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Parents, teachers give mixed reviews to school reopen

BY: - September 10, 2020

The governor’s lack of a statewide school reopening response, along with internet connectivity were among the topics on which parents and school personnel gave feedback in a questionnaire sent out by Democratic lawmakers. Of the 440 responses collected through an online survey sent to House Democratic Caucus districts, nearly 74% said virtual learning was the […]

Remembering Ohio’s last Civil War veteran legislators

BY: - September 3, 2020

When Henry Frillman stood alone in 1920 as the only remaining Ohio lawmaker who served in the Civil War, it was assumed he would be the last to hold that distinction. Little did newspapers know that two years later, fellow Civil War veteran Joseph Ebright would wait until his mid-70s to jump into state politics. […]

COMMENTARY

The general election Ohioans don’t deserve

BY: - August 26, 2020

Watching the past three months unfold has left voter advocates and election administrators scratching their heads and rolling their eyes. It seems our elected officials learned nothing from the botched primary election. You would think the sting of national humiliation for fumbling this year’s primary would spur the kind of election improvements we saw in […]

Ohio House votes to remove Householder as speaker, elects Cupp

BY: - July 30, 2020

The Ohio House of Representatives voted Thursday to remove Speaker Larry Householder as the chamber’s leader, then hours later elevated state Rep. Bob Cupp to serve as the next Speaker of the House. Cupp, 69, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice, was chosen to guide the legislative chamber following the arrest of Householder as part […]

Voter referendum on nuclear bailout had signature collection targeted, criminal complaint says

BY: - July 23, 2020

The criminal complaint against Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four political operatives lays out alleged bribes made to signature collectors for a voter referendum on a nuclear bailout, along with a comprehensive campaign to hire signature collection companies, just so those companies couldn’t work against the bailout effort, House Bill 6. Householder is charged […]

As campaign staffers unionize, legislators seek protections for their staffers

BY: - July 16, 2020

Democrats in the Ohio House are encouraging their staffers to unionize as they deal with what they deem a lack of communication on health and safety protocols in the Statehouse. House Democratic Caucus campaign staff joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75, according to a recent announcement by the union and caucus.  “Even […]

Spate of police reform bills drop in Ohio legislature

BY: - July 7, 2020

As protests continue around the state asking for changes to policing, several police reform bills will be waiting for the state legislature to return from its summer break. Some legislators have argued that the House should come back in session to address health and economy issues, along with police issues and a racism bill that […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio lawmakers should analyze health impacts when considering new laws and policies

BY: - July 6, 2020

COVID-19 reminds us all how valuable our health really is. Across race, class and political affiliation, we all want bodies and minds that allow us to enjoy the summer sun, an afternoon in the garden, the good company of family and friends. Public policy can help all of us lead our best, healthiest lives, but […]

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Fellow Republicans put DeWine in a bind on coronavirus

BY: - June 26, 2020

With coronavirus cases spiking in Ohio and across the country, Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday found himself in the awkward position of urging Ohioans to wear masks while refusing to comment on his fellow Republicans’ refusal to do so. The governor opened his press conference with the grim news that there were 892 new coronavirus […]

COMMENTARY

Dr. Amy Acton has been calming and competent. The vicious attacks on her have been madness.

BY: - June 15, 2020

Ohio House Republicans had no problem some years ago when former Gov. John Kasich appointed his turnpike director, a former marketing and building industry person with no medical training, as state health director. Nothing against Rick Hodges, but it’s hard to imagine a person like him in that job now, leading the state’s response to […]

Conservative student groups decry ‘free speech zones,’ university policies

BY: - May 27, 2020

An overflowing group of speakers from religious advocacy groups and conservative-leaning student groups came to support a bill to remove “free speech zones” on college campuses and policies some say don’t allow First Amendment rights.  This was the second hearing for Senate Bill 40, dubbed the “Forming Open and Robust University Minds Act,” a Republican-sponsored […]

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Abortion bills back on the dockets as legislature committees restart business

BY: - May 12, 2020

As the Ohio legislature comes back, abortion restrictions are back on the table in committees. The House and Senate are both considering several bills on the topic, and a few of them have been moved on for committee consideration in the next few weeks.  As the coronavirus spread caused the need for more uses for […]