From the monthly archives: November 2010

In January, Governor-elect Kasich will hold his right hand and solemnly swear to faithful execute the laws of Ohio.   But according to Kasich that only applies until then!

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Kasich has now admitted that people can view the resumes of people who apply to work for his Administration, but only once he actually takes office.  It goes downhill from there, I’ll warn you:

But Kasich told reporters today that although he plans to keep applicants private through the transition, he has been told by his legal counsel that the information will become public record […]

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John Kasich announced today that his lawyers informed him he would eventually have to release information about the people who applied for government jobs on his private website. He also said he doesn’t think he should have to do it and he is, I shit you not, “mystified” that people expect him to follow basic rules of transparency and openness as the Governor of the state.

“I’m mystified at this,” he said. “Frankly, I’m shocked. Maybe the people that demand all this openness ought to think about the way they want their kids treated. Do they want their kids […]

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A week ago, Ohio’s newspapers breathlessly reported that U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan had told Governor-elect John Kasich that Ohio was in no danger of losing its “Race to the Top” money if Ohio abandoned Governor Strickland’s “evidence-based” school funding model.

Of course, the only source for this revelation was… Governor-elect Kasich.

Kasich said Tuesday that he’s talked with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan about the issue. He says Duncan assured him that Ohio will get the money as long as its education plan includes accountability for student performance.

We could find no story in which […]

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The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that State Senator Tim Grendell (R-Chesterland) has made it official:  he’s going to refuse to take the House seat he won earlier this month and will finish out his term in State Senate instead.

Outgoing Senate President Bill Harris… is glad that Tim Grendell isn’t his problem anymore.

"I think I’d be obligated to serve in the seat that I was elected to serve in," he said. "That’s Bill Harris. Sen. Grendell has to decide for himself what he wants to do and for what reasons."

Meanwhile, conservative blogger Scott Pullins has created […]

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Despite the fact that he updated his old blog’s WHOIS registry yesterday, it had an “Under Construction” homepage throughout yesterday that occasionally put up his old site back up, and he posted a video on Ohio Daily Blog from his’s YouTube channel, Tim informed Eric in no uncertain terms that he does not plan to return to his blog or any other.

We hope Tim reconsiders.  Simply because we couldn’t work out our differences for the direction of the site with him is no reason to walk away from something he’s done for five years.  Regardless whether he changes […]

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First, John Kasich announced that Bob Taft’s former budget director, Tim Keen, would resume that role in his Administration.

Today, the Dispatch (which seems to curiously consistently gets the exclusive on Kasich’s Cabinet appointments while being conspicuously silent on any criticism of Kasich’s on transparency) is reporting that Jerry Wray, George Voinovich’s ODOT director, will resume that position as well.

If you’re wondering why the Governor-elect didn’t consider Taft’s former ODOT Director Gordon Proctor, here’s probably a big reason why.

Let’s not also forget that under Taft, ODOT had a little strippers-for-contracts scandal in […]

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Seriously, I wonder how thick the concrete wall must be that you have to regularly bash your head into just so one is capable of writing an editorial for the Columbus Dispatch.  Saturday’s editorial was a real treat in “Kasich can do no wrong, Strickland no right” land.

His primary product toward that end was his "evidence-based model" for funding schools – a plan that called for steep increases in education spending, without providing any way to pay for them.

Part of that way was the “Race to the Top,” a $400 million grant program that was part […]

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Yesterday I quickly covered some recent reporting from the Dispatch and the PD about State Rep. Mike Foley’s foreclosure bill (HB3) that could have helped keep a good many Ohioans from having to suffer through the trauma of a foreclosure. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support nearly a year and a half ago and has been waiting for some action from the Senate ever since.

And now that Senate President Bill Harris has all but said this bill is going to die – along with another foreclosure-related bill introduced in the Senate by Republican Shannon Jones – […]

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Getting over the long holiday weekend, I just read Anastasia’s post at Ohio Daily Blog on Friday’s ridiculous item in the Cleveland Plain Dealer defending Kasich’s lack of transparency in hiring.  Anastasia says all that needs to be said about the Plain Dealer’s partisan hypocrisy.

Imagine after all the Cuyahoga County hiring scandals, if the new County Administration with Ed Fitzgerald acted this way.  Tell me that the Plain Dealer wouldn’t be screaming bloody murder.  Also, notice that the Governor-elect is trying a new rationale to justify the secrecy.

The Dayton Daily News joins […]

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It looks like Tim is in the process of relaunching Blogger Interrupted, as it’s now got an “under construction” sign on its homepage. 

If we find out differently, we’ll let you know.  Just thought those of you who want to follow Tim would like to know where to bookmark.

Again, despite the intra-blogging drama, we wish Tim the best of luck back at Blogger Interrupted.

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State of Plunderbund

On November 29, 2010 By

It’s been a little over a year since I came over to Plunderbund.  When I made the jump, it was the collective decision we all made that while snark and biting commentary would always be part of our blogging, we needed to get a little more engaged and professional in how we covered things.  In other words, we wanted to be the first blog in Ohio to move away from the cheap seats and be more engaged directly in the reporting of Ohio political news from all angles. 

We spent much of the past year developing relationships with sources so […]

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