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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.

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 […]

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Taking stock of the 2020 Election results in Ohio and their consequences

By: - November 4, 2020

While the U.S. anxiously awaits the results of an extremely close presidential election, the results in Ohio are becoming far more clear. The long and short of it appears to be: President Donald Trump has won in Ohio (by an eight point margin, the same spread as 2016, and two points higher than his winning […]

All Ohio U.S. Congressional incumbents win reelection, Associated Press projects

By: - November 3, 2020

All of Ohio’s U.S. Congressional district incumbents both Republican and Democratic have won reelection according to projections from the Associated Press based on unofficial results. The AP has called the races in favor of incumbent Democratic U.S. Reps. Joyce Beatty, Marcy Kaptur, Marcia Fudge, and Tim Ryan, as well as Republican incumbents Steve Chabot, Troy […]

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Control over the federal courts is about raw political power, nothing more

By: - September 23, 2020

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has used his leadership position to exercise raw political power in shaping the federal judiciary for many decades to come, and he’s been enormously successful. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has brought McConnell to the zenith of that power. A question never existed as to whether he […]

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In a short time, the Ohio Capital Journal has accomplished a lot. We appreciate all the support.

By: - August 19, 2020

About a year ago I first met with the directors of States Newsroom about bringing a new state government nonprofit news outlet to Ohio. What a year it’s been. Since that first meeting, I was offered and accepted a job I consider a dream come true, named the outlet the Ohio Capital Journal (a h/t […]

Bipartisan House reps introduce Ohio campaign finance reform bill

By: - July 30, 2020

A pair of bipartisan Ohio House representatives introduced legislation this week they say would bring Ohio campaign finance regulations in line with federal law. State Reps. Jessica E. Miranda, D-Forest Park, on Monday introduced House Bill 737, with Rep. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville. The bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation, they say, is the first step […]

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Unaccountable dark money has corrupted Ohio politics. It’s time to require disclosure.

By: - July 28, 2020

The ugly saga of alleged corruption, bribery, money laundering and racketeering on the part of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four political operatives in Ohio lays bare a nasty truth in the Buckeye State: Unaccountable dark money has corrupted our politics, so now we must demand the legislature act to require disclosure. The mechanism […]

Gov. DeWine announces statewide public mask order starting Thursday evening

By: - July 22, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced a statewide public mask order set to go into effect Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Beginning tomorrow at 6:00pm, citizens in all Ohio counties will be under a mandatory mask order while out in public. pic.twitter.com/UqLEzT3Mly — Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) July 22, 2020   DeWine said Wednesday that […]