Posts by: David DeWitt

Much hay has been made over the merger between AT&T and DirecTV, but one aspect that should not go un- or under-acknowledged is the fact that the merger will vastly expand union membership in Ohio and elsewhere.

As the largest full-time unionized employer in the country, at 41,000 strong Communication Workers of America, AT&T has long respected the rights of its employees to organize under union representation.

AT&T is now nearing completion of its $48.5 billion deal to acquire DirecTV. By folding DirecTV into the mix, 16,000 more employees will have the ability to make their own choice about joining a […]

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Why should health care workers be afforded such cushy luxuries as overtime pay and minimum wage requirements? It’s not like health care workers have some of the most physically and emotionally draining jobs possible. It’s not as though health care work demands Buddhist-level patience, compassion, and understanding. They certainly aren’t exposed to potential illness and bio-medical hazards on a daily basis.

So why on God’s gray Earth would George W. Bush-appointed U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon grant these 2 million moocher-class health care workers dastardly socialistic benefits such as being guaranteed a minimum wage or being assured of appropriate […]

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I’m not sure why the Columbus Dispatch decided to do an end-of-the-year profile on state Rep. John Becker. In the world of newspapering, it is a difficult time of year to find decent copy to feed the beast. But why so many other interesting, or even sane, people were foregone in favor of Becker, I can’t venture to guess.

Nevertheless, I’m glad they were, because for yrs. truly the career of John Becker has become a nearly metaphysical exercise in comical absurdity. And the Dispatch piece is a treasure trove of glimmering Becker crankery.

Among other things, the piece recalls the […]

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It was revealed today in Plunderbund that NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation has been having a difficult time getting public records requests met by the Ohio Department of Health relating to its relationship to Ohio Right to Life.

One entity that hasn’t had much trouble getting its records requests met by the ODH is Ohio Right to Life itself. Documents obtained by Plunderbund show the ODH fulfilling public records requests by ORTL regarding disciplinary action taken toward the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center and the Bedford Heights Health Center/Planned Parenthood the very same day they were requested, and before the clinics […]

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My favorite part is the photo caption:

“James Obergefell, of Cincinnati, wants to be judged legally married to his late partner, John Arthur.”

Oh the humanity! Those ever-blessed gays, conspiring to gayify our cemeteries and death certificates. When will the madness end?

If only Ohio had some sort of leader, some great and glorious knight in shining armor to “stand athwart history, yelling STOP” at the insidious Gay Agenda that so offends our common decency by extolling such dastardly things as love, compassion, empathy, understanding, tolerance, social justice, and equality before the law.

Atop his great steed rides Attorney General Mike DeWine […]

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A battle-hardened veteran of the anti-poverty effort in Ohio, Jack Frech maintains a genial disposition. He speaks with the soft, compassionate tones of a person used to helping people who may feel embarrassed to find themselves in desperate need.

In the 1980s, Frech transformed the concept of the local county welfare department in Ohio, turning the agency he was hired to oversee in Athens County into one that actively sought to help poor people, and to advocate on their behalf. No longer would the agency stigmatize poverty or begrudgingly hand out benefits. Under Frech’s stewardship, it would take the poverty […]

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Leading the Ohio Democratic Party, the No. 1 goal and responsibility of newly-elected Chair David Pepper and Vice-Chair Nina Turner will be to win elections.

This is what they told supporters in an email Friday afternoon outlining their vision for the party moving forward. The email began with a quote from Harriet Beecher Stow:

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never up up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

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What in sweet sassy molassy was Gov. John Richard Kasich thinking? Apparently, very little.

The American Civil Liberties Union announced this afternoon that they would be launching an inquiry into Kasich’s recently announced Community Connections mentorship program and whether it violates the First Amendment.

From Cleveland.com:

Any school district that wants a piece of that state money must partner with both a church and a business – or a faith-based organization and a non-profit set up by a business to do community service.

No business and no faith-based partner means no state dollars.

“You must include a faith-based partner,” United Way of […]

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Sharen Neuhardt wants an Ohio Democratic Party leadership and membership that represents the diversity of its various regions and constituencies.

Most recently a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Neuhardt has also run twice for U.S. Congress in 2008, and 2012. She lives in Yellow Springs and grew up in Dayton. She graduated from Northwestern University and earned her law degree from Georgetown University.

She has practiced business law in western Ohio with Smith & Schnacke, which became Thompson Hine. After serving for a period as general counsel at Lexis/Nexis, Neuhardt returned to Thompson Hine as head of the firm’s corporate group.

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“Meet the GOP’s newest power player,” the ABC News banner instructed us, thus anointing Ohio Gov. John Kasich when he appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning.

Before the interview even began, Stephanopoulos made sure to plant a big and slobbery on Kasich’s posterior.

“Now with back-to-back wins and a booming Ohio economy, this party maverick with a reputation for plain talk is stirring up all kinds of White House buzz,” he gushed in his intro.

Good God, George, I know that Sunday Morning Hackery has become an American Institution, but did Kasich’s team write this line […]

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Robert F. Hagan wants to lead an Ohio Democratic Party that stands up for and represents the interests of working Ohioans.

Hagan is a 27-year veteran of the Ohio General Assembly from Youngstown, having served in the Ohio House from 1987 to 1997 and from 2007 to today, and in the Ohio Senate from 1997 to 2006. In November, he was elected to represent District 8 on the State of Ohio School Board.

He grew up with 13 brothers and sisters, with his parents marching in the Civil Rights movement and himself marching against the war in Vietnam. Hagan has worked […]

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