Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer has finally released his report about Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s staffers who were fired last year for billing the state for hours they never worked. Props to the Dispatch’s Randy Ludlow for recognizing us as the original source of the investigation:
“The inspector general’s investigation was spawned after the liberal blog Plunderbund requested records that called into question the amount of work hours claimed by Johnson and Brandt.”
Editors for the Dispatch and other papers around the state have had a fun time whipping up sensationalist (and somewhat sexist) headlines highlighting the fact that Mary Taylor’s female staffers spent some time at “hair […]Full Story... →
“You Can’t Trust Trump” read two sides of a flier distributed earlier this evening at a Donald Trump rally in Columbus Ohio.
According to Plunderbund contributor John Michael Spinelli, “Kasich-supporting operatives were in the crowd and working the media with a double-sided handout from New Day For American, Kasich’s superpac group, that said one side, ‘You Can’t Trust Trump: Foreign Policy,’ and on the other side, ‘You Can’t Trust Trump: Ohio Jobs.’ For the latter, Kasich said, ‘Trump Lied To Americans About His Record Of Keeping Ford Jobs In Ohio.’ The other side’s sidebar read, ‘Trump Has Flip-Flopped On […]Full Story... →
Donald Trump spoke to an energized crowd at his downtown Columbus rally this evening and while it was cold outside, Trump was on fire inside, taking time at the start of his hour-plus-long talk to mock Ohio Gov. Kasich for, among other things, his very low poll numbers.
But Camp Kasich was out in force today in advance of the New York City billionaire’s stop in Ohio’s capital city. Earlier in the day, Kasich backers did their best to portray Mr. Trump as someone who isn’t qualified to be president. Kasich has made his old resume, including 18 years as a central […]Full Story... →
Ohio Republicans moved forward this week with a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. During hearings for Sub. H.B. 294, Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger prevented some Democrats from speaking against the bill, including State Representative Kathleen Clyde. In response, she entered her protest letter and unheard speech into the House Journal. We’ve reprinted it all below:
Pursuant to Article II, Section 10 of the Constitution of the State of Ohio which states, “Any member of either house shall have the right to protest against any act, or resolution thereof; and such protest, and the reasons therefor, shall, without alteration, commitment, […]Full Story... →
I received an email yesterday from Republican Bill Todd, former candidate for Columbus Mayor and lawyer for some of the Right’s worst actors.
Titled “Dinner Sunday with Zach Scott?”, the email was an invitation to a fundraiser for a group trying to change the structure of Columbus City Council.
“I will be co-hosting this event with candidates Sheriff Zach Scott…,” writes Todd. “This is a private event and space is limited so please let us know if you are able to attend.”
Zach Scott, a Democrat, is running in the non-partisan race for Columbus Mayor against fellow (endorsed) Democrat Andrew Ginther, current president […]Full Story... →
Documents obtained by Plunderbund show that a company owned by one of Ohio’s largest charter school operators is failing to deliver on a major contract with the state. The documents also indicate that former employees of the company, now supervising the project for the state, likely retaliated against public employees who questioned the company’s failures. The company’s owner, William Lager, is one of the biggest Republican political donors in Ohio.
According to an investigation report from the Ohio State University’s Office of University Compliance and Integrity (OUCI), “Employees with the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH)… reported that a project to implement a statewide K-12 learning management system […]Full Story... →
Last week Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer finally provided us a limited and redacted set of transcripts for the interviews conducted as part of the CoinGate investigation We are making all of those interviews available for download below in the format received by the IG’s office. Note: the records were delivered seventeen months after our public record request and nearly a decade after the original IG investigation started.
CoinGate is one of Ohio’s best-known political scandals. Wikipedia sums it up nicely: “The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) invested hundreds of millions of dollars in high risk or unconventional investment vehicles run […]Full Story... →
The Akron Beacon Journal reported last week that another failed charter school, the Next Frontier Academy, closed leaving at least 60 students displaced. It’s the same sad and sorry story we continue to hear about Ohio’s disastrous charter school experiment: misspent state money. unqualified staff and a severe lack of oversight by the state.
Here are the highlights from the ABJ story:
“Like 200 other charters, the school has closed, adding to the $1 billion in taxpayer funding given to failed charter schools. More charter schools closed last year than at any point in the industry’s 17-year history in Ohio” “Ohio Department of Education […]Full Story... →
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that giant charter school operator White Hat Management can continue to “take possession of the assets of charter schools — assets purchased with public money — and then charge the public to buy them back.” Not surprisingly, the justices that voted in favor of White Hat have received huge campaign contributions from White Hat’s owner.
The ABJ sums up the background story quite well:
The court ruled in favor of White Hat, one of the largest for-profit school management companies in the country, against 10 of its former Hope academies and Life Skills Centers, […]Full Story... →
Plunderbund recently broke the story that David Hansen, John Kasich’s disgraced school choice chief, was being considered for a job to co-head the Franklin County early voting center. ProgressOhio reported yesterday that Republican members of the Franklin County BOE are no longer considering Hansen for the gig. Given what we know about Hansen’s unethical and likely-illegal pattern of behavior, this is probably for the best.
According to Ben Piscitelli, spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections, Hansen worked for the BOE on two previous occasions. “Hansen was hired in 2009 as manager of administrative services in our fiscal department and would have been responsible […]Full Story... →
Plunderbund has heard from multiple sources that Republicans on the Franklin County Board of Elections (BOE) have discussed hiring David Hansen, John Kasich’s disgraced school choice chief, to run the county’s early voting center. The voting center is co-run by one Republican employee and one picked by the Democrats on the BOE.
Hansen was forced to resign from his position with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) in mid-July after it was revealed that he illegally altered data on an official state report in order to improve the rankings of some large charter school sponsors and operators. The illegal tampering was confirmed in […]Full Story... →