Posts by: D.C. DeWitt

Where’s all the bellyaching about the impact of the Republican/Trump Tax Cut-A-Palooza on the debt and deficit? For eight years during the Obama Administration it seemed like all any Republican politician could focus on was the debt and the deficit. They held the government hostage to it, and now nary a peep.

Of course, this is entirely predictable because the issue’s never been the debt and the deficit – not really. They don’t care about the debt and deficit when they are taking the country to war, and they don’t care about the debt and deficit when they are funneling […]

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The president of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association slammed the U.S. Congressional Republican tax plan last week that gives millionaires and corporations lavish tax breaks but hurts working families.

OSCEA President Chris Mabe called the GOP proposal being pushed by the Trump Administration a dangerous plan that doubles down on the same policies that have only helped the rich and powerful grow more rich and powerful, and failed the rest of us for decades.

“The tax plan released by congressional leaders today will hurt the communities that public employees, including our members, work around the clock to keep safe, healthy and […]

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A man who helped gerrymander Ohio in 2011 with “last minute ‘tweaks’” to absurd Republican-drawn maps that rigged elections in favor of the GOP is now asking Ohio voters to put him in an office where he would have the opportunity to do it again.

State Rep. Keith Faber, R-Celina, has spent the last 17 years in the Ohio Statehouse wielding influence as a state representative, then a state senator, then Ohio Senate President, and now a state representative again. He is as establishment as they come in an era where Ohioans’ wages have stagnated and drug addiction […]

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While gerrymandering leaves the winning team drawing the field of play to their perpetual advantage, the dark money that finances political campaigns in America today leaves politicians in thrall to special interests and in an endless state of fundraising.

This is the other ailment undercutting democracy in the United States, Democratic Ohio Auditor candidate Zack Space said in a sit-down interview with Plunderbund last week. Space has courageously centered his campaign around combatting these two ills, gerrymandering and unaccountable campaign finance.

In an article Monday, we covered his take on the disastrous results of gerrymandering, its disenfranchisement of […]

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Gerrymandering is anti-democratic. It encroaches on some of the most fundamental and basic principles of democracy, 2018 Ohio Auditor candidate Zack Space told Plunderbund in a sit-down interview Friday.

In an act of immense political bravery and honesty, Space is basing his campaign for auditor on speaking the truth against two of the most serious ills plaguing American democracy today: Gerrymandering and the corrupt influence of money in politics. In a series of articles over the next several days, Plunderbund will explore these topics with Space.

The Ohio Auditor is one of three statewide officers who sit at the redistricting table […]

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As lawmakers continue their assault on women’s health, ProgressOhio urged Senate Republicans to donate money from a disgraced former member to groups that help women in a press release Friday.

Former state Sen. Cliff Hite, a Findlay Republican, abruptly resigned last week and apologized for conduct toward a state employee. Senate leaders engineered his departure after learning that he is facing allegations of sexual harassment, the release said.

Since joining the Upper Chamber, Hite has donated just over $610,000 to the Ohio Republican Senate Campaign Committee, according to a ProgressOhio analysis.

“As a show of good faith, the Senate GOP […]

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DAYTON, Ohio – President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered his acting HHS Secretary to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, stopping short of the full national state of emergency that he promised two months ago.

Dayton Mayor and Democratic primary candidate for Ohio Governor Nan Whaley – one of the first mayors in Ohio to declare a state of emergency on the epidemic – issued a response to the declaration in a release Thursday.

“Trump’s declaration is a long time coming, but it’s far too little, far too late and Ohioans are growing weary of his empty promises,” Whaley […]

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ATHENS – Ohio Democratic governor candidate spoke to Athens County Democrats last week about her plans to revitalize the state and advocate on behalf of training and economic opportunities for working families.

In her speech, Sutton recalled growing up in Barberton, near Akron, the daughter of a boilermaker, going to law school, and winning election to Barberton City Council, then going to the Summit County Council, and at 29 being the youngest woman ever elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. In 2006, Sutton was elected to succeed now-U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown representing Ohio’s 13th Congressional District.

Sutton recalled a […]

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Democratic Ohio governor candidate Betty Sutton on Monday sent a letter to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a Republican candidate for governor, critical of his failure to hold accountable a pipeline company he’s invested in.

Sutton’s letter urged DeWine to “do his job” and hold Rover Pipeline, LLC and its parent Energy Transfer Partners, accountable for the damage it has inflicted upon Ohio after the company racked up millions in fines for violations related to the spilling of over 2 million gallons of drilling fluid into state wetlands.

Sutton urged DeWine to recover the $2.3 million in fines that Rover […]

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ATHENS – Two Democrats are vying to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District next year. Both spoke out against the incumbent at the Athens County Democratic Party dinner last Wednesday night.

In the U.S. Congress, Stivers represents a far-flung district stretches from Athens and Morgan counties in the east across the state to Clinton and Madison counties in western Ohio, and claws back in and around western Franklin County, including Stivers’ Upper Arlington home.

In the Democratic primary for the nomination to face Stivers in 2018 are Rob Jarvis of Nelsonville, a high-school government teacher, […]

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ATHENS – Democratic Ohio Treasurer candidate Rob Richardson wants to bring innovation to government and an end to politics that prioritize a privileged few over the many.

“What I think of as innovation is an approach to life, a rebellion against the status quo, not accepting things as they are but being willing to fight for a better future,” he told Athens County Democrats last week during their annual fall dinner. “If there was ever a time for that type of leadership, it is right now.”

Richardson pointed to the seven-year long attempt by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care […]

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