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U.S. House passes legislation to crack down on voter suppression

BY: - December 7, 2019

The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.  The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of 228-187, with just one Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — breaking party ranks to vote for the […]

Happy holidays, don’t get scammed

BY: - December 6, 2019

It’s the holiday season, which means the spirit of giving is high, but it also means that there are those among us who would seek to prey on that charity and generosity by scamming people. In a news release called, “How the Grinch Stole Your Donation,” the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is offering tips and […]

Bipartisan state senators working to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence

BY: - December 6, 2019

Just before Thanksgiving this year, Logan resident Natalie Nutter filed for divorce from her husband, Kevin. Weeks prior, Kevin Nutter, also of Logan, pleaded guilty to violating a protection order Natalie had filed against him, which she’d received after he’d made threats against her and her family. In exchange for his guilty plea, Kevin Nutter […]

Improvements coming to Ohio’s state parks in 2020

BY: - December 6, 2019

Better customer service, improved signage and more frequent naturalist programming.  Those are among the numerous suggestions on how to reform Ohio’s state parks system. These ideas were developed by a task force of nature experts and educators. They spent the summer of 2019 traveling to many of the 75 state parks to evaluate them for […]

Trump rule could end food stamp access for thousands in Ohio

BY: - December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration this week finalized a regulation that’s expected to knock nearly 10,000 — or perhaps as many as 45,000 — Ohioans off food stamp benefits. It’s one of three controversial policies the administration is pursuing that aim to limit eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  The numbers are complicated, […]

Dayton shooting, universal background checks brought up in gun reform bill hearing

BY: - December 5, 2019

Supporters of gun reform measures proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine said the legislation would be an important first step in curbing gun violence, but wouldn’t agree that universal background checks were a better solution. The Committee for Government Oversight and Reform met Wednesday to hear proponent testimony as they review Senate Bill 221, which proposes […]

GM, LG Chem to build new Lordstown plant, create 1,100 jobs

BY: - December 5, 2019

A partnership with General Motors and South Korean company LG Chem will lead to a new factory for electric vehicle batteries and reportedly create 1,100 jobs in Lordstown, Ohio. The facility will be located “in the Lordstown area,” GM announced on Thursday, the site of a former assembly plant that GM closed earlier this year. […]

Ohio Senate Chambers

Supporters of ‘Duty to Retreat Act’ testify before Senate committee

BY: - December 5, 2019

A committee of state senators took another look Tuesday at a proposed change to the self-defense law that would eliminate the legal requirement for a person to try to escape an aggressor before fighting back with deadly force. Members of Ohioans for Concealed Carry and Ohio Gun Owners testified in support of Senate Bill 237, […]

Ohio Republicans emerge as top Trump defenders on impeachment

BY: - December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — Ohio Republicans helped lead the defense of President Donald Trump on Wednesday as U.S. House Democrats laid out their framework for articles of impeachment.  As the House Judiciary Committee held its first official impeachment hearing on Wednesday, Ohio Reps. Steve Chabot and Jim Jordan accused Democrats of plowing ahead with an unfair, partisan […]

Thaddeus Stevens and John A. Bingham before the Senate, arguing the case of President Andrew Johnson's impeachment.

Ohio Republican congressman once tried to oust a president who played ‘king of the people’

BY: - December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — A president was on trial. Unpopular with leaders in Congress since the day he was elected, he made a firing decision that became the final straw. And a congressman from Ohio was left to argue the case for his impeachment. It was 1868. The first president to face impeachment in the United States […]

Catching our eye 12.4.19

BY: - December 4, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. We will publish this section in The Rundown as well. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching our eye: Out of darkness comes […]

COMMENTARY

Welcome to the Ohio Capital Journal, reporting for the people

BY: - December 3, 2019

We live in a world of uncertainty. Some of that uncertainty stems from the human condition, the nature of existence and the nature of civilization. Some of it is intentionally manufactured by those acting in bad faith to further personal and professional ambitions, or to cover up corruption and wrongdoing. The role and responsibility of […]