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Marilou Johanek

Marilou Johanek

Marilou Johanek is a veteran Ohio print and broadcast journalist who has covered state and national politics as a longtime newspaper editorial writer and columnist.

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Next week, Ohioans can concealed carry firearms with no permit, background check or training

By: - June 7, 2022

Do you feel safer knowing that anyone who can legally pack heat will be able to carry hidden firearms in Ohio without a license, background checks or basic training starting next week? A whole level of scrutiny and safety requirements that once applied to concealed handguns in Ohio disappear June 13. If you’re at least […]

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GOP redistricting commissioners have broken the Ohio Constitution and rule of law

By: - May 31, 2022

“If courts don’t uphold the rule of law,” tweeted former Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper, “there is no rule of law.” Last week the Ohio Supreme Court proved him right. The Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission — tasked with drawing fair legislative districts maps — openly defied the court and violated the […]

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Dear Ohio voters, the only way to save our democratic republic is for you to show up to vote

By: - May 24, 2022

Dear Ohio Voters, We need to talk. Especially those of you who skipped the primary election earlier this month. There were a lot of you who didn’t bother to vote. Turnout was the third worst on record since 1986. Nearly 8 out of 10 Ohioans who could have voted in person or by mail — […]

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Dog parks offer respite from pull-your-hair-out politics of Ohio, nation

By: - May 17, 2022

I have found a refuge from the pull-your-hair out politics that is our collective cross in Ohio and the nation. It is not nirvana. You must watch where you step. But there is plenty of room to breathe and be. It’s a place, to borrow a phrase, where every dog can have its day — […]

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Rights to bodily autonomy on the ballot in November as U.S. Supreme Court looks to overturn Roe

By: - May 10, 2022

The foreboding of the late Supreme Court Justice has come to pass. Women are being denied decision-making power over their own lives. They are being dehumanized as lesser. Being robbed of bodily autonomy. Courts, lawmakers and physicians are deciding what’s best for pregnant women — after establishing that they lack the capacity and privilege to […]

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Jim Jordan was deeply involved in the attempted coup to overturn the 2020 Election

By: - May 3, 2022

The net is tightening around Jimbo. As more damning text messages, testimony and phone call records encircle the pint-sized pol from Urbana, Jim Jordan should be breaking out in a cold sweat. The 4th District U.S. congressman should be squirming in his shirt sleeves with each new revelation trickling out about his behind-the-scenes treachery leading […]

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Don’t let Ohio’s hot mess stop you from exercising your freedom to vote

By: - April 26, 2022

What a hot mess. Thanks to Ohio Republicans, enjoying a monopoly of power from the last redistricting sham they engineered after the 2010 Census, a critical election has been turned into a crapshoot. Thanks to one party, impervious to the needless chaos it created for voters, poll workers, and election administrators with lopsided district maps […]

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Legalizing bigotry with “Don’t Say Gay” bill will chase businesses away from Ohio

By: - April 19, 2022

Question: How could you blow a $20 billion investment in Ohio? Answer: Chase away business with legislation to legitimize bigotry. A cynical attempt by Ohio House Republicans to further stigmatize and marginalize LGBTQ people in Ohio with a Florida-style “Don’t Say Gay” bill could give Intel pause about breaking ground on the state’s largest private […]

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‘Backpack bill’ disingenuous play for tax dollars

By: - April 12, 2022

If there’s one thing Ohio taxpayers hate – other than paying taxes – it’s being ripped off by disingenuous ideologues in the statehouse. You’re not going to like what a pair of legislators are itching to do with your tax money that pays for public schools. They want to divert a ton of it to […]

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New DeWine ad fails to show full picture of candidate’s history

By: - April 5, 2022

“He’s not afraid of the tough fights.” The opening line in the first statewide TV commercial from Gov. Mike DeWine’s re-election campaign describes someone Ohio voters don’t know. It pictures a governor looking stern and striding resolutely with law enforcement. Heavy on campy cliché but laughably bogus. DeWine is no principled warrior who “fights and […]

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Ohio GOP Senate candidates ignore real issues facing Ohioans to put on repugnant political circus

By: - March 29, 2022

Embarrassing doesn’t cover it. Offensive is better. The sad sacks duking it out (almost) to grab the crown in the Republican primary for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat have managed to insult just about every rational-thinking voter in the state. Good job, candidates, you’ve turned the GOP side of this race into a cheap side show […]

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Ohio Supreme Court justices Kennedy and DeWine undermining judiciary with redistricting partisanship

By: - March 22, 2022

Justice is supposed to be blind. But not in Ohio. Not when a pair of Ohio Supreme Court justices dropped all pretense of impartiality and objectivity in the super high stakes redistricting cases before the court that have utterly upended Ohio politics. Justice Sharon Kennedy and Justice Pat DeWine effectively removed their metaphorical blindfolds to […]