Civil Rights

Federal suit challenges abortion ban in Ohio city

BY: - May 11, 2022

The National Association of Social Workers and a pro-abortion rights organization in Ohio are going to federal court to attempt to get a city-level abortion ban thrown out. The ACLU of Ohio, along with D.C.-based firm Democracy Forward, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Western Division on […]

Dems flip abortion fight, seek to legalize abortion in Ohio

BY: - May 11, 2022

Ohio House legislators say they intend to flip the legislative narrative in the state, pushing for a state constitutional amendment legalizing abortion in opposition to the many bans being considered. State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, and Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, face a hard fight to get the measure through a General Assembly currently encompassed by […]

Ohio’s fight for LGBTQ+ protections

BY: - May 10, 2022

When state Sen. Nickie Antonio was first elected as the first openly gay person to serve in Ohio’s General Assembly, her intention was to be the first but certainly not the last. Serving as a state representative in the Ohio House for eight years before being elected to the senate in 2018, Antonio says she […]

Experts: Whaley might actually have a shot in November

BY: - May 5, 2022

Anybody who’s been around Ohio politics for a minute knows this: It’s not the best use of your money to bet it against Mike DeWine. Since 1976, he’s been winning elections in the Buckeye State — first as Greene County Prosecutor, then in 1980 to the state Senate, then in 1982 to the U.S. House […]

U.S. Senate to try again on abortion rights after bombshell disclosure of draft opinion

BY: - May 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday pledged a new vote codifying the right to an abortion after publication of a draft court ruling that showed the Supreme Court on track to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Democrats, who likely won’t have the votes to advance that bill, also predicted that abortion […]

Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The ‘right to choose is fundamental’

BY: - May 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirmed the court is planning to overturn access to abortion. “I believe that a woman’s right […]

Florida gave voting rights to people with felony convictions. Now some face charges for voting.

BY: - May 2, 2022

Florida authorities arrested a Black man while he was staying in a homeless shelter and charged him with voting illegally in a case tied to Republicans’ drive to root out election fraud. But Kelvin Bolton’s arrest raises questions about the rollout of Amendment 4, passed by Florida voters in 2018 to restore voting rights to […]

Ohio bill would ban abortion without rape exemption

BY: - April 29, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   A proposed law would completely criminalize abortion without exemptions for rape […]

U.S. House panel looks into disinformation targeted at communities of color

BY: - April 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — Experts tracking disinformation efforts online detailed to lawmakers on a U.S. House Administration panel Thursday how communities of color are targets for those disinformation campaigns. Democrats on the Subcommittee on Elections expressed their concern about how communities of color are the subject of election and COVID-19 misinformation through various social media platforms such […]

Justice DeWine may have a conflict, but he calls his colleagues “rogue”

BY: - April 28, 2022

In a case that might be seen as throwing stones from a glass house, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine earlier this month tore into four of his colleagues when he wrote a dissenting opinion. “With each iteration of these cases, it becomes more evident that a rogue majority is simply exercising raw political power,” […]

Congress expands Brown v. Board of Education historic site beyond Kansas

BY: - April 28, 2022

The U.S. House cleared a bill Tuesday that would expand the Kansas site honoring the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning school segregation, adding National Park Service sites in other states to commemorate their roles in the decision as well. The bill would designate sites related to school desegregation cases in Virginia, Delaware, South Carolina and the District […]

LaRose says Dems might wreck election integrity, touts Trump, who’s suspected of election fraud

BY: - April 27, 2022

Ohio’s top elections official on Sunday tweeted that if Democrats win in Ohio they might undermine secure elections. Then he boasted of an endorsement from someone who is himself under investigation for possible election fraud. It might demonstrate the needle Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is trying to thread as he runs on a […]