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... →
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,” […]Full Story... →
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 […]Full Story... →
While it’s pretty much common knowledge that Ohio’s junior Senator, Rob Portman, has millions of dollars coming into his reelection campaign from billionaires who don’t live in the state, a recent report has emerged that breaks down some of the murky (and unflattering) details about how this is being done and who it benefits.
The report, conducted by an advocacy group called Hedge Clippers — a coalition of policy, labor and grassroots organizing groups — details how “vulture capitalists” from Wall Street have destroyed companies and killed jobs in Ohio, and want to do more of the same, all while […]Full Story... →
Over the next few day, hundreds of Ohioans will be mobilizing outside the offices of key members of Congress to encourage them to reach a solution to the fiscal cliff that preserves the tax cuts on the middle class, defends against draconian cuts to important programs and does so by asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more.
The more people that can participate the better. Members of Congress tend to wet their pants when they are confronted by more than six pissed off constituents at a time, so a healthy turnout at these events will help demonstrate that […]Full Story... →
Thursday must have been a depressing day for John Kasich.
U.S. News and World Report came out with a list of the ten most “buzzed-about” prospects for the GOP vice presidential nomination, a list that includes several women and hispanics, and even one name from Ohio – but sadly, it’s not Kasich’s.
John Kasich doesn’t even top the list of white guys from Ohio with federal budget experience in the vice presidential beauty contest. That honor goes to Senator Portman, who US News ranks #7 on the list. Portman’s had a good week, being named to the 12-member deficit […]Full Story... →
In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama won Ohio by five-points. Four years later, Ohioans are split on whether Obama deserves a second term with 46% approving and 47% disapproving. However, when it comes to the lackluster ’12 GOP Presidential field, Obama leads front-runner Mitt Romney by four points. Obama’s approval rating is 46% and his disapproval rating is 50%. So, while Ohioans equally disapprove of the job both Obama and Kasich are doing, Obama’s approval rating towers over Kasich by a difference of eleven points.
Sherrod Brown has the highest approval rating among Kasich, Portman, and Obama. With 49% approving and 30% disapproving. […]Full Story... →
First things first. I’m terrible at predicting election results, not gonna deny it. “If Jennifer Brunner files, she wins,” is a line I must have written a dozen times leading up to the US Senate primary. I was wrong. I was banking on Jennifer catching fire online, and she didn’t. One good week of online fundraising might have won her the primary.
Failing to do so is the Brunner campaign’s biggest self-inflicted wound – they left a lot of money on the table, and let a lot of us down. I still have no good answer for this […]Full Story... →
We’re entering Rob Burch futility here. It’s worth transcribing, with asides in parentheses, to show just how polar opposite this ad is to Lee’s entire rationale for being our nominee for US Senate instead of Jennifer Brunner.
I’m Lee Fisher. Pay very close attention to this ad, cuz you’re not gonna see it too many times. (This is your first ad in the entire general election, Lee. I’m paying real close attention.)
My campaign just doesn’t have millions of dollars to run lots of ads (Why not? You said you would. It was your entire primary campaign.), no scary […]Full Story... →
Suffolk University out of Boston polled the Ohio Statewide races as well as some other issues. I guess it’s a testament to the important of Ohio to the national political scene that we have so many out-of-state, East Coast universities who poll Ohio fairly regularly like Quinnipiac.
Anyway, the poll of 500 likely voters had some expected, and unexpected results.
Guess which polling outfit has shown the closest margin in the Senate race? Well, this poll comes close but it’s still shows a double-digit lead as opposed to the last Rasmussen poll which is the only […]Full Story... →
Anthony at ODB, on Rob Portman.
If this guy has the next two years to help dismantle health care, Wall Street reform, and everything else we’ve worked on, we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves when we lose everything from the top down.
I’ll have plenty to say about that after the election.Full Story... →
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