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Ohio House approves transgender sports ban for women’s athletics

BY: - June 25, 2021

Ohio lawmakers approved a bill Thursday to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness, with Republicans adding an unrelated provision to ban transgender girls from competing in women’s high school and college sports. The last-minute addition of a provision dealing with the transgender sports ban set off a chaotic debate on […]

DeWine speaks out against legislative attempt to block Vax-A-Million: ‘I respectfully disagree’

BY: - May 25, 2021

A proposal to halt Ohio’s Vax-A-Million program has not yet been formally introduced, but Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday he hopes it will make no progress over the coming weeks. And, should the bill somehow reach his desk, DeWine said he would surely veto it. Just as DeWine’s vaccine lottery program has received plenty of […]

With drawing days away, Ohio legislation seeks to stop Vax-A-Million program

BY: - May 22, 2021

Five Ohioans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are about to win $1 million through a new vaccine lottery program, but a Republican lawmaker wants to call the whole thing off. State Rep. Jena Powell, R-Arcanum, is drafting legislation that would prevent the state from administering any vaccine lottery program.  Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans […]

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Transgender athlete bills don’t solve any pressing issue. They’re just bullying

BY: - May 5, 2021

Two bills are working their way through the Ohio General Assembly that do not solve any pressing issues in high school athletics; they simply target and needlessly victimize five Ohio children in a cynical attempt to score cheap political points. I’m referring to Ohio House Bill 61 and Senate Bill 132, which would ban transgender girls from […]

Fertility fraud victim wants punishment put in Ohio law

BY: - March 22, 2021

Last November, Carrie Lauterbach did what many people have done since the fad began and submitted her DNA through a commercially-sold test to find out her genetic background. She knew her mother had gone to a fertility doctor in Cincinnati for help conceiving Carrie and her sister. She knew her parents had filled out paperwork […]

GOP bill seeks to end the Ohio mask mandate

BY: - March 16, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine has outlined specific metrics the state can hit to trigger an end to Ohio’s public health orders, including the mandate to wear facial coverings in public. A group of Republican legislators think it’s already time to remove the mask mandate. Rep. Jena Powell, R-Arcanum, recently introduced House Bill 202 to terminate the […]

An Ohio county heard mixed messages on COVID-19. Now it’s a hotspot.

BY: - December 14, 2020

With the coronavirus raging in Darke County and health officials promoting a much-needed testing opportunity earlier this month, an area lawmaker offered a different message to her constituents in western Ohio. Quoting President Reagan, state Rep. Jena Powell wrote to her thousands of social followers: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: […]

Trump swipe at DeWine follows year of campaign support, COVID-19 praise

BY: - November 17, 2020

A year of Gov. Mike DeWine defending the president’s pandemic response and supporting his reelection effort was undone by a brief acknowledgment of reality on cable TV. To President Donald Trump, one comment is all it takes for someone to go from political ally to persona non grata. On Sunday, DeWine said on CNN that […]

DeWine again caught in middle of tug-of-war over COVID-19 response

BY: and - November 16, 2020

Ohio has reached another crossroads in the battle against COVID-19.  Gov. Mike DeWine is once again caught in the middle as the state repeatedly sets new records for virus cases and hospitalizations. After months of a decentralized approach and emphasis on personal responsibility, DeWine now says Ohio faces “a monumental crisis.” As much as the […]

19 lawmakers declared victory over COVID-19 in June. Now it’s spreading in their districts.

BY: - October 27, 2020

Back in June, 19 state legislators joined together to claim that “Ohio smashed the curve long ago. Mission accomplished!” Months later, as Ohio continues to set new records for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, one of those legislators admits the pandemic has proved to be an “evolving situation.” Another is doubling down on the letter’s message […]

Dr. Acton resignation follows months in the spotlight, crosshairs

BY: - June 11, 2020

Shortly before Ohio restaurants were set to reopen, Dr. Amy Acton was asked which restaurant she planned to dine at first. Acton had no answer to give. “I have no life right now,” she replied, half-jokingly, explaining that her around-the-clock responsibilities managing the state’s coronavirus response did not afford her much time to contemplate a […]

Many Ohio lawmakers use campaign $$ to subscribe to hometown papers

BY: - February 7, 2020

Dozens of Ohio legislators are choosing to spend their donors’ money in the interest of local journalism. In total, 35 state representatives and senators paid for news subscriptions using campaign funds in 2019, a review from the Ohio Capital Journal has found.  And though the president bemoans the alleged problem of “fake news,” it is […]