Posts by: John Michael Spinelli

By suing nearly two dozen pharmaceutical companies, distributors and pain specialists, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has set the pace for declared and undeclared Democrats hoping to recapture the Office of Governor of Ohio next year.

Now a declared candidate, Whaley’s lawsuit alleges the defendants “caused the opioid crisis that has killed thousands of Ohioans, drained public resources and wasted taxpayer dollars,” according to a report by the Dayton Daily News.

“We believe the drug companies made this mess, and it is time they stop passing the buck to Ohio’s taxpayers and started paying to clean it up,” Whaley said. […]

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John Kasich is off on another overseas trip funded by his close friends at JobsOhio.

Back here in Ohio,  gale force winds are blowing against the governor over his tepid efforts to tackle Ohio’s opioid crisis.

Kasich might find it informative to compare and contrast his struggling Ohio, now on the verge of another recession as tax revenues fail each month to keep pace with his own administration’s budget estimates, with his rosy but fake news narrative of  a state doing well after years of cutting income taxes by billions and withholding billions more in local funds meant for […]

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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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Americans received a second chilling diagnosis about how bad healthcare will be for tens of millions or more if the plan Republicans have in store for them, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), passes Congress and is signed into law by President Donald Trump.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Wednesday scored the final version of the AHCA designed by House Republicans, reporting that 23 million people would lose healthcare insurance by 2026, as for-profit insurance companies would again be free to hike premium rates at will.

An alternate view on the ACA (Obamacare) was performed by Health and […]

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53 Consecutive Months Of Sub-Par Job Growth

New data for April 2017 show Gov. Kasich, whose platform was to be a jobs governor, has extended his sub-par job growth streak to 53 consecutive months. Ohio’s preeminent number cruncher, George Zeller, reports that the new April 2017 data show that “Ohio is still recovering from both the 2000s recession and the 2007 ‘Great Recession.’ But, Ohio’s growth remains too slow and is well below the USA national average.”

One big pothole for Mr. Kasich comes with a revised downward change in jobs created in the past, a figure Zeller pegs […]

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Rob Portman skated to an easy win last year over Democratic challenger, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. Sen. Portman danced around his support for Donald Trump throughout his election campaign, trying to keep a safe distance from the non-traditional candidate Republicans slowly if not begrudgingly rallied behind, even though so-called establishment lane politicos like Gov. John Kasich sniped at the New York billionaire whenever they could.

But Sen. Portman isn’t dancing around which Republican he wants to take on Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown next year like he did Trump. Sen. Portman said he will support Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for […]

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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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