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Eight days before primaries, coronavirus detection in Ohio shake up voting plans, rallies

BY: - March 10, 2020

A week out from primary voting, state officials are planning to relocate about 75 polling locations from nursing homes and schools to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio. The announcement came shortly after three Ohioans from Cuyahoga County were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.  Along with declaring a formal state of emergency, Gov. Mike […]

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Trump the performer, and his inadequacy to the moment

BY: - March 10, 2020

The thought began with some armchair political speculation a few weeks back: President Trump was putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the administration’s coronavirus efforts. I had just recently mentioned in a column an awful HIV outbreak in Indiana that occurred under Pence’s watch, his response to which did not help matters. Politico […]

House Dems ask DeWine to create temporary paid sick leave due to coronavirus

BY: - March 9, 2020

House Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine Monday urging him to consider creating a temporary paid sick leave program to lessen the impact a coronavirus outbreak would have on the state. “We appreciate that the Ohio Department of Health is asking employers to be flexible with their sick leave policies and allowing […]

‘They’re just going uninsured:’ How the youngest Ohioans are losing health coverage

BY: - March 9, 2020

The rate of young children in Ohio without health insurance is surging. Health care professionals attribute the rise in children under six years old without coverage to a hot economy shrinking Medicaid rolls to technical errors in an already complex Medicaid system.  Whatever the case, the trend reverses years of steady decline in the rate […]

2020 Dem nomination contest comes to Ohio this week

BY: - March 9, 2020

With two frontrunners remaining, the Democratic presidential primary is at last turning its attention to Ohio. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have announced plans to campaign in Ohio on Tuesday. Both candidates will host events in Cleveland, with Biden also making a stop in Columbus.  Six states vote on Tuesday, with the most delegates being […]

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, votes no on impeachment

Dems hope one of these women can oust longtime GOP Rep. Steve Chabot

BY: - March 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — For Democratic voters in and around Cincinnati, this month’s primary contest in the state’s 1st Congressional District may seem like a choice between political twins.  On the ballot: two suburban moms with similar policy positions who are staking their campaigns on health care reform — an issue that motivated both to enter the […]

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Ohio’s punitive approach to debt collection a roadblock for students

BY: - March 9, 2020

Everyone benefits when students can pursue training and education beyond high school. Post-secondary education helps people become more engaged in their communities and get higher-paying jobs. Wisely, Ohio policymakers set an ambitious goal that by 2025, 65% of our state’s adult population will have a college degree, certificate or credential.  But Ohio law works against […]

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Mother: Pols should focus on helping children with Down syndrome, not abortion bans

BY: - March 7, 2020

My name is Emily Chesnut and I am a mother of a child with Down syndrome, her name is Nora and she recently turned 9. I write this to on behalf of my family and many friends who also love someone with Down syndrome.  I am especially thankful to Dr. Leesha Thrower, a dear friend […]

With voter expansion referendum in pieces, ACLU asks Supreme Court to step in

BY: - March 6, 2020

A political group asked the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse the state Ballot Board’s decision to dissect its referendum into four separate parts. The proposed referendum would have allowed for automatic voter registration, Election Day registration, and other provisions.  Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections, an offshoot of the ACLU of Ohio, submitted […]

Push for death penalty elimination continues with upcoming legislation

BY: - March 6, 2020

Current and former legislators, religious leaders and advocacy groups came together Wednesday to announce an upcoming bill to eliminate the death penalty in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, brought the groups together to promote the concept of life without parole being the highest criminal punishment in the state. The legislator has introduced a bill […]

Political rallies in the coronavirus era? Ohio health officials aren’t worried

BY: - March 6, 2020

A presidential primary and a novel coronavirus are raging concurrently in the United States, but public health officials said Thursday they’re not concerned about the possible spread of the virus through the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds of campaign rallies. While Gov. Mike DeWine and Public Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued a formal order to mostly prohibit […]

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You Said It, Week of March 2-6

BY: - March 6, 2020

Reader opinions from the week of March 2-6: Ohio Senate passes telemedicine abortion ban Timothy Close: “The obsession with guns and abortions continues unabated. The decay of the bourgeois political systems for all to see.” Trump EPA chief to Congress: Cut my funding Liz Henwood: “Might as well cut funding. EPA is not enforcing rules, […]