From the monthly archives: August 2016

Francis Strickland opened a Democratic Party office in Athens here in Southeast Ohio a couple weeks ago. She played campaign-themed folk songs on the guitar and deployed all of her southern Ohio charm on behalf of her husband, Ted, the former governor challenging U.S. Sen. Rob Portman for this election cycle’s most crucial Senatorial seat.

Strickland noted that more than $35 million has been spent in the race against her husband on behalf of so-called super PACs.

“They’re picking on my guy every chance they, and we just aren’t going to let them get by with it, are we,” she […]

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A Democratic lawmaker from Cincinnati wants more action and fewer political speeches from Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Ohio’s growing crisis of heroin overdose deaths.

In a letter to Ohio’s CEO-style chief executive, Rep. Denise Driehaus of Cincinnati said an emergency exists, citing state deaths from overdoses of pharmaceuticals laced with other potent drugs hitting new highs. She asked for the release of emergency funds to combat the heroin crisis, which hit nearly 200 heroin-related overdoses in one week, according to figures from the Ohio Department of Health [ODE]. The rush from this crisis nearly overwhelmed the ability of […]

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In the latest Quinnipiac University National Poll released Friday, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton enjoys a 10-point lead over her Republican opponent, Donald John Trump [51-41]. Maybe as important, she busts through the “magical 50 percent mark” among American likely voters, the Q-Poll notes.

Just two days ago, another poll, this one done by Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project, showed that if the U.S. presidential election were held now, Mr.s Clinton would win the key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Virginia and have a 95 percent chance of beating Mr. Trump. The project combines opinion polls […]

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The Last Days Of The GOP

On August 31, 2016 By

Whatever may happen in the November election,  the Republican Party as we’ve known it will not exist.  Its name since it succeeded the Whigs will turn up only  in history books read mostly by  scholars.  Win or lose, a psycho  named Donald Trump will be the guiding spirit for the true-believing voters who nominated him as the titular head of the new Trump Party.  The long run of the Party of Lincoln will be the Party of Trump, whose birthday will be celebrated  at sassy dinners each year. They’re not going away.

Ironically, some of the older celebrants won’t still […]

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John Kasich will be Governor of Ohio for another two years. During this time, Ohio taxpayers will be socked without mercy or resource for a hefty yet undisclosed tab that has already been accumulated to protect him, family members and staffers as he unsuccessfully campaigned for president since July of 2015.

Rumors that Ohio’s lame duck governor is now in 2020 campaign mode, with dreams of winning what he couldn’t win twice before, in 2000 and this year, abound. Reporters in Ohio and again in New Hampshire may fall for his quixotic musings on becoming the Republican Party’s presidential nominee […]

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Following the 2008 Election, I left Columbus for Athens, Ohio. Starting in 2009, I began covering Ohio’s 6th and 18th Congressional districts, often seeing U.S. Reps. Charlie Wilson and Zack Space in Athens County.

They visited my offices at The Athens NEWS. They attended events at Ohio University. When they were up for re-election, they debated their positions at candidate forums hosted by the local League of Women Voters. Democracy was working for the Republic.

In 2011, the great gerrymandering of Ohio happened. The majority of Athens County was included in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, stretching across the state all […]

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It’s an article of faith among many on the right that President Barack Obama is waging a war on coal. I’ll not argue here on anthropogenic climate change, the merits or demerits of coal, or America’s energy future.

What I will argue is that no matter where you stand on coal, the people of coal country deserve a future beyond coal. The Obama administration is keenly aware of that, and is investing in a new future for the Appalachian region.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training […]

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The central argument in the ECOT lawsuit attempting to block the Ohio Department of Education from auditing the charter school’s attendance is the claim that ECOT is not required to track login information for the students, but is simply required to “offer” students opportunities to log in and learn.

The school claims that an old contract with ODE stipulates this requirement for funding purposes.  The school’s contract with their sponsor, however, contains language that states that ECOT’s attendance policy is that students will be engaged in learning for five hours per day and five days per week, meaning that the […]

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Readers might want to label this tale of Statehouse antics as just more of the same. On second thought, maybe it could be a reminder for being careful about what you wish for in life.

A state senator known for his aggressive style in questioning individuals at hearings acted as the “hired gun” for Republicans in a meeting on August 22 to review new charter school administrative rules prepared by the Ohio Department of Education.  He was not shy in flexing his muscles in the fight between Republicans and ODE over reforming the state’s scandal-ridden and poorly performing charters.

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Plunderbund was the only media sanctioned to be in courtroom 23B of the 10th District Court of Appeals in downtown Columbus Thursday, to hear and record presentations in the case of Earl v OEC.

Despite being unsuccessful so far, starting at the Ohio Elections Commission, it makes a compelling argument that Gov. John Kasich’s reelection campaign, the state Republican Party and other political operatives, especially Terry Casey, a long-time political friend and ally of the governor, coordinated political activity for the purpose of eliminating The Libertarian Party of Ohio’s 2014 candidate for governor from the ballot through activities centered on […]

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I don’t criticize Ohio tag-along Sen. Rob Portman for being a Republican. I’ve known some Democrats over the many years who were worse.

No, my problem with Portman is that he is a hypocrite-in-chief.

The other night ,for example, there he was in a TV commercial tryng to make waves inside of a big workplace wearing a prescribed white hardhat and jeans, a big smile, and seemingly in his casual comfort zone with whoever the guys were who were standing next to him. The commercial was again blasting his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, for losing 350,000 jobs.(The senator’s […]

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