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DeWine: Additional transparency not needed in massive Medicaid contracts

BY: - January 24, 2022

Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran apparently held stock in two huge health companies last year as she negotiated and signed multi-billion-dollar contracts with their subsidiaries. But she has refused to say how much she owned as she signed the deals. Nor will the man who appointed her, Gov. Mike DeWine, say he thinks Corcoran should […]

With voting rights stalled, some senators mull an update to the Electoral Count Act

BY: - January 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. The Electoral Count Act is an obscure law that has come under recent scrutiny, a year after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol […]

Expansion in Gulf of Mexico drilling splits U.S. House panel along party lines

BY: - January 24, 2022

As the Biden administration’s move to scrap new oil and gas leases remains in unsettled legal territory, Democrats and Republicans on a U.S. House panel sharply disagreed about the merits of new energy development in the Gulf of Mexico. Democrats on the House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, including Chairman Alan Lowenthal of […]

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What’s at stake for families as the monthly child tax credit payment ends?

BY: - January 24, 2022

As we start the new year, parents are planning for the future and working hard to provide their kids a great quality of life. They’re facing challenges head on, including a surging pandemic, school closures and at-home schooling, and fewer affordable child care options. No child should go to bed hungry, and no parent should […]

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Kyrsten Sinema is gambling that her filibuster vote will help her win again in 2024

BY: - January 23, 2022

The furious Democrats who revile Kyrsten Sinema don’t know her very well. She may not have single-handedly derailed President Joe Biden’s presidency by ensuring that none of his ambitious legislative agenda ever reaches his desk, but Arizona’s senior senator certainly has become the face of the Democrats’ circular firing squad. And her highly choreographed speech […]

Deja Vu: Republicans use simple majority to pass 4-year maps

BY: - January 22, 2022

After two more days of discussion and debate, the GOP majority on the Ohio Redistricting Commission adopted four-year legislative maps Saturday night with a 5-2 simple majority, setting up the time table for potential objections and court review. The Ohio Redistricting Commission meeting went into Saturday night after recessing Thursday and not meeting again until […]

COMMENTARY

This could be the last anniversary of Roe – let’s make sure it doesn’t matter

BY: - January 22, 2022

Almost 49 years ago today, the constitutional right to abortion became the law of the land. This monumental decision decriminalized essential health care and prevented many people from dying from unsafe, illegal procedures. Since then, Roe has become fundamental to the health, freedoms, wellbeing, and bodily autonomy of all people of reproductive age in this country. […]

Ohio lands Intel’s next microchip factory

BY: - January 21, 2022

Ohio’s worst kept secret is out — Intel will soon break ground on a multi-billion dollar factory in Licking County to build the latest generation of computer chips. In recent weeks, local land annexations first reported by Cleveland.com indicated officials were getting the final few elements of an agreement in place before Friday’s announcement. At […]

Ohio’s pandemic politics cast long shadow over omicron surge

BY: - January 21, 2022

After a severe bout of COVID-19 put him in the ICU and left him with significant respiratory systems, Dr. Emily Amin’s patient had questions about getting vaccinated. Most of the COVID-19 patients Amin treats at the Wexner Medical Center are either vaccinated but manage an immune-compromising condition, or unvaccinated. In an interview, Amin recounted how […]

Redistricting commission gives glimpse of Franklin, Hamilton county maps as talks continue

BY: - January 21, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission still hasn’t come to a complete agreement on new district maps ordered by the Ohio Supreme Court. But the commission gave an update on the process Thursday, after pushing back their meeting time in an attempt to “see if we can come a little closer” to agreement, according to co-chair state […]

Agriculture secretary pressed about pandemic relief funds for farmers

BY: - January 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack faced questions on how his agency is doling out emergency pandemic aid and fostering collaboration with historically Black colleges during a Thursday hearing before the House Agriculture Committee. Committee Chairman David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, asked Vilsack for “critical updates on the implementation of pandemic relief programs, including the […]

U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills

BY: - January 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and two Democrats on Wednesday night rejected a proposed change in the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a major blow to attempts in Congress to counter restrictive voting laws passed in the states. In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona […]