Posts by: Travis Irvine

As folks on the left lick their wounds and pick up the pieces from the dumbest election ever, they’re understandably looking for bright sides. And there are a few — some important local tax levies passed in Ohio, medical and recreational marijuana was legalized in six more states and the Democrats are rebuilding to become more progressive and reflective of working people’s needs. However, there’s another sweet treat hidden amongst the negatives of 2016, one that stands out more than the rest for us here at Plunderbund — by the end of 2018, John Kasich’s political career will be dead.

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Lost amongst the din of this crazy election season has been the importance of environmental issues. In fact, as pointed out by Grist and D.C. DeWitt here on Plunderbund, only 5 minutes and 27 seconds were dedicated to climate change and other earthly topics during the three presidential debates — roughly two percent of the total debate time — and that was (obviously) only when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was speaking.

However, in the course of such a divisive and negative election season, this neglect of environmental issues has trickled down to state and local races as well. For example, here in […]

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One of the fascinating phenomenas about watching the orange dumpster fire that is the Donald Trump campaign burn down the Republican Party, is that GOP leaders have had to save themselves from being engulfed in the flames through a variety of ways.

Most Republicans have utilized the stop, drop and roll techniques we learned in fire safety classes. Former Virginia senator John Warner and former President George H. W. Bush — as well as a slew of others — have stopped supporting the Republican candidate entirely, and will instead vote for the Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Others, like Republican […]

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Although Ohioans know the truth about his awful nature, our dear governor, John Kasich, is somehow once again looking like a decent, bipartisan politician on the national stage. In September, Kasich was invited to the White House with a handful of other leaders by President Barack Obama to discuss the importance of passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the controversial free-trade agreement between the U.S. and eleven Pacific Rim nations.

Despite the unpopularity of TPP, Obama has been pushing for Congress to pass the agreement before he leaves office, and Kasich and his team have committed themselves to the effort as well. “America can’t […]

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Since a video of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump came out — where the businessman makes lewd comments about sexually assaulting women — Republicans across the country have been fleeing the orange dumpster fire that is the Trump campaign. However, for many Republicans “with a conscience” the problem is not that they did so, but rather when and how they did it.

This perfectly portrays the situation surrounding Ohio’s junior senator, Rob Portman, who handled his unendorsement of Trump in probably the worst way possible. In the hours after the video tape was released, Portman first defended the GOP nominee  — saying he felt […]

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Last month Ohio’s junior senator Rob Portman made headlines with astute political timing by joining Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill to probe the rising price of EpiPens, an emergency treatment product that counteracts severe allergic reactions. Since its inception, the company that makes the epinephrine injections, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, has enthusiastically raised the price for a pack of two EpiPens from $100 back in 2009 to as much as $600 today, so their heads were clearly on a public chopping block.

Portman and McCaskill notified the media in September that they had “opened a preliminary inquiry concerning Mylan Pharmaceuticals’ pricing and competition practices with respect to the EpiPen,” […]

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As written about here on Plunderbund and elsewhere, this week Donald Trump’s incompetence and arrogance were both on full bombastic, sputtering and sniffling display for all of America to see at the first presidential debate between the businessman and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump’s debate performance was what he himself would likely refer to as a “disaster” — since he calls so many of the “problems” in this country “disasters” — and he wouldn’t be wrong if he did.

Even John Podhoretz of the New York Post wrote that,”By the time the last 15 minutes rolled around, [Trump] was […]

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There’s probably only one political entity in our dear state that despises the Ohio Republican Party more than the Ohio Democratic Party, and that would be the Libertarian Party of Ohio. Yes, thanks to a variety of new regulations and obstacles created by Ohio’s GOP — as covered here on Plunderbund and elsewhere — the Libertarian Party of Ohio is technically not even a recognized political party anymore. This assault on the LPO began in 2013 when the Ohio State Senate fast tracked S.B. 193, dubbed the “John Kasich Re-Election Protection Act”, a law that completely restructured Ohio’s rules regarding the statuses of minor […]

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While it’s pretty much common knowledge that Ohio’s junior Senator, Rob Portman, has millions of dollars coming into his reelection campaign from billionaires who don’t live in the state, a recent report has emerged that breaks down some of the murky (and unflattering) details about how this is being done and who it benefits.

The report, conducted by an advocacy group called Hedge Clippers — a coalition of policy, labor and grassroots organizing groups — details how “vulture capitalists” from Wall Street have destroyed companies and killed jobs in Ohio, and want to do more of the same, all while […]

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Lost in the fray of what is probably the craziest election year ever, is a recent report about the health of Ohio’s public pension systems — one that should probably cause any Ohioan paying into those systems a bit of concern.

As outlined in an article by John Damschroder, a former member of Gov. George Voinovich’s administration no less, Ohio’s public pension systems are currently “sinking in the quicksand of terrible investment returns and ultra high expenses.”

According to Damschroder, “Ohio relies on secretive alternative investments more than any state in America” and because of this, the state’s five public pensions ended […]

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