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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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Kasich Talks Jobs, Drug Abuse in State of the State Address

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Kasich Talks Jobs, Drug Abuse in State of the State Address

Gov. John Kasich covered Ohio’s successes and future initiatives at the State of the State address Wednesday evening. The event was held at the Peoples Bank Theater in Marietta. Economic growth, education and drug abuse were Kasich’s main talking points before handing out the night’s courage awards. Much of his speech reiterated a lot of […]

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Kasich, Clinton Take Ohio

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Kasich, Clinton Take Ohio

Although the votes are still coming in, as of this writing Gov. John Kasich and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can celebrate victories in Ohio’s primary Tuesday, clarifying the Democratic race and further confusing the Republican one. Kasich’s 42-36 percent win against Donald Trump is a small one, considering his success in the other […]

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Legalization Effort Proposes New Amendment for 2016 Ballot

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Legalization Effort Proposes New Amendment for 2016 Ballot

Originating from a rift within Legalize Ohio 2016, two marijuana legalization advocacy groups have added new members. Grassroots Ohio, joined by some members from Legalize Ohio 2016, attempts to separate itself from other current discourse surrounding the legalization issue. Other members of LO16 have redirected their energy toward the group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana (OMM), […]

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Ohio House Committee Approves Student Religious Expression Bill

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio House Committee Approves Student Religious Expression Bill

An Ohio House committee approved a bill Wednesday that would bring students’ religious freedom into all areas of school. The “Student Religious Expression” bill states: “A student enrolled in a public school may engage in religious expression before during, and after school hours in the same manner and to the same extent that a student is […]

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Workers, Prisoners’ Rights Considered in Ohio Supreme Court Ruling

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Workers, Prisoners’ Rights Considered in Ohio Supreme Court Ruling

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 5-2 last week that the state’s sale of a prison to a private corporation is constitutional. The sale was OK’d in the Ohio budget for the fiscal year 2012-2013. Five prisons are authorized for sale in that budget, and one of them sold for almost $73 million to Corrections Corporation […]

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