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Plunderbund has heard from multiple sources that Republicans on the Franklin County Board of Elections (BOE) have discussed hiring David Hansen, John Kasich’s disgraced school choice chief, to run the county’s early voting center. The voting center is co-run by one Republican employee and one picked by the Democrats on the BOE.

Hansen was forced to resign from his position with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) in mid-July after it was revealed that he illegally altered data on an official state report in order to improve the rankings of some large charter school sponsors and operators.  The illegal tampering was confirmed in […]

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Documents released on Thursday confirm that David Hansen, John Kasich’s former school choice chief, intentionally altered data about charter schools on a state report in order to improve the rankings of some large charter school sponsors- some of whom are big campaign donors to John Kasich and other Ohio Republicans.    The records show that other Ohio Department of Education staff warned Hansen that doing so might be illegal.

Hansen, husband of Beth Hansen, John Kasich’s chief of staff, had previously been caught altering data to improve charter school rankings when he worked at the Buckeye Institute.  Like John Kasich, […]

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David Hansen resigned from his job as John Kasich’s hand-picked Charter School Czar back in July after it was discovered that he illegally withheld damaging rating data from charter sponsor evaluations.  On Thursday, seven weeks later, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) finally released some public records related to that charter school data scandal.

An initial review of the records by Plunderbund shows that Hansen was actively communicating with representatives of charter school sponsors who would eventually benefit from his data manipulation. It also shows that ODE staff members intentionally avoided sharing the manipulated calculations via printouts or email, potentially shielding those calculations from public records […]

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As John Kasich continues to hone his presidential campaign message for a national audience, one top theme seems to be emerging: John Kasich is a budget hawk who will cut taxes, decrease spending and eliminate the nation debt – just like he did in Ohio.


This isn’t just everyday political spin… it’s an outright lie.

Since taking office, Kasich has overseen an increase in Ohio’s debt burden and debt service payments, according to the Ohio Office of Budget and Management.   And he’s proposed some massive tax increases while increasing state spending by billions in each of his biennial budgets.

Democratic Governor Ted Strickland’s final […]

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John Kasich was on CNN yesterday attempting to “clarify” his position on immigration, telling Dana Bash “I don’t favor [a direct path to] citizenship because as I teach my kids, you don’t jump the line to get into a Taylor Swift concert.”

We can’t confirm or dispute the lessons Kasich has taught his daughters about Taylor Swift shows, but we can confirm that it’s been a very long time since Kasich has waited in line for a concert or anything else for that matter.

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When Ohio Governor John Kasich appeared on CNN yesterday morning to talk with Jake Tapper, he was faced with a question about  Donld Trump’s latest round of sexist comments.  Kasich stuck to his script, refusing to directly attack Trump while using the opportunity to talk about himself.  Kasich discussed the fact that his chief of staff is a woman, and hinted that hiring women is top priority. “I actively seek out and recruit women to be involved,” Kasich said.  “Because, uh,  like I say, they make things better.”

We took a look at the staff list for Kasich’s office and, to be fair, […]

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As Abe pointed out this morning, a new post-GOP debate poll conducted by NBC shows that Donald Trump has now grown his lead to 23 points while John Kasich dropped from 3 to 2 percent:

Donald Trump, 23 percent (up 1 point) Ted Cruz, 13 percent (up 7 points) Ben Carson, 11 percent (up 3 points) Carly Fiorina, 8 percent (up 6 points) Marco Rubio, 8 percent (no change) Jeb Bush, 7 percent (down 3 points) Scott Walker, 7 percent (down 3 points) Mike Huckabee, 5 percent (up 1 point) Rand Paul, 5 percent (down 1 point) Rick Perry, 2 percent […]

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When John Kasich kicked off his presidential campaign at the Ohio State University on July 21st, 2015, he had his priest there to provide spiritual encouragement for the invitation-only event.

Father Kevin Maney, from St. Augustine’s Anglican Church in Westerville, OH, offered up a short and simple invocation that politely but firmly encouraged Jesus to help Kasich “act with courage, boldness and power” during his run for president.

Maney later posted a video of himself delivering the brief prayer on his blog, The Anglican Priest.  A quick review of his blog shows that Maney, Kasich’s spiritual leader, often uses this online […]

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Today we can add another item to Kasich’s “Painfully unprepared for prime-time”  list. Or maybe two.

complaint filed with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) this afternoon accuses John Kasich of illegally coordinating with his Super PAC, New Day For America.

The complaint, from the American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) , argues that both John Kasich and his Super PAC broke federal law by missing registration deadlines with the FEC.

New Day For America spent nearly $60K on advertising on July 8, 2015 to support Kasich’s presidential campaign.   The group then kicked off an online fundraising drive using videos of Kasich personally endorsing the group, even though […]

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John Kasich’s governor’s office currently has 34 staff members* paid from their budget: 17 women and 17 men.  According to the most recent state employee salary data published by the Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS), the average salary for women in his office is $1,946 per pay period. For men it’s $2,884.

This means the earnings ratio for the women in Kasich’s office is currently 67 percent of the men’s.

Things are about to get much worse.

As of last month, the highest paid employee in Kasich’s office was his chief of staff, Beth Hansen.  She currently makes more than the governor, and two or three […]

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State Rep. Andrew Brenner took to Facebook this week to share his feelings about Planned Parenthood, effectively calling the entire organization a bunch of Nazis.   “Their complete disrespect for life and callous behavior is akin to how the Nazis spoke of Jews, disabled people, and others whom they killed,” wrote Brenner.

Brenner appears to have been commenting on some highly-altered videos released by the anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress. The group claims the videos prove Planned Parenthood sells aborted fetal tissue for profit.  The group and their videos have been debunked by multiple sources.

It would be easy to excuse […]

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