Politics & Gov

For one drug at least, biggest insurers force Medicare patients to buy the most expensive

BY: - December 7, 2021

In theory, the point of managed care is to save money by negotiating with providers for lower prices. So it would seem that the biggest managed-care providers would use their clout to negotiate the lowest prices from doctors and hospitals and for medicine. But for at least one drug, the largest Medicare managed-care companies are […]

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 […]

No permit, no problem: More states allow residents to carry a hidden gun

BY: - December 7, 2021

By Matt Vasilogambros, Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts Six more states no longer require residents to hold a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Arkansas, Iowa, Montana, Tennessee, Texas and Utah this year enacted what gun rights advocates often refer to as “constitutional carry” measures. A legislative priority for groups such as […]

Ohio lawmakers hire lawyers who defended ‘largest racial gerrymanders ever encountered’

BY: - December 6, 2021

Defending themselves against accusations of gerrymandering, the Ohio House speaker and Senate president hired a team of lawyers with a history defending North Carolina against what a federal court called one of the “largest racial gerrymanders ever encountered.” A spate of special interest and voter advocacy groups have filed four lawsuits alleging that Ohio officials produced […]

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 […]

Women would sign up for the military draft under defense bill in Congress

BY: - December 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — As the Senate works to finalize a major annual defense measure, there is a bipartisan push to include a requirement that all young Americans — including women — for the first time register for the military draft. The $777.9 billion measure, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, also would allocate millions to cleaning […]

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 […]

Cranley calls for lottery commission oversight of sports betting

BY: - December 3, 2021

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful John Cranley is calling on state lawmakers to abandon a sports betting measure that has already passed the Senate, and instead establish sports gaming under the Ohio Lottery Commission’s existing authority. Cranley argues that approach would avoid a lengthy court battle and make more funding available for public schools. The Cincinnati mayor […]

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 […]

Struggle between large, small growers takes center stage in marijuana reform measure

BY: - December 1, 2021

A Senate measure that would expand significantly the state’s medical marijuana system for businesses and patients got its second committee hearing Tuesday. The proposal is beginning to move as a different and more expansive recreational measure gathers signatures for next year’s ballot. It’s been five years since state lawmakers approved Ohio’s current medical marijuana framework, […]

Supreme Court sets redistricting lawsuit schedule

BY: - December 1, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court has released the schedule for court filings in the congressional redistricting lawsuit, potentially alleviating some timeline pressures for elections slated for next year. Though the court has not scheduled oral arguments in the case, a ruling filed by the court says discovery — the collection of evidence in the case — […]