Posts by: D.C. DeWitt

The ineffectual egomaniac in the Oval Office shall be visiting the Buckeye State tomorrow for an inexplicable campaign rally in Youngstown.

The administration of President Donald Trump is in chaos. The president is tweeting strange threats at strange hours of the morning. He is openly hostile to his own attorney general. His secretary of state is reportedly considering resignation. He’s been unable to get the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress to pass any major legislation.

Basically, he is what we thought he was: Wildly incompetent and unfit for the office. Of course, his utter incompetence is to our advantage for the time […]

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In 15 years as a journalist, the most gut-wrenching, powerful story I’ve ever written happened this past January when I interviewed Athens resident Alex Andrews less than a week after he had been shot in the face through his kitchen window around 2 in the morning by an unknown assailant.

He remembered it all, in vivid detail.

As I wrote in The Athens NEWS at the time:

He remembers getting up at around 2 that Thursday morning for a snack. He recalls cutting up vegetables. He remembers hearing a sound at the window and turning to see the […]

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Case File A Secret, Too

A three-judge panel dismissed an ethics complaint against Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy that was filed by ProgressOhio and signed by doctors, patients, consumer groups and medical students.

Though the ethics complaint was dismissed, the identity of the deciding judges and legal reasoning remain secret.

“This dismissal shows that Ohio’s most powerful state court is also its least accountable,” said ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis. “Those handling the complaint refused to even identify the judges who cleared Kennedy.”

brief letter that announces the dismissal states, “[u]nless the justice against whom the […]

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After being caught lying last week about Ohio, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence came back with – you guessed it – more lies.

Lying has become the default modus operandi of the Trump Administration, so this should surprise exactly no one.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Pence, former governor of Indiana, singled out Kasich during a speech at the National Governors Association gathering in Providence, Rhode Island.

“I know Gov. (John) Kasich isn’t with us, but I suspect that he’s very troubled to know that in Ohio alone, nearly 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on waiting lists, leaving […]

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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde wants to be Ohio’s next secretary of state because she believes we deserve better.

“No matter where they live, whether it’s in a big city or a small town, black or white, young or old, we need to be working hard for the people of Ohio,” Clyde said in an interview with Plunderbund last month. “Unfortunately, our state leaders have an outdated way of doing things, a lack of transparency, and the same old stale ideas and misplaced priorities that favor those who are already doing just fine.”

In Ohio, the 2018 Election will be a […]

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State representative and former assistant attorney general Kristin Boggs today issued a letter calling for state Auditor Dave Yost to recuse himself from all current and future matters related to the Educational Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) and for a special audit to be conducted into the charter school, the Ohio Democratic Party announced in a release Monday.

“Auditor Yost has consistently failed to lead an effective investigation or audit into any matters involving ECOT,” Boggs said. “In 2014 Auditor Yost received information from an ECOT school employee regarding fraudulent school enrollment, but he then allowed ECOT to […]

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In celebration of the 241st Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence yesterday, Plunderbund shared a series of quotes from American history regarding the Fourth of July and our self-governance.

This would seem to be more important than ever at a time in the history of the United States of America where the President doesn’t appear to know or respect that history, the principles or self-government, or the weight of the democratic institutions in our Republic.

The first quote comes from James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution.” Madison did not attend the Second Continental Congress where the […]

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Ohio Republicans in the state legislature and Gov. John Kasich are on a collision course this week, after Kasich line-item vetoed 47 line items in the Buckeye State’s next two-year budget on Friday.

Perhaps the biggest item within those lines is the legislature’s attempt to freeze Medicaid expansion, allowing a one-year open enrollment before cutting off expansion for those who earn up to 38 percent above the federal poverty line. And if anyone has a gap in coverage, they can’t get it back.

Talk to anybody who works for a county department of job and family services and the cruelty […]

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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 […]

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Here is your Monday Round-Up for June 19, 2017. We suddenly regret using the term, “Monday Morning Round-Up” in our previous effort, as it belied an ambition that was not fulfilled here only in its second week. Read on to see what nonsense is going on in Ohio this week.

Guns, Guns, And Guns

That’s what the state legislature will be discussing in hearings on Tuesday. Below we’ve provided a handy list of what shall be covered as America continues to struggle endlessly with its firearm trouble and Ohio lawmakers continue to have some odd ideas about what should be […]

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is running for governor in Ohio in 2018 with a focus on bringing back partnerships between the state of Ohio and its cities and families.

Whaley, a Democrat, was elected mayor of Dayton in 2013 and before that served on the Dayton City Commission. She is one of five Democrats and four Republicans who have declared their candidacy for governor in 2018.

In an interview with Plunderbund on Friday, Whaley said she went on a bus tour of nearly two dozen Ohio communities with a bipartisan coalition of mayors. While on this tour, she decided that […]

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