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Lawyers, law firms pony up donations in Ohio Supreme Court races

BY: - February 12, 2020

The candidates vying for two Ohio Supreme Court justice positions are seeing their cases bolstered by deep support from the legal profession.  Hundreds of private law firms and individual attorneys are putting their best feet forward in supporting the four candidates with campaign contributions, a review of campaign finance records by the Capital Journal has […]

Lawmakers want to anchor down income tax rate, but worries loom over bond ratings

BY: - February 12, 2020

Ohio Senate Republicans want to anchor down the nearly 40-year low on the state’s income tax rate, though worry has settled in over blowback from credit agencies. Senate Joint Resolution 3, if approved by a supermajority of lawmakers and a majority of voters during the 2020 election, would amend the state Constitution to require supermajority […]

Supporters: Student religious liberty bill protects all students

BY: - February 12, 2020

Supporters of a bill to further “clarify” students’ rights to exercise their faith said Tuesday that the bill is a protection for those of any faith or no faith at all. House Bill 164 has been under scrutiny since it was introduced, and the criticism by education officials and the ACLU continued after it was […]

Dem wants drivers to keep their eyes on the road

BY: - February 12, 2020

It wasn’t that long ago, Rep. Mary Lightbody pointed out to her colleagues, that cell phones had one basic use ⁠— for calling people. The Westerville Democrat showed them her old flip phone for emphasis. No apps, no autocorrect, just phone calls and a T9 texting service about as convenient as using carrier pigeons. Things […]

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The fiscal cost of Ohio’s death penalty

BY: - February 12, 2020

In the spring of 2015, I was living in Omaha, Nebraska, and my friends and I, being the political junkies we are, were all watching as the Nebraska legislature voted one by one to override the governor’s veto to end the use of the death penalty in the state. It wasn’t the problem of potential […]

Lightbody introduces bill to ban conversion therapy

BY: - February 11, 2020

A Democratic Ohio state representative has introduced legislation that would ban the use of conversion therapy for treating minors, a press release said Tuesday. The process of conversion therapy is considered emotionally traumatic and has been linked to higher rates of suicide and depression, according to the American Psychological Association.  State Rep. Mary Lightbody, D-Westerville, […]

Farmers bullish on hemp, Dayton locals winning Oscars, and the costs of Rx drugs

BY: - February 11, 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: Hemp dreams. Mahoning Matters is reporting, “Ohio farmers cautiously optimistic about hemp industry.” “Ohio’s farmers […]

Trump’s budget would cut Lordstown loan program

BY: - February 11, 2020

The effort to transform the Lordstown Assembly plant into a new home for electric vehicle production is seen by many as helping to revitalize an entire region.  To the Trump administration, that effort is “costly” and “wasteful” for the federal government to meddle with. President Trump released a budget proposal on Monday for Fiscal Year […]

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Ohio House and Senate still in conflict on vouchers, conference committees scheduled

BY: - February 11, 2020

With the Ohio Senate still planning to reject an overhaul to the Educational Choice Scholarship program, a renewed push for a revised but still intact EdChoice has begun. After the Senate was left without a bill to vote on last week because of administrative and technical issues, the fate of Senate Bill 89 is still […]

Homeless advocate takes Akron’s ‘tent city’ rejection to Ohio Supreme Court

BY: - February 11, 2020

An Akron man is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to intervene in the city’s refusal to allow him to host an encampment for homeless people in his own backyard. Sage Lewis, who runs The Homeless Charity and Village, filed his appeal last week seeking to challenge Akron officials’ refusals to allow him to harbor the […]

COMMENTARY

Real pay data show Trump’s ‘blue collar boom’ is more of a bust for US workers, in 3 charts

BY: - February 11, 2020

If you thought workers’ hourly pay was finally rising, think again. At first glance, the latest data – which came out on Feb. 7 – look pretty good. They show nominal hourly earnings rose 3.1% in January from a year earlier. But the operative word here is nominal, which means not adjusted for changes in […]

Native American women are missing and murdered. Will the federal government act?

BY: - February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny August afternoon in 2017. She had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., where she had been asked to help with a sewing project.  She never went home.  […]