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Jake Zuckerman

Jake Zuckerman

Jake Zuckerman is a statehouse reporter. He spent three years chronicling the West Virginia Legislature for The Charleston Gazette-Mail after covering cops and courts for The Northern Virginia Daily.

‘They’re just going uninsured:’ How the youngest Ohioans are losing health coverage

By: - March 9, 2020

The rate of young children in Ohio without health insurance is surging. Health care professionals attribute the rise in children under six years old without coverage to a hot economy shrinking Medicaid rolls to technical errors in an already complex Medicaid system.  Whatever the case, the trend reverses years of steady decline in the rate […]

With voter expansion referendum in pieces, ACLU asks Supreme Court to step in

By: - March 6, 2020

A political group asked the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse the state Ballot Board’s decision to dissect its referendum into four separate parts. The proposed referendum would have allowed for automatic voter registration, Election Day registration, and other provisions.  Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections, an offshoot of the ACLU of Ohio, submitted […]

Political rallies in the coronavirus era? Ohio health officials aren’t worried

By: - March 6, 2020

A presidential primary and a novel coronavirus are raging concurrently in the United States, but public health officials said Thursday they’re not concerned about the possible spread of the virus through the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds of campaign rallies. While Gov. Mike DeWine and Public Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued a formal order to mostly prohibit […]

Chamber of Commerce rep warns of ‘unintended consequences’ in supermajority tax reform bill

By: - March 4, 2020

A lobbyist for an influential Ohio business advocacy group Tuesday warned Senators against legislation to require a supermajority vote before raising Ohio’s income tax rates. Tony Long, director of tax and economic policy for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, said Senate Joint Resolution 3 could yield “unintended consequences” for Ohio businesses down the line. “The […]

Republicans slice voter registration referendum into four parts

By: - March 3, 2020

Ohio Republicans sliced apart a proposed constitutional amendment that would have made it easier to vote in Ohio. By dissecting the “Secure and Fair Elections Amendment” into four separate ballot proposals instead of one cohesive sweep, the Ohio Ballot Board effectively increased the required number of valid signatures four-fold from about 443,000 to nearly 1.8 […]

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On 8th anniversary of Trayvon Martin shooting, committee fields ‘stand your ground’ support

By: - February 28, 2020

Eight years to the day after George Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager and thrust the phrase into the public lexicon, an Ohio statehouse committee soldiered forward with its review of “stand your ground” legislation. The House Criminal Justice committee continued its consideration Wednesday of the bill, which would remove Ohioans’ “duty to […]

State data: Black babies more than 2.5 times likely to die before first birthday than whites

By: - February 27, 2020

In 2018, 938 Ohio babies died before their first birthday. Forty percent of them didn’t make it a day. Black babies died at a rate between 2.5 to three times more frequently than white babies. These are just some of the findings from the Ohio Department of Health’s 2018 Infant Mortality Annual Report. There are […]

Supreme court reviews challenge to drinking-and-guns ban: ‘How’s he… protecting anybody?’

By: - February 25, 2020

A drunk person, in the sanctity of his home, has every right to lawfully use a firearm, Stephen Palmer argued before the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday. Palmer is representing Frederick Weber, a Clermont County man who was convicted under an Ohio law that prohibits intoxicated people from carrying or using a firearm. Weber, 50, […]

Ohio Democrats look to wrangle down insulin costs

By: - February 25, 2020

Democrats in the state House and Senate are pushing legislation that would force insurers to cap patients’ cost-sharing on insulin at $100 for a 30-day supply. The House Health Committee held its first review on the lower chamber’s bill last week, one of several pieces of legislation to address skyrocketing insulin costs in the U.S. […]

How an Ohio representative’s business could profit off the ‘stand your ground’ bill he co-sponsors

By: - February 24, 2020

An Ohio lawmaker is co-sponsoring legislation that experts say could benefit his private business, which sells liability insurance and other protections for gun owners in case they shoot someone in self-defense. Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., runs Second Call Defense, along with two top executives of the Buckeye Firearms Association, the state’s most influential […]

Ohio Supreme Court to hear challenge to law barring firearms and booze

By: - February 20, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court will test the old adage that guns and alcohol don’t mix. The justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments next week centered on a Clermont County man challenging the constitutionality of a state law prohibiting the use of firearms while under the influence of alcohol. In a show of concern, legal […]

House reps target ‘discriminatory’ health insurance practice

By: - February 19, 2020

Two lawmakers pitched a bill Tuesday they say would block insurers from a practice that shifts health care costs onto patients with chronic diseases who require expensive drugs. Speaking to the House Health Committee, Reps. Susan Manchester, R-Waynesfield, and Thomas West, D-Canton, proposed prohibiting insurers from using “copay accumulator” policies. These policies prohibit patients from […]