From the monthly archives: May 2016

It’s hard to believe that anyone who visits Plunderbund on a regular basis is confused about where we stand on Gov. Kasich’s mediocre efforts to crank up Ohio’s economy.

We reported recently that Ohio has entered its 41st straight month of not even breaking even with the national job creation average. Worse still, the Buckeye State is still tens of thousands of jobs short of bringing state workers back to work in the numbers prior to President George W. Bush’s ‘Great Recession’ kicked virtually all states, especially Ohio, in the gut.

Ohio Missing Out

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Ohio Republicans including hard-right Gov. John Kasich and a conservative GOP legislature can pass, and have passed, any bill they want, regardless of whether it’s constitutional or not.

But two Federal court rulings Tuesday stopped two bills—one to defund Planned Parenthood and a second to eliminate “Golden Week”—in their tracks.

One decision Monday, by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett of Cincinnati, barred Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges from enforcing a law that was to have taken effect Monday to strip $1.5 million from the organization, the AP reported.

Planned Parenthood Saved By The Bell

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After months of waiting for the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to release public records related to last summer’s charter school scandal, Plunderbund Media LLC has filed a lawsuit to force Governor John Kasich’s representatives at the ODE to turn over emails from David Hansen, Kasich’s hand-picked and now-disgraced Charter School Czar.

Hansen, husband of trusted Kasich adviser Beth Hansen, resigned from his state job back in July 2015 after it was discovered he illegally withheld damaging rating data from charter sponsor evaluations. Seven weeks later, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) finally released some public records related to that charter school data scandal. […]

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It’s not often that Ohio’s congressional delegation comes together on anything. But they did Tuesday, when Buckeye State senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman were joined by 15 House Members to push U.S. Secretary of Transportation (DOT) Anthony Foxx to award its Smart City Challenge grant to the City of Columbus, Ohio.

Citing its leadership in innovation and research as well as its geographic fit, the delegation sent a letter Monday praising Ohio’s capital city, which out of an original pool of 78 competitors is one of seven cities still vying for the award. Austin, TX; Denver, CO; Kansas City, […]

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“No big deal. We were waiting for this so we can appeal,” Mark Brown, a capital law school professor who represents the Ohio Libertarian Party [LPO], told Plunderbund Saturday.

Attorney Brown’s plan to appeal another judicial turn down comes on the heels of a ruling by a federal judge that justice may have to wait a little longer after The Libertarian Party of Ohio, who had sued Secretary of State Jon Husted and voter Greg Felsoci, alleging they were part of a scheme to selectively enforce Ohio election law to help Republican Gov. John Kasich’s re-election bid, […]

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Early Friday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich squeezed off this tweet: “With graduation season here, let’s help our kids reach their God-given potential by staying off drugs. Learn how:

The 64-year old lame duck governor isn’t actively running for president anymore, after he suspended his poorly performing campaign following 46 losses and one win. But when his campaign was going full tilt, among his campaign’s tour of hopes and hugs was his homilis on the evils of drugs, especially opioid drugs, manufactured legally by big pharma drug companies, that are claiming too young lives.

Notwithstanding a revelation from […]

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It’s a perfect setting for H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”. The Republican convention in Cleveland, I mean.

An invasive species is coming to town, the place that cynics have described as the “mistake on the lake”. But it’s there that the place will have to give up that derisive title to a bigger mistake about to take place in July on the lake. As all of us have come to know him, Donald Trump will be the measure of all things. (Sorry, Protagoras, for taking liberties with your words!)

The looming disaster alone is enough to draw 50,000 visitors […]

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The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services released new data on Ohio’s employment and unemployment through April 2016 Monday. According to Ohio’s preeminent job number cruncher, “The new figures are unambiguously terrible.”

George Zeller, a Cleveland-based economic analyst, reports that Ohio lost 13,600 jobs in April 2016 as corrections to previously released data for January, February, and March 2016 in Ohio were revised downward.

Kasich Extends Ohio’s Sub-Par Job Growth To 41 Straight Months

The sad news for Ohio following the new April data and the revisions to prior 2016 months, Mr. Zeller said today, is that Ohio […]

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Before Vice President Joe Biden had boarded Air Force Two Wednesday to fly to Columbus to offer remarks on economic matters at the headquarters of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream’s, Ohio Congressman Pat Tiberi issued a statement critical of what Mr. Biden was going to say, especially on a new rule by the U.S. Department of Labor that will help millions get paid for overtime hours worked but not compensated.

Ohio Senior U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who accompanied the vice president on his flight to Ohio’s capital city today, said about 134,000 Ohio workers would qualify for under the new […]

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It was sunny and bright at The Lincoln Theater on the east side of Columbus Monday, where about 35 community leaders gathered to hear U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx make comments about the upcoming awarding in June of $40 million to develop a first-of-its-kind Fully-Integrated Transportation Network.

From an original pool of 78 applicants, Columbus, “The Opportunity City,” home to state government, The Ohio State University and an insurance and banking, is one of the seven finalists—Austin, TX; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA, represent the competition.

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After Ohio Gov. John Kasich bowed out less than two weeks ago—after losing 46 Republican primary contests and winning only one—the 64-year old lame duck governor disappeared into the shadows.

The term-limited governor had clearly had his fill of reporters lobbing unwanted, annoying questions at him after more than 200-plus days of running out of state for a job Ohio voters didn’t elect him to run for because he didn’t include his ambition to be president in his reasons for a second term as governor.

After 18 years in congress and many years of working at Fox News as […]

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