From the monthly archives: August 2016

New reports emerged overnight about the new head of the Trump for President Campaign, Steve Bannon, who formerly ran the racist and sexist Breitbart News website. According to the New York Times, in 1996 Bannon was alleged to have roughed up his wife and smashed her phone when she tried to call police during an argument.

There’s a lot to this story, including this allegation that Bannon threatened his wife to get her to drop the charges, and apparently refused to marry her until 3 days before the birth of their twins, insisting on waiting to make sure the babies were “normal” […]

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Trump Rigging His Candidacy?

On August 25, 2016 By

David Prentice, executive secretary treasurer of the Tri–County Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO, raised a valid question at an outdoor gathering of Democrats this week that I didn’t see reported anywhere. One of several speakers assembled on the county headquarters lawn to criticize Donald Trump’s refusal to release his 2015 income tax returns, Prentice referred to the Republican candidate’s excuse that they were being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

Prentice then wondered why Trump didn’t release his 2014 returns. ”That should have been a done deal,” he told me later,

Indeed, it should have been. But not if the billionaire […]

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I nearly executed a perfect spit-take of my Cheerios Saturday morning when I heard Donald Trump’s pitch to black voters to support him because, apparently, why not?

“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?”

Did I just hear that? Did Donald Trump just tell black people that they are poor, unemployed, poorly educated and they’ve got nothing to lose by voting for him? Tone-deaf doesn’t begin to describe it.

Then I realized, no, he didn’t tell black people that. He […]

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Reporters on a conference call Tuesday with noted African-American leaders, heard Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump roundly criticized for demeaning communities of color, including at a stop in Akron on Monday.

From calling Mexicans “rapists” to painting African Americans as lazy to refusing to disavow his white supremacist supporters, leaders on the call, including Ohio Congressman Marcia Fudge, took issue with Donald Trump’s pattern of degrading communities of color.

Organized by Hillary for America, the press call included Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC), Congressman Greg Meeks (NY), Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY), Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL), New York City Council Speaker Melissa […]

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Mainstream media almost always botches monthly job reports, focusing on the unemployment rate with little or no context added.

Plunderbund has been the lone voice, daring month in and month out, to report what other media won’t, that Ohio under Gov. John Kasich hasn’t been able to meet or beat the national job creation average for 43 straight months. As reported here, even the well-respected W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks Ohio in the bottom half of states on various job metrics.

Year-over-year, Ohio ranks 28 in private job creation. In a 12-month moving average […]

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Leave it to a book club discussion about The Great Recession to make you start thinking about things other than financial crashes. Like charter schools, for example.

That’s what happened when our group assembled recently to discuss Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, former Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner’s book about the implosion of financial markets at the end of the George W. Bush administration.  Geithner defines a stress test as the result of when “Regulators would delve into the books of major financial firms to calculate how much additional capital they would need to survive.”

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Last week the big news out of TrumpLand was that campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was out amidst allegations of his unseemly lobbying activities for the former Russian-backed Ukrainian president.

Note the yellow highlights. One would assume that in order to completely remove the stench, fellow staffer, Rick Gates — whom the AP said was intimately involved in the Ukriaine influence-peddling scheme–would have been let go as well, right?

Nope. Still at the campaign, according to the official spokes-trumpkin:

Also still on the campaign? The guy who said the holocaust couldn’t have happened because the ovens weren’t big enough:


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To hear the Columbus Dispatch tell it, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s lead in the polls over former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is driven by his campaign RV as he tools around the Buckeye State, pressin’ the flesh, back-slappin’, glad-handin’, county fairin’, and otherwise gettin’ on the level with regular folk.

And, Strickland, by contrast, is portrayed as a 75-year-old “old-school, old-man” who is running a “campaign that is failing to engage voters.” Woof. Didn’t the Wolfes sell? It’s not until the 17th ‘graph that the Dispatch mentions in passing the “flood of TV commercials by special-interest groups.”

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A Book Directly From Trump’s Bio

On August 22, 2016 By

I finished reading David Cay Johnston’s book, “The Making of Donald Trump”, the day before the Republican nominee was to burst into Akron with another yarn about making America great. Johnston is a legendary investigative reporter who has adorned his credentials with a number of journalism awards, including a Pulitzer. So this volume, published in July, should be treated with respect and not as a paste-up pot-boiler that arrives in time for another election. You may know him from his guest TV appearances..

The book has doubtless been churning around in Johnston’s bearded head for decades. And the character that […]

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Ohio’s largest for-profit charter school, ECOT, is embroiled in a contentious lawsuit with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the rhetoric has been ramping up all summer long, with ECOT now running regular commercials claiming that ODE is trying to shut down the school.  We recently shared that the media company employed by ECOT (via the school’s management company). Third Wave Communications, is run by Jessica Lager Harris, the daughter of Altair and IQ Innovations owner, and ECOT founder, Bill Lager.

For the past decade plus, Bill Lager has been a major donor to campaigns of […]

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As Hillary Clinton took the stage Wednesday in Cleveland at John Marshall High School, her campaign manager, Robby Mook, was on the phone to field questions from reporters after delivering a blistering assessment of Donald Trump’s new team of advisers.

When he made brief remarks to the Ohio delegation in Philadelphia for the DNC nominating convention in late July, Mook recounted his deep roots in Ohio vis a vis his parents and grandparents, who were born in Ohio. One relative, a Republican uncle, ran for political office and lost. Mook said with a big grin, pounding the podium, “Let’s continue […]

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