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David DeWitt

David DeWitt

OCJ Editor-in-Chief 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. He can be found on Twitter @DC_DeWitt.

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Politicking the ballot: How gerrymandering controls which issues go to voters

By: - May 19, 2022

An old game in politics revolves around putting certain issues on the ballot to energize certain voters to the polls during key elections. This isn’t special to any particular political party; it’s been used by Democrats and Republicans alike in various states around the country for many decades. Perhaps the most infamous iteration of it […]

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Families going hungry: Food insecurity is bad in Ohio and poised to explode

By: - May 12, 2022

America’s hunger crisis is coming to a head. With supply chain problems and inflated food prices alongside family economic struggles stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Ohio families facing food insecurity has exploded. Meanwhile, the Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday, 700,000 low-income Ohio households could see big cuts to the food stamps program in […]

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Returning power over basic rights to illegally gerrymandered states like Ohio is a disaster

By: - May 5, 2022

Gerrymandering destroys legitimate representation, so the U.S. Supreme Court returning power over basic civil rights to illegally gerrymandered states like Ohio is an absolute disaster in waiting. Many people will suffer horribly in ways big and small. Do you want your privacy rights, your health care rights, your marriage rights, your discrimination protections, and your […]

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We have the tools to build an extraordinary civilization. We ought to use them

By: - April 28, 2022

Too often sharing the news feels like being a messenger of madness. Every day, foundational democratic institutions suffer sustained assault while a corrupt, extremist right-wing tyranny over Ohio politics and policy reigns. As important as it is to chronicle the “first draft of history” by finding the facts and holding power to account, the American […]

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Authoritarianism v. democratic self-governance: The battle of the ages

By: - April 21, 2022

ROME — When I’m not helping chronicle the charade of governance that is Ohio policy and politics, I’m most often studying the history of human civilization, with an emphasis on America and antiquity. Taking a short hiatus from the circus maximus of the Ohio Statehouse, standing amidst the ruins of the Roman Forum, I pondered […]

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Orwell only wrote one introduction of an Animal Farm foreign translation. It was for Ukraine

By: - March 17, 2022

Eric Blair, pen name George Orwell, was not perfect as a person, but then, who is? Nevertheless, Orwell got the three major issues of the 20th Century right: He was anti-imperialist, anti-fascist and anti-Communist/anti-Stalinist. Orwell’s military days in Burma taught him the human atrocity of the British Empire: “I had already made up my mind […]

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Ohio redistricting charade continues as GOP again passes more clearly rigged maps

By: - March 3, 2022

The conclusion that Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission do not want Ohio voters to enjoy free and fair elections is unavoidable. They want to rig the game to enshrine their power and will stop at nothing to do exactly that. They will defy the Ohio Supreme Court while supporters murmur about impeaching the […]

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Ohio GOP gerrymanderers living in opposite world where fair maps are ‘the real gerrymandering’

By: - February 24, 2022

The games continued Wednesday as the Ohio Redistricting Commission met with possible contempt charges from the Ohio Supreme Court hanging over their heads. Majority Republicans seem to have latched onto the disingenuous argument that drawing proportionally safe Democratic seats constitutes gerrymandering. What makes their argument disingenuous is their full knowledge that any map drawn will […]

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Redistricting commission insults Ohioans by waiting until last minute to meet

By: - February 17, 2022

The contempt majority legislative leaders on the Ohio Redistricting Commission are showing to the public by waiting until the last possible day to draw a third round of Statehouse maps is nothing short of astounding. The maps they drew in September were ruled by the Ohio Supreme Court to be unconstitutional gerrymanders. Then the second […]

Chasing the promise of equitable education: A Columbus Metropolitan Club forum

By: - February 10, 2022

What does equitable education mean in America, today and tomorrow? The Columbus Metropolitan Club hosted a forum Wednesday afternoon exploring this topic, moderated by Ohio Capital Journal Editor-in-Chief David DeWitt. In a few generations, American students have gone from one-room schoolhouses to attempting to keep up with a global economy moving at the speed of […]

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Ohio Republicans throw temper tantrum as attempts to cheat with gerrymandering shot down

By: - February 10, 2022

It takes a real dirtbag sensibility to claim the Ohio Supreme Court demanding districts in line with the Ohio Constitution voters overwhelmingly amended that actually represent Ohioans’ political preferences and still give your party a majority is somehow the real gerrymandering. Nevertheless, that’s what we’re seeing from many Ohio Republican Statehouse politicians confronted with the […]

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Notable Black history abounds in Ohio’s past

By: - February 3, 2022

As we celebrate Black History Month, with Black history under political attack in America’s classrooms, now is probably a good time to take a look back at significant Black history that happened right here in Ohio. In many ways, Ohio’s contribution to Black history began with its very founding. Considered one of the most important […]