From the monthly archives: May 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of Husted v. Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute, which challenged Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s purging of lawfully registered voters from the rolls.

The case was filed in April 2016, in opposition to Husted’s decision to purge hundreds of thousands of lawfully registered voters from the rolls in Ohio, the swingingest of swing states, during a critical election year.

Some background from Sabrina Eaton at

An appeals court ruled in September that the state’s way of weeding out ineligible voters violates the National Voting Rights […]

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Trump’s Hollow Dynasty

On May 29, 2017 By

As we somehow press forward to survive the Trump Dynasty, I recall the words of  T.S. Eliot to define the character of the president’s  horrific performance.  They are from the poet’s “The Hollow Men”, which is a perfect fit for Trump, Pence,  Kushner, Bannon, Sessions et al…. We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

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Far and away, Plunderbund reported more than any other news outlet on the 2014 case involving top aides to Gov. Kasich conspiring to dump Libertarian Party candidate for Ohio governor Charlie Earl from the ballot. The case was brought by Capital Law School attorney Mark Brown with co-counsel Mark G. Kafantaris.

One person central to the case brought first to the Ohio Elections Commission was Columbus attorney John W. Zeiger, who among other distinguished clients has represented The Columbus Dispatch newspaper, a newspaper whose friendliness to Gov. Kasich has gone above and beyond the call of duty.


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Some political pundits have been saying SB 85-the Universal Voucher Bill-will not move through the legislature. Hopefully they are right. But in the era of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary, vouchers could become more appealing. DeVos’ response to every question is an elevator speech on a parent’s right to choose. After hearing a talking point hundreds of times, one often accepts it as fact regardless of how wrong it is. The sponsor of SB 85, State Rep. Matt Huffman, is taking his show on the road.  A May 19th Plain Dealer article details a rally […]

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Weakly Week In Review

On May 27, 2017 By

This was the week that still is;

The president referred to the pope as “something”.

The president shoved aside a foreign minister and, with chin upturned, haughtily walked forward.

A Republican congressional candidate in Montana body slammed a British reporter but still won the seat in a special election.

The president described the outcome as a “great victory” for Montana.

Some Trumpweeds defended the Republican’s violent assault by reminding us that everybody sins.

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and reputed to be Trump’s brain, reportedly attempted to set up a secret communications back channel with the Russian ambassador,

Mitch McConnell […]

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Americans received a second chilling diagnosis about how bad healthcare will be for tens of millions or more if the plan Republicans have in store for them, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), passes Congress and is signed into law by President Donald Trump.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Wednesday scored the final version of the AHCA designed by House Republicans, reporting that 23 million people would lose healthcare insurance by 2026, as for-profit insurance companies would again be free to hike premium rates at will.

An alternate view on the ACA (Obamacare) was performed by Health and […]

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53 Consecutive Months Of Sub-Par Job Growth

New data for April 2017 show Gov. Kasich, whose platform was to be a jobs governor, has extended his sub-par job growth streak to 53 consecutive months. Ohio’s preeminent number cruncher, George Zeller, reports that the new April 2017 data show that “Ohio is still recovering from both the 2000s recession and the 2007 ‘Great Recession.’ But, Ohio’s growth remains too slow and is well below the USA national average.”

One big pothole for Mr. Kasich comes with a revised downward change in jobs created in the past, a figure Zeller pegs […]

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Rob Portman skated to an easy win last year over Democratic challenger, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. Sen. Portman danced around his support for Donald Trump throughout his election campaign, trying to keep a safe distance from the non-traditional candidate Republicans slowly if not begrudgingly rallied behind, even though so-called establishment lane politicos like Gov. John Kasich sniped at the New York billionaire whenever they could.

But Sen. Portman isn’t dancing around which Republican he wants to take on Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown next year like he did Trump. Sen. Portman said he will support Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for […]

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High on the list of historic optics for President Trump’s Middle East escape route was the gleeful smile-and-hug embrace by Benjamin Natanyahu, Israel’s prime minister. From all of the evidence Bibi was still in his ecstatic glow over Trump’s victory in November. I mean, a world without Hillary? Without Obama? How could any right-wing thinking soul not appreciate the fate that had been dealt to the planet by the oddball American?

For Trump, it was all about optics to disguise his inner grief over the mess he temporarily left behind with the mice continuing to play while he’s sojourning in […]

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What does Vice President Mike Pence and the rest of the Trump Administration require to start prioritizing the needs of the American people over more guns and bombs? Do people need to be dying of starvation in the streets – I mean, more than they already are? What is the point of all this violent madness?

From the Dayton Daily News:

Vice President Mike Pence vowed the Trump administration would “rebuild the military” and seek the biggest increases in defense spending since the Reagan era…

Pence cited a $21 billion boost in military spending President Donald Trump […]

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Two lengthy bills have been introduced in the Ohio House that seek to implement significant changes once again to educational practices across the state.

House Bill 176 had its first hearing in the Ohio House Education and Career Readiness Committee on May 16, and House Bill 181 gets its first hearing this coming Tuesday, May 23, in the same committee (click on image above).

The two bills have many similarities, so it’s curious that Chair Andrew Brenner is giving the bills separate hearings in the committee, especially considering they […]

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