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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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 […]Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
Thirty-five years ago, the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel was born, the product of legislation introduced by a fresh-faced State Representative named Sherrod Brown, to represent customers of public utilities in Ohio and give them a voice against powerful interests.
Today, that agency is threatened by budget cuts and proposed changes to its mission which would limit the ability of the agency to fight for fairness for Ohio consumers.
This isn’t the story of insiders, bureaucratic malaise, or politics at its worst. It is a story of David versus Goliath, and an example of the philosophical differences raging in the Ohio capital […]Full Story... →
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