Posts by: David DeWitt

I never get tired of quoting James Madison’s line that “knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power that knowledge gives.”

This quote is at the heart of what the “American Experiment” achieved when we established self-governance with our new Republic 230 years ago, after millennia of almost entirely autocratic rule throughout the history of human civilization.

The late columnist Molly Ivins noted that “it is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to […]

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Apparently the Donald Trump regime is scared of Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, including him as a target in next year’s mid-term election with the hope of weakening him before the 2020 U.S. Presidential cycle.

From Politico:

Allies of Donald Trump have begun plotting to take down or weaken potential Democratic challengers in 2020, including several who will be on the ballot in next year’s midterms.

The 2018-focused work ranges from a major donor-funded super PAC designed to blemish Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s image, to a full-scale effort to defeat Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown outright before he […]

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Ripping health care coverage aways from millions of Americans is the mistress Republicans just can’t quit, in Ohio’s General Assembly or the U.S. Congress.

As news broke Sunday that U.S. Senate Republicans haven’t given up on their dream of devastating millions of people by denying the access to health insurance by repealing Obamacare, it turns out Ohio House Republican leadership also hasn’t given up on freezing Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. If they do, they will steal health care coverage away from 500,000 Ohioans over the course of about 18 months.

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Ten years after running for mayor of Bexley, filmmaker and comedian Travis Irvine will return to his hometown for a screening of his documentary, “American Mayor,” at the Drexel Theater on Main Street in Bexley Monday evening.

Irvine grew up in Bexley, graduated from Ohio University in 2006, and ran for mayor the next year, in 2007. He said in an interview last week that after graduating, he had moved home and was unsure what to do next.

“I moved back home with my parents in the suburb city of Bexley,” he said. “My neighbors in Bexley had been dealing […]

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The Ohio Supreme Court will consider whether the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) will ultimately be responsible for paying back $60 million owed to the state of Ohio for “ghost students” – even though three of the court’s seven justices have taken campaign contributions from ECOT’s founder Bill Lager.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the state high court has accepted one ECOT case, and only one point from that case, for review.

From The Dispatch:

The state’s largest online charter school and the Ohio Department of Education are battling over how to properly calculate […]

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Republicans in Washington want to cut Social Security and Medicare and put new taxes on retirement savings accounts to pay for massive tax cuts for Wall Street. Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is having none of it, promising “one hell of a fight” during a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.

“You’ve got to be kidding me: their two best ideas to pay for massive tax cuts for Wall Street are to cut Medicare and raise the […]

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Yesterday we reported on how Ohio Republican governor candidate Jim Renacci voted against disaster relief for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma after spending his career in U.S. Congress opposing nearly every single climate change and environmental protection bill proposed.

Turns out, that is the modus operandi for all five of the Ohio Republican U.S. Congressmen who voted against the disaster relief compromise.

In a deal offered by Democrats that was accepted by President Donald Trump last week, $15 billion in disaster relief for both Harvey and Irma was packaged with money to avoid government shutdown for the […]

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ATHENS – Dayton Mayor and Ohio Democratic governor candidate Nan Whaley called out Ohio’s ongoing charter school scandals Monday as “crony capitalism” tied to campaign financing for Ohio elected officials who have failed to hold corrupt charter school providers accountable.

“Right now what we have is not working. I view it as straight up crony capitalism going on with the statehouse,” Whaley said. “You can draw a line (with) the millions of dollars that charter school providers that are for-profit are giving to the state legislature.”

Before a campaign event in Athens, Whaley sat down with local reporters in the […]

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Every time a disaster hits America, Republicans from Ohio vote against providing relief. They have all sorts of excuses, but the upshot is the same: When Americans are hurting desperately because of natural disaster, Ohio Republicans can be counted on to tell them, “No.”

Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman opposed Hurricaine Sandy aid in 2013 (which was not full of pork as some have lied recently), though he voted for Harvey aid last week. Nevertheless five of Ohio’s Republican members of U.S. Congress took up the reins and opposed Harvey disaster relief, including GOP gubernatorial […]

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Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown blasted a Texas federal court ruling from late August that will deny 130,000 Ohioans a raise they were promised. Brown also called on U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to appeal the ruling.

Brown worked with the Obama Administration to raise the overtime threshold, but the Aug. 31 ruling eliminates the new threshold, which would have given 130,000 Ohioans and 4.2 million Americans a raise.

“These workers aren’t asking for a handout – they are working 50 to 60 hours a week and aren’t getting paid for it. That’s wrong,” Brown said in a press release. “Overtime pay […]

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What does it mean to see every day that Nazis have made the news yet again in 2017 America? Often people will say something to the effect that they can’t believe something racist and horrible and fascistic and nationalistic is happening today, adding the exclamation, “It’s 2017!”

I understand the impulse. We often believe we’ve made more progress than we have as a society, and when we are confronted with stark and horrifying evidence that the reactionary right still has a strong foothold dragging us back toward a despicable past, it’s a bit of a shock. Progress is slow, and […]

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