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Exciting news. The Plunderbund Podcast is going to do a questions show.

So far we have produced four episodes of the Podcast plus some bonus content and have seen a terrific response.

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For an upcoming episode, we are asking you, the reader, to submit some of your questions about Ohio and national politics.

To get you started, here are some of the things everyone wants to know – such as:

Will Republicans in the Ohio Legislature try to pass restrictions […]

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The Plunderbund Podcast is joined this week by Jaime Miracle, Deputy Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.

We discuss restrictions on abortion rights, the recent Supreme Court arguments on the Texas law that seeks to close down abortion clinics by imposing onerous regulations, and whether someone can be both pro-choice and a feminist.

Plus , we ask: Who should play John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in a movie version of the 2016 Presidential Race?  And, should Ohio enact a new law to prohibit Troy McClure from “going to Seaworld?”

Let us know your thoughts and ideas on Twitter.



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The Plunderbund Podcast will return soon with some terrific content.

To hold everyone over, we have a bonus prediction from Joshua Engel.

Last summer, John Kasich tried to be everything to everyone in terms of musical tastes. He told The Hill, “I like Linkin Park. I like U2. I like a lot of different bands. I like some stuff that Justin Timberlake does.” Remembering that he was in a GOP Primary, Kashch remembered to pander, adding, “I’ve found on the road that I have been able to listen to some beautiful, soothing Christian music, which I really hadn’t done […]

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Does John Kasich’s rhetoric on education match what is happening in Ohio?  The Plunderbund Podcast focuses on education in Ohio this week with special guest Denis Smith.  Denis is an educational consultant who worked for the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Community Schools from 2007 to 2011.

John Kasich touts his educational record on his presidential campaign website.  He says, “For American students to be prepared for success in an increasingly competitive global economy, they must receive strong education support from parents and educators, including high expectations—especially in math and English. John Kasich has put this priority to work […]

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 This week on the Plunderbund Podcast we discuss the results of the hard fought Presidential Primaries in Ohio.  Hillary Clinton and John Kasich were able to beat back tough challenges — what does this mean for Ohio in November.  Our second topic is some of the other notable races in Ohio that were decided on primary day, including the ouster of the Cleveland Prosecuting Attorney.  Finally, we end as we do every week with Predictions.

Joe Mismas and Joshua Engel are joined this week by lawyer and political consultant Gena Shelton.


The NYT Results feature the the map of GOP results we reference […]

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Plunderbund is trying out something new this election cycle: an Ohio Politics-themed podcast.

The pilot episode of our Plundercast, recorded Tuesday, March 9th, 2016, features Sandy Theis, Executuve Director of ProgressOhio and former Plain Dealer Statehouse Bureau Chief, Josh Engel former prosecutor and current civil rights attorney and legal author, and Joe Mismas, a managing editor at

The topics covered on this pilot episode include Ohio’s presidential primary, the push by Ohio Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood, as well as predictions for the coming week.

We’re still working through some technical and connectivity challenges but our guests this week […]

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Jill Miller Zimon is challenging fellow John Barnes again this year for his seat as state rep in Ohio’s 12th District.  This time around the PD came to their senses and correctly endorsed Zimon, who they described as “smart, engaged and energetic.”

“During his recent endorsement interview [Barnes] was unable to recall some details of legislation he had co-sponsored,” wrote the PD Editorial Board. “And [he] could not adequately explain why he did not take part in voting for or against some key bills.”

In her interview, Jill specifically mentions Barnes failure to vote against defunding Planned Parenthood.  This […]

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Soon after taking office in 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich’s office released an “internal only” contact list containing the private email addresses and phone numbers of all office staff.  The document was stamped “Confidential” and “Do Not Distribute.”  Kasich’s office has refused to release an unredacted version of the document – but we were able to find ourselves a copy anyway.   And what we found was a least one Kasich staffer using the same personal email account listed on the contact list for a great deal of state business.

Our concern about the secret document should be obvious: governor’s office […]

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Why would a parking lot developer want to serve on a city’s Historic Conservation Board?  And what role did major donations play in securing P.G. Sittenfeld’s personal support and his lobbying fellow City Councilmembers play into it?  After the disaster of Ed FitzGerald, could this be the very kind of thing that could doom the Democratic Party if Sittenfeld, and not former Governor Ted Strickland would be the U.S. Senate candidate in the general?

Last fall, Chris Wetterich of the Cincinnati Business Journal, reported that the Over-the-Rhine Foundation, a non-profit historical neighborhood preservative group, opposed the appointment of  Shree […]

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The hits just keep coming for Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer.

And by “hits,” we really mean misses.

The time has come for Meyer to step down.

Back in 2104, Plunderbund requested time sheets and other records for various staffers of Lt. Giv. Mary Taylor, including her chief of staff Laura Johnson.  It seems that the amount of time the two women’s cars were parked in the Riffe Center garage under the Statehouse was “significantly less” than the amount of time they said they had worked on their time sheets.

Last week, the inspector general issued a report criticizing Taylor […]

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Last month Ohio House members were informed of a pending demonstration by the group known as Anonymous to be held today at the Ohio Statehouse.  The memo, sent from House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s office, informed  the members that “security measures” would be put into place.

It turns out those “security measures” involved completely shutting down the Ohio Statehouse grounds and many of the entrances.

Members of the group claim they were turned away from gathering on the statehouse steps for not paying a $50 fee.

It’s unclear what type of threat the speaker’s office or the Highway Patrol may have expected from […]

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