From the daily archives: Monday, October 30, 2017

Gerrymandering is anti-democratic. It encroaches on some of the most fundamental and basic principles of democracy, 2018 Ohio Auditor candidate Zack Space told Plunderbund in a sit-down interview Friday.

In an act of immense political bravery and honesty, Space is basing his campaign for auditor on speaking the truth against two of the most serious ills plaguing American democracy today: Gerrymandering and the corrupt influence of money in politics. In a series of articles over the next several days, Plunderbund will explore these topics with Space.

The Ohio Auditor is one of three statewide officers who sit at the redistricting table […]

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It seems like every Sunday, on one national TV network or another, Ohio Gov. John Kasich makes a short cameo appearance to reveal his thoughts on foreign policy, politics in Washington, the latest tweet by President Donald Trump, and whether he’ll mount another campaign, the third of his career, for the White House in 2020.

Political talk shows hosts treat Kasich as if he’s is no longer governor, a fact many count down the days to, that won’t be factual until the next governor is sworn-in one the first day of 2019. Questions to Kasich never reflect […]

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If you’re looking for some lighter  moments during these dark Trumpian days, may I suggest that you watch MSNBC’s Ali Velshi  and Stephanie Ruhle lash Ohio U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, a stock wannabe pol running for Ohio governor, on his tax reduction notions. You can find it on YouTube.

I concede that it really wasn’t a fair match, with two adults who did their homework and armed with charts, not GOP obsessions, on the attack against Renacci, a multimillionnaire who’s already contributed $4 million of his own money to his campaign. As he has told us, he will “stop at nothing” […]

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Yet another wake up call was delivered Friday to term-limited Ohio Gov. John Kasich to do what he’s refused to do so far to reverse his state’s earned title as posterchild for opioid-related overdoses.

Kasich, who despite being badly beaten last year in his second try for the White House, is playing his familiar game of hide-and-seek with national media on his intentions for 2020, and whether he’ll run for president a third time.

Using the same bob-and-weave strategy he used with state media in 2014, when the question he wouldn’t answer was whether he would run for president in […]

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