the foundation for a comprehensive Energy and Economic Development Policy.” The Kasich Administration says they will consider the “points of view” of these energy leaders while developing their energy policy.

Again, according to the website:

The speakers and panelists were carefully selected to represent a diverse cross-section of highly qualified experts from energy producers and […]

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Last year, Columbus’ alternative newspaper, The Other Paper, ran a headline “Does Ohio Need an S.O.B. governor?” about John Kasich, which featured many of the popular tells of John Kasich’s long and distinguished history of being a jerk.

It’s also ran pieces highly critical of the Columbus Dispatch’s slanted political coverage as well as revealed its top news executives making news by using the paper as a means to fulfill their political agendas like with the Columbus casinos

The Dispatch Printing Company’s media empire, by Ohio standards, is huge.  Not only does it own central […]

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Happy Birthday, Josh Mandel!

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In case you haven’t heard yet, Josh Mandel is a little late filing his personal financial disclosure form for the Senate. Ok, he’s A LOT late.

As Ben pointed out last week, “Senate rules require every candidate who declares to run for a Senate seat must file their disclosure forms within 30 days of doing so. Back in April Mandel declared his candidacy for Sherrod Brown’s Senate seat and he we are almost five months later and he has still yet to file them.”

Ben also covers some of the possible reasons why he’s late. It’s interesting stuff. Check […]

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The latest Quinnipiac Poll is out and it has the best polling news the outfit has shown for Kasich since he took office.  Kasich has seen a five-point bounce in his approval rating from 35% in late July to 40%.  His disapproval rating, however, remains largely unchanged since May hovering right at the 50% mark.  This is the most popular Kasich has been since taking office and he’s still -9% under water.  Independents, who were a key part of Kasich’s victory a year ago, still largely disapprove of him more than approve at 48%/38%.  Kasich’s bounce is due in […]

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What happened to Jennifer Brunner?  What happened to the make-no-apologies progressive candidate who was all about “courage?”

At the end of July, Brunner was at the Columbus Athletic Club nodding in agreement to a speech by Governor John Kasich.   She was all too happy to explain her seemingly agreement to Kasich’s speech:

“Not everyone agrees with those changes, but he’s making an effort. You can tell that he cares.” . . .  Kasich is “dedicated to reforming Ohio,” Brunner said.

After many of her followers on her Facebook page asked her what the blue blazes she was doing, […]

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If you’ve been reading Plunderbund over the past few weeks then you should be familiar with House Bill 136 by now.

Greg has done a great job covering this bill which, in its latest incarnation, seeks to give a $5,893 voucher redeemable at any participating private school in Ohio to any child whose family has an adjusted gross income of $95,000 or less.

The current version of the bill will leave the existing voucher system (EdChoice) in place and add a new, means-tested, ALEC-inspired system into the mix. Students will be allowed to move from the old system to […]

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Last week I posted information about House Bill 136, a proposal to create a school voucher program that would (technically) be open to all students across Ohio, not just those in the lowest-performing schools as in the current EdChoice program.  When I had the opportunity to testify to the House Education Committee on Wednesday, I expanded the statistical information in my original post to include school districts that are served by members of the committee.  The atmosphere was energizing as I called out one district after another and the inequity of the funding behind […]

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A new group has entered the SB5/Issue 2 campaign. The Alliance for America’s Future (AFF) started sending mailers this week that blame local budget shortfalls on greedy public employees instead of on Kasich’s huge cuts in local funding. I’ll warn you right now: we’ll never know specific details about who is funding them, but if you made a guess that it was the typical funding sources for anti-labor Republican causes, I’m sure you’d be pretty close.

The group was founded by Ohio Republican operative Barry Bennett who left his job as Jean Schmidt’s chief of staff last May to start […]

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