Hello dear Plunderbund readers. My name is Lauren Michelle Kinsey and I’m beyond honored to be here with you. I was recruited by Plunderbund at RootsCamp Ohio 2012. I’ve been blogging about Ohio politics on my own since 2010.

But enough about me. You want to know about RootsCamp Ohio 2012.

I’m going to start in the middle.

Do you know who David Pepper is? Of course you do. You read Plunderbund.  I discovered David through his potently progressive tweets. If you’re one of the few who haven’t yet become familiar with the man who I predict will be our next Attorney General, you should get to know him. He spoke at RootsCamp while we were having lunch. Here’s a taste.

Speaking of remembering who votes against the interests of Ohioans, how about that War On Women going on at the Ohio Statehouse? During one of the breakout sessions, Jaime Miracle, Policy Director of NARAL Pro-choice Ohio, and Stephanie Craddock Sherwood, regional field manager of Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, explained to us what happened to women’s rights in Ohio in 2011.

When women know what’s happening to our reproductive rights, we get angry and we get mobilized. Similarly, when people learn how the Affordable Care Act will help them and their families, they become advocates for protecting it from the right wing smear campaign that has dubbed it Obamacare.

Jennifer Yoder, from UHCAN Ohio, led a session on understanding the Affordable Care Act. During the session, a grandmother named Yolanda A. Moncayo shared her story with us. She explained the tragic health crisis and unfair healthcare access crisis that happened to her grandson just as he graduated from high school. The Affordable Care Act has already had a dramatically positive impact on Yolanda’s family. Something similar could happen to any one of us at any time. We should understand how the ACA protects us. We don’t want this to be a case of, “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”.


  • pb_dirtgirl

    Welcome Lauren! Great post, I really wish I could have made it to Rootscamp, but unfortunately, someone had to stay home with the kids (hey guys, maybe a daycare option next year?). 
    And David Pepper really is a must-follow on Twitter. He’s one of the few public figures where it’s really clear that you’re hearing from the real person, unfiltered, and not getting the carefully curated 140 character regurgitations of a communications director.

  • Welcome Lauren!  Great to have you and looking forward to adding your perspective here.  

  • Welcome, Lauren! It’s great to see you on Plunderbund!

  • gregmild

    Tyson’s post is appalling to me and embarrassing for her.  And the comment thread is even worse for all of us.

    The reality is that “marriage” is regulated by the government, not the church.  No heterosexual couple in America must ever set foot in a church to get married, and in fact, you must apply to the government and pay a fee in order to have the government recognize the marriage and receive all associated legal benefits.

    The problem,  as I see it, is that we still use the biblical term — marriage — as a label for … civil partnerships, thus confusing narrow-minded people who can’t see beyond their personal religious beliefs and “ownership” of the concept of marriage.  Fine, then change the term from “marriage” to something like “legal partnership” on every official government form associated with the practice and let’s move on.  

    If a couple wants to ALSO have a wedding and obtain a religious recognition on their own, more power to them.  But churches don’t dictate the legal status of marriage any more than probate courts tell the Catholic church who is eligible to take communion.

  • gregmild

    Nice to get some more multimedia on this site!  I’ve started to get bored with the line graphs and spreadsheets…..


    Welcome to Ohio, Lauren!

    I hope the political insanity that started in this state in 2010 doesn’t scare you away.

  • Lauren, so glad to have you aboard here at PB.

  • It looks like Tyson decided to delete the whole thing – couldn’t stand the heat but way too many saw it to forget.  Interestingly she left it up on her soon to be unneeded Congressional page where she received no comments at all.

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