Posts by: David DeWitt

Ohio Gov. John Kasich doesn’t want to “go out there and waste (his) time,” campaigning for the presidency if he’s not going to win.

Well, John Kasich is not going to win, but I’d love to see him go out there and waste his time anyway.

His feints toward presidential ambition have been so knee-slappingly entertaining thus far, I’d hate him to forego the opportunity to dance across the national stage one more time. I’m a man who enjoys a good show.

And while the GOP clown car unloads with the likes of Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rand […]

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Athens County is not home to any hydraulic fracking activities of the sort that would create jobs or economic development i.e. actual drilling. But it is home to seven fracking waste injection wells, and in 2014 was the second most heavily injected county in the state—first for out-of-state waste.

An eighth injection well that was recently given the green light from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is poised to jump Athens County from receiving a little less than 3 million barrels of waste per year to as much as nearly 7 million, well outpacing any other county.

Residents of Athens […]

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Dopers, smokers, midnight tokers, lend me thine bloodshot eyes.

We push ever-closer toward legalizing the devil’s lettuce in Ohio.

Did you know that there are in fact four different proposals to legalize the use of marijuana to some extent or another, two in 2015 and two in 2016?

While some proposals, in my opinion, are better than others, all are better than the status quo.

I’m going to skip the whole bit about arguing the numerous points why weed prohibition is arbitrary, wasteful, needlessly limiting (both medicinally and economically), and hopelessly absurd.

The case has been made and proved time and again. The […]

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Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland told fellow Democrats in Athens County Saturday night that they are living through an unprecedented and challenging time in American politics.

Strickland was full of fire for these Democrats in the foothills of Appalachia during their annual spring party dinner at the the local American Legion Hall. He called on party members to stand up for what they believe in and to stand against an extremist Republican Party.

“We have a Republican Party that in my judgment has been taken over by such extreme thinkers they don’t believe in compromise,” Strickland said. “They are slash […]

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Ohio currently denies same-sex couples the right to marry and leaves the opportunity open for employers and proprietors to discriminate against gay people at will, which of course they do. Attorney General Mike DeWine is fighting tooth and nail before the U.S. Supreme Court to deny gay people married in other states the right to be named on their partner’s death certificate or their child’s birth certificate.

And that’s all just fine and dandy with Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

“I think we’re doing fine in Ohio. Everybody’s opinion has to be respected in […]

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I stared mournfully out my bedroom window this morning pondering the rain. As is my habit, I was all set to go for a stroll around town, six-shooters strapped to each hip, shotgun slung across my back, bandoliers criss-crossing my chest: Y’know, ready for a nice walk around the neighborhood.

But that rain! Whatever could I do? You see, I should’ve enjoyed to wear a long raincoat to keep myself and my armaments nice and dry. But I haven’t yet taken my one-day, 8-hour class and paid my $67 for a concealed carry license in Ohio.

I mean, jeesh, eight hours! That’s, […]

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I’ve met Rand Paul, U.S. Senator, only once. He visited Athens while stumping for Mitt Romney in October 2012. I covered his speech at the Athens County Republican Party headquarters.

Rand launched his bid for the White House today. It reminded me of what he had to say when he visited Athens and the unsurprising hypocrisy he’s now undertaken as he positions himself in the 2016 Grand Old Party Presidential Primary Pageant.

Back in 2012, waiting for the man from Kentucky to appear, I was doing my level best not to break out in hives as I overheard […]

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I’ve finally gotten around to reading through Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s latest legal emetic in Obergefell v. Hodges.

It is the most tortured, callous, self-contradictory, unintentionally hilarious, and ultimately sickening court document I’ve read since… well, since the 6th District Court ruling that brought the case to the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mike DeWine arguing before SCOTUS that gay people don’t deserve equal rights because of all the political power they wield the same week neighboring Indiana passes its right-to-discriminate-against-gay-people legislation is Wes Anderson-heavy irony.

Hat tip to Ian Millhiser for handling this […]

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You know the fun’s going to come in Ohio’s race for U.S. Senate when it’s only March 2015 and you’re already being treated to melting-clock surrealism.

When President George W. Bush’s old budget management director is pitching himself as the candidate of the future, the very fabric of space-time begins to warp. If he starts campaigning with Jeb, break out your flux capacitors, folks, I think we’re gonna get this bad baby up to 88 mph.

Robert Jones Portman, U.S. Senator, must’ve had a fit of the jellies reading about the opposition talking about the future at an Ohio Democratic Dinner Friday night.


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State Rep. Theresa Fedor, D-Toledo, put on an inspiring display of courage this week in arguing that women must be in charge of their own personal medical decisions and not be critically limited in options by governmental interference. She knows, you see, she’s been there.

Ohio Republicans were on their third try at “heartbeat bill” legislation that would ban abortions once a fetal heart rate can be detected. House Bill 69 eventually passed 55-40 with partisan defections on both side. The Ohio Senate is unlikely to do anything with it, having refused to do anything with it two years ago.

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When less than half of registered voters actually show up to vote, Ohio Republicans are happy. Voter turnout this past November in Ohio was the lowest it’s been since 2007, with 40.65 percent of eligible voters casting ballots, and Republicans cleaned up.

So Presidential election years bring on The Headache for Buckeye State GOPers. What with all the young people and minority populations showing up to participate in their self-governance, Republicans are inconvenienced with having to worry about appealing to a wide spectrum of voters: Total frekin’ bummer, man.

And they don’t do so well at it, losing the state twice to […]

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