If Carly Simon gave us an anthem with You’re So Vain, maybe Good Charlotte’s Predictable provides the perfect lyric to help us define the dull and uninspiring Andrew Brenner.
I knew it all along
You’re so predictable
I knew something would go wrong
Yes, we knew all along that he was so predictable. But what has gone wrong for Brenner this election year in a big way is that he’s facing a formidable candidate who has a great chance of bringing him down in the otherwise reliably red territory of Delaware and Knox Counties.
In his search […]Full Story... →
Rep. Andrew Brenner is not known for his ability to throw a fastball, but he nevertheless seems to be using another pitch this political season.
A cursive ball.
Yes, the anti-public education chair of the Ohio House Education Committee sponsored a bill that would encourage the teaching of cursive writing in the state’s public schools. According to one Cleveland TV outlet, the legislation is designed to “create a curriculum to teach cursive to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.”
But with Brenner, there is never anything new under the sun, and his cursive curriculum idea goes back at least […]Full Story... →
Some folks might think it’s a bit crazy to drive 11 hours and travel 700 miles to Missouri just to visit a library. As someone who no doubt spent too much time in libraries during graduate school pursuing three different degree programs, I can certainly understand that sentiment. But what I found within the space of a few hours in that library’s research area could provide some people with a mini-course in American history.
Libraries are all about learning and discovery, to be sure. But when you visit a place like the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, as Full Story... →
I’ve always wanted to write one of those open letters that we see so much of these days. By their nature, open letters usually are crafted as vehicles of concern, rebuke, disgust, rage, or some other emotion that motivates a person to pick up a pen or sit down at the keyboard. But this open letter, Andrew, is different. Though I’m a senior citizen now and six years into retirement, it’s the first one I’ve ever written, and you’re the lucky guy I’ve chosen to address on my maiden voyage to that emotion-filled place called […]Full Story... →
Today, something unpredictable happened in a House committee: a pro-public education amendment nearly passed.
The House Education committee was scheduled to consider amendments and vote on an education deregulation bill (SB216). That didn’t happen, however, after committee Democrats put forward an amendment that would have prohibited the state from taking over local school districts that score too low on state tests. Under House Bill 70, Youngstown and Lorain local schools have been placed under the control of appointed CEOs with a wide range of latitude to cancel labor contracts, privatize and restructure district operations.
Today’s amendment was offered by Rep […]Full Story... →
State Rep Andy Brenner is so desperate not to have to give back his contributions from the scandal-plagued founder of ECOT, he’s claiming he didn’t take them. (He did).Full Story... →
Andrew Brenner, as you may recall in a social media message last year, dubbed public education as socialism and suggested the system be privatized. Below is a Legislative Service Commission description of his universal voucher bill – HB 102. To replace locally levied school district property taxes with a statewide property tax and require recipients of certain tax exemptions to reimburse the state for such levy revenue lost due to those exemptions; to increase the state sales and use tax rates and allocate additional revenue to state education purposes; to repeal school district income taxes; to require the Treasurer […]Full Story... →
State Rep. Andrew Brenner took to Facebook this week to share his feelings about Planned Parenthood, effectively calling the entire organization a bunch of Nazis. “Their complete disrespect for life and callous behavior is akin to how the Nazis spoke of Jews, disabled people, and others whom they killed,” wrote Brenner.
Brenner appears to have been commenting on some highly-altered videos released by the anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress. The group claims the videos prove Planned Parenthood sells aborted fetal tissue for profit. The group and their videos have been debunked by multiple sources.
It would be easy to excuse […]Full Story... →
On July 18th, 2014, Sara Marie Brenner, wife of Ohio State Representative Andrew Brenner, announced she was “taking a hiatus” from her right wing blog and radio program. The announcement came in the form of an email sent to subscribers of her email newsletter. The message, image-heavy with photos of Mrs. Brenner’s face, was sent using the Mad Mimi email marketing tool. This week, the Brenners began using that same email list and marketing tool to promote and fundraise for Mr. Brenner’s campaign.
Ms. Brenner’s hiatus was announced a few days after Sara and Andrew got into a Twitter battle with well known conservative talk show host Dana […]Full Story... →
Last week State Rep Andrew Brenner published an article titled “Public education in America is socialism, what is the solution?” on his wife’s Brenner Brief blog. Brenner opened his article quoting the definition of socialism from Wikipedia, explained how this applies to public schools, and then went on to offer his solution to “the problem.” “We need to do something that was done about 25 years ago in the former Soviet Union and eastern bloc,” Brenner wrote. “Sell off the existing buildings, equipment and real estate to those in the private sector. ”
Brenner argued that we need to “privatize everything”. […]Full Story... →
We’ve taken a balanced approach to our reporting on hydraulic fracturing (“Fracking”) here at Plunderbund since the topic made headlines last year. The topic is not as simple and clear-cut as you might imagine, so we spent a good deal of time studying the issue and digging through ODNR data about oil and gas wells to make sure we were well informed before we starting writing about it.
We’ve attempted to present the facts in a fair manner and we expect the media and politicians to do the same. And when they don’t, we’re going to point it out.
Today’s […]Full Story... →
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