Jean Schmidt

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10-year-old rape victim apparently not among Ohio Gov. DeWine’s ‘most vulnerable’ needing protection

BY: - July 8, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine spends a lot of time jawing about his concern for protecting the “most vulnerable” Ohioans whenever he signs a draconian law attacking the bodily autonomy of others. But as we learned according to reporting from the Indianapolis Star this week, a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim was forced to travel to Indiana for […]

Ohio bill increasing access to breast cancer screenings for all ages to become law

BY: - June 13, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Ohio is set to make breast cancer care much more accessible […]

Newest ‘divisive concepts’ bill enters Ohio House

BY: - June 1, 2022

The newest bill to regulate school curriculums and keep out what legislators see as “divisive concepts” entered the Ohio House on Tuesday. State Reps. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, and Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta, brought House Bill 616 to the State and Local Committee, which prohibits all Ohio schools from “teaching or providing training that promotes or endorses […]

Ohio bill would ban abortion without rape exemption

BY: - April 29, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   A proposed law would completely criminalize abortion without exemptions for rape […]

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Legalizing bigotry with “Don’t Say Gay” bill will chase businesses away from Ohio

BY: - April 19, 2022

Question: How could you blow a $20 billion investment in Ohio? Answer: Chase away business with legislation to legitimize bigotry. A cynical attempt by Ohio House Republicans to further stigmatize and marginalize LGBTQ people in Ohio with a Florida-style “Don’t Say Gay” bill could give Intel pause about breaking ground on the state’s largest private […]

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Lawmakers shouldn’t be able to flee from questions on ‘divisive concepts’ bills

BY: - April 13, 2022

It is not a good look when a member of the Ohio House of Representatives is caught on camera fleeing members of the press while asking them not to “harass” her. What made it even more exceptionally odd was that this member of the Ohio House, state Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, happened to have previously […]

House Republicans introduce Ohio’s version of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

BY: - April 6, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   House Republicans introduced Ohio’s version of Florida’s controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ […]

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Don’t let Ohio GOP lawmakers hamstring efforts to protect people from latest COVID surge

BY: - September 9, 2021

Many of our expectations and assumptions about politics have been upended over the past five years. But nothing is quite as disturbing as the Republican Party’s ongoing war against local efforts to protect community members — including children — from the deadly and costly effects of a still-raging pandemic. In Ohio, this is manifested in […]

Chances for Ohio death penalty repeal appear to be growing

BY: - February 19, 2021

The biggest-ever bipartisan coalition on Thursday announced a renewed effort to repeal the death penalty in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, and Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, hosted a virtual press conference to announce that they and three other Republican and four Democratic senators so far have said they will co-sponsor the repeal legislation. […]

Meet the freshmen lawmakers of the 134th Ohio General Assembly

BY: - January 6, 2021

Monday marked the beginning of the 134th Ohio General Assembly, the two-year legislative term that will run through the end of 2022. With each term comes a slate of new faces representing every corner of the state.  Here is a quick introduction to the freshman class of the 134th Ohio General Assembly: Ohio House of […]

Mailbag: Answering reader questions about Householder and the bribery scandal

BY: - August 6, 2020

Clad in camouflage from head to toe, Larry Householder aimed his weapon at a television screen across an empty field. That box had it coming, a Householder voiceover intimated, what with all the unfair attacks leveled against him. “A dark money group is airing deceitful ads against me,” Householder said. “They’re anti-Trump gun grabbers and […]

World War movies, Ohio Republican Party endorsements, childbirth and the 2020 election

BY: - January 14, 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: World War movies. I saw both 1917 and Jojo Rabbit this weekend. 1917 is unlike almost any other […]