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In 1912, Ohio voters asserted their democratic authority. Now Ohio Republicans want to rip it away

BY: - December 1, 2022

Ohio Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose and state Rep. Brian Stewart have launched a frontal assault on voters’ ability to amend our state constitution, putting their knives at the neck of 110 years of citizen-led democratic progress in the Buckeye State. Thinking that Ohioans are stupid and gullible enough to relinquish our democratic powers […]

Experts: Trauma builds, ending for some at death row

BY: - November 18, 2022

Invariably, the crimes over which people land on death row are soaked in trauma, often consisting of the most violent deaths suffered by sympathetic victims. But it’s also often the case that those accused of perpetrating them have traumatic histories of their own. On Thursday, a pair of experts told a group of defense attorneys […]

Columbus engages Central Ohio residents in the zoning code update with new exhibit

BY: - November 18, 2022

The city of Columbus has announced plans to go back to the drawing board with new updates to the city’s zoning map after 70 years. City partners and officials attribute the long wait to bureaucracy and systemic racism and hope to involve the community in the process. In a presentation on Nov.10, the City of […]

“Special paper.” Ohio Auditor floats theory of election fraud

BY: - October 20, 2022

Ohio Auditor Keith Faber last Tuesday told members of the Westerville Tea Party that it was unlikely that widespread fraud occurs in Ohio elections. But that didn’t stop him from holding out a sinister possibility: that the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections might be diverting special voting-machine paper to other states where unscrupulous elements might […]

Despite reports of harm, DeWine refuses comment on abortion ban law

BY: - October 19, 2022

With Gov. Mike DeWine’s blessing, Ohio is in court, fighting to reimpose strict abortion regulations under a law he signed in 2019. But he’s refusing to publicly comment on the numerous stories of suffering it caused during the 11 weeks it was enforced. The law DeWine signed, Senate Bill 23, bans abortion after fetal cardiac […]

Analysis: Theory vs. reality. The Dobbs ruling and women’s health

BY: - October 17, 2022

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned abortion protections in Roe v Wade, the majority wrote that it’s up to the states to decide whether to allow abortions, restrict them or to ban them altogether. In other words, the six justices were saying that the U.S. Constitution gives no more protections to people who […]

U.S. Supreme Court to consider case that could radically reshape the country’s elections

BY: - October 17, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court could soon grant state legislatures unconditional control over federal elections, clearing the way for lawmakers to gerrymander their states with impunity and pass voter restriction measures without interference from state courts. The high-stakes election case, Moore v. Harper, comes out of North Carolina after its Republican-controlled legislature passed in November 2021 a gerrymandered […]

World Food Day is Sunday and Ohio will be a focal point

BY: - October 12, 2022

One of the most celebrated holidays on the United Nations' calendar is Sunday, when more than 150 nations will celebrate World Food Day. And Ohio State will host North America's official session. Former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and Jocelyn Brown Hall, director of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization for North America, will be among the speakers.

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Tecumseh and the war for the Northwest Territory

BY: - October 6, 2022

Yesterday was the 209th anniversary of the killing in battle of Ohio Shawnee chief Tecumseh, born near Chillicothe in 1768. His efforts to build a permanent territory for a confederacy of Indigenous American tribes, bordered by the Great Lakes in the north, the Ohio River in the east and south, and the Mississippi River in […]

Antitrust regulator takes aim at drug middlemen

BY: - September 30, 2022

The newest member of the Federal Trade Commission last week said that for decades his agency hasn’t served the historical mission of the agency — fairness. And in decrying the rise of megacorporations that dominate vast ranges of services in some economic sectors, he cited pharmacy middlemen as exhibit A. Alvaro Bedoya in May was […]

State constitutions have played second fiddle since the Civil War. Justice DeWine says that’s bad

BY: - September 19, 2022

In a speech last Tuesday, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine said that since the Civil War, state constitutions “too often” have become “secondary.”  In the same speech, he highlighted that due-process protections in the Ohio Constitution are different from those in the federal 14th Amendment, which was passed in the wake of the Civil […]

Ohio chief justice: ‘We do not have a Constitution that will end gerrymandering’

BY: - September 16, 2022

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said she plans to become a part of the anti-gerrymandering effort once she leaves office at the end of the year. In committing to her next steps after the her term-limited time as the head of the state’s highest court, she also acknowledge the failures that happened in […]