Posts by: D.C. DeWitt

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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For millions of Americans, President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, as Secretary of Health and Human Services represents the worst kind of news: A completely uncertain and volatile medical future.

Price, an orthopedic surgeon from the suburbs of Atlanta, has been a leading opponent of President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, peddling his replacement proposal – the Empowering Patients First Act – in recent budgets.

And what is the Empowering Patients First Act? A hodgepodge of warmed-over Republican “free market” leftovers that will hurt millions of people in the interest of insurance companies’ bottom lines. This […]

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National eyes turned toward Columbus Monday after an assailant attacked people on the Ohio State University campus. According to news reports, “a student veered his car onto the sidewalk, leaped out and stabbed several people with a butcher knife.” The suspect was reportedly shot dead by a campus police officer within minutes of launching the attack.

From the New York Times:

Two law enforcement officials identified the suspected attacker as Abdul Artan, 18. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the name had not been made public. The officials said that Mr. […]

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OK, so nothing about the headline to this article is accurate or even relevant. I just wrote it to get the clicks. It’s meaningless. But apparently, that’s what passes for “news” these days, and the only things that matter anymore are clicks, likes, shares, retweets and attention-grabbing lies for headlines, truth be damned. What a chump I’ve been!

I did this totally stupid thing and went to journalism school. I studied the greats. I have, “The Journalist’s Moral Compass,” on my bookshelf. I’ve read it repeatedly and referenced it throughout my career. I used to have hours-long debates in coffee shops […]

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Cutting unemployment benefits, creating new abortion restrictions, stopping cities from raising the minimum wage, and preventing cities from stopping puppy mills is all on the menu for Ohio’s Republican legislature this lame-duck season.

It’s a holiday grab bag of hurt from the party Ohioans just rewarded with an expansion of their power and control in the Buckeye State. That’s right, the Republicans expanded their already preposterous majorities by one seat in each chamber of the Ohio General Assembly.

But outgoing lawmakers are looking to get in their licks while the licking remains good, and the folks were kind […]

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One group of voters knew what was at stake, showed up in record numbers, and elected reality television star Donald Trump President of the United States. The 2016 Election is a crowning achievement for white evangelicals as this victory looks likely to have an impact on American law for decades after the Trump presidency comes to its conclusion.

White evangelicals have had their eye on the long-game battle for control over the Supreme Court of the United States since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and they won. Republicans in U.S. Congress took a gamble that they could get away with […]

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Five minutes and 27 seconds, that’s how long the candidates for President of the United States spent talking about climate change during 4.5 hours of debate time in three meetings during the 2016 General Election.

Hillary Clinton had to bring the issue up herself, in the third debate, after moderators failed to do so.

“Some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century,” Clinton said. “Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real.”

“I did not. I do not say that,” Trump bristled.

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Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland isn’t holding back in the home stretch of his challenge to Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

The Democrat from Duck Run took aim at Portman and Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump in an impassioned speech to Athens County Democrats this past Thursday.

“There’s a freedom that comes with being a little behind. I feel like I can say anything I want to say, anything that’s in my heart,” Strickland said. “And what’s in my heart is this: Donald Trump is ignorant, he’s bigoted, he’s intolerant, he’s divisive, and he should never be president of this […]

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What type of creep looks at the photos of tank-like Humvees and police officers in military-grade combat gear facing down Standing Rock Sioux protestors trying to protect their water supply and thinks, “Those cops need some help. Let’s get our state in on this chewy clusterfk.”

What kind of unconscionable dickweed sees pictures of protestors shot in the face with rubber bullets and decides that his own state troopers should be involved, pulling the trigger, blasting the sound canon, spraying the mace?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, apparently.

From the Springfield News-Sun on Saturday:

A contingent from the Ohio State […]

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Well, this is horrifying:

Ohio’s new lethal injection system is akin to burning inmates at the stake or burying them alive, say federal defense lawyers rushing to stop the state’s first execution in three years.

Ohio’s three-drug method, announced Oct. 3, is worse than a similar procedure used years ago, and multiple problems remain with the way the state prepares and carries out executions, federal public defenders said in a Wednesday court filing. (

Apparently Ohio has developed a new, not better way of killing people. This seems relevant, as recent polls have shown that for the first […]

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