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On Plunderbund, our focus is usually centered around current events or breaking news in Ohio politics.  But John Kasich’s monotonous lectures about how he has saved Ohio by balancing the state budget got me to thinking about the past.  Each time he is quoted by the media after a rant in which he brags about his budgetary prowess, it is very common to find someone commenting about Ohio’s Constitutional requirement to have a balanced budget.  As a result, Kasich’s boasting about the miracle of his balanced budget falls flat.  The Constitutional requirement also means that Governor Strickland, the […]

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United States House Speaker John Boehner and political advisors close to him played a key role in determining how redistricting lines were drawn according to emails in the Ohio Redistricting Transparency Report.

Tom Whatman, Executive Director of Team Boehner, and Adam Kincaid, Redistricting Coordinator for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), played key roles in directing Ohio state house Republicans on how exactly they should exactly draft redistricting maps.

In January of this year Tom Whatman was named Executive Director of Team Boehner, a PAC to work in tandem with the NRCC and the Republican National Committee to elected […]

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Senator Shannon Jones (R) was the sole sponsor for Senate Bill 5 when it was introduced to Ohio on February 1, 2011.  Introducing a bill as the sole sponsor is nothing unusual, as most bills start out that way.  Through the process of winding their way in and out of committees and floor votes in both the House and Senate, bills typically pick up a litany of co-sponsors along the way, mostly from supportive caucus members and many who have had little or nothing to do with the creation of the legislation.

A recent example that illustrates this practice can […]

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During the Senate’s floor debate of the State budget, Senate Finance Chairman Chris Widener pointed to the fact that the State’s revenues came below estimate in May as evidence that it’s premature to talk about a Strickland surplus providing additional funding beyond the draconian cuts to schools, cities, and nursing homes because the economic recovery in Ohio is fragile. 

“You know the revenue estimates for the month of May? I think the (Senate) President (Niehaus) mentioned after session. We’re down for the month as compared to estimated revenue,” he told reporters. “That’s not a good sign. That’s basically a […]

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As we’ve been discussing, the Senate has included language in the budget that will force the state to effectively sell the Ohio Lottery to a private company by next June.

The language was delivered to chairman of the Senate finance committee Chris Widener by long-time Republican political operative Mike Dawson who is now working at a lobbyist for one of the two companies vying for the lottery privatization contract.

Dawson, along with Kasich’s longtime political confident Don Thibaut, were recently hired as a lobbyists for GTECH – a company specializing in lottery operations that stands to reap […]

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We’re hearing the Senate version of the budget is going to include language to sell off the Ohio Lottery to private investors, and it includes a specific date by which that sale has to occur: June 2012.

Because, you know, there’s nothing like a motivated seller and a time sensitive deal to really boost the value and improve our bargaining position. And given that we now have casinos approved and will likely have VLTs, we can expect the offers – and ultimately the final selling price – to be pretty damn low.

It leaves me wondering if this may […]

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I used to work with a guy who spent a good deal of time at the bar after work. He would leave his wedding ring at the hotel and aggressively flirt with women, claiming he was a few years younger, wasn’t married and didn’t have children.

His excuse: I’m not exactly lying, I’m just providing out of date information. When I WAS 33 I wasn’t married and didn’t have kids.

John Kasich’s use of three year old education data and six year old tax data to prove the need for his radical legislative agenda is no different than […]

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Today’s story is about the 21st largest school district in the state of Ohio and how district leaders are working to attain financial success while being under attack on multiple fronts.  I will not reveal the names of the district or the leadership until nearer the end of the story so as to try and avoid any bias.  Please read with an open mind.

The 21st largest district in Ohio provided services to just over 9,000 students in grades K-12 in 2009-2010.  Enrollment has increased 139% in the last five years, a rate slightly higher than the Olentangy Local Schools’ […]

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Can’t make this up…

On March 30, 2011 By

Why is the Senate not in session yet to vote for SB 5?

First, we thought it was because we thought they were waiting for the union chanting and singing to stop.

Turns out Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield)  had a fundraiser scheduled tonight, and at least one Senator is attending Governor Kasich’s showing of the pro-charter propaganda film “Waiting for Superman.”  Senate Minority Leader Capri Cafaro (D) said in the chamber to the pro-union crowd that she expects session to start at 8 p.m. tonight.

I couldn’t make this up if I tried.  The Senate is in recess for a […]

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Sometimes, the headlines write themselves.

Yesterday, the Chair of the Ohio Ethics Commission, Ben Rose, testified before the Senate Finance Committee regarding RobsOhio.  State Representative Matt Lundy (D-Elyria) had asked the Ohio Ethics Commission to review the RobsOhio legislation and to give their input.  This act, on top of his fight in the committees and the floor of the House to make RobsOhio more transparent and accountable  along with his Taxpayers Right to Know Act has made him Plunderbund’s newest BFF.

Attached below is a copy of the letter from the Ohio Ethics Commission’s Chief Advisory Attorney giving […]

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In his latest State of the State address Governor Strickland proposed a bunch of stuff to help create jobs in Ohio including asking “the legislature to erase Ohio’s tangible personal property tax on generation for wind and solar facilities.”

Green energy has been a big part of the Governor’s agenda since taking office and it’s no surprise that he’s still pushing this as part of his latest agenda.

It is, however, a big surprise that some Republican State Senators actually listened to and agree with the Governor.

Sen. Chris Widener introduced a bill (S.B. 232) less than a […]

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