Posts by: David DeWitt

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.”

This past […]

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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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Waiter, take this back to the kitchen. Donald Trump’s hair fell in my soup. Or maybe I’m just not hungry.

All over Ohio, newspapers are newspaperin’ about the latest Quinnipiac Poll showing Ohio Gov. John Kasich beating Hillary Clinton 47 percent to 40 percent among Ohio voters in a hypothetical match-up.

Let’s turn to the Toledo Blade‘s Tom Troy for coverage:

Former Secretary of State Clinton’s favorability rating is a negative 44 percent to 48 percent in Ohio. Voters in Ohio also said, by 53 percent to 40 percent, that she is not honest and trustworthy. Poll respondents said, […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich appears to be counting on the Republican Party base to find its long-lost mind.

He wants to make them understand he only expanded Obamacare out of Christian duty. He wants to convince them there is value in the appeal he feels he’d have beyond the party’s lunatic fringe.

Either he believes he can do this, or New York Magazine‘s Jonathan Chait is right and Kasich is on a self-consciously futile  “quest for glorious martyrdom,” the purpose of which is never entirely clear.

I’m more inclined to the obvious: simple political ambition greased by sycophants and […]

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The foundational ideal of religious freedom has been much lauded throughout American history, but like the ideal of equality, not much realized. It was less than 70 years ago the United States Supreme Court finally forbade states and cities from legislating overt religious dogma onto their citizens.

The fight for true freedom from religion continues, of course, as the efforts to establish religious tyranny have simply become slightly more covert. Sometime this month, SCOTUS will make a landmark decision on equality. And, natch, the American Reactionary Party, frustrated and hysterical as ever, has taken to pretending religious freedom is threatened by this.

So they’ve […]

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Columbus doesn’t care, that’s the widespread impression among Ohio counties dealing with the repercussions of the horizontal hydraulic fracturing industry.

Concerns have been growing among activists and elected officials about massive amounts of oil-and-gas fracking waste being injected into Ohio ground with significant environmental risk, little economic benefit, and no local control.

Last week, representatives from a variety of counties across Ohio impacted by oil-and-gas waste injection wells met to discuss what can be done, with some suggesting a moratorium and changes to state law.

The summit took place at a Trumbull County Commissioners meeting in Warren, Ohio.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is now barely taking tenth place in the 2016 Grand Ol’ Party’s Presidential Primary Extravaganza, and the Columbus Dispatch is breathless.

Six stories on the Dispatch politics page today relate to J.R. Kasich’s presidential ambitions. The rest of us hotly await Yahweh to waive the green flag on Kasich’16.

Critics are calling the prospect of Kasich 4 Prez “sheer fun” and “pure entertainment.” I myself have been an outspoken advocate for Kasich wasting massive amounts of time and money on a doomed mission to slake his presidential thirst.

And he’s well on his way, doubling […]

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Republicans in the Ohio House are known to do a bang-up job of displaying what horrible people they can be, and their latest scheme with Healthy Ohio is a showstopper.

The folks over at the Akron Beacon Journal couldn’t help but notice, pointing out that even though 500,000 Ohioans now have health insurance through Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, the callous hearts in the House Majority will try all they can to undermine it.

The Republicans are concerned, you see, that providing health insurance under Medicaid expansion leads to a “culture of dependency.”

That concern drove the House to include […]

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A variety of southwestern Ohio lawmakers recently made excuses for not supporting equal marriage rights, and the general spinelessness is striking.

At least with a good, candid bigot, the lines are clearly drawn. But these days there is a growing tendency among some who support inequality to hedge, waffle, and deflect blame.

Take state Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Township, who told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he doesn’t support or oppose equal rights for same-sex couples.

“I don’t put my thumb on the scale on that one,” he said. “The prohibition against it is in the constitution, so it’s not really a […]

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A couple of state representatives want to decide on Ohio marijuana legalization before voters get a chance to do so for themselves, and their preference is to make it as limited as possible. Their preference is to legalize marijuana solely for the medicinal treatment of seizure disorders, and nothing else.

This is actually a bipartisan proposal, put forth by state Rep. Wes Retherford, a Republican from Hamilton, and state Rep. John M. Rogers, a Democrat from Mentor-on-the-Lake. The Columbus Dispatch did a big ol’ feature on their proposal, House Bill 33, but failed to mention either of their names […]

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