Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

The senate race in 2012 between first-term Democratic candidate Sherrod Brown and first-term Republican challenger Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel was loaded with campaign spending that overwhelmingly benefited Mr. Mandel, a former Marine whose political fortunes have taken him from city councilman to state representative to state treasurer.

When the race in that presidential election year ended, Sen. Brown won a second term even though Team Mandel enjoyed the help $40 million in campaign cash can buy. Identifying the secret donors who pumped millions into Mandel’s losing campaign has been an on-going quest by Team Sherrod and others who advocate for more public […]

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You got a lot of Guts Kasich!!! Your the Freakin ‘CRY BABY’ WHO COULDN’T EVEN COME TO HIS OWN PARTY’S NATIONAL CONVENTION HELD IN HIS OWN STATE. AND..COULD NOT SUPPORT TRUMP. YOU GROW UP YOU PATHETIC CRY BABY! GET OFF AIRWAYS YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO SPEAK ABOUT GROWING UP… WHAT A NITWIT. DON’T CARE YO HEAR YOU SPEAK…CRY BABY.”

As strange as this may sound, this otherwise on-target tirade at Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck governor John Kasich was not written by one of Plunderbund’s excellent reporter-contributors.  Instead it from a commenter on the Columbus Dispatch website named PJMcCaleb.

Another commenter, […]

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“There is always an effort to punish the poor. There is always the belief that they are not deserving. Why is it that some elected officials find it so important that we add to the struggles of the poor?” That’s a statement made Thursday at a press conference by Philip Cole, the executive director of The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, to announce the release of a new report on poverty in Ohio, according to published reports.

Without naming names, Mr. Cole’s concerns should be laid at the feet of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has promised much […]

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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) outlined his bipartisan bill on Wednesday that would help the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) crack down on trafficking of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Brown’s bill, the INTERDICT Act, is co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). The bill would provide CPB with additional high-tech screening equipment and lab resources to detect fentanyl before it enters the United States.  According to a report from the Ohio Department of Health, fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Ohio more than doubled from 503 in 2014 to 1,155 in 2015. At […]

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A new survey released by GenForward shows a majority [57%] of young Americans view Donald Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, including about three-quarters of African Americans and nearly half of whites.

Among those who have declared Trump’s presidency as illegitimate is Democratic Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis of Georgia, who said the Russians helped Trump win, a charge Mr. Trump and his fans deny. A majority of young African Americans and large majorities of Latinos and Asian-Americans say they consider Trump’s presidency illegitimate, as do 47 percent of young whites.

GenForward is a survey of adults age 18 […]

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When a bully’s bluff is called, maybe, just maybe, doing so works in favor of the one being bullied. Democrats, independents and progressives might be able to take the bully by the horn and turn the constitutional convention Republicans clamor for so to their advantage. Wouldn’t that be special!

Former Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn appeared in Columbus on Tuesday to push for the standard set of proposals Republicans want to include in a convention to adjust the U.S. Constitution. A state’s right guy, through and through, Mr. Coburn wants to shrink the federal government down so far that, as Grover […]

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It’s a great example of raw political irony that some Republican governors can talk out of both sides of their mouth at the same time on Obamacare and Medicaid and get away with it.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson all share two things in common: They say they hate Obamacare [The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ACA], but love Medicaid expansion that has provided health care coverage to so many of their states’ residents.

The quartet of conservative governors wrote a letter to GOP leaders in Washington—House […]

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How out of step is Ohio’s Republican-controlled legislature with what the American public really wants on energy policy? Way out of step according to two new Gallup polls on environment and energy.

It wasn’t long ago that Ohio, courtesy of Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, who negotiated a bi-partisan energy policy that advanced renewable energy for electric generating companies, led the nation in what an advanced energy portfolio looks like. Gov. Strickland can rightfully claim that back in 2008 he helped enact a state law that set achievable renewable energy standards for electric generators.

Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, let the dogs […]

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It’s exceedingly rare when a mainstream reporter can pull a reversal on a rabid anti-Obamacare congressman, then pin him to the mat on national TV.  But that’s exactly what NBC’s Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi did to four-time state wrestling champion, Ohio’s 4th District Congressman, Jim Jordan [R-Urbana].

Velshi won the match because, among other shortfalls on the part of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus congressman, he showed just how ignorant Jordan is to the fact that no private, for-profit healthcare marketplace has ever existed anywhere in the world.

Watch journalist Velshi pin wrestler Jordan over the him claims that […]

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Gov. John Kasich has done a poor job for Ohioans on health policy. His poor performance, as measured by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio [HPIO], ranks Ohio 46th nationally in the institutes’s latest “Health Value Dashboard” [HVD]. The HVD ranks states on a combination of public health and health spending metrics.

The sad statistic from Camp Kasich means Buckeyes are living less healthy lives and spending more on health care than people in most other states. The vice president of prevention and public health policy at HPIO, Amy Bush Stevens, said a big problem area is prevention. Under […]

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Ohio’s “out-of-touch, thin-skinned governor,” John Kasich, as some view him, got a taste of his own bitter medicine and immediately spit it out. But that’s basic Kasich when it comes to anyone bold enough to ask the governor to accept the same advice he loves to dish out for others.

The cause of Kasich’s partisan outrage this time came when two Democratic Ohio legislators took his advice to “yell into the cockpit” once in a while in order to get the pilot’s attention.

Ohio’s top gun executive pilot was in Washington at the White House recently trying to mend […]

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