Posts by: D.C. DeWitt

President Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Education is already facing some significant headwind after a disastrous performance in front of Congress during confirmation hearings, and then an ironically illiterate tweet on inauguration day (sad!).

But Ohioans have special reason to be skeptical of the fitness of Betsey DeVos to lead the department that oversees public education throughout the country: A political action committee for which she served as chair was found to have violated state campaign contribution limits in donations to Ohio Republicans in attempts to privatize education.

From the Toledo Blade:

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur […]

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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 in Washington D.C., 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 […]

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“From whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some trans-Atlantic military giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia… could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years… No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.”

Abraham Lincoln spoke these words in his first-ever public remarks, addressed to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, […]

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They had to pay for their enormous tax cuts somehow and Ohio Republicans decided to do it on the backs of local governments.

So if your local government has raised taxes since 2010, perhaps you’ve spied the pea under the shell. But probably not, because they’ve likely pocketed that as well.

Research institute Policy Matters Ohio is out with a new report tracking the devastating impacts of our good state’s best Kansas impersonation.

Don’t anybody go being knocked over with a feather, but the new issue brief shows that cuts to local governments have been wantonly destructive, and […]

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For all the gnashing of teeth to which we’re often treated regarding the Affordable Care Act, sometimes it’s nice to look at some actual numbers and find that, hey, turns out it’s actually been pretty effective.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

With President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans planning to repeal Obamacare, Gov. John Kasich’s administration released a report Friday saying that Ohio’s 2014 Medicaid expansion has improved the health and reduced financial hardships for hundreds of thousands of poor Ohioans.

The analysis, requested by the General Assembly, found that among the 702,000 who gained coverage as of May […]

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Ohioans in immense pain, suffering from terminal illness and wishing for a gentle way to shuffle off this mortal coil may no longer enlist the aid of another, lest they render that person a felon.

House Bill 470 makes knowingly assisting in a suicide a third-degree felony in Ohio, punishable by up to five years in prison. Perviously, Ohio law only permitted a court to issue an injunction against someone who helps another kill him or herself.

Six states in these united of America have legalized physician-assisted suicide. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia consider it illegal. Ohio becomes the […]

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How much evidence that something doesn’t work must one accumulate to conclude it’s time to try something different?

If I have an irritant in my eye, and I choose to try to dislodge the offending particle by repeatedly whapping myself in the face with a ball-peen hammer, how many whaps shall I allow my face to withstand before, say, splashing some water on the little bugger instead?

How many whaps does it take to convince one the method has failed? Apparently, with regard to supply-side “trickle down” economics, 40 years of whaps doesn’t quite cut it. This next whap, surely, will […]

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As many of us look on in horror at the burlesque President-elect Donald Trump is planning to make of our national government, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s reptilian political brain has slithered forth, sniffing with forked tongue a new opportunity for personal advancement – a new persona to emulate.

From The Hill:

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) is looking to replicate Donald Trump‘s campaign strategy, hoping to reap the benefits of the president-elect’s success in his second Senate bid.

Mandel is looking to unseat Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in 2018, taking advantage of a midterm electorate that leans more Republican.

Mandel announced his bid […]

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News reporters often eschew describing the nitty gritty details of “how the sausage gets made” in the Ohio General Assembly. This is the deal-making, wheeling, dealing, midnight squealing – that awful noise Clarice Starling’s lambs make during the slaughter – in the Buckeye State Statehouse.

Of course, lawmakers have an interest in not publicizing the gory deets: these less-than-savory mechanisms are embraced on both sides of the aisle every now and again to suit their purposes when necessary.

Perhaps the messiest of these tools are deployed during the “lame duck session,” which Ohio lawmakers went through this week, where the […]

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Score one for Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown this Monday afternoon. Up with President-elect Donald Trump’s selling out of the working class, he will not put.

With Trump selecting a true basket of deplorables for his cabinet, he’s handed Democrats every excuse they need for “extreme vetting” of the incoming administration, and according to Brown that’s just what they intend to do.

Despite running on a message of economic populism toward the working class, Trump is poised to install the richest cabinet in American history, with at least three Wall Street insiders in cabinet secretary […]

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It’s a long road to Nov. 6, 2018, but what happens on that date may come to define to fate of the Buckeye State through at least 2031 and perhaps beyond. The campaign starts now.

All five statewide elected offices will be up for grabs. Three of the officeholders who win those seats – the governor, auditor, and secretary of state – will sit on the Ohio Apportionment Board. The other four seats come from the General Assembly with one majority and one minority representative from each chamber.

Democrats must win at least two of the three statewide seats to […]

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