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Ohio lawmaker to retiring anti-vaccine leader: ‘You are wonderful, don’t leave!’

BY: - March 11, 2021

An Ohio House Republican lamented the retirement of an anti-vaccine activist Wednesday amid the largest vaccination effort in U.S. history. Michelle Cotterman — president of Health Freedom Ohio — recently said she will be stepping down from the helm of the organization. Rep. Diane Grendell, R-Geauga, responded to Cotterman’s Facebook post sharing the news. “I […]

YouTube censors Ohio House hearing video for COVID-19 misinformation

BY: - February 19, 2021

The opening testimony Wednesday in support of a legislative effort to allow lawmakers to vote down public health orders went far enough off the rails for YouTube to remove footage of the speaker. Tom Renz, an attorney for Ohio Stands Up, filed a lawsuit in federal court in September seeking to overturn any and all […]

Judge blasts COVID-19 lawsuit against health department as “incomprehensible”

BY: - February 10, 2021

A federal judge expressed tremendous skepticism of a lawsuit alleging “absolute tyranny” of the Ohio Department of Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, deeming the plaintiff’s arguments nearly “incomprehensible.” U.S. District Judge James G. Carr didn’t rule on ODH’s motion to dismiss the suit, which was filed by a self-described citizens group called Ohio Stands […]

Despite anti-vaccine protest, teacher immunizations off to smooth start

BY: - February 3, 2021

HILLIARD — Ohio teachers began their march toward immunity Tuesday, despite a small crowd of anti-vaccine activists who protested outside the first COVID-19 vaccine clinic for Ohio educators. Even before the first appointments at noon, teachers lined up outside Hilliard Davidson High School for appointments to receive a vaccine against the new coronavirus. Gov. Mike […]

Mutations, vaccines and patience: What the next six pandemic months look like

BY: - February 2, 2021

Patience and persistence. That’s what Amy Rohling McGee, president of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, is preaching about a vaccination process that’s as much a feat of scientific achievement as it is “extraordinarily slow.” The mass immunization process against COVID-19 was always going to feel like a hurry-up-and-wait affair, but watching officials mete out […]

Despite brawls, no OSHP arrests at clashing protests at Ohio Statehouse

BY: - January 8, 2021

A pugilistic day of political demonstrations that included two brawls between far-right demonstrators insisting the presidential election was stolen and Black Lives Matter activists ended with no arrests Wednesday. At least two rounds of fisticuffed rumbles with an array of participants broke out at different points through the afternoon along with some more minor spats. […]

Ohio’s anti-vaxxers shift aim toward COVID-19 laws

BY: - November 30, 2020

When it comes to pandemic politics, Ohio’s anti-vaccine activists are everywhere. They’ve crowded legislative hearings on bills to strip the health department of its authority to issue public health orders to stave off infectious disease. Members have protested various coronavirus restrictions at the Capitol steps as well as the personal homes of both Gov. Mike […]

Alleged Neo-Nazi who carried anti-Semitic sign at COVID-19 protest pleads guilty to gun charge

BY: - September 16, 2020

An alleged neo-Nazi with an extensive criminal history who raised an anti-Semitic sign at a protest of the coronavirus quarantine pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge last week. Police arrested Matthew Paul Slatzer, 36, at Fast Times Pub in Canton on Feb. 2. Slatzer, who was intoxicated, was accused of unlawfully possessing a .38 […]