This last week, Ohio saw the Religious Right get handed a major defeat on it’s “Religious Freedom” bill in Ohio as the prime sponsors of HB376, Cleveland Democratic State Rep. Bill Patmon and Oxford Republican Tim Derickson withdrew their bill. Until this week, the two and their 44 co-sponsors were on a fast track to winning an incredible anti-LGBT battle but something happened along the way.
Their first major speed bump on their journey to gay discrimination was the national attention Arizona had gained for its SB1062 (which mirrored the Ohio bill). So intense was the scrutiny of that legislative [...]Full Story... →
The following letter was sent by Rich DeColibus, former president of the Cleveland Teachers Union, to Lena Pogrebinsky, a current candidate for CTU President. It it originally appeared on Kathie Bracy’s Blog and we kindly thank her for giving us permission to reprint it here at Plunderbund.
February 25, 2014
Dear Ms. Pogrebinsky,
I obtained the 14-page summary of the Cleveland Plan and read it through. A few things seem to stand out. For example, it reads like it was written by the Koch brothers. An early quote says, “Public education has been shackled by so much – by legal restrictions, [...]Full Story... →
Like Captain Renault, the fabled Prefect of Police in Casablanca, Ohio citizens were shocked, shocked to learn that several charter school sponsors gambled recently when they opened a parade of new schools that quickly failed. But unlike the character played in the classic film by Claude Rains, these sponsors have few winnings to collect. Instead, they can anticipate increased scrutiny from the Ohio Auditor as well as new skepticism from the state’s taxpayers.
For those who are all too familiar, there is no shock that comes with the latest revelations of failure in the charter school industry. Instead, here’s what those [...]Full Story... →
Environmentalists throughout Ohio have long questioned the willingness of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to adequately and willingly regulate the oil and gas industry. A document from the agency that leaked over the weekend will do nothing to quash those concerns.
The 10-page memo describes ways in which ODNR could work to promote oil and gas drilling in state parks and counter what it calls “zealous resistance” from “skilled propagandists,” including State Reps Nikki Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown), the Ohio Sierra Club, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The draft communications plan, dated August [...]Full Story... →
Wild, Wild West of Charter School Land
by Maureen Reedy
Welcome to the wild, wild, west of “charter school land” in Columbus, Ohio. Finally, it looks as though the sheriff is riding into town, thanks to the thorough investigative journalism of Greg Mild (Plunderbund ECOT series) and Dispatch reporters, Bill Bush and Jennifer Smith Richards (Dispatch, Charter Failure, January 12th).
Our schoolchildren have been victimized long enough by callous charter school operators who treat students as if they are commodities to be traded in the market place. Consider the quote regarding the record 17 charter school closings this year, [...]Full Story... →
Kasich in 2016. Really?
by Thomas Givens
I know a guy who works in state government. He got the job because he was very active in GOP politics. We were talking recently and he said, John Kasich was going to be the next President of the United States. He said this with a straight face and a gleam in his eye you only see in true believers. The Manson Family had that look as did the followers of Jim Jones.
I was speechless for a moment and said “Really?” He said John would be the best candidate fielded in years. [...]Full Story... →
A number of election bills, including one that would reduce early voting hours, have passed or are in process at the Ohio Statehouse. While not every bill is bad, the goal appears to be to shave off a few votes here and there to impact the outcome of statewide elections. The party in power is going for a victory of a hundred cuts rather than a single blow to the head as in last session’s failed HB 194. With the districts gerrymandered for predictable outcomes for nearly a decade, the attention shifts to rigging the voters for predictable statewide election [...]Full Story... →
Jobs Ohio Update: Ohio Supreme Court
by Victoria E. Ullmann
The JobsOhio litigation, which has been going on since 2011, reached an important stage when the Supreme Court allowed oral arguments this week. The litigation is not yet near completion however since this stage of the case concerns only whether or not the plaintiffs have standing to sue over this issue at all.
One thing that lawyers try to do is to view things from the perspective of the Court to be a better position to convince them to decide favorably. The Supreme Court’s view of the argument Wednesday [...]Full Story... →
Russell Brand is wrong: Not voting is the real act of complicity and submission
By David DeWitt
Russell Brand, noted dandy and amateur pharmacologist, says you should not vote. Russell Brand, you are wrong.
“Total revolution of consciousness and our entire social, political and economic system is what interests me, but that’s not on the ballot,” he declares in his guest editor column for the latest issue of the British, aggressive-left (and I praise it as such) flagship journal The New Statesman.
Brand couches his non-participation in his disenchantment with politics. Unfortunately, he campaigns for others to join him [...]Full Story... →
SB 193: John Kasich’s Re-Election Protection Bill
by Dennis Spisak, 2010 Green Party candidate for Governor
Ohio’s Republicans have been in a hurry to pass SB193, introduced by Republican State Senator Bill Seitz, to provide election law for so-called “minor” parties in Ohio. The bill passed out of the Senate two weeks ago and the House is planning to hold hearings this week. SB 193 would change Ohio election rules for minor parties nine months into a two-year election cycle—but rules for Republicans and Democrats would remain the same.
SB 193 would remove minor party access to the [...]Full Story... →
When lies dominate anti-abortion narrative
by Sandy Theis
If the anti-abortion movement is so righteous, why all the lies?
Among the movement’s oldest and often repeated lie: there is a link between abortion and breast cancer. None exists, never has, according to every legitimate study that has evaluated the claim. That hasn’t stopped anti-choice leaders from asserting it, nor has it dissuaded 34 members of the Ohio House of Representative from co-sponsoring a bill that would require doctors to tell patients there is link.
Among the newer lies: Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald wants to become governor so he can [...]Full Story... →