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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.

Ohio unemployment more than 1 million over the last six weeks

By: - April 30, 2020

Ohio has seen more than one million jobless claims filed over the last six weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Thursday morning. The department reported 92,920 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Dept. of Labor this past week. The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio […]

DeWine’s reopening plan and other various and sundry news items

By: - April 28, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Reopening. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine released his plan Monday for reopening Ohio in […]

COMMENTARY

The human cost of political retribution as policy during a public health crisis

By: - April 28, 2020

Much of the presidency of Donald Trump has been marked by his systematic dismantling, or attempted dismantling of the work of President Barack Obama. Trump rose to to right-wing prominence starting in 2011 by repeatedly leveling racist, false accusations that Obama was a Kenyan-born Islamic usurper. The trajectory of this line of attack eventually won […]

COMMENTARY

Thousands of lives are on the line. Ohio House task force should act like it.

By: - April 22, 2020

I started tracking the number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths in my day planner once a week on Monday, March 30. It was 2,400 people. By April 6 it had reached 9,600 people. On April 13, it stood at 22,109 people. As of this writing, on April 21, it’s 42,458 people.  That’s three weeks and tens […]

Ohio unemployment claims more than 855,000 over past four weeks

By: - April 16, 2020

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported Thursday 158,678 initial jobless claims over the past week to the U.S. Deptartment of Labor, bringing the number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last four weeks to 855,197. “To put that in perspective, the total for the last four weeks of […]

GOP lawmakers push to reopen, Ohio’s budget, and Trump’s task force

By: - April 14, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Pressure to reopen. Cleveland.com’s Andrew J. Tobias is reporting, “Gov. Mike DeWine facing increasing pressure from […]

History Thursday: Ohio’s first epidemic rock star doctor, Samuel Hildreth of Marietta

By: - April 9, 2020

The star of Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton continues to rise during the coronavirus pandemic as she has established herself among the most insightful, reassuring and trustworthy voices for Ohioans in this unsettling time. Acton is the calm-yet-determined highlight of Gov. Mike DeWine’s daily 2 p.m. news briefings, which have themselves become […]

Ohio bars, restaurants, breweries can now sell booze to go

By: - April 7, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday that bars, restaurants and breweries with an existing permit can now sell alcohol to go with carryout or delivery orders. In a release, DeWine said the Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule to allow establishments with an existing on-premises liquor permit to sell and deliver alcohol, including […]

Householder announces recovery task force; others propose ideas to mitigate economic hardships

By: - March 26, 2020

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder announced Thursday he will create a bipartisan task force to prepare for Ohio to return to work. “We don’t know yet when the COVID-19 situation will improve to the point that Ohio businesses can reopen and people can get back to work, but we need to prepare now for the […]

Bills to prevent utility shutoffs, evictions and foreclosures introduced in Ohio House

By: - March 23, 2020

Two separate bills have been introduced in the Ohio House to address economic hardships stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, including one to prevent evictions and foreclosures and the other to prevent utility shutoffs. On Sunday, state Reps. David Leland, D-Columbus, and Jeffrey Crossman, D-Parma, introduced a bipartisan bill to put a stop to evictions and […]

Ohio Attorney General says courts may suspend jury trials during pandemic

By: - March 18, 2020

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued a formal opinion Wednesday that courts may suspend jury trials to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and that they may do so consistent with state and federal speedy-trial obligations, a press release announced. “Only the trial court can continue a case,” Yost said. “This opinion is a […]

With Ohio schools closing, foodbanks association calls for help to address hunger

By: - March 12, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, he has ordered that all kindergarten through 12th grade schools close for several weeks. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is calling for federal, state, and public help for low-income families with children who will miss school lunches and parents who will lose […]