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Education Issues: Private School Scholarships for Students in Failing Schools

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Education Issues: Private School Scholarships for Students in Failing Schools

From most vantage points, it’s good news that standardized test scores will not generate state school ratings through the 2016-17 school year. As Ohio lawmakers experiment with the standards and implications of new performance assessments, schools are not judged by the outcomes of the ever-evolving test system. Meaningful school ratings are frozen in time, as […]

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State Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega State Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

A bill that would essentially “defund” Ohio’s Planned Parenthood passed the Senate Wednesday with a 22-8 vote and two amendments. The earliest it can be on Gov. John Kasich’s desk is Feb. 9, after it goes back to the House for a concurrence. “All the Rs voted yes; all the Ds voted no,” said Senator […]

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Marijuana Legalization Efforts Restructure for 2016 Ballot

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Marijuana Legalization Efforts Restructure for 2016 Ballot

The conversation around marijuana legalization is changing, and to acclimate, Legalize Ohio 2016 and its parent organization, Ohioans to End Prohibition (OTEP), are restructuring and working with other advocacy groups around the state. “We have organized, and we are stronger than before,” said Jake Cabrera, Campaign Director for Legalize Ohio 2016. “I think it’s quite […]

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Executive Orders Tighten Background Checks, Invest in Gun Safety Technology

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Executive Orders Tighten Background Checks, Invest in Gun Safety Technology

After an attempt at a non-partisan conversation surrounding one of the biggest problems facing the nation, President Barack Obama took criticism Tuesday for his executive orders for tighter gun laws. Broader application of background checks, a larger ATF workforce, funding for mental health, destigmatization and better reporting of mental illness, and investment into safer gun […]

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Planned Parenthood Sidesteps Litigation, New Bill Addresses Fetal Tissue Disposal

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Planned Parenthood Sidesteps Litigation, New Bill Addresses Fetal Tissue Disposal

Planned Parenthood is still putting out fires from the discredited video that circulated last year, accusing the organization of selling fetal tissue. In December, Attorney General Mike DeWine filed an injunction against Ohio’s three facilities for what he considered misuse and mistreatment of fetal remains. “He threatened us to go to court to stop us […]

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Franklin County First in Ohio to Offer Support for Problem Gamblers

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Franklin County First in Ohio to Offer Support for Problem Gamblers

Enough Ohioans are struggling with problem gambling to populate a Columbus suburb. With the rest of the nation they spend more than $7 billion to support their addiction from their own funds and often from those of family members and friends, according to a recent press release. These unseen sufferers are usually the ones to […]

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Two Announce Candidacy for Ohio House 18th District

Walker Evans Walker Evans Two Announce Candidacy for Ohio House 18th District

When Ohio Rep Michael Stinziano takes office on Columbus City Council on January 1st, his representing the 18th District will be up for grabs. Two different candidates have wasted no time on putting their hats in the ring. Kristen Boggs and Joshua Clark both announced last week that they’re planning to seek the office. Boggs […]

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