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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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Campaign finance and pay-to-play corruption is also destroying the American Republic

By: - January 27, 2022

Gerrymandered rigging of district lines to guarantee political party power is not the only thing posing an existential threat to the American Republic. It goes hand-in-hand with a system of campaign finance that allows for massive pay-to-play corruption infecting government. Earlier this week the Ohio Capital Journal published an investigation into findings of immediate jeopardy […]

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Is meeting all criteria while drawing fair and constitutional maps impossible? Hardly

By: - January 20, 2022

In order for redistricting maps to pass Ohio Constitution muster, multiple criteria are in play. In addition to federal requirements under the Voting Rights Act, the state constitution as amended by voters in 2015 and 2018 requires state legislative and U.S. congressional district maps be compact, contiguous, competitive, preserve a certain number of whole counties, […]

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Supreme Court dissenting justices on redistricting mock Ohioans’ rights to judicial review

By: - January 13, 2022

The argument of the three Republican supreme court justices dissenting against the anti-gerrymandering opinion issued by the court 4-3 Wednesday appears to be: Republican politicians are allowed to rig the game in their favor against the wishes of Ohio voters and in violation of the Ohio Constitution, and the Ohio Supreme Court has no authority […]

Campaign stories: The “Right Staff” v. the “Amazing Metz,” plus mothers and scrubbers in Struthers

By: - December 9, 2021

In my mailbox recently arrived a book, Jerry Austin’s “True Tales from the Campaign Trail, Vol. II,” and I don’t know by what strange voodoo the University of Akron Press knew to send it to me, but I’m an absolute sucker for these kinds of things. It’s a collection of stories from the trenches by […]

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How cheating voters with gerrymandering poisons everything

By: - December 2, 2021

Would you play poker with someone who has taken all the face cards in one deck to deal to themselves while you’re left to get cards from a deck with no kings, queens, jacks, or aces? Would you play Monopoly with someone who gets to start the game pre-owning hotels on Boardwalk, Park Place, Pennsylvania, […]

Ohio Gov. DeWine signs Republican congressional map with huge GOP advantage

By: - November 20, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed Statehouse Republicans’ congressional map for Ohio giving the GOP a substantial advantage, claiming that of all the maps presented it “makes the most progress to produce a fair, compact and competitive map.” DeWine pointed to fewer county splits in the map and the number of Ohio cities the map […]

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Betraying voters, Ohio Senate President Huffman and House Speaker Cupp declare moral bankruptcy

By: - November 17, 2021

Nearly 75% of Ohio voters reformed the state constitution in 2018 to end gerrymandering and bring about fair, legal U.S. Congressional districts. Instead state Republican legislative leaders hijacked the process, betrayed voters, and have all but declared total moral and ethical bankruptcy in their cynical pursuit of political power at all costs. The behavior of […]

Statehouse Republicans introduce congressional map heavily favoring GOP

By: - November 16, 2021

Statehouse Republicans introduced a newly drawn map for Ohio’s districts in U.S. Congress Monday night that maintains a firm GOP majority. While amendments are possible, the map is poised to pass out of a Senate committee Tuesday with a full Senate session to follow, and House sessions planned for Wednesday and Thursday. Data behind the […]

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Ohio GOP leaders broke promises, failed us all by creating more rigged maps

By: - September 23, 2021

The oddest part is Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine acting as though he’s somehow powerless and had no choice when he voted to rig Ohio elections with partisan, gerrymandered maps for the next four years. After all, he’s only the governor. It’s an absurd position. Maps were proposed to the commission that actually represent the 54-46 […]

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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 […]