Posts by: D.C. DeWitt

Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges is the latest Buckeye State political figure to dance the Trumpean two-step, climbing up on the GOP nominee’s lap like a good pup after getting swatted on the nose earlier this month.

“After public doubt and turmoil, Ohio’s GOP chairman has decided to vote for his party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday morning.

Take a second to breathe in the pusillanimous fumes steaming off the remains of Matt Borges’ self-respect in that hot patty of a lead.

Borges has been playing both sides of the Trump coin all general election […]

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Today, across America, thousands of people exacted a courageous personal and political act that may do more to move the bar for equal rights than any speech by any politician, or any ballot cast in a voting booth.

Today was National Coming Out Day. Thousands of women, men and other previously-silent members of the LGBTQ community faced down hundreds of years of social and political intimidation to declare to their loved ones and the people in their lives who they are, what that means, and why it matters.

Coming out was not the hardest thing I have ever done; living […]

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This weekend, Gabby Giffords and her 2016 Vocal Majority Tour comes to Ohio, a news release announced today.

The Vocal Majority Tour is a six-week, nationwide bus tour to battleground states urging Americans to vote for pro-gun violence prevention candidates this November, it said.

Ohio will be the fifth state on the tour, and is just one component of the 2016 Vocal Majority Campaign to make this election year a referendum on gun violence prevention, the release said.

Along with the nationwide bus tour, the campaign also includes making significant investments in races and ballot initiatives across the country to support […]

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Bill Clinton wouldn’t mind being 20 years old again, the 70-year-old former U.S. president told thousands of people gathered on Ohio University’s College Green Tuesday morning, but he wouldn’t want to take America back 50 years to do it.

That’s what Clinton accused Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of advocating as Clinton campaigned for his wife, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, during a “stronger together” bus tour of Ohio earlier this week that included a stop in Athens, with about 3,500 people in attendance according to the campaign.

In a speech that lasted over 45 minutes, Clinton covered a wide variety […]

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The state of Ohio released school report cards earlier this month, and they should be treated with the seriousness of a thumbed-nose farting noise in a Monty Python sketch.

Across the state this year, district grades are down as new tests have set benchmarks higher for students than in years past.

The state’s A-F system for grading public schools began in 2013 and replaced the old system that ranked districts from “excellent” to “continuing improvement” to “academic emergency.”

While an “overall district grade” will not be in place until 2018, each school and district did receive six separate A-F grades, […]

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The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Ohio’s premier pig-in-a-poke “school choice” scandalpalooza, keeps on delivering the hits, with an audit revealing that the enterprise inflated attendance by 9,000 students, bilking the state out of $64 million it didn’t deserve.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

In a letter to the school today, the (Ohio Department of Education) tells the school that it has proper documentation for only 6,300 of its 15,300 students – a 59% gap.

The letter does not spell out how much money ECOT could be forced to return, but with ECOT receiving $109 million last year for the […]

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Two of America’s most effective progressive U.S. Senators are Ohio’s own Sherrod Brown and Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren. The key to their effectiveness stems from a genuine commitment to working people… regular folk… us.

Brown and Warren do not deal in platitudes or vagueness in addressing the real problems facing America’s working class and the elite class of moneyed interests selling them out.

I’ve met many politicians throughout my life, but Brown and Warren both have an essential quality to them – something that appeals very personally to my mid-Western working class sensibilities – let’s call it the “potluck factor,” as […]

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For certain personal reasons, I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about and resolving what I can do to be better. How can I be more aware of others? How can I be more considerate? How can I be more thoughtful? What can I do to practice more kindness, listen more closely, live with more empathy, give others more love?

This has to do with the fleeting nature of time; the fact that life is fragile, precious and short, even to those who live a long time. It has to do with what David Foster Wallace called “the […]

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On one hand, Ohio Gov. John Kasich probably knows and sincerely believes that a Donald Trump presidency would be an unprecedented disaster for the United States. He’s said as much, often enough. On the other hand, Kasich’s unslaked thirst for the highest office of power compels him to hope the Trump candidacy is as much a disaster for the Republican Party as he’s been claiming it will be.

He pines for this, of course, because he wants to be the Grand Old Party’s savior, eyeing his chance to challenge the inevitably vulnerable incumbency of Hillary Clinton in 2020. As much as I […]

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Actor John Lithgow is not famed for his politics, but that’s what he discussed when he came to motivate canvassers for the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton in Athens and other areas of Ohio on Saturday.

Lithgow is known for his television work including High Commander alien Dick Solomon on “3rd Rock from the Sun,” and the trinity killer on Showtime’s “Dexter,” as well as a long movie career including, “Twilight Zone: The Movie,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Terms of Endearment” and “Interstellar.”

Lithgow spoke to a group of about 30 door-knockers for the Clinton campaign at the Hillary for […]

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Being a journalist based in Ohio, concerned about gerrymandering and bought elections myself, Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper’s new, first novel, “The People’s House,” speaks to me in more ways than one.

It is about a journalist, based in Ohio, concerned about gerrymandering and political intrigue, and uncovering a plot involving globalist corporate chicanery, the power struggle of Washington D.C., and the darkest of political crimes.

Pepper has penned an immensely readable novel in the form of a political thriller centered around the investigative journalism of fictional Youngstown Vindicator reporter Jack Sharpe. Sharpe is no intrepid cub reporter, but an […]

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