Posts by: D.C. DeWitt

Ohio has some of the most gerrymandered districts in the country and it’s time to put an end to it, 2018 Democratic Ohio Secretary of State Candidate Kathleen Clyde said in an interview last month.

“This is a serious problem that we need to address in our state,” she said. “I’m a die-hard fan of fair districts for Ohio and I hope my record speaks for that.”

Clyde’s record includes an entire career of standing up for voter rights, election integrity and fair district maps.

Clyde supported the state legislative redistricting reform passed by Ohio voters in 2015 with 71 […]

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Ohio has been the No. 1 state in the country for purging eligible voters from its rolls and it’s time for this attack to be stopped, 2018 Democratic Secretary of State candidate Kathleen Clyde said in a recent interview.

On Jan. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted violated the National Voter Registration Act by purging eligible voters from the rolls for being inactive in recent elections.

“We have purged 1.5 million Ohioans from the rolls the last seven years simply for not voting in a few elections,” Clyde said. […]

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Americans who embrace reality know that in 2016 foreign agents and governments launched assaults on our democratic elections, both with digital propaganda and cyber attacks at the machinery of our voting.

With President Donald Trump denying these facts and the Republicans who control the U.S. Congress looking to do nothing about it, the individual states will be left to fend for themselves. 2018 Ohio Secretary of State candidate Kathleen Clyde has a plan to make sure Buckeye State elections are protected.

“We have a couple of very serious problems facing our country and our state,” Clyde said. “Ohio has aging […]

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On Wednesday, state lawmakers will met for the final time in 2017 and passed new law restricting women’s access to reproductive healthcare. If signed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, this would make 20 bills limiting the right to an abortion enacted into law since 2011.

HB214 (LaTourette and Merrin) – Down Syndrome Abortion Ban – this bill makes it a fourth degree felony for a doctor to perform an abortion if a woman’s reasons for ending a pregnancy may include a Down syndrome diagnosis. The bill, which has already passed in the House, was up for a vote […]

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The campaign of Joe Schiavoni For Governor campaign released a new ad Monday depicting Joe boxing at his hometown gym. The ad is a visual nod to Joe’s career, successfully fighting for working families and always willing to go an extra round to get the job done. a press release said.

“Our next governor needs a track record of fighting for working families on the ground in Ohio. That’s where I’ve been the past nine years – going into communities, asking what they need, and bringing those voices to the Statehouse,” […]

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A proposal to put photo identification on food-stamp cards is making its way through the Ohio General Assembly, having been passed in the state House or Representatives and now under consideration in the state Senate, with Ohio Auditor Dave Yost reportedly lobbying legislators for its passage.

The idea for IDs on food stamp cards is similar to Republican efforts to push for drug testing of assistance recipients: It’s costly and ineffective and mostly just a political cudgel to further shame, blame, and attack poor people whose lives are already a daily struggle to survive, often having to choose between buying […]

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State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) is questioning the extent of public corruption at Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS) after a state inspector general’s report showed what appears to be an emerging pattern of public corruption at the highest levels of the state agency.

“Reports of top administration officials abusing authority and engaging in pay to play schemes using taxpayer money raises serious concerns over what exactly is going on in Columbus,” said Cera in a release last week. “This emerging pattern of behavior is troubling and Ohio taxpayers need answers, and more […]

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Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined an Ohio veteran on a news conference call Wednesday as he works to improve healthcare for veterans. Last week, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed a veteran healthcare package, the Caring for Our Veterans Act of 2017, which included several provisions authored by Brown.

The bill would:

Create the “Veterans Community Care Program,” so veterans, along with their doctors, can decide whether to seek medical care at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) or in their community.  Expand eligibility for VA’s veteran caregivers program to include veterans of all generations. Also implement programs […]

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Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, slammed the Republican/Trump Tax Scam in a release last week, saying the giveaway to multinational corporations will only lead to more pain for Ohio’s hungriest and most vulnerable citizens.

“Early Saturday morning, the Senate completed its rushed tax ‘reform’ process, coming up with just enough votes to pass a bill that will spell short- and long-term harm for low- and middle-income Ohio families,” Hamler-Fugitt said in a news release.

Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, a professed budget deficit watchdog, enthusiastically supported a bill under the false pretenses of projected economic […]

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Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Ohio Tuesday morning at a diner in his hometown of Grove City.

“I’m running for Governor to make things fairer for Ohio families, to finally create a system that works for every one of us,” Cordray said in a video to supporters featuring former President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Cordray recently stepped down from his position as Director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was widely taken as a sign that he would announce his candidacy for Ohio governor.


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Senator Has Fought to Make Workers, Families a Priority for Tax Reform

As the U.S. Senate prepares to take up the Senate GOP tax reform proposal, Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown  continued his call for tax reform that gives a tax cut to working Ohio families Wednesday on CNN.

“If you want to cut taxes on the middle class, cut taxes on the middle class,” Brown told CNN.

Brown has offered to work with President Trump and members of Congress on tax reform that focuses on cutting taxes for middle class families and rewarding corporations that keep […]

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