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Ohio’s members of congress are back in their districts this week, and a variety of local groups are trying to hold them accountable.

ProgressOhio has a list of the town hall meetings being held this week.  Here’s the email they sound out this afternoon:


Members of Ohio’s Congressional delegation are back home for their first week-long recess of the Trump administration.

It’s five weeks into Trump’s Presidency and constituents across Ohio have a lot they would like to talk to their members of Congress about: the Affordable Care Act, Cabinet appointments, the SCOTUS nominee – among others. Unfortunately, not […]

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State Rep. John Becker has taken a short break from trying to legislate what Ohioans can and can’t do with their genitals in order to sponsor a bill aimed at killing public sector union membership in our state.

The bill is cosponsored by state reps Hood, Brinkman, Dean, Thompson, Vitale, Goodman, Riedel, Roegner, Merrin, Antani, Zeltwanger, Keller.

Here is the full text of the proposed bill:

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We called the White House multiple times this morning trying to leave a message for President Trump.   We were informed that the comments line is shut down until further notice and the only way to contact the president is through a web-based form at or via snail mail.

One operator told us we could leave a message via email.  When asked about that option, she transferred us to a recording that listed the mailing addresses for President Obama and Vice President Biden.  The recording also included a warning that it would take several weeks for anyone to look at our letter. […]

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Back in 2014 John Kasich appointed Rick Hodges to lead the Ohio Department of Health.  Hodges had previously served as Kasich’s director for the Ohio Turnpike Commission.  And before that he held a number of different lobbying and government jobs.  What Hodges didn’t have, however, was a medical degree or any sort of background in public health, something required to hold the position of ODH Director.

According to Ohio law, the state health director needs to be “a physician holding the degree of doctor of medicine” or at least someone who has “significant experience in the public health profession.” When Plunderbund and others pointed […]

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Yesterday we reported on the Ohio Democratic Party’s attempts to determine which of Ohio’s 12 Republican (all white dude) representatives voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics in a secret session held on Monday.  The decision was quickly reversed the following morning after an outcry from constituents.

In a second round of calls their offices, everyone contacted by the ODP found some excuse not to answer the question about how they voted.

Here is the day 2 play-by-play from ODP Chairman David Pepper:

Gerrymandered Ohio GOP Congress Accountability Project, Day 2:

So today, we called through to the offices who, yesterday, did not […]

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U.S. House Republicans effectively decided to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics in a secret vote late last night.

And… then the same House members reversed course today after a flood of negative feedback from their constituents.

The Ohio Democratic Party attempted to find out which of Ohio’s 12 Republican (all white dude) representatives voted for the initial roll-back of the ethics rules.

The answers from each rep’s office were, not surprisingly, kind of vague. And also kind of telling.

Here’s the play-by-play from Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper:


Today, we called each GOP Ohio Member of the US House and […]

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Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a 20-week abortion ban into law in Ohio earlier today.  NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio released the following response:


John Kasich Vetoes six-week “Heartbeat Bill” abortion ban and signs 20-week abortion ban

Governor John Kasich has signed a 20-week abortion ban into law. Senate Bill 127 has no exceptions for rape or incest. The bill’s life of the woman exception is too narrow to apply, only allowing a procedure once a woman is on the brink of death or permanent organ damage. At the same time, Kasich vetoed the equally dangerous six-week abortion ban commonly […]

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The Ohio House just voted to approve an unconstitutional 20-week abortion ban.

Five Democrats voted for the bill.  And four other Dems failed to vote.

These are the Dems who voted for the ban, along with their office numbers in case you would like to give them a call:

Jack Cera (96th) — (614) 466-3735 Denise Driehaus (31st) — (614) 466-5786 Michael O’Brien (64th) — (614) 466-5358 Bill Patmon (10th) — (614) 466-7954 John Rogers (60th) — (614) 466-7251



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During the campaigns of 2016, Plunderbund was consistently denied press credentials to Repulican events like the RNC convention as well as to Trump events.  Not especially cool, but also not surprising since these were campaign events aimed at portraying their candidates in the best possible light.

But the campaigns are over, and Trump is now the president-elect of the United States of America.  So when Trump does a large appearance, like the one today in Cincinnati, we would expect not to be denied.   Sadly, Trump still appears to be in campaign mode, denying press credentials to PB Reporter John […]

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David DeWitt wrote a good piece at Plunderbund yesterday covering the many thoughtful responses from Ohio politicians about the knife attack by a Somali student on the campus of the Ohio State University.

One of those responses came from Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich who said that his “thoughts are with the victims of the attack right now” while praising the efforts of the first responders.


Lots of folks may not know that Ohio has a large Somali community.  Columbus is home to over 45,000 Somali immigrants, with over a thousand Somali students attending Ohio’s universities and colleges.  Ohio’s conservative governor certainly did seem […]

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Last year, Republican State Representative Barbara Sears introduced a bill (HB394) aimed at making Ohio’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund solvent again after it took a beating during the recession.  The bill was an extreme, right wing, anti-worker wish list, written with the help of business groups and without input from labor

HB394 dramatically reduced the length of time a worker collects benefits while unemployed, eliminated bonus pay for workers with dependents, added mandatory drug testing for unemployed workers, all while leaving employers paying the same as they have been since 1995, only instituting a modest increase if a downturn drains the trust fund.

Hearings for HB394 […]

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