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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 […]

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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, […]

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 […]

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, […]