Posts by: D.C. DeWitt

 

Thousands of working poor Ohioans qualify for an extension of federal food aid, but shall Gov. John “The Tenderheart” Kasich extend it to them, concerned as he is about his postmortem meet-and-greet with St. Peter?

In the words of Bishop Bullwinkle, Hell No, to the no, no no. Aw, Hell No, to the no, no, no.

From a new report by Policy Matters Ohio:

“Federal rules allow states to waive time limits in areas where working-poor adults cannot find enough work hours (without a waiver, recipients are restricted to food aid for three out of 36 months unless they work […]

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I hope my fellow Ohioans are as impressed as I am by the statesmanship and serious, somber reflection we’ve been enjoying as a nation throughout this Presidential Primary season thus far.

“Do we want nice people or do we want horrible human beings?” The Donald Trump is asking his audiences. “I want horrible!” is his answer. I believe him. He leads by example.

In New Hampshire, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has moved up to 2nd place behind Trump in the GOP primary, with an average of 11 percent according to Real Clear Politics, and taking 11 percent to […]

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Ohio state Rep. John Becker has made a career attempting to pronounce what others may or may not do with their reproductive organs. Throughout he tenure in the state legislature, nothing has been top of the mind for John Becker quite like what people should and should not be doing with their genitalia.

When his blood is really up, Becker has a thing for comparing homosexuality to sleeping with the house pets and livestock.

He’s also suggested Massachusetts be expelled from the Union for allowing equal marriage rights in 2003, that Alaska be allowed to secede, that condom-free zones should […]

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The Washington Post‘s staff conservative lackey Jennifer Rubin is sometimes useful for taking the temperature of the Republican Party establishment, and her column this week on how “John Kasich is the un-Trump” is a brilliant example.

The Donald Trump—who hashed out a fairly successful three-decade business career by being a Class-A knucklehead and blowhard—has been giving the conservative establishment the howling fantods as he helicopters around the Iowa State Fair in that stupid mismatching baseball cap, generally degrading the Republican Primary into everything that is twisted about American Reality Television.

How to respond? Whatever is an Establishment Grand Old Partier to do?

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If ever you wondered how bored political reporters can get, look no further than every political headline just about everywhere this morning, all focused on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, and very little else.

I sit here desperately determined not to write about Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s bid for our highest Executive office, but as I scour the landscape of our great river state’s finest digitized ink-sheets, I find little else.

From Cleveland.com and DispatchPolitics, pure Kasich. Reaching further, Toledo? A retrospective on the criminal career of Tom Noe? I’d really rather not.

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The first thing you notice is all the news vans and then all the cops. After getting on Interstate 77 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, it’s a straight shot all the way to downtown Cleveland. And when you get off the highway, what I still call Jacob’s Field and then The Q are right there in front of you, with Cleveland’s Terminal Tower looming off to the left. Parked outside of The Q were dozens of news vans; standing outside, everywhere you look: hundreds of cops.

I skipped the $35 event parking at The Q for the first 2016 Republican Presidential […]

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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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