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 […]Full Story... →
If Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his political handlers and advisers thought the recent dismissal by the Ohio Elections Commission [OEC] was the end of a complaint that showed to what lengths Team Kasich went last year to clear his reelection path of obstacles, including a pesky and potentially troublesome Libertarian Party of Ohio [LPO] candidate, they should heed Yogi Bera’s famous observance of “It ain’t over till it’s over,” because, according to the attorney representing LPO , it ain’t over.
The OEC is charged with enforcing state campaign finance laws and voted 5-2 in May to dismiss a complaint […]Full Story... →
An Ohio watchdog agency charged with enforcing state campaign finance laws not only didn’t bark Thursday morning, it went to sleep on the job. In a 5-2 decision, the Ohio Elections Commission dismissed a complaint filed in mid-April by the Ohio Libertarian Party [LPO] alleging collusion and coordination between a long-time friend and political operative of Gov. John Kasich, top officials in the governor’s campaign for reelection last year, and a powerful attorney whose law firm was paid $300,000 by the Ohio Republican Party [ORP] to represent a man whose embarrassing testimony in federal court showed he was […]Full Story... →
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was given a rude and potentially devastating awakening last Friday, when Judge Susan D. Wigenton presented the conspiracy involving three Christie confidants involved in a political retribution case know as “Bridgegate.”
David Wildstein, a buddy of Gov. Christie’s from high-school who was appointed by him to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded guilty to orchestrating a 2013 traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge as political payback against the Democratic Mayor of Fort Lee who declined to endorse Gov. Christie, a Republican, for reelection in 2013.
Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer said […]Full Story... →
Ken Hanson is legal counsel for the Buckeye Firearms Association, which has endorsed Governor Strickland. He’s also the Chair of its Legislative Committee. He filed an amicus brief in the groundbreaking Heller and McDonald U.S. Supreme Court cases. In other words, he’s not just some average joe member (although I admit in talking to him in the past, he is a real down to earth kind of guy.)
Well, apparently he has had enough of John Kasich trying to pull a fast one on the gun issue, and he let Kasich have it on the BFA website.
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Jerid at BSB was, not surprisingly, the first one to report on today’s ruling by the Ohio Elections Commission that Bob Latta “knowingly or recklessly lied about opponent Steve Buehrer?s positions in political flyers.”
But the Toledo Blade just posted some additional info about the Latta v Buehrer fight related, specifically, to Scott Pullins, Latta’s lawyer.
The Ohio Elections Commission unanimously slapped congressional candidate Bob Latta with a reprimand after ruling today that his congressional campaign knowingly or recklessly lied about opponent Steve Buehrer?s positions in political flyers.
Even the Latta campaign?s attorney, Scott Pullins, admitted statements […]Full Story... →
Antivax activists are making inroads at the Ohio Statehouse, recruiting at least 35 sitting lawmakers to endorse their positions through intense lobbying and outreach. A deep dive into the latest viral phenomenon to infect state politics.Full Story... →
A 4-3 majority on the Ohio Supreme Court this week sided with consumers in striking down hundreds of millions in additional charges that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio had allowed FirstEnergy to assess Ohio families for the past two years.
Justice Sharon Kennedy, who is seeking re-election in 2020, sided with the minority on FirstEnergy’s side against consumers. This shocked exactly nobody, as the utility industry has given more than $50,000 in campaign contributions to Kennedy.
Ohio’s two new justices, Michael Donnelly and Melody Stewart, meanwhile, sided with consumers.
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Former U.S. Congressman and candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space today released the following statement following reports that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) may permanently close as soon as next week:
“From the beginning, the true victims of the ECOT farce have been Ohio children. The reports that ECOT may permanently close will again harm those same children, whose educational future is now unclear. No Ohio child or their family should ever know that fear and uncertainty. I am hopeful that the General Assembly, the Ohio Department […]Full Story... →
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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“You don’t give up just because you don’t get anything done,” said John Kasich, Ohio’s great reformer governor, about the last bad budget he submits before wandering off the political radar screen in two years.
Statehouse watchers predict Gov. Kasich’s last bad budget at $66.9 billion, again topping the charts as the largest in state history, will largely be ignored in its current form. Not getting anything done while talking about what he wants to do is basic Kasich. As C.G. Jung put it: “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”
Why Johnny can’t learn that his former […]Full Story... →
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