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When Rick Neal saw the Ebola crisis unfolding in Liberia in late 2014, he knew what he had to do. After several difficult conversations with family and friends, Neal got on a flight to Africa. He spent a month volunteering with his former employer, the International Rescue Committee, to set up a 100-bed clinic in the capital city of Monrovia.

As Neal explains it, “When a crisis strikes, you ask yourself ‘what can I do?’”

The same thought process has now led Neal – a married father of 2 girls from Columbus – to run for Congress.

Neal is running […]

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This is a guest post by Judd Dunham 

[UPDATED at 4:42 pm with video]

A group of a dozen or so concerned citizens got word yesterday that Rob Portman would be attending an event at Columbus State about opioid addiction. Most of us have spent the past six weeks trying however we knew how to get an audience with the senator or with any Republican congressmen in our areas to express our deep concerns with the direction the country has taken. since the election. This has included multiple in person visits to Senator Portman’s office as […]

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Stop The Immigration Ban

On January 29, 2017 By

Thanks to attorney J.M. Burke for this guest post on Trump’s immigration executive order and what you can do to fight it.

The drama taking place on our borders strikes at our nation’s heart. And those of us located far from the front lines can help. Here’s how.

First, some background (because knowledge is power). Executive orders are used by Presidents to guide and shape policy. But a President must be authorized to issue such orders. In this case, Congress granted the President authority to keep people out of the country for pretty much any reason in 1952.

Pursuant […]

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National: Healthcare [Cuts] For All

The GOP is preparing to repeal portions of the law funding Obamacare as early as January 3rd, but do not have a plan in place to replace it. Experts are warning that a January move to eliminate funding for subsidies and cost-sharing will leave consumers unable to purchase plans, drive up insurance costs and chase carriers from the marketplace. These impacts will be portrayed by Republicans as “proving” Obamacare was a failure, and set the stage for whatever replacement they land on. It’s a politically precarious move based on a cynical plan to deceive […]

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National: An End To Food Stamps?

Fox News is currently asking whether the federal food program for people in poverty should be eliminated because of recent data about program fraud. Creating the impression that there is widespread fraud in a federal program is the first step in a messaging war that will be waged as the right-wing prepares to introduce a budget that cuts spending on vital programs in order to pay for a diverse array of tax cuts for the billionaire class that helps keep them in office.

The Washington Post rightly notes that this $70 million in misspending represents just 0.09 […]

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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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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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