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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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 […]Full Story... →
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... →
Democratic State Senator Kenny Yuko, who represents the 25th District and is the primary sponsor of SB 25, talked Tuesday about his bill to increase Ohio’s minimum wage shortly after House Republican leadership presented highlights of a substitute budget bill, HB 64, that veers sharply away from the record-setting executive budget presented by Gov. John Kasich. The bill has many highlights, one of which is that it reduces the governor’s historic-high budget bill by $775 million.
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Ed FitzGerald reclines, relaxed, methodically taking notes as though he were culling together arrows for his political quiver.
He glances up periodically to scan the reactions of the 125 Athens County Democratic Party members gathered at the local American Legion hall listening to area favorite Debbie Phillips introduce the man who will challenge Ohio Gov. John Kasich this November.
Athens County Democrats haven’t gathered a crowd so large for a party dinner since another local favorite, Ted Strickland, was running for governor in 2006. The doors to Post 21 have been flung open to allow in the cool Saturday night […]Full Story... →
Well it sure is nice of the radical right to provide a blueprint of at least part of their agenda this year. This way we know exactly what the crazy-and-dangerous soup du jour shall be in 2014.
Koch Brother Industries’ pet model legislation agency, ALEC, over the last couple of years, has given us through our various state legislatures everything from attacks on collective bargaining (Senate Bill 5), to the Stand Your Ground laws, to “right-to-work,” to disenfranchisement bills, to moves to privatize schools andprisons, to anti-environmental protection legislation.
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I’ve written a lot of posts over the past three years, but none have ever struck me with the sense of urgency that this one has and I have a special request that is completely out of character for me to ask: please share this post intentionally and widely. The futures of thousands of Ohio’s young children are at stake. We need the General Assembly to take action immediately to enact emergency legislation to amend Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law to protect our children. Read on to understand why.
The Kasich Administration’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law has the […]Full Story... →
To hear U.S. News & World Report contributing editor Peter Roff tell it, candidate for Ohio Governor, Ed Fitzgerald, and all of Ohio’s Democrats, for that matter, are despicable individuals who are inappropriately “exploiting” an Ohio law that permits individuals to take a $50 tax credit for donating that amount to political candidates. Apparently, Fitzgerald had the nerve to send out a “humdinger” of an end-of-year fundraising email asking for donations and informing those on his email list of their ability to take the tax credit under Ohio law.
This simple action infuriated Roff and he apparently had no […]Full Story... →
2014. A midterm year and all the statewide offices are up for grabs here in Ohio. There will likely be little movement in the State Legislature or Ohio Congressional Delegation since Republicans gerrymandered the State to within an inch of its life in 2011. Those current districts resemble some mad Rorschach test put together by someone tripping their ass off.
Governor John Kasich is in a make-or-break reelection bid that may determine whether he makes a run for The White House. It is doubtful if, after losing the Governor’s Office, he could make a case to the GOP Primary voters […]Full Story... →
A friend of the site wrote this personal and quite powerful essay about her experiences dealing with difficult pregnancies and how paternalistic, anti-women measures included in Ohio’s two-year budget legislation would affect real families. We greatly appreciate her honesty and willingness to share her family’s story.
Government On My Mind
by Emily in Columbus
My husband and I, even when grieving, have a dark sense of humor. You know those adhesive stick-figure characters people put on their cars to depict their families — Dad, Mom,, two boys, a girl, a dog and a cat — well, we thought ours […]Full Story... →
We recently reported that one of the state’s top tax law firms analyzed the Kasich plan to expand Ohio’s sales tax to most services, declaring it to be a “nightmare.” Our reporting may have gotten folks at Vorys in hot water with the Kasich administration, as the analysis now carries the following note:
Funny, we never realized that “nightmare” was a technical term, but our apologies to whomever at Vorys we got in trouble.
The fact is, Vorys is not alone. To […]Full Story... →