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Ohio Supreme Court to hear challenge to law barring firearms and booze

BY: - February 20, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court will test the old adage that guns and alcohol don’t mix. The justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments next week centered on a Clermont County man challenging the constitutionality of a state law prohibiting the use of firearms while under the influence of alcohol. In a show of concern, legal […]

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Ohio gun owners’ rights during traffic stops under debate

BY: - February 20, 2020

An issue pitting gun owners’ rights against the safety of law enforcement is being debated at the Statehouse.  A Republican-backed bill in the Ohio House of Representatives seeks to modify the rules for what a concealed carry permit holder must do when pulled over by police. Current law stipulates they must “promptly inform any law […]

Abortion opponents: Telemedicine too risky for women

BY: - February 20, 2020

Abortion opponents were in agreement on Wednesday that the woman’s safety should be the focus of care in Ohio abortion cases. Advocates spoke in support of a bill that would ban telemedicine as a way to receive abortion-related medicine, in particular the chemical abortion drugs mifepristone and misopristol. Dr. Lindsay Rerko told the Health, Human […]

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan takes workhorse-showhorse divide to extremes

BY: - February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — One of the most influential members of Congress — and most ardent defenders of President Donald Trump — is also one of the least active legislatively. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan — the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the upper chamber’s main investigative arm — didn’t introduce any bills […]

The benefits — and challenges — of changing Ohio schools’ start times 

BY: - February 19, 2020

There are consequences to being athletic in the largest school district in Ohio. The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District, located in Southeast Ohio’s Monroe, Belmont and Noble counties, covers 546 square miles — almost half the size of Rhode Island.  On a Tuesday earlier this season, the Monroe Central High School Seminoles got out […]

House reps target ‘discriminatory’ health insurance practice

BY: - February 19, 2020

Two lawmakers pitched a bill Tuesday they say would block insurers from a practice that shifts health care costs onto patients with chronic diseases who require expensive drugs. Speaking to the House Health Committee, Reps. Susan Manchester, R-Waynesfield, and Thomas West, D-Canton, proposed prohibiting insurers from using “copay accumulator” policies. These policies prohibit patients from […]

Conservatives announce coalition to eliminate death penalty

BY: - February 19, 2020

Conservative leadership in the Ohio House joined advocates in announcing a new effort to eliminate the death penalty in the state. The Ohio chapter of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, in conjunction with Ohioans to Stop Executions, met at the Statehouse on Tuesday to announce plans to lift support in the legislature and in […]

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Study: Guy Fieri’s hometown named sixth-best state capital in America

BY: - February 18, 2020

Take that, Lansing. The website WalletHub has deemed Columbus the sixth-best state capital in America, beating out rivals in Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania. WalletHub, a personal financing site, tracked 49 separate “key indicators” among the 50 state capitals to determine its rankings. The factors included affordability, education and residents’ health.  Ranked No. 1 is Austin, […]

Manufacturing in Midwest purple states has seen ups and downs on Trump’s watch

BY: and - February 18, 2020

In 2016, Donald Trump ran on “bringing back” manufacturing jobs to Rust Belt states like Ohio, which was one factor in his surprise wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (and less surprising victory in neighboring Ohio).  “The heart of the [economic] slowdown has really been in manufacturing. The global manufacturing sector is in a recession […]

DeWine proposes ‘Hands-Free Ohio’ legislation targeting distracted driving

BY: - February 18, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine is taking a “hands-on” approach in tackling the issue of distracted driving by promoting his vision of a “Hands-Free Ohio.” The governor is supporting a new proposal that would outlaw the use of wireless devices while driving. The plan is meant to target drivers’ cell phone usage in a state which has […]

The money and interests targeting Ohio’s legislature and Supreme Court in 2020

BY: - February 17, 2020

It’s not an understatement to say this November’s General Election will have monstrous implications. Everything comes to a head in this 2020 cycle: the legislatures, the courts, the census, control of the new redistricting effort and a presidential race sure to bring immense turnout this fall.  As such, both political parties are doing everything they […]

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Potential Ohio bills target transgender medicine, pornography, and conversion therapy

BY: - February 17, 2020

Several bills regarding sex and gender issues are being considered in the Ohio legislature, including a bill to prohibit transition-related medicine for transgender youth, a bill to make pornography a public health hazard, and one that aims to cease conversion therapy. Transgender-related medicine A bill still being drafted by state Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, and […]