Ohio lobbyists get keycard access to Capitol, state buildings

State policy grants lobbyists greater access to government buildings than the general public, according to government officials. Members of the Ohio Lobbying Association, which represents Ohio lobbyists, can obtain access...

State report card changes passed through Ohio Senate

Changes to Ohio's state report cards could come through a joint effort to eliminate graduation requirements and change the state ranking system. The state Senate approved House Bill 82, the...

The Post at Ohio University is in jeopardy. Here’s the case for saving it

By Joe Donatelli — (Commentary originally published on Substack) News of The Post’s pending demise is spreading far and wide. Here’s the gist, from The Athens NEWS: Ohio University student news organization The...

Celebrating the legacy of Jon Reed Sims, originator of the gay men’s chorus

By C.J. Janovy Jon Reed Sims was born in Smith Center, Kansas, in May 1947. When he died, in July 1984, it made news in San Francisco. A newspaper there showed...

New pandemic law takes effect; experts say it undermines public health

As of Wednesday, there are 132 new sheriffs in town. When the new coronavirus emerged in Ohio, state law conferred “ultimate authority in matters of quarantine and isolation” to the...

Experts overwhelmingly agree rural broadband will grow Ohio’s economy, reduce inequality. Senate leaders don’t

The great majority of a panel of Ohio economists agree: Better rural broadband would be an economic boon to the state and it would help to reduce a growing...

Should Ohio candidates be able to use campaign funds on child care costs?

If Ohio wants a more diverse set of political candidates, state Sen. Tina Maharath believes the campaign rules should be more favorable to busy parents. Maharath, a Columbus Democrat, proposes...

Ohio arts community faces big pandemic losses, looks to state for help

As an industry with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, arts organizations are struggling to cover the significant economic losses the coronavirus pandemic caused. In a pandemic...

Black churches can lead the way on voting rights

By Rev. Susan K. Smith and Rev. Levon C. Manzie We suspected it for years, and now we know it: Jim Crow was never dead. You might even say he...

Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections reform and voting rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night. In...

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