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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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Sanders Leads in Columbus in The Facebook Primary

Walker Evans Walker Evans Sanders Leads in Columbus in The Facebook Primary

If Facebook Likes could be directly translated into votes, then Bernie Sanders is currently in the lead in Franklin County by a four point spread. Polling analysis site FiveThirtyEight.com published the results of “The Facebook Primary” last week in the form of an interactive map, which shows the popularity of presidential candidates based solely on […]

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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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