From the monthly archives: November 2015

Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer has finally released his report about Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s staffers who were fired last year for billing the state for hours they never worked.  Props to the Dispatch’s Randy Ludlow for recognizing us as the original source of the investigation:

“The inspector general’s investigation was spawned after the liberal blog Plunderbund requested records that called into question the amount of work hours claimed by Johnson and Brandt.”

Editors for the Dispatch and other papers around the state have had a fun time whipping up sensationalist (and somewhat sexist) headlines highlighting the fact that Mary Taylor’s female staffers spent some time at “hair […]

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During a recent class training to recognize bullying, one teacher in Ohio realized that she fell into the bullied category. The bully, according to Dawn Neely-Randall, wasn’t from any individual but the State of Ohio.

The story, including her plans to sue the state, was published by Diane Ravitch, a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University.

ODE Is The Bully

Dawn Neely-Randall, a teacher in Elyria City Schools at Mckinley Elementary School, wrote, “As a teacher in the State of Ohio, I suddenly realized that I am being harassed by the Ohio Department […]

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World leaders have gathered in Paris to hold critical talks on the issue of climate change and the trillion-dollar question, “What to do?”

Heads of 147 state and government — including the leaders of the world worst polluters, such as the U.S. and China — arrived for the conference along with members of the private sector, labor groups, members of the scientific community, indigenous leaders, and environmental activists…

The two weeks of COP21 negotiations are aimed at cementing a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 […]

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The good news for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is that his lethargic campaign got a 5-hour energy blast when the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper endorsed him instead of any one of the dozen or so Republicans running for president.

The good news for all those who didn’t win the conservative paper’s once highly prized endorsement, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who’s banking the future of his entire campaign on doing well in New Hampshire in February, is that few of the candidates the Union Leader has endorsed over the years went on to become president.

Pivoting off a […]

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For everyone who watched Ohio Gov. John Kasich safeguard his path to reelection last year by engaging in dirty tricks that derailed the Libertarian Party of Ohio’s candidate for governor from making the ballot, the attempt Tuesday by a Kasich operative to keep Donald Trump off the New Hampshire primary ballot is more deja vu all over again.

As reported by Dan Tuohy for The New Hampshire Union Leader, the chairman of the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission [NHBLC] told a former state Republican Party Chairman that Mr. Trump’s name would be on the GOP primary ballot.

Fergus Cullen, […]

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“If the Republican caucus were being held today, and the candidates were Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump, who would you support?”

For participants in Iowa who were asked this question in a new Quinnipiac Poll, 25 percent of likely GOP caucus voters picked Donald J. Trump.

Kasich Part Of Wrong 1%

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who’s been on the rise of late, follows close behind The Donald at 23 percent, double his support from four […]

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You remember the cartoon cliché of the big guy nonchalantly stiff-arming the forehead of the little guy who swings his arms wildly at the big guy and catches only wind?

That’s the analogy I’d like to employ for the dust-up between Donald Trump and John Kasich when Trump held his first campaign rally at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Monday.

Now imagine the little guy has a team of sycophants in Ohio and throughout the media who respond to this little display by writing headlines like “John Kasich gets the better of Donald Trump in Buckeye State battle,” as Full Story...

We spent a few moments following up on the state’s new motto, “Ohio, find it here.”

Our curiosity was aroused by Tourism Director Mary Cusick’s comment that the Buckeye State was not reaching as many adventurous far-flung tourists as, we’d add, Virginia’s boast of “lovers”. So now we will have a $6 million blitz of TV and other advertising channeling the things you would find within our borders if you only looked.

We figured that might include the Ohio legislature, a rather medieval rural oriented body centrally located between Circleville and Sunbury, that clearly needs rebranding if it is what President […]

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The present anti-union climate that has openly manifested itself again in the Republican Party has a long and storied history.

Republicans were virulent in their opposition to the New Deal Wagner Act, which removed legal barriers to labor organization. They supported violent retribution in strikes, such as Dearborn police and Ford Security opening fire on unemployed auto workers, killing sixty. The atmosphere maintained the violent reaction of corporations toward the nascent growth of labor unions since the late 19th century into the 20th.

Ohio attempted to break unions in 1958 with an early “right-to-work” ballot initiative. It failed with a resounding […]

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“You Can’t Trust Trump” read two sides of a flier distributed earlier this evening at a Donald Trump rally in Columbus Ohio.

According to Plunderbund contributor John Michael Spinelli, “Kasich-supporting operatives were in the crowd and working the media with a double-sided handout from New Day For American, Kasich’s superpac group, that said one side, ‘You Can’t Trust Trump: Foreign Policy,’ and on the other side, ‘You Can’t Trust Trump: Ohio Jobs.’ For the latter, Kasich said, ‘Trump Lied To Americans About His Record Of Keeping Ford Jobs In Ohio.’ The other side’s sidebar read, ‘Trump Has Flip-Flopped On […]

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Trump Dumps On Kasich In Columbus

On November 23, 2015 By

Donald Trump spoke to an energized crowd at his downtown Columbus rally this evening and while it was cold outside, Trump was on fire inside, taking time at the start of his hour-plus-long talk to mock Ohio Gov. Kasich for, among other things, his very low poll numbers.

But Camp Kasich was out in force today in advance of the New York City billionaire’s stop in Ohio’s capital city.  Earlier in the day, Kasich backers did their best to portray Mr. Trump as someone who isn’t qualified to be president.   Kasich has made his old resume, including 18 years as a central […]

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