Posts by: David DeWitt

As Ohio Gov. John Kasich ignores the re-election bid in front of him, condescending to all Ohioans that he’s simply entitled to another term in office with no debate and no substantive discussion of his record, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is smelling opportunity.

This is because Kasich is openly bucking for a position on the 2016 GOP Presidential ticket by peddling the worst idea in American politics—a balanced budget amendment. He is making appearances with national Republican personalities, and winking at profiles speculating on the stress grade of his presidential timber (never mind the termites). And [...]

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The Plain Dealer’s endorsement of Mike DeWine for another term as Ohio Attorney General surely must contain some thread of logic somewhere.

It can’t simply be the scattershot, disjointed mess it appears to be, can it?

After over an hour-and-a-half interviewing the candidates together, the Dealer’s big takeaway is the shocking—SHOCKING!—revelation that Pepper and DeWine don’t exactly get along.


The “crescendo” of the meeting that I have to assume included at least a little substantial policy discussion, apparently, nevertheless was a snarling Mike DeWine smacking a table in frustration.

This anecdote the Dealer follows with a strange and [...]

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Americans are experiencing the largest gaps in wealth and income inequality since the robber barons of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were carving out monopolies like Parker Brothers and their avarice culminated in the Great Depression.

This is not an election issue in 2014. And this is unlikely to become a serious election issue any time soon, or until the bottom falls out again. And a recent study shows many Americans are unaware of how massive the gap really is and how it impacts all our lives all the time.

In the long-game, a rigged system [...]

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John Richard Kasich is not my amigo.

Ohioans, by a narrow margin, support equal marriage rights. John Richard Kasich does not. A majority of Ohioans are OK with marijuana legalization. John Richard Kasich is not. Most Ohioans support a woman’s right to choose. John Richard Kasich does not.

J.R. Kasich supports “local control” over whether or not Ohio’s taxpayer-funded public schools teach the Fred Flinstone version of human anthropological history. J.R. Kasich would like to explore whether it’s a good idea to give gun-toting citizens the right to shoot first when the ol’ trigger finger starts to itch [...]

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One doesn’t need more than a couple minutes with Nina Turner to understand why she is one of the Ohio Democratic Party’s brightest rising stars.

Her dynamic speaking style grabs any listener almost instantly, pulls you close, on a human level. She’s relatable. She’s got Cleveland, Ohio, in the marrow of her bones. It spices her sensibilities, trickles through her speech. She has no truck with pretension.

The oldest of seven children, Turner embraces leadership roles, not shying from speaking out and speaking up. She likes language and tosses around motivational flourishes: “Teamwork to make the dream work,” she’ll [...]

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The Harvard Business School released is third annual survey on U.S. Competitiveness this month, and it is appointment viewing for anybody who wishes to speak with any degree of authority about the American economy, so don’t expect it to make it to John Kasich’s bedside reading table any time soon.

The report highlights something quite remarkable about the “recovery” of the American economy, or what the researchers call a troubling divergence: “Large and midsize firms have rallied strongly from the Great Recession, and highly skilled individuals are prospering. But middle- and working-class citizens are struggling, as are small businesses.”

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This is what happens, America, when one of our two viable political parties makes its raison d’être the abject vandalism of our self-government. This is what happens when the conversation starts at crazy, zooms through madness, and comes screeching in at full-on, batshit insane. This is the game where facts don’t matter, and consequences be damned.

“Cancer survivors, their relatives, physicians and supporters will fan across Capitol Hill today to urge Congress to do something it has no intention of doing right now: Providing substantially more money for cancer research, including clinical trials of promising drugs and treatments,” reports Stephen Koff, Washington bureau chief for the [...]

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In a dazzling confirmation of his utter lack of political courage and unwillingness to engage in policy discussion outside his comfort zone, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, of Ohio’s 6th Congressional District is ducking all debates this cycle.

Johnson, who surfed into Congress in 2010 on the Tea Party wave like Johnny Utah, represents the district that stretches along Ohio’s eastern border, and is facing a challenge from former state representative, Democrat Jennifer Garrison.

The Garrison for Congress Camp sent out a petition email Friday declaring that he will be “AWOL at candidate forums and debates” this election season, and slamming [...]

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Political satirists and PAC, Central Ohio Countering Kasich (COCK), who are not shy about (a) double entendres, and, (b) making a mockery of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, were recently kicked out of an Ohio State Buckeyes Grill-A-Palooza featuring The Guv himself at Campaign HQ Saturday.

First, Cheers to COCK for taking advantage of the preposterous Citizens United ruling and creating an equally preposterous PAC, which can be found at And cheers to COCK for the good-faith effort to befuddle Kampaign Kasich at an obvious pseudo event, and otherwise throughout election season.

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Here’s an acid test for any true Ohio political junkie: When was the last time a Republican U.S. Presidential candidate won without taking our Great River state?

None, going back to the first Republican nominee Abe Lincoln himself.  That’s o’er a hunder’d and fi’ty years. No Democrat has won without Ohio since Kennedy.

This little factoid seems to have stuck in the dendritic channels of the Grand Old Party’s collective memory as they look piningly at 2016.

Noted goober Reince Preibus, who also serves as Republican National Committee chairman, announced this summer that Cleveland will host [...]

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The Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Thomas Suddes has laid out what a possible second term of Ohio Gov. John Kasich might look like: No alarms and no surprises, Suddes predicts the Guv will keep on funneling tax dollars toward his rich friends while dancing the Mamushka at the ICU bed of public education.

From Suddes: “Whether Ohio’s (current) taxes discourage business investment in the state is subject to debate. But tax cuts are close to a religious belief for Kasich and Republicans in the General Assembly. And everyone knows Ohio Republicans like religious beliefs so much they try to [...]

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