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Ohio senators introduce bills to prevent another bribery scandal from happening

BY: - September 11, 2023

To prevent an even bigger and more embarrassing bribery scandal from taking place, Ohio lawmakers introduced two bills to stop public corruption. When a consumer pays their utility bill — it’s not just for their lights. Part of what they pay for is for utility companies’ political endeavors. Ohio learned the hard way that this […]

Rep. Young announces resignation after 2 arrests, multiple calls to step down

BY: - September 8, 2023

Rep. Bob Young, a Republican representing the Green area in the Ohio House, has announced his resignation following two arrests and calls from more than 30 fellow Republicans to step down. In a letter addressed to Speaker Jason Stephens, Young stated he will resign effective Oct. 2 to allow time for a replacement to be […]

Challengers ask Ohio Supreme Court to dismiss congressional redistricting case

BY: - September 6, 2023

The court challengers in a case against Ohio’s U.S. Congressional district map seem to be backing down from the current legal fight. Attorney Don McTigue represents anti-gerrymandering groups fighting against the congressional map approved by the Ohio Redistricting Commission, which was rejected as unconstitutionally gerrymandered in a 2022 decision by a bipartisan majority on the […]


How do we teach history at Ohio State? A distinguished professor explains.

BY: - September 6, 2023

I had hoped, as someone who has taught at Ohio State for nearly forty years and bleeds Scarlet and Gray, that we would be spared the attacks on higher education that have broken out across the nation. I had hoped that the accomplishments of our students and alumni, their ability to think critically, independently, and […]

Rep. Young broke protection order by calling wife, having mail blocked, sending check, say police

BY: - September 5, 2023

Ohio Rep. Bob Young, who is currently facing three charges related to domestic violence, allegedly broke the protection order against him by leaving voicemails and sending money to his family. Young (R-Green) is facing three charges: domestic violence, assault and violation of a protection order. The first two stemmed from an incident in July, and […]

Ohio Rep. Bob Young removed from leadership role after second arrest

BY: - September 1, 2023

Republican state Rep. Bob Young has been removed from his committee leadership position in the Ohio House following his second arrest related to an alleged domestic violence incident. A spokesperson for the House Republican Party confirmed exclusively to OCJ/WEWS that Speaker Jason Stephens has removed Young (R-Green) from his Pensions Committee chairmanship. This is a […]

Democrats call for Bob Young’s removal as chair of House Pensions Committee after second arrest

BY: - August 31, 2023

Northeast Ohio lawmakers are calling for state Rep. Bob Young to be removed from his pensions committee leadership position following his second arrest in two months. Young (R-Green) is facing three charges: domestic violence, assault and violation of a protection order. He was in court Wednesday morning via Zoom from Summit County jail and will […]

Ohio State Rep. Bob Young, R-Green, has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence. (Photo by WEWS.)

Ohio Rep. charged for domestic violence had police called in 2020 for physical domestic disturbance

BY: - August 16, 2023

Years before Ohio state Rep. Bob Young was charged with domestic violence and assault, law enforcement was called to his home for a “physical domestic disturbance,” according to a newly-released report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Just weeks ago, Young (R-Green) was arraigned and pleaded not guilty on charges related to alleged assaults on his wife […]

Proposed Ohio constitutional amendment seeks to end gerrymandering after legislature defied courts

BY: - August 15, 2023

Ohio’s redistricting and gerrymandering drama could come to an end under a newly-proposed constitutional amendment. The nonpartisan coalition Citizens Not Politicians has collected more than the 1,000 signatures they need to start the process of putting a constitutional amendment on the November 2024 ballot. In fact, just in a weekend, the group collected 7,300 from […]

What deputies saw when they arrived at scene of alleged assault by Ohio lawmaker

BY: - July 24, 2023

Body camera footage shows a shattered glass door and splattered blood after an alleged assault by a state representative who was indicted on counts of domestic violence and assault. Glass covered the ground outside Michael Young’s home as he detailed the fight with his brother, state Rep. Bob Young (R-Green), in body camera footage from […]

Declaring natural gas ‘green energy’ in chicken bill violated Ohio constitution, groups argue

BY: - July 21, 2023

An Ohio court is set to rule on whether legislators violated the state constitution with late additions to a poultry bill that labeled natural gas as “green energy” and changed prior law to accelerate oil and gas drilling from state parks and wildlife areas. Multiple drilling proposals are now pending, with public comments due on […]

‘I acted poorly.’ Ohio Rep. Bob Young indicted by grand jury on domestic violence charges

BY: and - July 19, 2023

A Summit County grand jury indicted State Rep. Bob Young (R-Green) on two misdemeanor charges stemming from an alleged assault on two family members earlier this month. On the same day, he provided his first comment since the arrest, stating that while inappropriate, he does not believe his behavior was criminal, and he will not […]