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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 asks for more before making ruling in statehouse redistricting

By: - December 14, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court is still considering whether or not to change legislative redistricting maps in the state, and have sent a question back to the parties in the three lawsuits. In a filing on Monday, the state’s highest court asked the League of Women Voters, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a group of Ohio citizens, […]

Aisha Fraser’s story continues battle through Ohio House

By: - December 13, 2021

The tragic story of Aisha Fraser floats on as a cautionary tale and call to action on domestic violence for the Ohio legislature, though the bill holding her name has had an uphill battle toward passage. State Rep. Janine Boyd, D-Cleveland Heights, has carried Fraser’s story with her through multiple general assemblies, as she tries […]

Child care an ‘economic issue,’ advocates say

By: - December 10, 2021

Child care has been brought up more and more with the pandemic causing shortages in services and employment losses preventing families from being able to afford it. Child care and early childhood education in the state and country is more and more vital, according to a new study by Groundwork Ohio. The public policy research […]

Redistricting plans for Statehouse now up to the Ohio Supreme Court

By: - December 9, 2021

Three groups challenging district maps for the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate made their cases Wednesday that the Ohio Supreme Court should reject maps approved by state Republican leaders. The League of Women Voters, The Ohio Organizing Collaborative and a group of a dozen Ohio residents pushed the state’s highest court to find that […]

Abortion bill passage could bring clinic closures

By: - December 9, 2021

The newest abortion bill to pass the Ohio House could spell the closure of Southwest Ohio clinics and the criminalization of doctors. Despite multiple Democrat attempts to amend the bill and remove the language that would affect doctors’ ability to transfer patients from abortion facilities, Senate Bill 157 passed Wednesday afternoon along party lines, 59-33. […]

Newest abortion restricting bill heading to full House vote after committee approval

By: - December 8, 2021

The Ohio House will consider a new abortion regulation that would keep some doctors from being able to work with abortion clinics and could cause felony charges for doctors working on complicated pregnancies. Senate Bill 157 passed through the House Families, Aging and Human Services Committee on Tuesday, approved along party lines. It has already […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission members removed from congressional lawsuit

By: - December 8, 2021

Members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission have been removed from lawsuits challenging the congressional redistricting map in Ohio by the state’s supreme court, though some still remain named in the complaints in other capacities. Gov. Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Auditor Keith Faber, state Sen. Vernon Sykes, House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, Senate […]

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 […]