World War movies, Ohio Republican Party endorsements, childbirth and the 2020 election

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    World War movies. I saw both 1917 and Jojo Rabbit this weekend. 1917 is unlike almost any other war movie I’ve ever seen — a startlingly real depiction of World War I that amounts to two very intense hours of two very scared men trying very hard to not die.

    Jojo Rabbit is about a 10-year-old German boy in 1945 who “must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.” It’s hysterical, deeply relevant and heartbreaking.

    Saying nothing says something. Cleveland.com’s Jeremy Pelzer is reporting on Ohio Republican Party leaders declining to endorse some prominent 2020 candidates:

    “In a blow to House Speaker Larry Householder, the Ohio Republican Party’s state central committee on Friday declined to endorse some of his favored Ohio House primary candidates. And in one high-profile race, it instead backed a rival to ex-U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, one of the speaker’s long-term allies.

    “Notably, the state GOP also did not endorse Christina Hagan, the former state lawmaker looking to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District.

    “State GOP endorsements can give a big boost to a primary candidate’s campaign. Not only can favored candidates tout their endorsement to Republican voters, but only endorsed candidates can get access to the state GOP’s voter data, as well as get discounted rates on advertising mailers by using the party’s non-profit postal account.”

    It’ll cost ya. The Columbus Dispatch’s Megan Henry is reporting, “Childbirth comes with staggering out-of-pocket costs.”

    “The average out-of-pocket costs of childbirth and maternal care among women with employer health insurance rose 49% between 2008 and 2015, from $3,069 to $4,569, according to a new study in the journal Health Affairs. The increase is largely due to the rise of high-deductible health plans.”

    2020 Analysis. Cleveland.com columnist Thomas Suddes is writing about what Democrats would have to accomplish to recapture the Buckeye State in 2020.

    “The question for Democrats, generally, and Ohio Democrats, specifically, is how to recapture the Buckeye State this November from a Republican president who carried Ohio by almost 450,000 votes…

    “Where can Democrats find, or hope to find, roughly 225,000 of Trump’s 2016 Ohio voters (or among 2016’s stay-at-home or third-party voters), and persuade them to replace Trump with a Democrat?…

    “(R)egionally, Democrats’ best chance to convert some of Ohio’s 2016 Trump voters may be in what was once Democrats’ Ohio heartland: Greater Cleveland, including the Akron-Canton and Youngstown-Warren regions.”

    David C. DeWitt
    David C. DeWitt is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years experience covering Ohio politics and policy. He has worked for the National Journal, The New York Observer, The Athens NEWS and Plunderbund.com covering topics such as education, health care, crime and courts, poverty, government, business, labor, energy, environment and social issues. His work has also appeared in Government Executive, the Columbus Dispatch, Girlfriends magazine, Bleacher Report and the Ashtabula Star Beacon, among others.