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City Council Seeks to Address Marijuana Reform

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Council Seeks to Address Marijuana Reform

Over the last decade or so, political and moral ideas about marijuana have undoubtedly changed. More than 30 states have legalized the drug, either for medicinal or recreational purposes, and the burgeoning weed industry is already raking in billions of dollars. In the mean time, criminal justice and civil rights experts have noted that while […]

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Opinion: Stop Reading Lies About Abortion, Start Funding It

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Opinion: Stop Reading Lies About Abortion, Start Funding It

Wow, are anti-choicers winning this fight, huh? I have to hand it to them, they’ve developed a multi-pronged attack on reproductive rights that has effectively dismantled all common knowledge, reason and scientific understanding. Then again, I suppose it is an opportune time to bend facts and twist narratives. In the week or so since Mike […]

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Ohio Becomes Fifth State to Pass Six Week Abortion Ban

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Becomes Fifth State to Pass Six Week Abortion Ban

Gov. Mike DeWine has signed SB 23, a ban on abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The law, which makes no exceptions for rape or incest, will take effect in 90 days. “Today and everyday, we will not accept barriers placed on abortion access by politicians or judges. We refuse to be intimidated […]

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Heartbeat Bill Passes House, Awaits DeWine’s Signature

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Heartbeat Bill Passes House, Awaits DeWine’s Signature

Ohio’s latest version of the “Heartbeat Bill” is headed to the desk of Gov. Mike DeWine, who’s previously voiced his support for the measure. With more restrictions added by the Ohio Senate last week, the bill (SB 23) was sent to the Ohio House on Wednesday, where it passed 56-40. SB 23 would ban abortion […]

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More Restrictions Added to Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega More Restrictions Added to Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill

Ohio’s proposed “heartbeat bill” (SB 23) just got a bit stricter. As passed by an Ohio House committee this Tuesday, the new version of the six-week abortion ban would impose steep fines on abortion providers and promote the use of an invasive transvaginal ultrasound procedure. The House Health Committee has amended SB 23 to allow […]

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April Fool’s Day: Ohio Lawmakers Mulling “Fart Tax” to Make up for Lower Gas Tax

Travis Irvine Travis Irvine April Fool’s Day: Ohio Lawmakers Mulling “Fart Tax” to Make up for Lower Gas Tax

In a move already being questioned by critics, the Ohio state legislature is reportedly considering an unprecedented new “fart tax” that will be forced upon Ohioans anytime they flatulate, according to sources in the statehouse. The proposal is being tossed around as a way to make up for the lower gas tax hike, ever since […]

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April Fool’s Day: Governor Mike DeWine Embraces State’s Medical Marijuana Program

Travis Irvine Travis Irvine April Fool’s Day: Governor Mike DeWine Embraces State’s Medical Marijuana Program

In an unexpected move, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has decided to “fully embrace” the state’s medical marijuana program, which he announced at a press conference shortly after 4:20 p.m. on Friday. Though the Governor looked more glassy-eyed than usual, DeWine stated while snacking on a bag of Cheetos that his decision was made because he’s […]

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