Trump impeachment trial gets personal

WASHINGTON — Even before opening arguments were made in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, things got testy.  U.S. House Democrats and Trump’s lawyers sparred for hours...

A ‘trial’ unlike any I’ve ever seen as a court reporter

For three years I covered crime and courts in Athens County. I was green to covering the courts, and honestly, I wasn't very excited about being so close to...

Proposed bill would prevent ‘sport specialization’ in Ohio schools

Coaches restricting their student-athletes from playing other sports? Rep. Joe Miller, D-Amherst, who moonlights as a basketball referee, says that should be out of bounds.  He and Democratic colleague Adam Miller,...

Distracted driving bill seeks to strengthen current law

Sharon Montgomery was riding home on a Mount Vernon road after having dinner for her husband’s 51st birthday, when her life and its mission changed forever. It was on that...

U.S. House votes to torpedo DeVos student loan rule

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a resolution Thursday that would overturn a Trump administration rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution expresses congressional...

Why Martin Luther King’s anti-racism crusade needs to be renewed

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was 39 years old when he was assassinated. Schools, streets and children are named in his honor in Africa. In America, he is honored...
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Efforts to curb prevailing wage in Ohio a Republican trend

Republican lawmakers have tried for years to curb prevailing wage law in Ohio, and the most-recent effort calls for removing the law entirely.  The Capital Journal has reported that two...

Senate mulls legislation to shore up college transfer process

A state Senate committee is looking over a bill that would shore up the college transfer process for students weary of losing completed coursework along the way. The Senate Higher...

Ohio in desperate need of election modernization

Ohioans need to have an urgent, nonpartisan, consensus-driven conversation about a subject we rarely talk about: our state’s woefully lackluster voter participation.  Despite Ohio’s longstanding reputation for being the nation’s...

How a powerful lawmaker belittled a young, female reporter — a cautionary tale from an OCJ affiliate

This is republished from Ohio Capital Journal affiliate the Michigan Advance. This story has made national headlines this week. I waited outside the Michigan Senate chamber to ask Sen. Peter...

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