From the daily archives: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Plunderbund recently broke the news that ECOT, Ohio’s largest online charter school, “appears to have overcharged the state of Ohio for nearly 35 million dollars in the 2014-15 school year, one third of the school’s total funding for the year” by overstating its enrollment numbers.

A few days later we found out that House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger spoke at ECOT’s graduation ceremony this year, following a long list of prominent Republicans to fill that roll.

For example, John Kasich spoke at the 2011 ECOT graduation.  Republican Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell spoke in 2013.  In 2014, House Speaker Bill Batchelder spoke at the ECOT […]

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Cecile Richards, president since 2006 of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a member of Team Hillary Clinton, made a stump stop in Columbus Thursday to support Gov. Ted Strickland in his bid to unseat incumbent first-term Republican Sen. Rob Portman.

The event was held near downtown Columbus at Ohio Democratic Party facilities, where a roundtable of 19 women sat in a square to hear Mr. Strickland differentiate his record from that of Sen. Portman’s on issues of paramount importance to all women of all ages.

Cecile Richards was joined by Iris E. Harvey, president and chief […]

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Kaiser Health News reported Wednesday that a plan unveiled by House Republicans that would repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, better known as Obamacare, constitutes a hodgepodge of “every idea on health care proposed by Republicans going back at least two decades.”

The 37-page white paper, called “A Better Way,” is remarkable for dredging up ideas like “high risk pools” for people with very high medical expenses, end open-ended funding for the Medicaid program and encourage small businesses to band together to get better bargaining power in “Association Health Plans,” KHN reported.

Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, […]

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With presidential election day 2016 rancorously tumbling forward, there’s a growing chance the ballots  in some places will not bear the name of the Republican  candidate. It will simply be listed as the “Republican nominee”.

A weird idea, I know, but with all of the turmoil in the GOP,  party big shots are trying to avoid any reference to Donald Trump’s name as the deranged  uncle in the attic.   Even the lonely Summit County Republican Party, which  exists largely in name only with a new (sort of) chairman on call from an incapacitated old chairman,  is avoiding much mention […]

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