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New federal Medicaid waiver is not healthy for Ohio

BY: - February 3, 2020

Last Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the deceptively named Healthy Adult Opportunity waiver to allow states to receive Medicaid funding as either an annual aggregate cap (block grant) or per capita cap program instead of continuing to pay states the federal share of Medicaid expenses.  The waiver applies to parts […]

House pushes back EdChoice application date, sends amendment back to Senate

BY: - January 31, 2020

It was the Ohio House of Representatives’ turn to work late into the night on a proposal to rework the state’s private school voucher program Thursday. After a long day of debate, the House decided to opt for more time. State representatives convened at about 9 p.m. to pass an amendment to Senate Bill 120, […]

Utility’s corporate secretary among finalists for PUCO regulator spot

BY: - January 31, 2020

The leading candidates for an influential public utilities commissioner spot appear to be an incumbent who once worked for a utility company and a challenger who does right now.  Two others under consideration include a renewable energy project consultant who believes he is a “token Democrat” finalist, and a government finance manager whose application concedes […]

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Ohio House committee considers easing ‘duty to retreat’ laws

BY: - January 31, 2020

A House committee began review Thursday of legislation to expand legal protections for people who threaten, maim or kill someone believed to have been posing a lethal threat to them. Current law says Ohioans have no “duty to retreat” if someone breaks into their home or vehicle before acting in self-defense. House Bill 381, if […]

Climate takes center stage in massive federal infrastructure plan

BY: and - January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON  — U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country.  A central theme throughout their plan: combating climate change.  The framework unveiled by Democrats on Wednesday prioritizes slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector while also boosting resiliency in the face of […]

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Sen. Portman, stand up for our Constitution. It matters.

BY: - January 31, 2020

Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman voted 11 times on Jan. 21 and 22 to block witnesses and evidence in the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump. In doing so, he demonstrated a shocking disregard for the future of our system of constitutional government. On Jan. 29, he expressed concern that calling witnesses would prevent the […]

Jobs in Ohio cities, free speech on college campuses, and History Thursday on impeachment

BY: - January 30, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: History Thursday. Did you know that Steubenville’s Edwin Stanton, Lancaster’s William Tecumseh Sherman, […]

‘It’s not fine.’ Black mothers and babies are dying in Ohio.

BY: - January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — Black mothers and babies are dying at staggering rates in Ohio and around the country.   The national statistics are alarming: black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. American Indian women are also more than […]

Dem House candidate takes ballot fight to state Supreme Court

BY: - January 30, 2020

A Franklin County Democrat is asking the state Supreme Court to override the Franklin County Board of Elections’ refusal to place her on the party’s primary ballot. To appear on the ballot for the 25th House District, Tiffany White needed 50 valid signatures on her nominating petition. She submitted 89 in December. The Franklin County […]

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A brief history of impeachment in America

BY: - January 30, 2020

Three American presidents have been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives through our history; all have been acquitted by the U.S. Senate. They are Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and (likely to be acquitted) Donald Trump. A fourth, Richard M. Nixon, faced articles of impeachment, but resigned from office after they were approved by committee […]

Bill to crack down on ‘critical infrastructure’ protesters advanced by House committee

BY: - January 29, 2020

Through a gauntlet of protesters the members of the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee walked, hearing pleas, rebukes and near the line’s end one more question. “Why? Why vote for this?” They exited the hearing room with a majority having voted to send Senate Bill 33 to a full House vote. Dozens of protesters were […]

Sherrod Brown pushes for action on bill that would tackle toxic chemicals in drinking water

BY: - January 29, 2020

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for U.S. Senate action on House-passed legislation that would would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. Brown’s call follows reports last week of PFAS chemicals found in Ohioans’ drinking water. “Ohio parents should not have […]