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David DeWitt

David DeWitt

David DeWitt has more than 15 years experience covering Ohio government, politics and policy, including education, health care, crime and courts, poverty, state and local government, business, labor, energy, environment, and social issues. He has worked for the National Journal, The New York Observer, The Athens NEWS, and Plunderbund.com. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and is a board member of the E.W. Scripps Society of Alumni and Friends.

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Ohio House Health Committee chair doesn’t want leadership listening to hospitals during pandemic

By: - September 3, 2021

Ohio House Health Committee Chair Scott Lipps said in a May text the last thing he and his allies need is for House Speaker Bob Cupp or the rest of the Republican majority leadership to be listening to hospitals — during a pandemic now in its fourth wave that has killed 20,866 Ohioans. The Statehouse […]

Cincy Mayor John Cranley announces bid for governor: ‘Ohio needs a comeback’

By: - August 11, 2021

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley’s announcement Tuesday he will seek election as Ohio governor in 2022 tees up a Democratic primary next spring between Cranley and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, the chief administrators of Ohio’s third and sixth largest cities, respectively. “Ohio desperately needs a comeback,” Cranley said in an interview with OCJ before laying out […]

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Gov. DeWine doesn’t seem interested in holding staff and allies accountable in bribery scandal

By: - July 28, 2021

Nothing to see here. Remain calm. All is well. No big deal. Everybody knew. That appears to be Gov. Mike DeWine’s reaction to the public finding out he appointed a FirstEnergy consultant to regulate utilities in Ohio the company now admits paying $4.3 million to do their bidding. As the fallout from the $61 million […]

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Today’s Inanity: Bill Seitz threatening to attack voters out of spite

By: - June 3, 2021

Voting is the most fundamental freedom and important tool citizens of a constitutional republic have to hold their elected representatives responsible for faithfully representing their best interests. But state Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Green Township, is threatening to make election law changes even more restrictive for voters, apparently out of spite. From the Cincinnati Enquirer (subscribers […]

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Transgender athlete bills don’t solve any pressing issue. They’re just bullying

By: - May 5, 2021

Two bills are working their way through the Ohio General Assembly that do not solve any pressing issues in high school athletics; they simply target and needlessly victimize five Ohio children in a cynical attempt to score cheap political points. I’m referring to Ohio House Bill 61 and Senate Bill 132, which would ban transgender girls from […]

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Increase support for child care in Ohio. This is a no-brainer.

By: - April 23, 2021

When I talk to my friends who have children and they tell me how much child care costs, I cringe. Often the figures they throw out resemble the price tag of tuition. According to Child Care Aware of America, the average price of center-based infant child care in Ohio is indeed nearly the same as […]

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Ohio Republicans go full Calhoun on nullification. Never go full Calhoun.

By: - April 15, 2021

Ohio Republicans in the state legislature have apparently decided to go full Calhoun with a proposed bill attempting to nullify not only any federal gun laws they don’t like but also any court rulings related to gun laws with which they disagree. They do not possess the power to do this under the U.S. Constitution, […]

Cavs’ Larry Nance Jr. says LGBTQ discrimination protection bill is about human rights

By: - February 24, 2021

Like many Ohioans, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr. was caught by surprise when he learned the state has no law protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. When he found out Ohioans could be evicted from their homes or denied service in a restaurant or other business solely because of their gender identity or sexual orientation, […]

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Donald Trump is a traitor

By: - January 9, 2021

All that noise you’re hearing — the cacophony of bells, whistles, drums and tambourines ringing out BLM whataboutism, false Antifa allegations, Twitter censorship grievance, and it-was-just-a-few-bad-actors evasions — it’s all an attempt at distraction. It’s an attempt at distraction from President Donald Trump proving himself a traitor to the United States of America. In his […]

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Remembering lessons from my grandfather after losing him to COVID-19

By: - December 11, 2020

This morning, I’m driving up to Ashtabula to deliver a remembrance of my grandpa after he passed from complications due to COVID-19 on Nov. 29. His funeral mass will only be attended by some members of my immediate family. I won’t be able to get close to them, as I’m not yet out of the […]

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Celebrating one year of the Ohio Capital Journal

By: - December 4, 2020

What a difference a year makes, eh? When we launched the Ohio Capital Journal on Dec. 4, 2019, we knew there was a big appetite for strong, incisive coverage of our state government and its impact on our lives. We had no idea the coming year would be of such critical importance to the health […]

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Trump, Republican enablers busy proving they are a threat to the integrity of the American Republic

By: - November 11, 2020

Words matter. The words of America’s elected leaders matter. Their silence matters, too. Take the coronavirus pandemic. Following the lead of President Donald Trump, hundreds of elected officials across the country — including many in Ohio — have argued against the use of face masks in spite of overwhelming scientific consensus that they represent the […]