Posts by: David DeWitt

Well, folks, it’s time for Who Do You Trust? Hubba Hubba Hubba, money, money, money, Who Do You Trust?

Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted, launched a whopper of a campaign ad this week against Democratic opponent Nina Turner, entitled—you guessed it—Trust.

It really is a hoot, complete with condescending voiceover, static pictures of Turner wrapped in sepia tones, and spurious personal charges. It concludes by asserting Turner can’t be trusted before cutting to a slow-pan, full-color shot of the Family Husted in Sunday casual exchanging loving glances.

The tedious display of Poli-Ad, 100-level hackery, combined with Husted’s record in [...]

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The Libertarian candidate for Attorney General, Steve Linnabary, has now endorsed the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, David Pepper, after the Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted, kicked him off the ballot earlier this year.

Husted also kicked Libertarian candidate for governor Charlie Earl off the ballot, because Fk democracy, apparently.

“Libertarians in Ohio have been targeted repeatedly by the powerful GOP machine. We’ve learned that they can’t be trusted to fairly and evenhandedly administer the law,” Linnabary said. “I believe David Pepper is a man of integrity and common sense. His term in the Attorney General’s office will give [...]

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What’s a little harassment and threat of violence between colleagues?

Just a bit of fun in Mike DeWine’s office, apparently.

According to the Associated Press, two cases of internal harassment cases have recently surfaced in DeWine’s office that involved a “partial departure from protocol.”

The first occurred after “DeWine requested and received the name of a confidential informant thought to have knowledge of someone committing sexual harassment.” That case was reportedly “closed days later after the initial witness declined to cooperate and no harasser could be identified.”

The second case involved an assistant AG in DeWine’s employment-law section, [...]

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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.

Whoddathunkit?

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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