Posts by: D.C. DeWitt

We can’t stop, longtime Athens County labor leader Ted Linscott told a standing-room-only crowd at the local community center last Thursday night. Every day there is an effort to keep the working man down. Every day working people of Ohio need to fight it. And every day we will.

Linscott is the president of the Southeast Ohio Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO and he played MC to an event sponsored by We Are Ohio warning labor supporters in Ohio of plans afoot to bring a so-called “right to work” law to the Buckeye State. The law won’t be introduced […]

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When an Iowan asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich last Wednesday whether he was embarrassed to have been tricked by David Daleiden into stumping for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, Kasich affected not to know who he is.

The questioner can be forgiven the construction, asking Kasich if he was “embarrassed,” when our Buckeye State governor quite obviously has no shame. As most of us who pay attention to the news know, David Daleiden is that wormy little bottom-feeder who tried to sting Planned Parenthood with heavily manipulated videos last summer.

Here is a transcript of the exchange (full video at […]

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Dear state Sen. Tom Patton,

Listen, sweetheart, we need to talk.

I read in the Columbus Dispatch today how you decided it was somehow appropriate to refer to your Republican primary opponent for the Ohio House, Jennifer Herold, as “sweetie,” and questioned whether she should be running as a mother of two young children.

“The gal that’s running against me is a 30-year-old, you know, mom, mother of two infants,” Patton said on the (America’s Work Force radio) show. “I don’t know if anybody explained to her you have to spend three nights a week in Columbus. So, how does […]

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The Ohio General Assembly is continuing to twist itself around the presidential campaign of Ohio Gov. John Kasich while staying firmly committed to only representing the interests of right-wing extremists, a minority of the state’s population that controls a majority in the state legislature.

I can’t begin to relate how resentful I am that instead of doing the hard work necessary to alleviate poverty, strengthen education, extend health care access, and invest in economic opportunities to make Ohioans’ lives better in the future, our “leaders” are pulling parlor stunts to pander to religious zealots and authoritarian nutbags in their ill-informed, […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed up until 4 a.m. the morning of Aug. 28, 1963. He had returned to his room at the historic Willard Hotel, a stone’s throw from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, around midnight, and labored over his speech for four more hours.

He had told his friends and his advisors that he was going to his room to counsel with his Lord, and for those early hours in the dark of a new day, Dr. King paced around his room, practicing, marking his document, redrafting it in long-hand, crossing words out, […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he has his mind made up and that Planned Parenthood needs to be defunded and eliminated.

That’s the essence of two clips of Kasich taken at a U.S. Presidential campaign event in New Hampshire and posted to YouTube this week.

In the clips, Kasich is asked by a young woman from Ohio about his assertion that he would “fight like crazy” to defund Planned Parenthood. Kasich fumbles through his answers and gets thoroughly owned by the young woman.

In a second clip, Kasich suggests that the work of Planned Parenthood could […]

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Typically, for a young attorney with a mountain of law school debt, the prospect of working in the state attorney general’s office might seem like a wonderful opportunity for advancement and a life of bourgeois ease and Rotary contribution to the community.

But I imagine life in Mike DeWine’s Ohio Attorney General’s office might more resemble an ever-exhausting series of menial political score-settling tasks, with DeWine as some sort of deranged Michael Scott holding “team building exercises” about how best to pursue his personal ideological agenda.

Yes, the state’s top cop is at it again, and losing again, as is his usual, […]

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I don’t believe just anybody should be allowed to own a gun, but I believe I should be allowed to own a gun. Then again, I’ve never been arrested. I’m schooled in firearm safety, and nothing in my background would indicate I’m psychotic, no matter what the droogs down at my local may say.

I find myself caught in the middle of the Great American Gun Debate, disappointing some of my more liberal comrades when I suggest it’s impossible to eliminate our country’s guns and gun culture, and disappointing my more conservative brothers and sisters when I admit I’m in […]

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An Ohio state representative intends to introduce legislation to name a highway after a doctor who popularized the idiotic theory that victims of rape don’t get pregnant.

Dr. Jack Willke, founder of Cincinnati Right to Life, was best known as the purveyor of that odious falsehood, and now state Rep. Jim Buchy, R-Greenville, wants to name a portion of Ohio state Rt. 119 after him. Willke died in February 2015.

Willke wrote a book in 1971 called “Why Can’t We Love Them Both: Questions and Answers About Abortion,” in which he claimed women rarely get pregnant as a result of rape because the […]

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Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges had more than socks to give this year for Christmas Eve. In an interview with the Dayton Daily News printed Dec. 24, Borges said he wants to rile up the right with a ballot issue limiting state benefits extended to immigrants.

And why does he want to do this? Because he thinks it’s good policy? Hell no.

“That might really juice turnout,” he said.

It doesn’t have to be an anti-immigrant proposal, Borges said, anything that will exploit the fear and the hate in his party and get voters off their couches and at the voting […]

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The order of the day seems to be a reflection on times gone past, as we bend our shoulders and hunch toward a new year, fraught by visions of what 2016 might bring upon our already frightful politics.

Fear is in every bottle, so grab a tumbler, pull up a stool and drink it down. The first glass burns, but after the ice begins to melt in the second, the harsh frontier whiskey gives way to its floral undertones and, at long last, sweet corn mash relief, if only for a bit.

“I’ve had my fill of fucking intellectuals.”

That, brothers […]

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