An old-timey town crier

Good afternoon, beautiful Plunderbunders, we hope you’ve had a nice start to the week. The state of Ohio sure hasn’t, what with a pro-ISIS (Daesh) ne’er-do-well launching a cyber-attack on 11 state information-technology websites Sunday night.

American Internet Graffiti

From the Columbus Dispatch:

The government web pages, including that of Gov. John Kasich, were replaced with (pro-Islamic State, anti-Donald Trump) messages about 11 a.m. Some of the websites were restored Sunday while others were back online Monday morning.

Two affected computer servers were taken offline until the websites could be restored, according to Tom Hoyt, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have taken the lead on investigating the incident in cooperation with the State Highway Patrol, Sgt. Tiffany Meeks said.

Hoyt said technicians are scanning websites and data banks but have thus far not found any services that were disrupted or information about employees or private citizens that was accessed or disturbed.

He said internet experts call it a “defacement,” sometimes known a “internet graffiti,” rather than hacking when information is often accessed and stolen.

Jump In, Water’s Warm

A couple of Dems have jumped into the 2018 statewide races, which will be enormously important for Ohio’s political future. The election is a year-and-a-half away but every progressive and Democrat who cares what happens to the Buckeye State through 2031 should start paying attention now.


Two more Ohio Democrats have filed paperwork to run for statewide office in 2018: former Cincinnati mayoral candidate Rob Richardson Jr. for treasurer and ex-U.S. Rep. Zack Space for state auditor…

Richardson is the first Democrat to enter the race for treasurer. The current treasurer, Republican Josh Mandel, is term-limited and is running for U.S. Senate next year.

Two Republicans have launched campaigns for treasurer: Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo and state Rep. Robert Sprague of Findlay.

Space, a 56-year-old from Dover, represented Ohio’s 18th congressional district for two terms until he was unseated by Republican Bob Gibbs in 2010. He now works for the prominent Columbus law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.

Republican Keith Faber, a state representative and former Ohio Senate president from Mercer County, is also seeking the auditor’s job. Term-limited GOP incumbent Dave Yost is running for attorney general.

Ohio Republicans Want To Fight The Heroin Problem But Not Fund It? Or Something


Ohio’s GOP lawmakers say they are devoting millions to the fight against heroin and opioids, even as they propose stripping away insurance that helps Ohioans receive drug treatment.

With one hand, GOP lawmakers in the Ohio Senate have offered $176 million to tackle the state’s drug problem. With the other, they’ve proposed crippling Gov. John Kasich’s Medicaid expansion by ending new enrollment after July 1, 2018.

U.S. Senate Health Care Atrocity Gets CBO Score

From the Toledo Blade, via CNN:

The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026 than under Obamacare, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday…

Like the House bill, the Senate’s version would end enhanced funding for Medicaid expansion, though at a slower pace, while overhauling the entire Medicaid program. It would eliminate the mandates that require nearly all Americans to have coverage and companies with more than 50 workers to provide health benefits. And it would jettison Obamacare’s taxes on the wealthy, insurers and others, while allowing insurers to charge more to older policyholders.

Unleashing Destruction

Ohio Democrats took a strong stand against the nightmare that is the U.S. Senate Republican healthcare bill, as reported by the Youngstown Vindicator’s Justin Wier:

Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Cleveland, specifically targeted changes in the Medicaid program.

“We cannot allow Washington to rip the rug out from under Ohio communities,” Brown said in a news release. “Instead of raising prices on people over 50 and working families, we should be working together to lower costs, fight the opioid epidemic and make health care work better for everyone.” …

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, laid into the bill, calling it a “betrayal” that would “unleash destruction.”

“With drug overdoses becoming the leading cause of death around the country, Republicans are touting a bill that will slash Medicaid, decrease access to substance-abuse treatment and make the opioid crisis worse,” Ryan said in a news release.