Some week, huh? It’s getting so that a columnist can’t limit the words to a single exciting episode.

So let’s begin with Donald Sr. He and Melania shot off to Paris for Bastille Day (As if he cared about such trivial things). But, yep. Photo-ops galore where he told the world that France was “beautiful” and, to her face exclaimed to Brigitte Macron, the French president’s wife, “You’re in such good shape,” undiplomatically adding, “She’s in such good physical shape. Beautiful.”

(She’s 64; Emmanuel Macron, 38 – a non-issue for French voters.)

But The Don had to find […]

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After being caught lying last week about Ohio, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence came back with – you guessed it – more lies.

Lying has become the default modus operandi of the Trump Administration, so this should surprise exactly no one.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Pence, former governor of Indiana, singled out Kasich during a speech at the National Governors Association gathering in Providence, Rhode Island.

“I know Gov. (John) Kasich isn’t with us, but I suspect that he’s very troubled to know that in Ohio alone, nearly 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on waiting lists, leaving […]

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Ohio’s junior U.S. senator and deficit hawk in Washington, Rob Portman, waltzed to an easy win last year when he used the state’s nation-leading opiate crisis as his chief campaign strategy to appear reasonable.

What was unreasonable was the senator voting against a budget bill that funded his plan, claiming “wasteful spending” in other parts of the bill forced him to vote  to orphan his plan that he crowed he worked so hard to get into the bill.

“Commonsense conservative” Rob Portman – President George W. Bush’s budget director – is against government spending when it comes […]

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The choice advocates have opened a can of worms that may erupt into warring factions within the choice movement. The floodgates of draining public funds from public common schools into private unaccountable and non-transparent hands have been opened. The current federal administration intends to flood choice programs with public funds. The same is true in Ohio and many other states.

The choice factions are each lobbying for a market share that fits their agenda. The corporate charter school moguls have a bevy of lobbyists that ply substantial influence on the flow of public dollars to private education entities.

Parochial education leaders are ramping up […]

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I hope you don’t have big plans to spend the July 22 week end in Columbus. That’s the-save the-date Ohio Republican dinner in which the state capital will be clogged with traffic of hay wagons, flivvers and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci’s motorcycle from the remote Republican districts that now dominate the state’s political culture in the fatal grip of Donald Trump’s legions. By every measure, the party would have it no other way.

We need no further evidence than the breathless appearance of Vice President Mike Pence as the featured speaker – a gala that could only have […]

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It’s the 11th time CNBC has ranked America’s top states for business based on ten standard criteria that paint a portrait of strength and weaknesses. The State of Washington earned top honors this year as Ohio moved up to 16 from 22 last year.

But in two key categories – Quality of Life (QOL) and Business Friendliness (BF) – the results for the Buckeye State were depressing, if not alarming, as Ohio won 40th place for the former and 37th for the latter.

Gov. John Kasich made a big deal when he first […]

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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde wants to be Ohio’s next secretary of state because she believes we deserve better.

“No matter where they live, whether it’s in a big city or a small town, black or white, young or old, we need to be working hard for the people of Ohio,” Clyde said in an interview with Plunderbund last month. “Unfortunately, our state leaders have an outdated way of doing things, a lack of transparency, and the same old stale ideas and misplaced priorities that favor those who are already doing just fine.”

In Ohio, the 2018 Election will be a […]

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Gov. John Kasich’s governing sidekick for the last six and one-half years, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, is hoping her co-stewardship helps her as she plunges into the Republican race for governor in 2018 with an endorsement in hand from Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck leader.

Taylor runs the state insurance department in addition to her duties as lieutenant governor and was the go-to official Kasich put in charge of the administration’s push against regulations that team Kasich-Taylor say keep Ohio from running “at the speed of business.”

Taylor, 51, joins three other GOP governorship hopefuls: Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State […]

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State representative and former assistant attorney general Kristin Boggs today issued a letter calling for state Auditor Dave Yost to recuse himself from all current and future matters related to the Educational Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) and for a special audit to be conducted into the charter school, the Ohio Democratic Party announced in a release Monday.

“Auditor Yost has consistently failed to lead an effective investigation or audit into any matters involving ECOT,” Boggs said. “In 2014 Auditor Yost received information from an ECOT school employee regarding fraudulent school enrollment, but he then allowed ECOT to […]

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The 2018 midterm elections are still 16 months away, but educated speculation  on them offers some good and bad news for Democrats to retake control of the U.S. House and Senate, and maybe even some statehouses, now that President Donald Trump and a Republican-led Congress have shown just how terrible their policies and appointees are.

With a clear view of who they elected last year, and what the Trump agenda means for most people going forward, will voters rally around the Trump White House and its GOP enablers in Congress, or will voters change direction like they did in […]

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Help! Help! Can anyone help? The First Amendment, the bedrock for our freedoms, is under assault by no less than the President of the United States, and we desperately need some help.

Let me think of some names. Oh, here’s one.

Chuck Barris, where are you, now that we really need you? Yes, right now, as the President of the United States continues to attack those that serve as our constitutionally-protected watchdogs, the country is in urgent need of protection from a vicious bully in his incessant attacks on journalists.

Oh how I wish that my fellow Philadelphian, […]

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