Last month we broke the story of Republicans trying to disenfranchise Ohio college students. The plan, buried in the Ohio House budget, would penalize Ohio universities that provide proof of residency documents to students who live on campus. Without such documentation, many students would not be able to comply with voter ID laws and would be forced to vote provisionally.
When asked about the plan, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office told Talking Points Memo that “he is not pushing for the universities to provide students with documentation to help them register to vote.”
“This is not [...]Full Story... →
Republican Prosecutor Wants to Charge Voters Who Did NOT Vote More Than Once
Republicans and their news operations continue to try to suggest that voter fraud was rampant in Ohio in 2012.
Before the 2012 Election, Secretary of State John Husted tried to appease the base by suggesting that voter fraud was a big problem – we noted that after the election, he quickly backed off that claim. Now, Husted has ordered all county Board of Elections to hold public hearings on voter fraud allegations. If the allegations are found to be credible, the Boards of Elections can [...]Full Story... →
Soon after taking office, Secretary of State John Husted started talking about the importance of “uniformity” in Ohio’s election process. By this, Husted of course meant the elimination of early voting on the days most preferred by Democratic voters – especially African American voters in large counties – during an important presidential election year.
In case there was any reason why Husted and his fellow Republicans were trying to keep Ohioans from voting on the last three days before the elections Republican Doug Preisse made it clear when he admitted the goal of limiting early [...]Full Story... →
Senator Nina Turner and State Rep. Kathleen Clyde are planning to introduce legislation to determine why Ohio continues to be non-compliant with federal “Motor Voter” laws and how the problem can be fixed.
As we reported on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Husted, for the second time in two election cycles, failed to deliver voter registration data to local elections officials within the time allowed by state and federal laws. Ohio requires the data to be sent within five days.
Instead, Husted sent months of data all at once, and days before the primary election on May 7th. [...]Full Story... →
Acording to State Rep Kathleen Clyde, John Husted has again failed follow state and federal laws regarding voter registration updates, causing extra costs, confusion and possible lost votes for next week’s primary election.
State law requires the Secretary of State to send voter registration data to local election officials within five days of acceptance. But Husted had been sitting on months of data without transferring it to the local BOEs.
SOS Husted make the same mistake during last year’s Presidential election.
“How could the Secretary of State make this colossal mistake twice?” asked Rep. Clyde. “Absentee ballots will be rejected because [...]Full Story... →
OK. let’s try it this way: The Grand Old Party has become the Grand Old Put-ons. Pretenders, all. It has talked for years about broadening its base, possibly even into Antarctica and the Fiji Islands. (Bad choices since ice is melting and Fiji could be swept under by rising sea water.) But the Put-Ons never give up. As Rand Paul, one of the current soul-fathers of the Put-Ons, has said:
“The GOP of old has grown stale and moss covered” and then went on to describe the new gang of ideological frontiersmen as having “need to embrace liberty in both the economic and [...]Full Story... →
The following post was written by long-time Plunderbund reader Jor Dough. Enjoy…
In the next few days millions of Americans will once again join the ranks of taxpayers who file and often pay federal income taxes. Some of us have our taxes withheld by our employers and in doing so we often overpay and the government ends up refunding our over payments when we file our annual returns.
The Republicans in Ohio have a much different attitude and practice when it comes to taxation and taxpayers. In a recent story, the Columbus Dispatch pointed out the overwhelming support that Ohio’s GOP politicians [...]Full Story... →
We’re honestly not sure if Attorney General Mike DeWine has a problem understanding the law or if he simply chooses to ignore it in favor of expediency and political and religious fervor.
Either way, it’s scary knowing Ohio’s top attorney is so often wrong when it comes to interpreting the law.
Yesterday we wrote about DeWine’s anti-contraception letter and how the legal foundation for his argument holds little water. This follows on the heals of the contraception-related lawsuit DeWine joined last year which also faces serious constitutional issues.
These are just two in a long line of [...]Full Story... →
Secretary of State Jon Husted announced this month that “year-end filing figures for new businesses indicate three consecutive years of growth.”
“2012 marks the third year in a row in which the number of new business filings surpassed that of the year before”, says Husted.
He even included a nifty graphic to help prove visually that, as we’ve been saying for years, the economic recovery in Ohio, the one Kasich claims he created, actually started a year earlier under Governor Strickland.
Plunderbund was the first to report that in November, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted suggested to an audience of statehouse insiders that allocating the state’s electoral college votes by Congressional district might be a good way to reduce the national focus on Ohio elections. (Thanks to Innovation Ohio, we now have the video.) The idea would have delivered the majority of Ohio’s electoral votes to Romney, the loser of the popular vote.
Husted backed away when eyebrows were raised, but many remained suspicious. As well they should be – several state legislatures and [...]Full Story... →
NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is on the receiving end of a social media shitstorm today, all thanks to the incredibly poor reputation of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
It all started earlier today with this tweet:
I’ll admit, I was intrigued. Until I realized that Husted and Todd agreeing that our process for drawing legislative and congressional districts is broken and needs fixed is not controversial. It’s actually something I agree with. Husted even has a half-decent plan floating out there if both sides could agree to implement it in a reasonable period [...]Full Story... →