Posts by: D.C. DeWitt

In a world of disingenuous political rhetoric, so-called “right to work” stands a head above the rest.

“Right to Work” is built on a lie. No one is ever forced to join a union. Anyone who claims that is either misinformed or lying. In Ohio, employees cannot be required to join unions.

But state law does allow collective bargaining agreements to require “fair share” or agency fees. Those fees are lower than union member dues and cannot be used for services beyond contract negotiations.

“Right to Work” laws seek to defund collective bargaining units from being able to effectively […]

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Which of Ohio’s charming corn-country communities elected Ebenezer Scrooge to the Ohio General Assembly?

“Put another piece of coal on that fire, Mr. Cratchet, and you’ll keep your Christmas by losing your situation!”

Last Thursday, Democratic members of the House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee objected to the anticipated committee passage of Ohio House Bill (HB) 2 along party lines, saying the GOP-led “No Rights at Work” bill will strip Ohio employees of critical protections from workplace discrimination.

The legislation was scheduled for a vote earlier this month, until it was pulled down at the last minute. The bill […]

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Ohio stands to lose billions of dollars in Medicaid dollars after Republicans destroy the American healthcare system with Trumpcare. Is anyone surprised?


Ohio boasts that it manages Medicaid costs well, helping it serve more people for each tax dollar spent. But the Republican replacement for Obamacare would give Ohio too little money to do that, a study released Monday shows.

The state would fall behind by $19 billion to $25.6 billion by 2025 because the new formula would not keep pace with cost increases, says the analysis by the Center for Community Solutions, a nonpartisan Cleveland-based […]

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Is it too early to start thinking about the 2018 Election in Ohio? Never. Democrats need to create a narrative that sticks over the next 20 months. The narrative must not only resonate with traditional Democratic supporters but must also reach folks in all 88 counties of Ohio.

In the gubernatorial race, we now know that U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, will not run. But is reporting a potentially wide field of primary candidates, including state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, of Boardman, and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, of Copley, former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, Cuyahoga Co. […]

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Why does state Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana, think that the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom needs a redundant bulking up in the form of his Ohio Pastor Protection Act?

When he first introduced the bill in 2015, Vitale wrote to colleagues: “I will soon be introducing legislation that will protect Ohio pastors, clergy, and ministers and the property associated with the religious organization,” ignoring the fact that such protection already exists and has never been seriously threatened except in the fevered imaginations of conservatives like Vitale.

“This protection will allow these individuals to exercise religious liberty and only perform […]

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What could President Donald Trump’s tax returns tell us? What’s he hiding? He already admitted that he doesn’t pay federal income taxes, and hasn’t for 20 years. He was elected anyway, so it’s not that.

Could it be that he’s not nearly as rich as he’d have everyone believe? His sense of self-worth revolves around his wealth, so this is a plausible possibility. It’s not really important because it speaks mostly to his vanity, but it would embarrass him far more greatly than anything else – his pathological lying, his hair, his sense of fashion, his bigotry, his ignorance, […]

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As we lovers of the Republic flood our Congressional representatives and U.S. Senators with letters and phone calls objecting to the horror show going on in our nation’s capital, busybody Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly are getting to work introducing some truly hurtful legislation in the form of “right to work.”

It’s time they get a taste of the letters and phone calls their friends at the national level are receiving.

As Plunderbund reported last night, state Rep. John Becker, of Union Township in Clermont County, has introduced House Bill 53, which would inflict so-called “right to […]

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ATHENS – For around 18 months in his early 20s, Daniel Rupert was homeless in Athens, living out of a large duffel bag, spending his days at Ohio University’s Alden Library and spending his nights in either a tucked-away part of the alley behind Chipotle, on the steps by Glidden Hall, or close to the outside heating vents near Alden.

“You learn pretty quickly that vagrancy is frowned upon,” he said in an interview late last month. Rupert, now 28, had already used up his 90-day allotment at the Timothy House shelter for people experiencing homelessness on Athens’ West Side.


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I enjoy falling asleep listening to people much smarter than I am telling me stories about history.

The blue light from my television set acts as a hindrance to my body shutting down for some serious REM cycles, some smart article from some smart person once informed me. And if I’m to have REM cycles, I should think I would want them as serious as possible. So I turned off the electrik TeeVee and instead started listening to history podcasts as I drifted off into sweet slumber.

Then I discovered iTunes U, and I can safely say, brothers and sisters, things […]

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The Trump administration is doing backflips trying to assert that the president’s immigration order is not a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

As Capt. O’Hagan once so eloquently put it, “I’ll believe that when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet.”

Your honor, may I present into evidence Exhibit No. 1 for the prosecution: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” Donald J. Trump, Dec. 7, 2015. Yes, sadly, […]

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America is not a nation of bullies, though bullies exist among us, and always have. America is a nation that stands up to bullies. That is the heart of our national character. It’s the American way.

The bullies among us have often made us falter. The bullies among us refused to sign a Declaration of Independence that condemned the slave trade at our nation’s founding, instead striking out the paragraph. Those who stood up to the bullies were the Quakers and the Moravians, and the statesmen who founded the Pennsylvania Abolition and the New York Manumission societies shortly thereafter.

For every bully like […]

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