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Verhoff Proposal Rail System Map

Passenger rail system in Ohio? One ‘data nerd’ has an idea on how to make it possible.

BY: - December 5, 2019

Kevin Verhoff remembers the days when he needed public transportation the most. Living in San Francisco, he rode the bus or took the BART rail system to work. Years later, in New Jersey, he dealt with frequent car troubles but thankfully had access to a nearby train line to get to work in Newark. “It […]

Ohio Senate Chambers

Supporters of ‘Duty to Retreat Act’ testify before Senate committee

BY: - December 5, 2019

A committee of state senators took another look Tuesday at a proposed change to the self-defense law that would eliminate the legal requirement for a person to try to escape an aggressor before fighting back with deadly force. Members of Ohioans for Concealed Carry and Ohio Gun Owners testified in support of Senate Bill 237, […]

Ohio Republicans emerge as top Trump defenders on impeachment

BY: - December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — Ohio Republicans helped lead the defense of President Donald Trump on Wednesday as U.S. House Democrats laid out their framework for articles of impeachment.  As the House Judiciary Committee held its first official impeachment hearing on Wednesday, Ohio Reps. Steve Chabot and Jim Jordan accused Democrats of plowing ahead with an unfair, partisan […]

Thaddeus Stevens and John A. Bingham before the Senate, arguing the case of President Andrew Johnson's impeachment.

Ohio Republican congressman once tried to oust a president who played ‘king of the people’

BY: - December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — A president was on trial. Unpopular with leaders in Congress since the day he was elected, he made a firing decision that became the final straw. And a congressman from Ohio was left to argue the case for his impeachment. It was 1868. The first president to face impeachment in the United States […]

Catching our eye 12.4.19

BY: - December 4, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. We will publish this section in The Rundown as well. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching our eye: Out of darkness comes […]

A medical exam room.

Ohio abortion bills by the numbers: Here’s what’s pending

BY: - December 3, 2019

A number of abortion-related bills have passed at least one chamber of the Ohio legislature, or are being reviewed currently within the Statehouse. Legislation that would effectively ban abortions after about six weeks — Senate Bill 23 — passed the Senate in April with 18 votes in favor and 13 opposed. The House approved the […]

Advocates gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. Monday.

U.S. Supreme Court may sidestep a big Second Amendment fight

BY: - December 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — A high-profile gun rights case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday might be dismissed with little fanfare.  The justices heard an hour of arguments in the case that challenges now-defunct New York City gun restrictions. The case has been billed as the biggest gun rights lawsuit in a decade, with the […]

Ohio delegates at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Ohio Dems announce pre-primary caucus sites to elect convention delegates

BY: - December 3, 2019

The Ohio Democratic Party announced in a release Tuesday they will host 16 congressional district caucuses across the state on Tuesday, Jan. 7, to elect 89 district-level delegates and eight alternates to represent Ohio at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. “Ohio Democrats are clearly fired up for 2020 and excited about our field […]

Auto worker at a Chrysler plant in Ohio

Massive trade deal presents political conundrum for Democrats

BY: - December 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — With only a few legislative days left before Congress adjourns for the year, House Democrats are eager to show that they can legislate while also pursuing an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. A massive trade deal represents their best shot at showing they can do so — but passing it would hand […]

Ohio Dems want to increase turnout by making Election Day a holiday. Will it help?

BY: - December 3, 2019

A pair of Democratic state legislators are seeking to improve voter access and turnout by making Election Day a state holiday in Ohio. Their proposal would only apply to general elections, held each November, and would result in government offices being closed that day. The idea is to give employees of public offices a paid […]

Michael Bloomberg Speech

Bloomberg floods Ohio, other battlegrounds with ad spending over holiday

BY: - December 3, 2019

If you watched any football over the lengthy Thanksgiving weekend, chances were you couldn’t go a quarter of play without seeing an advertisement for Michael Bloomberg. The 77-year-old former mayor of New York City is the latest Democrat to announce his candidacy for president. He recently spent millions of dollars on an initial, extensive ad […]

Ohio teachers union speaks out against religious liberties bill, sponsor decries ‘urban myths’

BY: - December 2, 2019

As Ohio teachers speak out against a “Student Religious Liberties Act” that was passed by the Ohio House, the lead sponsor of the bill is calling out “inaccuracies” given about the bill, which he says have been spread by the media and “misinformed individuals on social media.” House Bill 164 amends certain sections of the […]