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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 Redistricting Commission resubmits maps already rejected as illegal by supreme court

By: - May 5, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission Thursday voted to resubmit maps to the Ohio Supreme Court that the court has already rejected as illegal and unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. The commission once again passed its third map 4-3 along party lines, with the exception of Republican Auditor Keith Faber, who said he voted no for the same reasons […]

Redistricting commission meets with new staff, still no action

By: - May 5, 2022

Some of the players on the Ohio Redistricting Commission changed for their Wednesday meeting, but the amount of action did not. The commission met to start the process of redrawing legislative maps, two days before the Friday morning deadline set by the Ohio Supreme Court. This is the fifth attempt at legislative district lines for […]

Tim Ryan takes Dem ticket in ‘marquee’ U.S. Senate race

By: - May 4, 2022

Basing his campaign on hopes to reign in China and reduce partisanship in the U.S. Senate, Congressman Tim Ryan won his race against Morgan Harper and Traci Johnson for the Democratic nomination in unofficial results Tuesday night. Ryan easily slid past Harper with 70% of the vote, according to unofficial counts by the Ohio Secretary […]

Senate President appoints own replacement to Ohio Redistricting Commission

By: - May 4, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission has a new member after seven months of work, with Senate President Matt Huffman appointing his own replacement. The announcement, which came from Huffman’s office, was released the day before the ORC is set to meet to discuss legislative redistricting for the fifth time in this redistricting cycle. Huffman appointed state […]

Ohio ranks low in child spending, national study shows

By: - May 3, 2022

A study comparing early childhood education in the nation showed reduced pre-school enrollment and stalled spending by the state to help educate young children. The COVID-19 pandemic is still causing issues in education of pre-schoolers, but many of the problems existed before the pandemic exacerbated them, according to the National Institution for Early Education Research. […]

ACLU, Equitas Health sue Ohio over ‘medical conscience’ clause

By: - May 2, 2022

Challenging a clause in Ohio’s last budget bill, the ACLU and a health care system that focuses on LGBTQ+ care sued the state and Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday over a provision that allows doctors to deny health care based on a matter of “conscience.” ACLU of Ohio and Equitas Health announced the lawsuit on […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission will talk legislative maps May 4

By: - April 29, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission will reconvene next week for the first time since the state supreme court rejected their fourth attempt at legislative maps April 14. In a letter to his fellow ORC co-chair state Sen. Vernon Sykes, House Speaker Bob Cupp said it is “unwise” and “not feasible” for the commission to meet before […]

Court challengers push contempt charges against redistricting commission

By: - April 27, 2022

Anti-gerrymandering groups are again asking the Ohio Supreme Court to determine if the Ohio Redistricting Commission should be held in contempt, and to force the commission to meet by the end of the week to redraw legislative maps. The ACLU, on behalf of several groups including the League of Women Voters of Ohio and the […]

No Ohio redistricting meetings in sight, despite Dem demands

By: - April 26, 2022

Members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission have not publicly announced any plans to meet and discuss legislative redistricting, despite requests by Democratic members, and a mandate by the Ohio Supreme Court. Commission co-chair, state Sen. Vernon Sykes, D-Akron, and House Minority Leader Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington, met with reporters Monday outside the committee room that […]

OSU studies: Proposed Ohio abortion restrictions could put care out of reach

By: - April 25, 2022

Two studies released by The Ohio State University researchers show a pessimistic “best case” scenario for access to abortion in the state, if proposed restrictions are put into place. While the recently released research criticizes existing and proposed anti-abortion legislation, they also say the state’s restrictions aren’t stopping abortion, just pushing it across state borders […]

Ohio Governor joins 17 other governors in fighting federal charter school limits

By: - April 22, 2022

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is standing with nearly two dozen other governors in fighting against a proposed federal rule limiting charter school creation. The new rule would be a change to the U.S. Department of Education Charter School Program, and would require charters to prove that a school district they want to join is “over-enrolled” […]

Ohio federal court plans to intervene without legislative redistricting plan by May

By: - April 21, 2022

A federal court says without action in the latest legislative redistricting process, they will institute a previously rejected map into the 2022 election. The three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division has previously held back from making decisions in the uncertain redistricting effort concerning state Senate and […]