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ACLU Investigates Religious Requirement in Kasich’s School Program

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea ACLU Investigates Religious Requirement in Kasich’s School Program

Governor John Kasich’s school mentorship program is now being investigated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. The Governor’s “Community Connectors” program contains an unexpected religious requirement, mandating that in order to receive state funding, participants in the program must partner with a faith organization or house of worship. The Ohio Department of Education […]

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Rob Portman Is Not Running for President

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Rob Portman Is Not Running for President

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has officially dropped out of the 2016 presidential campaign after never officially dropping into it in the first place. The Republican senator from Cincinnati announced Tuesday that he has decided against running for the GOP nomination in 2016. In a statement released Tuesday morning, Portman said that with the recent […]

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LGBT Equality Moves Forward in the Wake of 6th Circuit Decision

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea LGBT Equality Moves Forward in the Wake of 6th Circuit Decision

At a time when state bans on same-sex marriages are dropping like flies, last week’s decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold Ohio’s law denying recognition of same-sex marriages conducted outside the state was certainly a blow to the marriage equality movement. Still, Michael Premo, campaign manager for Why Marriage Matters Ohio, is […]

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Election Day Results: November 2014

Walker Evans Walker Evans Election Day Results: November 2014

To no surprise, John Kasich was re-elected as Ohio’s Governor by a healthy margin today, beating opponents Ed FitzGerald and Anita Rios. Incumbents Mike DeWine, Josh Mandel, Dave Yost and Jon Husted also retained their seats as Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor and Secretary of State, respectively. “It’s only halftime, Ohio, and the best is yet […]

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At Statewide Forums, Fitzgerald Debates an Absent Kasich

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea At Statewide Forums, Fitzgerald Debates an Absent Kasich

The table in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall on Second Avenue had nameplates for both Ed FitzGerald and John Kasich Wednesday night. The left side seats were reserved for FitzGerald’s supporters, the right side designated for Kasich’s. The Governor’s spot at the dais remained unoccupied through the evening and Democrats spilled over into his […]

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In Early Voting Changes, Many See Voter Suppression

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea In Early Voting Changes, Many See Voter Suppression

Early voting was set to begin in Ohio a week ago, before a decision by the United States Supreme Court pushed the start date for early voting to today. On Sept 29, SCOTUS sided with the state and Republican-led legislature, which sought to limit Ohio’s early voting days, by staying decisions from the lower courts […]

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Ohio Now in Minority of States Without Marriage Equality

Walker Evans Walker Evans Ohio Now in Minority of States Without Marriage Equality

Colorado, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah and Virginia all joined the ranks yesterday as states where gay marriage is now legal, marking for the first time where over 50 percent of the US population now lives in states where marriage equality has been actualized. “But here in Ohio, we continue to wait — and tens of thousands […]

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