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Federal Judge Rules Abortions Can Continue, ODH Order Partly Held

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Federal Judge Rules Abortions Can Continue, ODH Order Partly Held

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here. A federal judge has put a temporary hold on an order by the Ohio Department of Health to cease surgical abortions during the coronavirus pandemic and classify them as nonessential procedures in an effort to conserve scarce personal protective equipment and hospital […]

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Ohio Legislators Consider Bill that Could Limit Right to Protest

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Legislators Consider Bill that Could Limit Right to Protest

Last week, the Ohio Senate held a committee hearing on a bill that opponents say could limit the right to protest. Senate Bill 250, called “Protect critical infrastructure facilities from mischief,” would make it a more serious and expensive crime to trespass or cause property damage to oil and gas pipelines and other industry infrastructure. […]

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ODP Taking Golden Week Lawsuit to Supreme Court

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega ODP Taking Golden Week Lawsuit to Supreme Court

Golden Week — Ohio’s unique early voting period where voters can register and cast all in one — is dead and gone, but the Ohio Democratic Party plans to resurrect it. Again. The bill (SB 238) eliminating Golden Week was conceived in 2013 and signed into law in February of 2014 by Gov. John Kasich, […]

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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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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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