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Republican leaders tax Ohioans with costly second primary for rigged Statehouse districts

BY: - August 9, 2022

To market members of the Grand Old Party as money-saving, by-the-book, principled conservatives must be a Herculean task in Ohio. Especially after state Republican officials blew a giant hole in their party brand with an election held for no good reason last Tuesday. Their part deux primary — that nobody knew about — destroyed any […]

After backlash, GOP leader says ‘genital inspections’ won’t be part of anti-trans athlete bill

BY: - June 17, 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.   After widespread outrage, the Ohio Senate GOP is killing the “genital […]

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Ohio Republicans celebrate Pride by creepily bullying female athletes and trans people

BY: - June 9, 2022

Transgender people — especially transgender people of color — have been leading the activist charge toward LGBTQ+ equality since the beginning, literally throwing the first bottles at the Stonewall riots. And since the beginning, they’ve been the most victimized. They remain so, and Ohio Republicans have devised a savagely creepy, abhorrent way to target and […]

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Ohio’s most powerful elected politicians are morally and ethically bankrupt

BY: - June 2, 2022

We aren’t living in the Ohio that most Ohioans want. We are living in the Ohio that corrupt politicians obsessed only with maintaining and maximizing their power, and enriching themselves and their donor friends, want us to live in. This week, the gerrymander-rigged Ohio General Assembly fast-tracked legislation to put more guns in Ohio public […]

Bipartisan Ohio Supreme Court majority rejects partisan Statehouse redistricting maps for fifth time

BY: - May 25, 2022

Ohio House and Senate district maps previously passed by Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission and previously ruled unconstitutional remain invalid, a bipartisan 4-3 majority on the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Declining to hold commissioners in contempt, the court ordered the Ohio Redistricting Commission be reconstituted to draft and adopt new General Assembly […]

Senate President appoints own replacement to Ohio Redistricting Commission

BY: - May 4, 2022

The Ohio Redistricting Commission has a new member after seven months of work, with Senate President Matt Huffman appointing his own replacement. The announcement, which came from Huffman’s office, was released the day before the ORC is set to meet to discuss legislative redistricting for the fifth time in this redistricting cycle. Huffman appointed state […]

How much a map costs: one law firm accounts for 1/3 of redistricting expenses

BY: - April 25, 2022

As lawmakers consider their next move on redistricting, the overall cost has ballooned to nearly $1.8 million, according to an accounting through April 19 provided by the Legislative Services Commission. The bulk of that expense has been charged to the Legislative Task Force on Redistricting, which has accounted for $983,283 going back to August of […]

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Ohio redistricting charade continues as GOP again passes more clearly rigged maps

BY: - March 3, 2022

The conclusion that Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission do not want Ohio voters to enjoy free and fair elections is unavoidable. They want to rig the game to enshrine their power and will stop at nothing to do exactly that. They will defy the Ohio Supreme Court while supporters murmur about impeaching the […]

Religious groups, legislators butt heads on new election law

BY: - February 25, 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 congregations are known for their efforts to encourage people to […]

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Redistricting commission insults Ohioans by waiting until last minute to meet

BY: - February 17, 2022

The contempt majority legislative leaders on the Ohio Redistricting Commission are showing to the public by waiting until the last possible day to draw a third round of Statehouse maps is nothing short of astounding. The maps they drew in September were ruled by the Ohio Supreme Court to be unconstitutional gerrymanders. Then the second […]

Senate president says no to recreational marijuana in Ohio; Signature drive likely required

BY: - February 11, 2022

On Wednesday, Senate President Matt Huffman just said no to recreational marijuana. Last month, state officials determined organizers gathered enough signatures (about 133,000) to compel the Legislature to consider a recreational marijuana bill they proposed. If lawmakers don’t pass it in the next roughly 3.5 months, organizers with the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol […]

GOP says ‘attempts’ on partisanship make Ohio Statehouse maps constitutional

BY: - January 28, 2022

The GOP members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission have said objections to their maps have no merit because they made their best attempt at politically balancing the maps. Democrats on the commission filed their own response in favor of invalidating the second version of the maps, just as those who objected to them want. The […]