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Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.

Ohio Supreme Court takes up legislative redistricting this week

By: - December 7, 2021

Organizations are preparing their arguments against legislative redistricting maps for an Ohio Supreme Court hearing Wednesday. The state’s highest court is reviewing three cases challenging the legislative maps approved by the Ohio Redistricting Commission in September. All of the lawsuits question the constitutionality of the maps, especially provisions of the constitution that directed the commission […]

Federal lawsuit accuses discrimination in congressional redistricting

By: - December 6, 2021

Two Youngstown residents are accusing redistricting leaders of ignoring federal precedent and discriminating against Black voters in their new district maps. The Rev. Kenneth L. Simon and Helen Youngblood, both registered voters from Youngstown, filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court saying the new congressional and legislative district maps need to be rejected and […]

Opponents: ‘Failed abortion’ bill impacts pregnancies, not abortions

By: - December 3, 2021

A bill involving resuscitation of infants after birth with an attachment targeting abortion providers is being criticized for the impact some say it would have on complicated but wanted pregnancies rather than on abortions. Senate Bill 157, a bill labeled as a measure to track and prevent potential medical malpractice in what bill sponsors call […]

Second congressional map lawsuit blasts ‘undue’ GOP advantage

By: - December 2, 2021

Voter education and advocacy groups are the next to jump in to challenge Ohio’s new congressional district map, filing their challenge late Tuesday night that calls into question the constitutionality of the map, and criticizes the process as a whole. “Rather than reflecting voters’ actual preferences, Ohio’s newly enacted congressional map, like elections under gerrymandered […]

Republicans sue own party chairman, claim millions in missing funds

By: - December 2, 2021

Members of the Ohio Republican Party are suing the leader of their party and accusing him of being responsible for $3 million in “missing funds.” The lawsuit was filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court against ORP Chairman Robert Paduchik and party treasurer Dave Johnson. Five individuals identified as donors and members of the ORP […]

Supreme Court sets redistricting lawsuit schedule

By: - December 1, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court has released the schedule for court filings in the congressional redistricting lawsuit, potentially alleviating some timeline pressures for elections slated for next year. Though the court has not scheduled oral arguments in the case, a ruling filed by the court says discovery — the collection of evidence in the case — […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission asks for dismissal in congressional redistricting lawsuit

By: - November 30, 2021

Members of the now-disbanded Ohio Redistricting Commission joined together in asking the Ohio Supreme Court to dismiss the congressional redistricting case against them in a filing made public Monday afternoon. Attorney General Dave Yost’s office wrote on behalf of Gov. Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Senate President Matt Huffman and House Speaker Bob […]

Supreme Court: Grandmother can sue over murdered child

By: - November 25, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court said a grandmother can sue Hamilton County for failing to investigate abuse claims before her granddaughter was murdered by the child’s parents. Court justices said Desena Bradley could continue with her lawsuits against government agencies in Hamilton County, which she said “breached their duty to protect” the child from harm and […]

Congressional redistricting map sees first lawsuit, others possible

By: - November 24, 2021

The first of what could be a few lawsuits challenging the Ohio congressional district maps was filed this week on behalf of Ohio voters. The Ohio Supreme Court has received a lawsuit from the National Redistricting Action Fund, on behalf of 12 Ohioans living in the cities of Trotwood, Cleveland Heights, Oxford, Warren and North […]

Sponsor claims bill would bring ‘safer abortions’

By: - November 23, 2021

A physician and co-sponsor of an abortion bill said the legislation could bring about safer abortion procedures for those choosing to have them. Senate Bill 157’s aim is to create a database of what bill sponsors call “botched abortion” cases and criminalize physician inaction. Doctors who don’t follow the proposed law could face first-degree felony […]

Paid leave advocates still hopeful of federal spending bill, state-level support

By: - November 22, 2021

Paid leave has been on the minds of advocates in Ohio for many years, and they’re seeing the possibility for better leave options as federal legislation heads from the U.S. House to the Senate. At a meeting of the Ohio Children’s Legislative Caucus, members of the General Assembly heard from those who want to see […]

New congressional maps to push back election deadlines

By: - November 19, 2021

Candidates for congressional elections won’t just see the impact of redistricting in their district lines. The deadlines for 2022 elections will also see changes with House passage of the GOP maps. With no emergency clause attached to Senate Bill 258, the bill that was fast-tracked for passage of congressional redistricting lines, the effective date of […]