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GOP lawmakers proposing new bill to limit powers of Ohio health director

BY: - May 9, 2020

Two Republican state lawmakers are proposing new legislation that would strip the state’s health director position of much of its power to respond to a pandemic.  The bill is being proposed by state Reps. Ron Hood of Ashville and Reggie Stoltzfus of Minerva. The two sent a cosponsor request to colleagues in the Ohio House, […]

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Some Republican legislators need to grow up, stop stoking anger and peddling misinformation

BY: - May 5, 2020

This past week we’ve seen Americans at a fever pitch over stay-at-home orders imposed to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve seen men armed with semi-automatic rifles in militia cosplay storm the Michigan Statehouse, screaming in the faces of the police officers preventing them from entering the Michigan House of Representatives. We’ve seen unhinged […]

Recovery task force speakers downplay COVID-19, present conspiracy theories

BY: - April 21, 2020

Conspiracy theories, general downplaying of the seriousness of COVID-19, and allegations the governor shuttered the state economy with bad intent.  The Republican chairman of the Economic Recovery Task Force allowed all of this during Monday’s meeting. But there was one thing State Rep. Paul Zeltwanger, R-Mason, would not stand for — any effort to push […]

Week 1 of Economy Recovery Task Force: a parade of white, male, GOP donors

BY: - April 20, 2020

Jason Duff is a small business developer in Bellefontaine. David Waikem works for a family-owned car dealership in Massillon. Bob Hager is the president of a workers uniform supplier in Wapakoneta. These Ohioans have several things in common: all three have donated to Ohio Republican candidates, and all three were recently invited to speak directly […]

After 700,000 Ohioans file for unemployment, GOP lawmakers fear whether they’ll get off it

BY: - April 16, 2020

A group of Ohio lawmakers heard one breathtaking statistic after another: of restaurants closing for good, of hotels having record low occupancy, of a logjam of Ohioans being forced to seek out unemployment benefits after having lost their jobs.  Hearing all that, several Republican members of the Ohio House Economic Recovery Task Force focused their […]

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 […]