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Jul 5, 2016

The Plunderbund Podcast is back.  Joe is not available, but Lycurgus Group VP and General Counsel, and former prosecutor, Josh Engel takes over hosting duties. 

We are joined this week by Professor Paul Moke.  In addition to teaching political science at Wilmington College, Professor Moke has been involved in a number of election law challenges to Republican efforts to restrict voting in Ohio.

We discuss the recent Supreme Court decisions on abortion and affirmative action, and try to predict where the Court is going next.  We then discuss the three (yes, three!) major ongoing lawsuits challenging aspects of Ohio’s election laws. 

Let us know your thoughts and ideas on Twitter.


Earl Warren and the Struggle for Justice

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

NEOCH v. Husted

Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute and NEOCH v. Husted

Ohio Organizing Collaborative v. Husted 


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May 10, 2016

What is the Kasich Administration hiding? The Plunderbund Podcast is joined this week by Catherine Turcer, Policy Analyst for Common Cause Ohio.

We discuss open records law in Ohio, including a new reform proposal and recent Ohio Supreme Court decisions that make some law enforcement records easier to access.


Plus we make some big news.


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SB 321

Ohio Sunshine Manual

Senator Robert Kelly



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Apr 18, 2016

The Republican War on Women. The Plunderbund Podcast is joined this week by Jaime Miracle, Deputy Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. 

We discuss restrictions on abortion rights, the recent Supreme Court arguments on the Texas law that seeks to close down abortion clinics by imposing onerous regulations, and whether someone can be both pro-choice and a feminist.

Plus , we ask: Who should play John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in a movie version of the 2016 Presidential Race? And, should Ohio enact a new law to prohibit Troy McClure from “going to Seaworld?”

Let us know your thoughts and ideas on Twitter.


NARAL Prochoice Ohio

Argument Transcript: Texas Abortion Restrictions

Senate Bill 195


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Apr 5, 2016

Last summer, John Kasich tried to be everything to everyone in terms of musical tastes. He told The Hill, “I like Linkin Park. I like U2. I like a lot of different bands. I like some stuff that Justin Timberlake does.” Remembering that he was in a GOP Primary, Kashch remembered to pander, adding, “I’ve found on the road that I have been able to listen to some beautiful, soothing Christian music, which I really hadn’t done before. I find it to be really good.”


In February, Kasich told CNN of another musical goal, bringing back Pink Floyd. He said, “And if I’m president, I am going to once and for all try to reunite Pink Floyd.”


Last fall a musician named “Jumpin” Joe Matsko, 81 wrote a song for the Kasich campaign. The song is called Man of the Hour and it sings the praises of Ohio, the Buckeyes football team, and John Kasich.


We reveal a shocking truth: Jumpin’ Joe plagiarized the Kasich song from a song he wrote about Mitt Romney for the last election.




Kasich’s Taste in Music

Kasich on Pink Floyd

“Man of the Hour” by Jumpin’ Joe Matsko

“An American” by Jumpin’ Joe Matsko

Jumpin’ Joe’s Songs


Mar 28, 2016

The Plunderbund Podcast focuses on education in Ohio with special guest Denis Smith. Denis is an educational consultant who worked for the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Community Schools from 2007 to 2011.

This week we answer the question: does John Kasich’s rhetoric on education match what is happening in Ohio?

John Kasich touts his educational record on his presidential campaign website. He says, “For American students to be prepared for success in an increasingly competitive global economy, they must receive strong education support from parents and educators, including high expectations—especially in math and English. John Kasich has put this priority to work in Ohio.” The discussion covers teacher evaluations, Common Core, and the union busing politics of the Kasich Administration.

We also take a deep dive into the Charter Schools scandal. Ohio ranks among the top five states in the number of charter schools. The state has, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, more than 370 charter schools that enroll 132,000 students. But the charter schools have faced financial and educational quality problems. This all came to a head last year when David Hansen, Kasich’s former charter school chief and husband of Kasich’s chief of staff, Beth Hansen, was forced to resign after it was revealed that he didn’t include the grades of online charter schools in a $71 million grant application to the federal Education Department.


John Kasich Website on Education

Politico: Charter School Scandal Haunts John Quash

Education Week’s Annual Quality Counts rankings

White House Report on Education Gap

Denis Smith Testimony on Charter Schools, July 15, 2014

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Mar 17, 2016

This week on the Plunderbund Podcast we discuss the results of the hard fought Presidential Primaries in Ohio.  Hillary Clinton and John Kasich were able to beat back tough challenges -- what does this mean for Ohio in November.  Our second topic is some of the other notable races in Ohio that were decided on primary day, including the ouster of the Cleveland Prosecuting Attorney.  Finally, we end as we do every week with Predictions.

Joe Mismas and Joshua Engel are joined this week by lawyer and political consultant Gena Shelton.  




The NYT Results feature the the map of GOP results we reference in the podcast. 

Bernie Sanders Speech at Democratic Legacy Dinner

Hillary Clinton Speech at Democratic Legacy Dinner

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Mar 14, 2016

Plunderbund is trying out something new this election cycle: an Ohio Politics-themed podcast.

The pilot episode of our Plundercast, recorded Tuesday, March 9th, 2016, features Sandy Theis, Executuve Director of ProgressOhio and former Plain Dealer Statehouse Bureau Chief, Josh Engel former prosecutor and current civil rights attorney and legal author, and Joe Mismas, a managing editor at

The topics covered on this pilot episode include Ohio’s presidential primary, the push by Ohio Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood, as well as predictions for the coming week.

We’re still working through some technical and connectivity challenges but our guests this week provided some valuable insight into the quickly changing political landscape in Ohio so take a listen and let us know what you think.