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Brown bringing former Lordstown UAW prez to State of the Union

BY: - February 4, 2020

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a news release Saturday he would be bringing former GM Lordstown United Auto Workers Local 1112 President Dave Green to tonight’s State of the Union address. Over the last two years, the release noted, GM laid off roughly 4,500 workers between the three shifts at the plant. “President […]

The future of the purge, the voucher lawsuit, and free speech in Ohio

BY: - February 4, 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: The future of the purge. Columbus Dispatch’s Rick Rouan and Doug Caruso are reporting, “County election officials wait […]

4 takeaways from Ohio’s recent campaign finance filings 

BY: - February 4, 2020

Flipping the Ohio Supreme Court and making inroads within the Statehouse chambers was already going to be a challenge for Democrats in 2020. A money disadvantage will make things even tougher. The party is being outraised and outspent by its opposition, campaign finance reports show.  The most recent reporting deadline was Jan. 31, with candidates’ […]

Supporters of Ohio Fairness Act: ‘We need this legislation’

BY: - February 4, 2020

After being rescheduled because of the education bill fight, supporters are once again scheduled to make their arguments for an anti-LGBTQ discrimination bill in Ohio. The Ohio Fairness Act is a bill that would make sexual orientation and gender identity or expression part of the civil rights law’s “covered characteristics” for which discrimination is prohibited. […]

U.S. House votes to limit Trump’s war authority (again). Here’s how Ohioans voted

BY: - February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force that allowed the George W. Bush administration to wage war against Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq.  Most House Democrats joined 11 Republicans and one independent to approve a resolution to approve the repeal amid concerns about escalating […]

Dems’ final pitch for ousting Trump: ‘He will do it again’

BY: - February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats on Monday made their closing arguments for removing President Donald Trump from office, insisting that leaving him in the White House guarantees he’ll cheat in the 2020 presidential election.  “He has done it before. He will do it again. What are the odds if left in office, that he will […]

Gun rights advocate at rally

Ohio counties choosing to become ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries’

BY: - February 3, 2020

A number of counties throughout Ohio are showing their pro-gun bona fides by declaring themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries.” The relatively new trend has led county commissioners around the state to pass resolutions affirming support for the Second Amendment. This includes Lawrence County down near the Ohio River, Jackson and Vinton counties in Southeast Ohio and […]

The Iowa caucus, block-granting Medicaid, clean water, and the economy

BY: - February 3, 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: So it begins We are barreling toward the first 2020 caucus. Here’s the latest […]

Senate begrudgingly agrees to House’s EdChoice delay

BY: - February 3, 2020

After nearly a full week of debate and back and forth, the Ohio Senate decided to agree to a 60-day delay for the private school voucher education program, with the hope of a better plan as a result. “I have to vote yes because I can not in clear conscience at midnight tonight… allow those […]

House member lacks the facts when asked about proposed border wall resolution

BY: - February 3, 2020

State Rep. John Becker is a big supporter of spending more government money on border security. He’s less interested in doing the homework to learn about the subject. A trio of Democrats spent 15 minutes grilling the Clermont County Republican about border issues, after he’d come to provide sponsor testimony for his Ohio House Resolution […]

A court’s ruling made bestiality legal in 8 Ohio counties. One legislator wants to fix that. 

BY: - February 3, 2020

A legislative mistake and a court’s decision has led to bestiality remaining legal in eight Northern Ohio counties.  How that came to be is a unique lawmaking story of unintended consequences. A Republican is now seeking to make bestiality, along with several other forms of animal cruelty, illegal across the board in Ohio.  The counties […]

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, […]