From the monthly archives: October 2012


This is a serious storm, but we are going to do what it takes to keep people safe and secure, and make sure the communities affected get the assistance they need. FEMA is working with state and local governments to respond effectively. We all owe a debt of thanks to the first responders who will be dealing with the immediate impact of the storm.

If you live in the storm’s path, please listen to state and local authorities about where and how to take shelter and stay safe — and encourage your friends and family to do [...]

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On Meet the Press this morning John Kasich announced: “I believe right now we are currently ahead. Internals show us currently ahead. I honestly think that Romney is going to carry Ohio.”

According to Kasich, Romney’s internal polling shows him winning. Which is interesting since Rob Portman, who helped prepare Romney for his debates and who spends much more time with Romney than Kasich, admitted just two days ago “internal Romney polling shows the state is a dead heat.”

According to Real Clear Politics, ten polls have been conducted over the past ten days and not one of them [...]

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Ohio’s legislators’ misguided belief in their infinite wisdom of education reform continues to be exposed as Senate Bill 316 — their most recent attempt at demonstrating their knowledge of schools — has become law.  The latest display of their ignorance of the education system can be found in the requirements that exist as a part of the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee.”

The “guarantee” is detailed in Ohio Revised Code 3313.608 and has been explained as a way to ensure that all students are proficient readers before moving on to the 4th grade.  A key component of the new [...]

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In my ongoing effort to ensure no Plunderbund reader makes it through the next nine days without doing something to help a campaign, today we have another great project that could use your help.

On election day, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law – the authoritative source of voting rights research in the U.S. – and Common Cause are teaming up on an important research project. They will be conducting an exit poll in several battleground states to look at the effect of restrictive voting laws and other obstacles voters may experience in voting.

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“Listen, y’all. This is the moment that could change everything.  

If we don’t want a Romney-Ryan White House backed by an Akin-Thompson Senate, we’ve got to get a move on. Romney’s right-hand man Paul Ryan voted against family planning 60 times. And one of their top advisors called women’s issues “shiny objects of distraction.

I’m not a shiny object. I’m a woman and an American, and I’m not going to sit out these last 9 days.”

~ Ashley Judd (in a fundraising letter for Emily’s List sent out today)

Reading the above message reminded me [...]

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A new anti-Sherrod Brown campaign started on Twitter yesterday using dozens of fake Twitter accounts to promote a cheesy video produced by ForAmerica, Inc.

According to their website, ForAmerica is chaired by L. Brent Bozell III, the dirt bag responsible for, among other things, swift-boating war hero John Murtha.

The tweets, sent by what appear to be newly create Twitter accounts with only one or two Tweets, typically contain a phrase similar to “See the truth behind Sherrod Brown” and point to a cheesy web video rip off of the DIRECTV “Don’t” series of ads (e.g. “Don’t Sell Your Hair to a [...]

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Hurricane Sandy could be the largest storm to hit the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website.

“The size of this alone, affecting a heavily populated area, is going to be history making,” said Jeff Masters, a hurricane specialist who writes a blog posted on the Weather Underground.

Everything is harder when you’re poor. If you’ve ever been poor you know what I’m talking about. Something as simple as doing your laundry can become a daylong chore because you have to get on a bus and go to a laundry-mat. Health issues loom [...]

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Did you know hundreds of illegal Muslim Somali immigrants are being bused to the polls by Franklin County Democrats who have a secret plan to reelect President Obama through the use of specially trained Somali interpreters and fake voter registrations?

Seriously.  It must be true.  Some anonymous Republican tipster told Sarah Marie Brenner – Powell City Councilwoman, wife of State Rep Andy Brenner and author of the over-the-top, Right Wing blog Brenner Brief – so why shouldn’t we believe it?

Brenner’s column, published yesterday at Human Events, presents no proof for any of her anonymous tips.  Instead, she spins a tale of potential [...]

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This morning I spoke with Governor Ted Strickland, as he was beginning a day of speaking out against the Romney-Ryan Campaign’s attempts to confuse and mislead voters in Ohio.

“They say that if you’re trying to run away from an alligator you should do so in a zigzag manner. In other words, just follow Mitt Romney.”

~ Governor Ted Strickland

In the interview we’ve touched on how Mitt Romney has zigzagged from saying “coal kills” to billing himself as a champion of the coal industry. We talked about how Paul Ryan has zigzagged from supporting cuts in public [...]

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On Thursday the Ohio Elections Commission heard a complaint from State Sen. Lou Gentile’s Republican opponent, Shane Thompson.

There’s nothing unusual about Ohio Elections Commission complaints – especially this close to Election Day. However, what was striking and perhaps unprecedented was that Shane Thompson HIMSELF was present yesterday at the OEC hearing.

Candidates simply don’t do this. They let the lawyers duke it out and present the case on their behalf. (After all, candidates should be busy meeting voters, right?) It leaves me wondering Why Shane Thompson was so defensive that he felt compelled to personally appear in Columbus yesterday?

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This afternoon I stopped by the Franklin County Early Voting Center to photograph the anti-gay and arguably-racist signs littering the lawn in front of the old Kohl’s Department Store on Morse Road in Columbus. (see pictures below)

My first thought, seeing the signs from a good two blocks away, was: what a really bad idea. Not because I was offended by the signs – which I was. But because the guy displaying them obviously doesn’t understand Franklin County.

Franklin County voters are moderates, especially on the Republican side. Just look at Party leadership to understand why these signs will not [...]

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