Mailbag: I requested an absentee ballot. Can I change my mind?
Unlike Chris Wallace, our brilliant Ohio Capital Journal readers get the privilege of having a mute button. Just don’t use it on me. It’s time for another edition of the Mailbag: Got a question about Ohio politics? Send them to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. If you request a mail-in ballot, can you change […]
FirstEnergy money flowed to Ohio politicians who supported Householder-backed HB6
FirstEnergy Solutions said it needed a government bailout to continue operating. It still had hundreds of thousands of dollars available to donate to Ohio politicians. The Akron-based energy company spent years working toward what would become House Bill 6 — passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature and signed by Gov. Mike DeWine in the summer […]
House considers ‘stand your ground’ bill; critics call it a racist legal concept
Legalized lynching. Citizens’ license to kill. Codification of black men’s deaths. These were just a few of the characterizations people offered to the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee of a “stand your ground” proposal that lawmakers reviewed Tuesday. Starting in the afternoon and continuing well into the evening, a steady stream of citizens implored lawmakers […]
Sen. Portman heard from ‘dozens’ of black leaders. Here’s what they said.
Note: This story has been updated to include information provided by the senator’s office. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman recently participated in a conference call with “dozens” of black leaders discussing how COVID-19 and racial injustice has impacted their communities. What those leaders discussed and who was involved in the call was not initially disclosed. Portman’s […]
As pandemic rages and uncertainty looms, Ohio legislature takes the backseat
For nearly two months now, Gov. Mike DeWine has pulled the levers of government power via executive orders, announced in real time at televised briefings every afternoon. Ohio’s chief executive and his health director have blocked mass gatherings of people, canceled in-person learning at K-12 schools, and shuttered “non-essential” businesses. The General Assembly, meanwhile, has […]
Rep. Galonski: I’m too busy to prosecute Trump at The Hague
As it turns out, threatening international prosecution against the president is a lot easier said than done. State Rep. Tavia Galonski, D-Akron, appears to be backing off her plan to refer President Trump to The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity. Nearly two weeks after her initial call for action, she has announced no further […]
Ohio Democratic legislator wants Trump prosecuted for ‘crimes against humanity’
A Democratic state legislator from Akron who says she “can’t take it anymore” wants President Donald Trump prosecuted in international court for alleged crimes against humanity. With state legislators working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rep. Tavia Galonski is turning her attention to federal and international matters. On Sunday night, she posted to Twitter […]
Two more proposals seek to eliminate rape statute of limitations in Ohio
An Ohio House Democrat is adding two more proposals to the legislature’s list of bills seeking to remove the statute of limitations for rape from state law. On Tuesday, state Rep. John Rogers, D-Mentor-On-The-Lake, introduced House Bill 470 and House Bill 472, with the goal of eliminating the 25-year limit on prosecution of rape cases. […]