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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.

Delaying the death penalty, tracking johns, and farmer bankruptcies

By: - February 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: Death delayed. Nick Swartsell is reporting in the Cleveland Scene, “Ohio delays three more executions.””Ohio […]

Criminal justice reform group releases video with wide spectrum of supporters

By: - February 5, 2020

The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) on Wednesday released a new video of key Ohio stakeholders from the state legislature, law enforcement, and advocacy and policy organizations urging support for criminal justice reform via Senate Bill 3. The video features Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, Senate Bill 3 sponsor state Sen. John Eklund, Ohio […]

Brown bringing former Lordstown UAW prez to State of the Union

By: - February 4, 2020

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a news release Saturday he would be bringing former GM Lordstown United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green to tonight’s State of the Union address. Over the last two years, the release noted, GM laid off roughly 4,500 workers between the three shifts at the plant. “President […]

The future of the purge, the voucher lawsuit, and free speech in Ohio

By: - February 4, 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 future of the purge. Columbus Dispatch’s Rick Rouan and Doug Caruso are reporting, “County election officials wait […]

COMMENTARY

It’s long past time to pass the Ohio Fairness Act

By: - February 4, 2020

Every General Assembly for many years now, the Ohio Fairness Act is introduced, and every General Assembly it fails to become law. The Ohio Fairness Act would make sexual orientation and gender identity or expression part of the civil rights law’s “covered characteristics” for which discrimination is prohibited. Under current law, covered characteristics include “race, […]

The Iowa caucus, block-granting Medicaid, clean water, and the economy

By: - February 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: So it begins We are barreling toward the first 2020 caucus. Here’s the latest […]

Jobs in Ohio cities, free speech on college campuses, and History Thursday on impeachment

By: - January 30, 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. Did you know that Steubenville’s Edwin Stanton, Lancaster’s William Tecumseh Sherman, […]

COMMENTARY

A brief history of impeachment in America

By: - January 30, 2020

Three American presidents have been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives through our history; all have been acquitted by the U.S. Senate. They are Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and (likely to be acquitted) Donald Trump. A fourth, Richard M. Nixon, faced articles of impeachment, but resigned from office after they were approved by committee […]

Sherrod Brown pushes for action on bill that would tackle toxic chemicals in drinking water

By: - January 29, 2020

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for U.S. Senate action on House-passed legislation that would would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. Brown’s call follows reports last week of PFAS chemicals found in Ohioans’ drinking water. “Ohio parents should not have […]

Pension oversight, jobs for military spouses, and childhood poverty

By: - January 29, 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: Hot pursuit. Cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias is reporting, “Ohio lawmakers pursuing pension oversight bills.” “Some Ohio lawmakers […]

John Bolton, Ohio’s rivers and streams, and human trafficking

By: - January 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: Another firsthand witness. The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt are reporting, […]

Wages, voting, vouchers and public utilities

By: - January 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: Wages and voting. The Toledo Blade’s Jim Provance is reporting, “Ballot issues would hike […]