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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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Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges sent out a fundraising email this week titled “Don’t let them steal it.”  In the email, Borges claimed Ohio Democrats are trying to “steal” the still-too-close-to-call race for Ohio Supreme Court between Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge John O’Donnell (D) and Cincinnati appellate Judge Pat Fischer (R).

Here are the facts:

As of today, there are currently “261,000 provisional ballots and late-arriving absentee ballots” outstanding in counties around the state.

Prior to those ballots, Fischer was leading by 24,000 votes. An automatic recount will be triggered if the difference is fewer than 10,600 votes.

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As House Speaker Paul Ryan is getting giddy with plans to privatize Medicare under a Trump Presidency, rumors are circulating today that Ohio Representative Tim Ryan is considering a run for Nancy Pelosi’s spot as House Minority Leader.

Ryan, a Democrat from Niles, Ohio, has been elected to congress five times.  He is a strong proponent of labor  has been a vocal critic of Ryan’s plans to dismantle Medicare in the past.

If you want to get to know Tim Ryan, just watch the videos below of two great Ryan speeches on Medicare and on the anti-union Senate Bill 5 […]

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Like much of America, I woke up yesterday morning somewhat hung over, very tired and totally overwhelmed with dread about the fact that Donald Trump had been elected US president.

Then I got  text from my mom that inspired me:  “Dad is online making donations to some of the groups that are going to be hurt by this. He went to bed angry but is thinking ahead whereas I can barely cope.”

That’s so my dad…  Retired cop.  US Navy Veteran.  Environmentalist. And ever the pragmatist.

My dad decided to proactively work to counter Trump’s anti-environment promises by donating to […]

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Much of the discussion about this presidential race hasn’t revolved around policy and, with less than a week to go to Election Day, that doesn’t seem to be changing.

But there is an important issue facing individuals and families in Ohio and across the country that needs to be discussed: healthcare and the cost of prescription drugs.

Only one candidate, Secretary Hillary Clinton, has taken a strong stance on this issue.

Clinton supports a cap on out-of-pocket costs and for holding insurance companies accountable for the high costs of prescription drugs for consumers.  Additionally Clinton also supports a monthly limit […]

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