Posts by: David DeWitt

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is not the Jon Huntsman of 2016. He is so much worse. Kasich is worse on nearly every issue than Huntsman has ever been. It’s actually rather insulting to Huntsman.

As soon as Kasich announced, we were treated to pieces like, “John Kasich has a Jon Huntsman problem,” from Salon, and “John Kasich and the Huntsman Trap,” from National Journal, “John Kasich: A Jeb Bush in Jon Huntsman Clothing,” from FiveThirtyEight, “John Kasich risks becoming the new Jon Hunstman,” from HotAir, and finally, “John Kasich enters race. Is he 2016’s Jon […]

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We hear a lot about America’s changing demographics and whether the party of xenophobia will have to pay the piper when the freshest fruit of immigration gains prominence in our nation’s summer salad.

I sure hope so. And if one is to believe Ohio’s Voice, the state chapter of America’s Voice, Ohio is “ground zero” for immigration reform due to its position on our country’s northern border and historic importance in national election, according to a report from the Toledo Blade‘s Lauren Lindstrom.

Ohio’s Voice, a pro-immigration advocacy group, released a report last week asserting that the Buckeye State will play […]

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Along comes Ohio state Reps. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, and Margaret Conditt, R-Liberty Township, asking their colleagues earlier this month if they’d like to co-sponsor legislation that will cut off healthcare funding for low-income women.

OK, so that’s not exactly how they put it, but effectively, that’s what their proposal would do. They want to combat the problem of infant mortality in Ohio by cutting off funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide healthcare services to low-income women.

Because the way to deal with the infant mortality crisis is by reducing the availability of abortion services, and making quality pre- and […]

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I had no intention to write about Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s announcement for the U.S. Presidency today, but, of course, Donald Trump would not allow that.

I was letting the national outlets fill my newsfeed with Kasich announcement reacts, and enjoying the show immensely, when the perfect cherry-on-top came along: Donald Trump had done something stupid and garish, again, and totally stole Kasich’s thunder.

He shared Republican nomination opponent Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number with hundreds of attendees and national television cameras today at a rally in South Carolina, the state which Graham represents in the U.S. Senate.

Plan as John Kasich […]

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What’s perfectly clear is that the district lines of gerrymandered Ohio are absurd. What’s less clear is what’s to be done about that.

Business Insider has made a fun game out of this sad problem throughout America: Gerrymandered U.S. Congressional District or Rorschach Inkblot?

Here in Athens, Ohio, we are represented by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers in Ohio’s Fighting Fifteenth, which steamrolls from the foothills of Appalachia over to the cornlands of Clinton County before snaking through portions of the city of Columbus to claw its way into Upper Arlington, the hometown of Mr. Stivers.

If Ohio Democratic Party Chair […]

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I’ve been pondering the Franklin County Republican Party’s gracious invitation for me to attend a “special announcement event” in Columbus with Ohio Gov. John Kasich on July 21.

“Dear Republican,” the email begins wrong-footedly. I can forgive them the error—I wasn’t strictly forthright about my motives for signing up for their emails, although, on the other hand, they didn’t ask. But I do appreciate invitations and I love special announcements.

I especially love invitations to special announcements when they involve Ohio Gov. John Kasich, they fall on July 21, and it’s been rumored for months that Kasich will kick off […]

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The pride of Leroy Township in Lake County, Ohio, will not be outdone by his colleague Nino Vitale’s Ohio Pastor Protection Act proposal.

State Rep. Ron Young, the Republican representing Ohio’s 61st House District, wants to make sure businesses offering public accommodations are protected in bigotry and free to discriminate against the sexual orientation of potential customers, which, unfortunately, they already are.

Young is asking colleagues to support him in proposing a Conscience Rights Protections for Businesses bill.

“The recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges will create unintended consequences for many Ohioans who want to follow […]

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Paranoid conservative backlash to the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of equal marriage rights continues in most entertaining fashion, with state Rep. Nino Vitale joining the fun this week with a proposed Ohio Pastor Protection Act.

In his first go at being primary sponsor for any bill, the freshman Republican from Urbana asked colleagues if they’d be interested in co-sponsoring the act in an email Tuesday.

At least his constituents now know the type of issue that blows his skirt up: redundantly re-legislating the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

“I will soon be introducing legislation that will protect Ohio […]

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I’m heartily enjoying the emerging argument that now that the United States has equal marriage rights, gub’ment should “get out of marriage altogether.”

It puts me in mind of a child who doesn’t want a favorite toy any more because his sibling got the same one.

“Oh great, now The Gays can get married. Fine, we did’t even want marriage any more anyway.”

They’d rather take their ball and go home.

Lawmakers in Mississippi, Alabama and Oklahoma have now all played variations on this tune.

Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul put out this argument on Sunday, in […]

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Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper kicked his administration off by going on a listening tour around the state, gathering feedback from local Democrats across Ohio. He went back to the drawing board and with his team developed a plan. He is now traveling around the state again to share that plan.

“We have a lot of work to do,” he told a crowd of Athens County Democrats last Tuesday evening. “When you lose like we did last November, you have a lot of soul-searching to do. I’m not here to give a happy song.”

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How would state Rep. Kristina Roegner busy herself if she weren’t shilling for the ALEC anti-worker agenda? Oh that’s right, by shilling for the anti-women’s rights agenda. So much shilling to do, so little time.

Shill we take a look at what Rep. Roegner, the Republican from Hudson, is planning to copy and paste from the ALEC model legislation website next?

She’s joined hands with fellow anti-woman, anti-worker, anti-gay state Rep. Ron Hood, the Republican from Ashville, to get their shill on against Ohio’s prevailing wage law.

Here’s a letter […]

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