Roberts joins Supreme Court’s four liberal judges in striking down Louisiana abortion law

BY: - June 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — In a major victory for reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a controversial Louisiana law that critics said would have severely limited access to abortion in Louisiana and opened the door to further abortion limitations around the country. Enacted in 2014 by the Louisiana state Legislature, the law would have required physicians […]

State senators introduce bill to make Juneteenth a paid holiday in Ohio

BY: - June 29, 2020

Will Ohio become the second state in America to make Juneteeth a paid holiday? That’s the hope of two bipartisan state senators who introduced Senate Bill 334 on Monday to make that happen. They are state Sens. Hearcel Craig, D-Columbus, and Andrew Brenner, R-Powell. Craig and Powell are joined by 12 other state senators, including […]

Catching Our Eye: Black history, Black trans pride, and COVID-19 epicenters

BY: - June 29, 2020

Black history. The Sandusky Register’s Caitlin Nearhood is reporting, “Black history not properly taught to Ohio students.” “Important parts of American history appear to be whitewashed in Ohio’s current history curriculum. “In recent weeks, events like Juneteenth, the Tulsa Massacre and Black Wall Street have gained notoriety amid racial injustice protests in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. […]

Despite promises, Medicaid still not paying pharmacists to test for coronavirus

BY: - June 29, 2020

As cases of coronavirus spiked alarmingly at the end of last week, a promised program by the Ohio Department of Medicaid to allow pharmacies to test patients was mired in confusion. On Friday, 987 new cases of the virus were reported in the Buckeye State, a 90% increase over the 21-day average. There was an […]

At a county fair amid COVID-19, distancing by keeping ‘one cow apart’

BY: - June 29, 2020

A statue of a large steer greets visitors to the Pickaway County Fairgrounds, and this year, signs with cows on them could be seen at the entrance of each animal barn. The signs read: “Maintain social distancing. Keep one cow apart. Protect against infection.” Reminders of the coronavirus pandemic were everywhere at the first county […]

Education officials: Schools need consistency in reopen

BY: - June 29, 2020

Officials and superintendents said local control is a good thing for Ohio school districts, but consistency and guidance from the state is necessary in a global pandemic. Opponents and interested parties testified in a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee regarding Senate Bill 320, which seeks to give full authority for school reopenings to […]

3 Republicans join House Democrats in passing sweeping police reform

BY: - June 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a sweeping police reform package Thursday night in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality. The package cleared the chamber largely along partisan lines, with 236 lawmakers (mostly Democrats) voting for it and 181 lawmakers (180 Republicans and one Independent) voting against it. Three Republicans sided with Democrats […]

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Fellow Republicans put DeWine in a bind on coronavirus

BY: - June 26, 2020

With coronavirus cases spiking in Ohio and across the country, Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday found himself in the awkward position of urging Ohioans to wear masks while refusing to comment on his fellow Republicans’ refusal to do so. The governor opened his press conference with the grim news that there were 892 new coronavirus […]

A Statehouse staffer got COVID-19. Secrecy reigned, senators say.

BY: - June 26, 2020

When a state Senate staffer tested positive for COVID-19 early this week, bipartisan leadership found a rare moment of agreement: Mum is the word. A spokesman for the GOP Senate President refused to answer questions when rumors of the positive test leaked out. A spokeswoman for the Democratic Minority Leader deferred comment to Republican leadership. […]

Portman won’t commit to attending convention; wants Ohio back to work

BY: - June 26, 2020

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is committed to getting President Donald Trump reelected, having been recently named a “co-captain” to the Trump Victory Finance Committee.  But don’t necessarily count on Portman to attend a convention or rally in Trump’s favor anytime soon, with health concerns about mass gatherings during the pandemic on the senator’s mind.  Speaking […]

Senate President: No health concerns with theoretical Trump rally here

BY: and - June 26, 2020

Technically speaking, a group of 11 Ohioans may not be able to gather next weekend for an Independence Day barbecue under the state’s public health order, issued to slow down COVID-19 in the state.  But Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, thinks Ohio is ready for a much larger gathering: a Donald Trump campaign rally, which […]

Ohio Supreme Court: City of Toledo can’t hold hearings on red-light camera violations

BY: - June 26, 2020

The city of Toledo lacks jurisdiction to hold hearings on violations cited via red-light camera, according to a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday. All seven Supreme Court Justices agreed with the argument of a Woodville woman who said holding “administrative” proceedings in Toledo on her potentially $120 speeding fine would be overriding […]