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A Republic, if we can keep it: Now is not the time for despair, but renewed and relentless action

BY: - June 30, 2022

Most of us have heard the tale: As Benjamin Franklin walked out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention in 1787, someone shouted out, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” Franklin is said to have responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” This Independence Day, many Americans feel betrayed and […]

Fifty years in, death penalty still unworkable, group says

BY: - June 29, 2022

If there’s a way to make the death penalty nonarbitrary and nondiscriminatory, the United States hasn’t found it, a group that studies capital punishment said in a report released Tuesday. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Furman v Georgia. It effectively put the death penalty on hold after the court […]

Ohio Attorney General Yost files for 6-week abortion ban as Roe is overturned

BY: and - June 24, 2022

As Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed court motions to enact Ohio’s six-week abortion ban, a motley bunch of protesters gathered near the Ohio Statehouse on Friday in a tiny sliver of shade cast by the William McKinley statue. They held signs declaring “abortion is healthcare” or “abortion is a human right.” Another read “our […]

Ohio abortion bans on the way following death of Roe

BY: - June 24, 2022

Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ohio legislature is set up to move forward with abortion bans in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday morning that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate […]

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Our new Republican activist U.S. Supreme Court is assaulting the separation of church and state

BY: - June 23, 2022

American politicians fear-mongering over moral and religious decline, and advocating for state sponsorship of religion, is as old as the founding of the Republic. The key original battle took place in Virginia between “Give me liberty, or give me death,” Patrick Henry, an astute political opportunist who opposed the U.S. Constitution, and the “Father of […]

Deadline for new redistricting plan comes without action

BY: - June 3, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court gave the Ohio Redistricting Commission until Friday to adopt a new legislative plan for the sixth time. No meetings were scheduled, and no maps have been seen or publicly announced. As of Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for the House Republicans said “nothing has been decided.” Commission rules state that 24-hours notice […]

Commission recommends new names for 9 Army bases to end ties to Confederacy

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The group in charge of renaming military installations that have continued to honor Confederates released its recommendations for nine bases on Tuesday. The Naming Commission, created by Congress in a defense authorization bill, is set to give its final report to the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services committees before Oct. 1, though […]

Congress explores creation of truth commission for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

BY: - May 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Survivors of a U.S. policy that forced Indigenous children to attend boarding schools where they were abused, or went missing, detailed to members of a U.S. House Natural Resources panel during a Thursday hearing the need for Congress to establish a truth commission dedicated to unveiling the traumas Indigenous children experienced at the […]

Redistricting Commission: Leave unconstitutional maps for 2022 election

BY: - May 10, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission is asking the state supreme court to rule on a legislative plan previously deemed unconstitutional only after it has been used for the 2022 general election. Those that agreed to resubmit a February version of the legislative redistricting plan treated the new/old plan as a “stop-gap” measure in arguments against objections […]

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 […]

What the Founders meant by ‘virtue,’ and how it could save our politics now

BY: - May 5, 2022

Writing in his diary in the spring of 1759, John Adams mused aloud on the images that were likely to run through his head as he found himself lapsing into a thoughtful mood. “In such silent scenes, as riding or walking thro the Woods or sitting alone in my Chamber, or lying awake in my Bed, my Thoughts […]

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 […]