Posts by: David DeWitt

ATHENS – Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland thinks that for many people American politics have become a blood sport.

“There is polarization in our politics, but there doesn’t have to be hate,” he told the Ohio University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Tuesday night at OU’s Schoonover Center. “I think for many people it has become a blood sport, and there’s too much hate.”

Speaking with the group of journalism students, Strickland offered a candid assessment of his successor as Ohio governor, John Kasich, his thoughts on the state of the country, his failed bid […]

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Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown applauded efforts to try to stop high-interest payday lenders from grifting American citizens in desperate need of cash with new rules from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In a press release Thursday, Brown – the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – praised the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rule to rein in predatory payday loans that often keep low-income borrowers trapped in a cycle of debt.

According to research at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Ohio has the highest payday loan prices in […]

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Remember the guys who started a hoax conspiracy theory accusing Hillary Clinton of running a pedophile sex ring out of a pizza shop in Washington D.C.?

And remember how a guy from North Carolina believed that malicious hoax and went to the Comet Ping Pong pizza shop with his AR-15, firing three rounds into the place in December 2016?

Well now the two terrible human beings behind that fiasco are launching a Super PAC that will support Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel as he attempts to slime his way into the U.S. Senate in 2018.

From the Associated Press:

Two right-wing […]

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You’ve probably seen the scary ads. They usually have some ominous music underlaying intentionally poor photographs of this guy Michael Weinstein, fading from color to black-and-white as a baritone voice comes in and indicates something menacing, overlaid with red text in a mean-looking font.

They’re all pretty hack, so far as negative political ads go. This is Big Pharma spending tens of millions of dollars trying desperately to protect their profits at the expense of people’s lives. It might well work. They’ve got a huge money advantage and a lot of people fall for scary music and dark images and […]

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Ohio state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, laid out the details of a comprehensive plan to support Ohio workers and small businesses during a press conference last Thursday, where he also announced a new website:

“This plan makes the investments necessary to give people a real opportunity. That’s why I’m here today, and that’s why I’m running for governor,” Schiavoni said in a release announcing his jobs plan.

Schiavoni, who is from Boardman, said that his plan puts together a series of bills that he’s worked on in the past that focuses on creating jobs, training workers, and […]

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ATHENS – In Ohio’s 2018 election, everything’s at stake, Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper told Plunderbund in an exclusive interview earlier this month.

After seven years under the administration of John Kasich as governor and a Republican-controlled General Assembly, Ohio has suffered another long lesson in the failure of trickle-down economics, Pepper said.

“Take from local, raise taxes on those who can afford it least, and do that to give money to people on the high end,” he said. “It’s absolutely failing.”

This is proved by all the metrics, he noted, from 57 months of lagging job growth, wages […]

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Ohio Democratic governor candidate Betty Sutton called on the legislature Wednesday to enact an emergency measure requiring the Ohio Department of Education to take responsibility for evaluating and verifying the accuracy of all components of any charter school’s application to be designated a dropout prevention and recovery school, including the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT).

Under Sutton’s measure, a press release announced, the legislature would also establish clear standards for the dropout prevention and recovery school designation, including setting a firm percentage of students who must be at-risk and what constitutes an at-risk student.

Sutton said the legislation is necessary because […]

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In order to make the Trump Administration’s claims that the Affordable Care Act is failing a reality, the president continues to sabotage the program in every way possible.

These efforts were successful in Ohio this week, as the state’s Association of Foodbanks was forced to shutter its navigator program because of a 71 percent budget cut from the Trump Administration.

From the Associated Press:

Officials say they are shutting down a service that helps Ohio residents enroll in Medicaid.

The Plain Dealer reports the Ohio Association of Foodbanks decided to shut down its Navigator program last Thursday […]

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Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan each slammed the Graham-Cassidy “health care” proposal for the damage it would do to state’s fighting the country’s rampaging opioid epidemic.

Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdoses and is particularly vulnerable to any legislation that rips away resources for addiction treatment.

With U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, saying they will vote no on the proposal, it appears U.S. Senate Republicans don’t have the 50 votes to push the bill to Vice President Mike Pence for a tie-breaker.

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Ohio Republican governor candidates Mary Taylor and Jim Renacci ran their respective campaign buses over the health care of 700,000 Ohioans struggling in poverty this week.

In their attempts to woo the “we like to make ourselves feel better by hating poor people” crowd, Taylor and Renacci jostled for worst position on Medicaid.

On Monday, Lt. Gov. Taylor came out against Medicaid expansion in Ohio – the very thing Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been hanging his national hat on for several years now. The Kasich Administration has argued strenuously against a freeze, noting that 500,000 Ohioans could lose coverage […]

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If clinics that did plastic surgery or colonoscopies inspired violent protests and vandalism, state legislators would pass laws to try and stop it. But rising violence at reproductive health clinics is tolerated.

A bill to make it a crime to impede access to reproductive health clinics remains stuck in an Ohio House committee. A nearly identical bill received just one hearing in the previous legislative session.

Just this past weekend, the Founders Women’s Health Center in Columbus was targeted by the “Bible Believers,” an organization recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Protesters used megaphones to […]

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