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... →
Ohio Women Can Thank GOP Men For Modern-Day Feminist Movement
by Sandy Theis
The women of Ohio can thank the men in charge of Ohio for re-invigorating the women’s movement.
It’s been long overdue but the guys have simply gone too far. They have promoted laws and policies that hurt women by limiting their access to quality health care, forcing doctors to give women patients inaccurate information and continuing the futile, 40-year crusade to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Voters will make their displeasure known today during the We Won’t Go Back rally at the Ohio Statehouse. It starts at [...]Full Story... →
Here Is What’s Wrong With Banning The Bluest Eye
By: Laura Struve, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, Wilmington College.
Late last week, Ohio State school board President Debe Terhar objected to the Ohio Department of Education using Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye as an example of works that could be used in Ohio classes under the Common Core Standards. Terhar described the novel as “pornographic” and stated that she did not want her children or the children of others to read it. According to Cinncinnati.com, she questioned “whether anyone at the education department had read any of [...]Full Story... →
Regardless of your position on abortion rights, you should view Gov. John Kasich’s appointments to the Ohio State Medical Board with great concern.
Governors appoint members of the board, which is tasked with protecting patients by licensing certain medical providers and disciplining those who undermine patient care.
Kasich, however, is using his discretion to quietly stack the panel with members who appear to be most interested in promoting their anti-abortion views – even if it means undercutting Ohio’s vital health care sector.
If these appointees occurred in a vacuum, I would not be quite so concerned. But this governor has [...]Full Story... →
Back to School Specials from Ohio’s Statehouse
by Maureen Reedy
Just in case you’ve missed this as you’ve been scouring the stores for school supplies, “Back to School Specials” are being delivered to the children and teachers in Ohio’s schools, straight from our Statehouse chambers.
As the sweltering heat wave subsides, our kids will barely have time to rush into their new classrooms, meet their teachers, make new friends and high five old ones, before the “Statehouse Back to School Specials” begin.
Statehouse Back to School Special # 1: Third grade could last forever with the “One Size Fits [...]Full Story... →
The new A-to-F report cards for Ohio’s schools and school districts were released this week and, as we sat stunned by the craziness of it all, we received a copy of this letter by Dr. George Wood that sums up the situation from the perspective of a seasoned educator. Dr. Wood is the Superintendent of Federal Hocking School District and Executive Director of The Forum for Education and Democracy. We thank William Phillis from Ohio E & A for letting us reprint it here.
Response to New State Report Card
George Wood, Superintendent, Federal Hocking Local Schools
At Plunderbund we’re big fans of the ACLU of Ohio and the work they do, especially in the area of LGBT rights. So, in response to some recent criticism on PB, we thought we’d let them set the record straight on their LGBT equality strategy…
Recently, some have been critical of the way in which the ACLU of Ohio has chosen to pursue LGBT equality. Some have even questioned our courage.
First of all, any fight to advance the cause of LGBT equality is a noble one and we are very happy for James Obergefell and John Arthur, who Full Story... →