Politics & Gov

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ workers from job discrimination

BY: - June 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — In a landmark victory for LGBTQ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that employers can’t legally fire people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. In a 6-3 opinion, the court ruled that employers who fire individuals “merely for being gay or transgender” violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, […]

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Controlling Board OKs $3.2M for Ohio National Guard protest responses

BY: - June 15, 2020

Gov. DeWine had deployed Ohio National Guard to Cleveland, Columbus, D.C. Taxpayers will foot the multi-million dollar bill for the Ohio National Guard’s response to recent protests in Cleveland and Columbus. The total cost as approved by the Ohio Controlling Board on Monday comes to $3.2 million for the deployments beginning on May 30.  Gov. […]

After months of questions, Ohio Medicaid to start paying pharmacists for coronavirus testing

BY: - June 15, 2020

After months of questions and promises of transparency, officials with the Ohio Department of Medicaid on Monday told an obscure state committee when they’ll start reimbursing community pharmacies to test one of the state’s most vulnerable populations for coronavirus. To contend with shrinking state budgets, the department also floated the possibility of draconian cuts, including […]

Huge majorities of Ohioans support broad, convenient voting options

BY: - June 15, 2020

As the Ohio General Assembly considers how the November General Election will be conducted, Ohio voters are clear: They want many options to cast their votes and they want them made easy as possible. As primaries in Ohio, Georgia and elsewhere have demonstrated, conducting elections amid the coronavirus pandemic can be problematic. And even though […]

As coronavirus continues to hit Ohio, public health officials take the heat

BY: - June 15, 2020

For the second time during the pandemic, Delaware General Health District imposed a lockdown and called the police April 23. Commissioner Sheila Hiddleson, a nurse who has led health departments for 23 years, said one person said “I’m going to kill you” to one of her health department employees. “The other time, the person said, […]

Legislator: If schools don’t open this fall, “real chaos” will ensue

BY: - June 15, 2020

In arguing that schools should be able to reopen on their own terms in the fall, a Republican legislator said the state health director shouldn’t be a part of that decision. State Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, introduced a bill to the Senate Education Committee that would give authority to local school districts — public, private […]

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Lawmakers: Trump’s environmental rollbacks threaten minority communities

BY: - June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is suspending key environmental reviews during the pandemic that critics warn could further harm poor and minority neighborhoods around the country. Lawmakers and activists say the administration’s actions — meant to boost the lagging economy — could have disproportionate effects on minority communities that live near pipeline and power projects. […]

Ohio faces second year with no executions

BY: - June 12, 2020

When Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week delayed three more executions into 2022 and 2023, it meant that 2020 would be the second consecutive year in which the Buckeye State had engaged in no judicial killings. The delays raise the question: Will the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility ever be used again […]

Woman disqualified in cross country for wearing hijab asks for religious expression legislation

BY: - June 12, 2020

Noor Abukaram was 16 when she became fearful of the consequences of her hijab at her cross country meets. After running a personal best in a hijab designed by Nike meant to be used during sports, Sylvania resident Abukaram found out she had been disqualified because of what was considered a uniform violation.  Her mother […]

Amid other challenges, Medicaid department conducting massive overhaul

BY: - June 11, 2020

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is working on a complete revamp of the lion’s share of the $27 billion program amid complaints that it hasn’t made much progress on much smaller tasks. The department is working to “reprocure” the services of the managed-care companies that represent more than 90% of Ohioans receiving benefits from Medicaid […]

George Floyd’s brother: ‘Make sure that he is more than another face on a t-shirt’

BY: - June 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — George Floyd’s younger brother, Philonise Floyd, pleaded with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to ensure that his brother didn’t die in vain.  “I can’t tell you the kind of pain you feel when you watch something like that. When you watch your big brother, who you looked up to your whole entire life […]

Student religious liberty bill passes Senate, heads back to House with COVID-19 amendments

BY: - June 11, 2020

Update 6/11/20 The Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 164 with all the amendments added in the Senate. A bill originally introduced to expand student religious expression in schools was unanimously passed Wednesday by the Ohio Senate with numerous COVID-19-related amendments impacting schools next fall.  The bill was considered twice this week in the Senate […]