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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.

COMMENTARY

Trump the performer, and his inadequacy to the moment

By: - March 10, 2020

The thought began with some armchair political speculation a few weeks back: President Trump was putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the administration’s coronavirus efforts. I had just recently mentioned in a column an awful HIV outbreak in Indiana that occurred under Pence’s watch, his response to which did not help matters. Politico […]

House Dems ask DeWine to create temporary paid sick leave due to coronavirus

By: - March 9, 2020

House Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine Monday urging him to consider creating a temporary paid sick leave program to lessen the impact a coronavirus outbreak would have on the state. “We appreciate that the Ohio Department of Health is asking employers to be flexible with their sick leave policies and allowing […]

History Thursday, energy efficiency, illicit drug trends, and water bill tax liens

By: - March 5, 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: History Thursday. Today the OCJ’s Tyler Buchanan took a look back at 100 years of […]

LGBTQ+ protections, pet euthanasia, women’s policy, and the impacts of racism

By: - March 4, 2020

Whiplash. NPR is reporting that under the Trump administration, Obama-era policies aimed at protecting LGBTQ people have been rescinded one by one. “The Trump administration is — tit for tat — … trying to reverse-engineer every single one of those advances,” one law professor says. The pound. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles is reporting, “Bill Would Ban Use Of […]

Affordable health care, toxic drinking water, JobsOhio, and local banks

By: - March 3, 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: Affordable health care. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear another Republican case attempting to […]

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Ohio House plan a better option for the future of vouchers

By: - March 3, 2020

Less than a month before deadline, Ohio’s school voucher stalemate seems to be ongoing, with no evidence that either side will budge. The legislature has until April 1 to agree on a plan for the private school voucher program, after it pushed back the EdChoice application deadline date from Feb. 1.  In our reporting today, Senate President […]

Black history, childhood trauma, coronavirus, and scamming seniors

By: - February 27, 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: History Thursday. As we come to the end of Black History Month, the Ohio […]

Wrongful convictions, Lake Erie erosion, and unpaid state loans

By: - February 26, 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: Unjust justice. Columbus Dispatch’s Randy Ludlow is reporting, “Can Ohio end wrongful convictions that sent 83 […]

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Gun rights advocate at rally

The Ohio Statehouse is obsessed with guns and abortion. Is that what Ohioans want?

By: - February 25, 2020

Every week it seems we are reporting stories coming from the Ohio Statehouse on one bill or another that further tinkers with Ohio’s abortion and gun laws, typically restricting abortion services and access to abortion services and expanding access to guns. We have a bill that would ban telemedicine as a way to receive abortion-related medicine, in […]

A voting proposal, Ohio’s facial recognition tech using drivers license photos, and farmers

By: - February 24, 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: The Forecast. FiveThirtyEight’s primary election forecaster is now giving Bernie Sanders 1 in 2 […]

Ohio’s foster care crisis, Lake Erie water quality, and the statute of limitations for rape

By: - February 20, 2020

History Thursday Y’all already know that I’m a history nut, but I also love baseball. Today we combine the two. The next two weeks we’ll be running History Thursday commentary for Black History Month. This week, Rob Ruck covers the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues and what it meant to Black America. Foster care crisis. Talia […]

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End HIV stigma and discrimination, and then we can end HIV

By: - February 18, 2020

It’s a weird word to use, but in many ways I’m lucky — lucky because I only had to watch one friend die as his HIV progressed to AIDS. It was the early 2000s, and I was still a teenager. I wasn’t out yet. I was so angry when Billy died because I didn’t understand. […]