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David Stebenne Media Hits

The following is a list of selected media coverage for David Stebenne. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes.


Can Kasich win all 88 Ohio counties?

November 4, 2014

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in an Ohio Watchdog article about the possibility of Governor John Kasich winning all 88 Ohio counties in his re-election bid.

“It’s really hard to do,” he said. “As popular as the governor is and as weak as his opponent is, I doubt he’ll carry all 88 (counties).”

Stebenne said Ohio has some unusual counties, which tend to be really Democratic or really Republican.

He said a good example was the election of 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried 87 of 88 Ohio counties.

“He lost one of the Appalachian counties — a poor county where the residents tend to vote Democratic no matter what,” Stebenne said. “There was even some humorous discussion in the Oval Office about that one county.”

Glenn and Voinovich were “the two most popular candidates in modern history,” he added, “and they each only did it once. While Kasich is popular, he really doesn’t have the broad appeal that these two did.”

Stebenne said that both Voinovich and Kasich come from communities that tend to be more Democratic in voter registration, but that Kasich’s first race for governor was more divisive than the races for Voinovich.

“Voinovich had electoral success in Cleveland and as governor because he was able to persuade Democrats to vote Republican,” he said. “Glenn had national appeal across party lines.”

Young people feeling less secure?

September 11, 2011

Professor David Stebenne was quoted by The Columbus Dispatch in an article about how the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the economic crises that followed have destroyed young people’s sense of security, heightened their awareness of global events and challenged the perception that the United States will always be the world’s most powerful and prosperous nation. “They don’t know if they will be able to find a good job after they graduate or if their parents will be able to hold onto their homes,” Stebenne said.

Not Ready to Change Baseball History?

July 12, 2011

Professor David Stebenne, author of "Arthur Goldberg: New Deal Liberal," was quoted by The New York Times in an article about the HBO Sports documentary "The Curious Case of Curt Flood." As Goldberg's biographer, Stebenne had conversations with the former associate justice about being ill-prepared to challenge baseball's reserve clause, incorrectly assuming that the justices who had served with him would see the error of sticking by past decisions. “His mental picture was this was a case ripe to be overturned,” Stebenne said. “He was utterly surprised that it went the other way.”

Increasingly Cautious, Unions Less Likely To Strike

April 26, 2011

Professor David Stebenne was quoted in multiple NPR outlets about the growing trend against labor union strikes. "The closer it gets towards a public employee who on a daily basis does something that saves lives, the more resistant the public is to striking," Stebenne said.  "They may be sympathetic to other forms of labor activity, but simply walking off the job is not generally viewed as acceptable." Stebenne said union workers initially won the battles of the late '70s and '80s, but increased foreign competition and other economic factors have since led to more anti-union sentiment. That's why, today, going on strike can be a much riskier move. "You might actually lose." he said. "And your union might be destroyed in the process. And so labor — as it gets weaker — becomes ever more cautious."