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Forget Washington, the real shows to watch in 2022 are the elections here in Ohio

BY: - January 25, 2022

Grab your popcorn. The show could be good. It’s getting to the point where, like a compelling Netflix series, you might have to stick around to see how it ends. Can’t say the same about the stale story line in Washington that we follow as a form of self-torture. No, the real drama worth pulling […]

What’s at stake for families as the monthly child tax credit payment ends?

BY: - January 24, 2022

As we start the new year, parents are planning for the future and working hard to provide their kids a great quality of life. They’re facing challenges head on, including a surging pandemic, school closures and at-home schooling, and fewer affordable child care options. No child should go to bed hungry, and no parent should […]

Kyrsten Sinema is gambling that her filibuster vote will help her win again in 2024

BY: - January 23, 2022

The furious Democrats who revile Kyrsten Sinema don’t know her very well. She may not have single-handedly derailed President Joe Biden’s presidency by ensuring that none of his ambitious legislative agenda ever reaches his desk, but Arizona’s senior senator certainly has become the face of the Democrats’ circular firing squad. And her highly choreographed speech […]

This could be the last anniversary of Roe – let’s make sure it doesn’t matter

BY: - January 22, 2022

Almost 49 years ago today, the constitutional right to abortion became the law of the land. This monumental decision decriminalized essential health care and prevented many people from dying from unsafe, illegal procedures. Since then, Roe has become fundamental to the health, freedoms, wellbeing, and bodily autonomy of all people of reproductive age in this country. […]

The charter school and voucher wars continue: A tale of two cities, or maybe three

BY: - January 21, 2022

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,” Charles Dickens famously wrote. But if a latter-day Dickens were writing today, the tale might be about foolishness and not wisdom in the misuse of public funds. And the setting would […]

Is meeting all criteria while drawing fair and constitutional maps impossible? Hardly

BY: - January 20, 2022

In order for redistricting maps to pass Ohio Constitution muster, multiple criteria are in play. In addition to federal requirements under the Voting Rights Act, the state constitution as amended by voters in 2015 and 2018 requires state legislative and U.S. congressional district maps be compact, contiguous, competitive, preserve a certain number of whole counties, […]

Ohio’s cash bail rules create imbalance in equity and justice

BY: - January 19, 2022

‘Innocent until proven guilty’ is one the central tenets of this country’s legal and criminal justice systems, but this isn’t the reality for everyone. Two-thirds of the jail population, and a quarter of the incarcerated population, in the U.S. are pretrial detainees, or people who haven’t been convicted of a crime. The high number of […]

Abject sycophant Jim Jordan can’t lie his way out of Jan. 6 role

BY: - January 18, 2022

Jim Jordan is a bad liar. The Ohio congressman can’t pull off deceit like the Dear Leader of the MAGA cult. The diminutive Jordan is wont to stammer, backtrack, draw a blank, deny, admit, or squirm like a trapped weasel. Not a good look for Ohio’s 4th U.S. Congressional District Republican who fancies himself a […]

Remembering Martin Luther King: 5 things learned curating the MLK Collection at Morehouse College

BY: - January 17, 2022

For the past 11 years, civil rights historian Vicki Crawford has worked as the director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, where she oversees the archive consisting of iconic sermons, speeches, writings and other materials belonging to King. Few archives of historical papers compare with the importance of the Morehouse King Collection. […]

About the GOP’s historical amnesia on voting rights

BY: - January 14, 2022

If you get into an argument with a Republican about the GOP’s lamentable support for voting rights and its fractured relationship with Black Americans, it won’t be long before your rhetorical sparring partner bellows “Robert Byrd” at you and declares the argument over. The logic here, if it even can be called that, is that […]

Supreme Court dissenting justices on redistricting mock Ohioans’ rights to judicial review

BY: - January 13, 2022

The argument of the three Republican supreme court justices dissenting against the anti-gerrymandering opinion issued by the court 4-3 Wednesday appears to be: Republican politicians are allowed to rig the game in their favor against the wishes of Ohio voters and in violation of the Ohio Constitution, and the Ohio Supreme Court has no authority […]

How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

BY: - January 13, 2022

By Anthony Siracusa, University of Colorado Boulder On July 2, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. stood behind President Lyndon Baines Johnson as the Texan signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although not the first civil rights bill passed by Congress, it was the most comprehensive. King called the law’s passage “a great […]