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Ohio Dems Promote Voting Rights Act Restoration Before General Election

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Dems Promote Voting Rights Act Restoration Before General Election

As election season moves closer and closer to the pivotal day in November, individuals at the local, state and national level are revamping the fight to completely restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In Ohio the pressure is on Sen. Rob Portman to vote “Yes” on one of two bills: the Voting Rights Advancement […]

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As Ohio Goes, So Goes The Nation

Hannah Herner Hannah Herner As Ohio Goes, So Goes The Nation

“In presidential elections, Ohio is special precisely because it’s not special.” That is the way author Kyle Kondik described the buckeye state at the Columbus Metropolitan Club Luncheon on Wednesday. Kondik spoke about how and why the way Ohio votes is representative of the nation, according to his book, “The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the […]

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Kasich Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Ballot Initiative Cancelled

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Kasich Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Ballot Initiative Cancelled

By the end of summer, people suffering from chronic and painful ailments will have access to marijuana for palliative treatment. Ohio is now the 26th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law last week, rendering a competing ballot measure somewhat irrelevant. Ohioans will be able to bring […]

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Kasich Signs Bill for Child Car Safety

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Kasich Signs Bill for Child Car Safety

There may be a lot more broken car windows come fall. Governor John Kasich recently signed a bill allowing good samaritans to break and enter a hot, locked vehicle if there is a child or animal inside. Senate bill, sponsored by Republican Senators Jim Hughes (Columbus) and Frank LaRose (Copley Township), requires any rescuer to […]

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Charter Schools are Failing in Columbus and Throughout Ohio

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Charter Schools are Failing in Columbus and Throughout Ohio

Ohio Charter schools are getting failing grades, according to a report that was released late last month. The report comes from knowyourcharter.com, a website which allows Ohioans to keep track of how the state’s charter schools are performing. Ohio received $71 million of the $157 million in federal funds awarded to eight states in September, […]

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Chamber’s Government Day Considers Education, Transportation

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Chamber’s Government Day Considers Education, Transportation

Friday was a day of political engagement as the Columbus Chamber of Commerce put on their 11th annual Government Day. Local and state party leaders, political strategists and local business owners discussed many of the main challenges Columbus is presently facing — from lack of faith in the school system to shortcomings in public transportation […]

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House Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega House Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Patients with severe, debilitating illnesses might have legal access to marijuana as early as this summer. House bill 523, introduced late last month, passed the House this week with a bipartisan vote of 71-26. The marijuana debate has gone on for years, and Ohioans have seen several ballot initiatives start up to legalize the drug […]

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