Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday afternoon by the UCLA School of Law and an Ohio attorney, three Ohio-based Plaintiffs are challenging a recently enacted Ohio law (HB 151, 131st GA) that purports to criminalize constitutionally protected political and other expression on the Internet on First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds.

Eugene Volokh of the Scott & Cyan Banister First Amendment Clinic UCLA School of Law and Raymond V. Vasvari, Jr. of Cleveland will represent Tom Zawistowski, on behalf on the The Portage County TEA Party, Inc., Joseph Mismas, on behalf of Plunderbund LLC, […]

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Since 2012 when Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel lost his first go at unseating U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, he’s been the odds-on favorite to take another run at the task in 2018.

(Plunderbund commented recently on Mandel’s faux concern for transparency, when operating in the dark is what he’d rather do to keep his dealings from prying public eyes.)

In office, Mandel has focused his time and attention on gearing up for another run at Brown, his duties coming second to his political ambition for a campaign full of twists, turns and potholes.

In the wake of Donald Trump winning by […]

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Ohio State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, declared her candidacy for Ohio Secretary of State in 2018 Tuesday morning in Columbus.

Term-limited from representing the 75th House District for another term, Clyde pledged to “put the people of Ohio first by bringing real accountability and transparency to her office and securing and modernizing our elections so that every Ohioan’s vote counts and every Ohioan’s voice is heard.”

The announcement today by Rep. Clyde about her run for the open SOS seat next year has long been anticipated.

Promoting herself as a leading voice statewide for voters’ rights, she said […]

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Primary Election Day 2017 rolled around Tuesday May 2, and again, it was a sad day for participatory democracy. In the land of the free and the home of the brave, freedom and bravery were in short supply, as only 6.84 percent of registered voters in Franklin County bothered to vote. The totals in central Ohio and every other county would be even lower if ballots cast were compared to the total of age-eligible adults who are not registered to vote.

In Stark County, The Canton Repository Editorial Board  recently boo-hooed that voter turnout “stunk.” On observation […]

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Ohio’s senior U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown went to bat for consumer protections during his weekly conference call last Wednesday, criticizing attempts in the House to dismantle Wall Street reforms that would undermine the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Regarding President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, Brown tweeted, “Now more than ever, we need an independent investigation into Russian ties to ensure American people can have full confidence in findings.”

Brown also released a statement noting that Comey’s tenure as FBI Director had been marred by questionable judgment but adding that he wants to learn more about the reasons […]

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The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN) held a press conference Friday morning in downtown Columbus, where speakers ripped the impacts on women if the Republican’s  “American Health Care Act” were operational today.

The lineup of speakers included Janetta King, Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network and President of Innovation Ohio, Dr. Beth Liston, pediatrician, Wendy Patton, Policy Matters Ohio, Linda Kanney, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Ohio Chapter and Joanna Saul, Planned Parenthood.

The purpose behind today’s media event was to detail reasons to oppose the AHCA , the impacts of which were said to be “disproportionately harmful…on women.” […]

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Ohio Governor John Kasich ended his national book tour last Friday with a guest appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

In Los Angeles to promote his book “Two Paths: Divided or United?” the governor, who last year got his “ass kicked” as show host Bill Maher described the beating he took after losing 49 GOP primaries and caucuses, turned in his best performance to date on why he’s upset with both political parties, and why his voice on a variety of issues will continue to be heard even after he departs office in about 18 months.


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Oxymorons are standard rhetorical fare in American politics today. Jumbo shrimp, deafening silence, found missing, and now Trumpcare, are common examples of putting opposites together to make odd sense.

In the classic dystopian work “1984,” author George Orwell coined some of histories best oxymorons: “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery,” Ignorance is strength.”

If a picture of State Treasurer Josh Mandel was posted next to “transparently opaque,” it would be a suitable visual for someone who talks transparency for purposes of political expediency, because he thinks it’s good politics his base of Trumpian voters will go for, but who tries […]

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It’s official: Ohio Democrats now have four candidates declared for governor, three of whom are women. In an email to supporters, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said she’s in the race for the open governor’s seat in 2018, vacated by term-limited, lame-duck governor John R. Kasich.

“I’m running for Governor of Ohio,” she said, adding, “And I’d love to be able to count on your support.”

Whaley has shown in previous remarks that shes not going to coddle Gov. Kasich, who is profiting from public exposure as he stumps around the nation to promote his new book about his experience losing […]

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Ohio Congressman Pat Tiberi, a follower, fan and product of his former boss John Kasich, urged his constituents to not believe the “fear-mongering he says Democrats are spreading about the American Health Care Act Republicans passed Thursday, that they say “has pre-existing conditions covered.”

Emailing his misleading and apparently uninformed message to Ohioans this week, Congressman Tiberi, whose name has been floated as someone who might take on Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for the right to challenge U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown next fall, linked to an article from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California that warned Democrats […]

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Ohio’s part-time governor and full-time national chaplain and traveling book salesman likes to argue that there are just two paths to take in life, the light and the dark. Others can legitimately argue that life is full of paths to take to achieve personal goals and aspirations.  But Kasich has really only followed one path in life, the one that leads to self promotion.

Kasich’s One Path

Gov. John Kasich demonstrated that observation yet again, as he runs from his troubles in Ohio, where his tax policies over six years have left state coffers gasping for revenue and on the verge of […]

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