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Far-right conspiracy theorists and political operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman have been indicted in Cuyahoga County "for devising a robocall scam that attempted to suppress voting in local minority neighborhoods," according to prosecutors. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O'Malley alleged in a news release that Burkman, 54, of Virginia, and Wohl, 22, of California, used the robocalls to intimidate...
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Monday joined federal, state and local law enforcement partners to announce the success of a statewide anti-human trafficking operation called Operation Autumn Hope. Yost reported that last week's operation rescued 154 victims of human trafficking and resulted in the arrests of 179 men for illegally soliciting sex and other related crimes. The operation was coordinated through...
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday night distanced himself from the Obama administration’s handling of undocumented people that led to the highest rate of deportations of any presidency and said he would act swiftly on immigration as president. During the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Biden admitted that the Obama administration made a mistake...
WASHINGTON — Asked during Thursday’s final presidential debate about why another round of economic relief hasn’t been approved to aid unemployed Americans and struggling local governments, President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, pointed fingers at opposite ends of the U.S. Capitol. Trump blamed House Democrats for the stalemate over another coronavirus stimulus bill, blasting the $3 trillion...
The Columbus Education Association says 3,400 educators found a "shocking" lack of COVID-19 preparation as students move to a hybrid learning model. In the survey conducted by the CEA, 70% of CCS educators said they don't think their building has "the appropriate facilities to promote hand-washing for all students," and 38% said they didn't believe their workspace had been cleaned...
A candidate for the Ohio Senate's 18th district filed a defamation complaint against her opponent in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas. Betsy Rader, the Democratic candidate in the race, accused challenger Jerry Cirino and the Ohio Republican Senate Campaign Committee of running attack ads on media outlets throughout the county claiming Rader defended bosses at a law firm against sexual harassment...
The Ohio Department of Health reported 2,039 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, breaking the state's previous single-day record of 1,840 reported Friday, Oct. 9. Data released Wednesday also show 1,041 Ohioans are currently hospitalized with the disease, just shy of the all-time high of 1,144, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. https://twitter.com/jake_zuckerman/status/1316442657703555072?s=20 Ohio has now has reported 173,665 total cases, and...
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley asked Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday whether she has made any promises to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as he sought to counter arguments from Democratic senators that she would unravel the landmark health care law. Barrett told the Iowa Republican that no one in the Trump administration has asked her...
WASHINGTON — A pair of Democrats on the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Monday called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a nationwide moratorium on drinking water shutoffs. The letter from Reps. Harley Rouda, D-Calif., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who lead the panel’s environmental subcommittee, urged CDC officials to follow up on the...
It's a new record. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said the 2020 General Election has already featured the most absentee ballots requested of any election in Ohio history. As of Oct. 2, a total of 2,154,235 absentee ballots had been requested in Ohio. That's nearly double how many were requested at this point in the 2016 presidential election cycle. Ohioans still have...
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