John Kasich is flailing.

He is driven to be more kinetic as a gimicky attention-getter to improve his awful polls. His campaign is selling “limited edition” lapel buttons for $25 each. He is running a lottery for a free trip to Milwaukee for the next Republican debate. There are his for-profit Kasich coffee mugs. But hurry.

To his doubting right-wing hackers who scorn his support of Medicaid, he insists he’s been a conservative all of his life. He invites us to read the Bible , which he reports has a “new part” and an “old part” to define his […]

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They’re certainly going after their mileage with the ginned up Planned Parenthood controversy.

Ohio state representatives Robert McColley and Kyle Koehler are asking their colleagues to co-sponsor a “proper disposal of product of conception” bill.

Throughout the 300-word letter, McColley and Koehler assiduously avoid the term “fetus.”

We will soon be introducing legislation that seeks to promote and protect the dignity of the unborn through proper burial or cremation and strengthen Ohio’s laws on informed consent.

I can only imagine what garish provisions they have in mind for “strengthening” Ohio’s laws on informed consent.

Currently, Ohio Revised Code prohibits the […]

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Readers of Friday’s edition of USA Today found out about an issue that Plunderbund readers have known about for some time.  It’s nice to know that more folks are now in the loop.

The story,   “Turkish Faith Movement Secretly Funded 200 Trips for Lawmakers and Staff,” details the efforts of the Gulen Movement to provide Members of Congress and their staffs with free trips to Turkey that are of questionable legality, based upon U.S. House Ethics Committee rules.  The term Gulen Movement  describes a number of organizations that follow the teachings of Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic cleric and […]

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It must be tough for some in the Greek Chorus of Buckeye reporters on the primary campaign trail to report that the Republican candidate one New York hedge fund billionaire described as “the best explainer of conservatism in public life today, and one of the best communicators the modern Republican Party has seen” wasn’t Ohio’s term-limited governor but the first-term U.S. Senator from Florida.

While Ohio’s governor was in California raising campaign cash at an event at which bodybuilder-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger stroked John Kasich without actually endorsing him for president, the senator from Florida was endorsed by billionaire Paul […]

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Did you happen to see that Gov. Kasich’s starship made it to the Sunday comics pages. But it’s doubtful that he would be comfortable spreading the word. We meet him in Doonesbury in which two guys are talking about the presidential election. One of the characters said he was still undecided, but “John Kasich is growing on me.” The discussion goes nowhere until his shocked friend says in the last frame: “Dude! Do you LOOK at the ratings? Nobody knows who freakin’ Kasich is.”

Maybe we can help. He’s the guy that New York Magazine described as a “fidgeting neurotic” […]

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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 […]

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Nina Turner’s hair is on fire. That’s an urgency metaphor.

She set the room on fire at the Athens County Democratic Party fall dinner Thursday night. That’s a metaphor about her ability to transfer her sense of political urgency and energy onto an audience.

As engagement chair for the Ohio Democratic Party, former state Sen. Turner is nothing if not engaging. I’ve covered these things for over a decade and while it wasn’t the first standing ovation I’ve seen, it was the first time I’ve heard party regulars unleash yelps, hoots and hollers of approval.

Why is Nina Turner so fired […]

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The free-for-all Wednesday night in Boulder, Colorado, also known as the third Republican presidential debate, soon turned into a cage match the ten White House hopefuls on stage didn’t want.  The same can not be said for the Media and viewers who tuned in instead of watching the second game of the World Series.

Every candidate had something to achieve. Jeb Bush needed to show his donor base he was worth their investment. Dr. Ben Carson had to show his new lead in recent polls is real. Donald Trump, now second in some polls, needed to again dominate the pack, just like […]

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Reporters heard first-hand Tuesday of one women’s emotional account of why she had to go to Chicago to terminate her pregnancy upon learning from medical professionals her baby would not live, and how Ohio abortion laws forced her to undertake the trip.

Batsheva Guy, who appeared today in Columbus through interactions with event organizers ProgressOhio and MajorityOhio through Facebook, said she and her husband were happy to be would-be first-time parents. But at 22 weeks gestation, doctors said to Guy that her baby would not live.

As a consequence of Ohio’s increasingly draconian abortion laws—passed by a Republican-dominated […]

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The heir to Ted Kennedy’s reputation as the “Liberal Lion” of the U.S. Senate stopped cutting bait Tuesday and started to fish.

Sherrod Brown, Ohio’s senior senator in Washington who ran and won in 2006 and again in 2012, endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president Tuesday.

In a statement, Sen Brown said, “As Ohio’s working families continue to recover from the worst economic recession in our country’s history, we need a president who’s committed to growing our economy by lifting up the middle class.  From opposing unfair trade deals to fighting for a fair financial system, Hillary Clinton has […]

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“John Kasich said what many people have been thinking – enough is enough. It’s time for real, serious leadership in the race for President,” Gov. Kasich’s chief campaign strategist John Weaver told Camp Kasich supporters Wednesday. “Americans deserve more than what they’re getting from the so-called ‘front-runners.’ Leading the most powerful nation the world has ever seen is a sacred trust – not a reality TV show. Tonight in Boulder you’ll hear this message from John Kasich.”

On Tuesday afternoon in central Ohio, at another staged Kasich campaign event designed to grab headlines for the career politician to distinguish himself […]

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