Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

Another Sunday came and went with Ohio’s term-limited governor soaking up the kind of national media attention he lusts for, about whether he’s still a Republican and if he’ll follow up two losing runs for president with a third one.

Lame-duck Gov. John Kasich got to play his favorite game of media hide and seek, teasing political talk-show hosts about whether he’ll run for president in 2020 regardless of whether President Donald Trump will still be president. Kasich loves to use  a comment by his wife, that no one knows is true or not, to set up his crafty answer […]

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There has been an inordinate amount of soul searching, gnashing of teeth, self-reflection, introspection, finger-pointing and general angst among Democrats after losing so badly to fake Republican Donald J. Trump in 2016.

Trump’s national approval rating now is down to 32 percent, and in the Buckeye State, where he beat Hillary Clinton last year by not quite nine points, his net approval rate is just 14 percent. Other reliable polling shows the same cratering. FiveThirtyEight has him at 37.5 percent. Real Clear Politics has him at 38.6 percent. Pollster has him […]

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It’s probably not a stretch to say that few Republican officeholders really liked Ohio Gov. John Kasich, before or after he became governor. But they had to accommodate the great reformer’s petulant personality and sanctimonious self after he squeaked by Ted Strickland in 2010.

Kasich’s agenda included lots of senseless razzle dazzle, including setting up cities to be plundered, stealing from the poor to give to the rich, promising job creation that’s way to slow, creating obstacles women have to hurdle to access their constitutional rights, signing bills that created badly gerrymandered districts, toppling a potential ballot box threat, resetting […]

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As much as money has become a curse in American politics, distorting and skewing it so radically that it’s hardly recognizable anymore as being democratic, raising it is still at the core of modern day politics.

In that vein, an announcement Tuesday by Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s campaign that he had a good quarter in the game of fundraising comes as welcome news.

Friends of Sherrod Brown raised more than $2.6 million in the third quarter of 2017 and will report having $8.3 million cash on hand, according to a media release Tuesday.

“This matches Sherrod’s best off-year quarter […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the darling of national media because they see him as a Republican governor who dared break ranks to accept expanded Medicaid made possible by President Barack Obama.

By defending it now as his GOP buddies try to kill or cripple it, coastal reporters drunk from the intoxicating effects of today’s hyper-politicized environment see Kasich is a rare duck, not caring that back home he’s a lame-duck leader that GOP and Democratic candidates who want to replace him are taking whacks at.

Crying the blues as he does these days about what will happen to millions […]

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It’s a date in the future that will live in history, and maybe in infamy for Republicans, if commonsense progressives and enlightened independents join with dedicated Democrats to seize the day on Election Day next year, thereby exercising all that “We the people” stuff about the power of voting.

Next year on Nov. 6, our broken and abused democracy will offer the next great opportunity to replace hard-right leaders who have ruled Ohio, like Gov. John Kasich, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, among others wrong-headed actors that also include most members of […]

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A great and tragic example of so-called “American exceptionalism” gone totally wrong can be found in how a group with only a few million members, whose avowed purpose leads to daily deaths and more mass shootings like the horror show of death delivered in Las Vegas this past weekend, enjoys nearly unbeatable support among congressman.

And then a far larger group, whose avowed purpose is to save lives and turn retirement years into the golden sunset years they’re supposed to be instead of years of stress, poverty, and disease as Republicans seem to want, […]

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A new report by United Way called ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – reveals among other startling statistics that 40 percent of Ohio households struggle to pay for basic living expenses.

The report represents another nail in Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s coffin about how poorly Ohioans and their cities are doing. It won’t crack the fluffy fake news image Kasich has built with Ohio and national media that focuses exclusively on his hypocritical, self-serving statements about bridging political parties, finding bipartisan answers to common issues that for so long have been […]

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If anyone seriously believes that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has “no idea what the Democrats are for,” as he brazenly told another national TV talk show host and his audience Sunday when he appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” they are in need of serious psychiatric help or a remedial course in Kasich history.

Not only does Ohio’s current governor know exactly what Democrats are for, since he’s opposed that agenda from his formative days in 1978 as an fresh Republican Ohio state senator, he also knows well what his party stands for […]

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As Plunderbund has often noted while other Ohio media outlets remain silent, Gov. John Kasich has continued to abuse Ohio taxpayers with impunity when it comes to travel and security costs as he pursues his own self-promotion, even after losing badly last year when he ran for president on the Republican ticket.

The AP reported that the Trump Administration’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, resigned Friday after reports surfaced on his gross misuse of taxpayers, who were paying outrageous travel costs on government planes when the same travel by commercial carriers would have cost a fraction of the estimated […]

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Warning to Ohioans: The 2017 Distressed Communities Index (DCI), published by the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), shows just how distressed most of Ohio’s larger communities are today. Offering glaring detail any data cruncher relishes, the state of the Buckeye state stands in stark contrast to the fantasy propaganda Ohio Gov. John Kasich sells about how he took a state going broke and turned it around.

After seven years of a Kasich administration that’s pushed tax breaks for the wealthy, robed public school districts to fund poor if not corrupt for-profit charter schools, repealed the […]

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