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NAACP, Ohio Democrats File Lawsuit Over “Stand Your Ground” Law

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal NAACP, Ohio Democrats File Lawsuit Over “Stand Your Ground” Law

BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN Two Democratic lawmakers and the NAACP filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn a recently passed “stand your ground” law, which removes Ohioans’ legal duty to try to retreat before responding to a perceived attack with deadly force. The legislation passed in the dying hours of the previous General Assembly often known as […]

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Signatures Being Gathered to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Ohio

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Signatures Being Gathered to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Ohio

BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN A state board gave the green light for organizers to begin gathering tens of thousands of signatures to inch closer to legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use in Ohio. Should they gather the roughly 133,000 signatures needed, the so-called “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” organizers would give their proposal to the Ohio […]

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Hundreds Demonstrate Outside Ohio Statehouse as Anti-Vaccine Attitudes Thrive at Committee Hearing

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Hundreds Demonstrate Outside Ohio Statehouse as Anti-Vaccine Attitudes Thrive at Committee Hearing

BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN One day after the Ohio House Speaker announced a “pause” on a sweeping anti-vaccination bill, the House Health Committee spent five hours Tuesday fielding testimony laden with medical claims about vaccines that are diametrically opposed to guidance from state and federal health officials. While the hearing, the bill’s sixth, was ostensibly about legislation, […]

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House Republicans Propose Sweeping Voting Restrictions

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Republicans Propose Sweeping Voting Restrictions

This article was first published on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives proposed sweeping voting restrictions last week that would impose new hurdles for voters to register and cast a ballot. The legislation, if passed, would require voters to present state issued photo identification to vote, eliminate no-excuse […]

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New State Law Blocks Columbus From Issuing Mask Mandate

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal New State Law Blocks Columbus From Issuing Mask Mandate

BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN Amid a COVID-19 surge in Ohio’s most populous county, health officials wanted to once again require the use of face masks indoors to slow the spread of COVID-19. Unlike July 2020, however, this time they hit a wall. State legislation that took effect earlier this summer forbids health departments from issuing blanket health mandates among people […]

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650K Lead Pipes Still Carry Water In Ohio; 2nd Most in US, Report Says

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal 650K Lead Pipes Still Carry Water In Ohio; 2nd Most in US, Report Says

By Jake Zuckerman As many as 650,000 lead pipes statewide deliver water to Ohioans, according to a report released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council. This makes Ohio the second-worst state in the nation as measured by the estimated number of lead pipes (technically known as lead-containing service lines) in the water system, behind […]

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Fatal Overdoses Leapt 22% in Ohio Last Year, According to New Data

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Fatal Overdoses Leapt 22% in Ohio Last Year, According to New Data

By Jake Zuckerman At least 5,215 Ohioans fatally overdosed on drugs last year according to new government data, a nearly 22% increase over 2019 numbers. The data, released Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, shows the Ohio uptick was more modest than the national rate. More than 93,000 Americans fatally overdosed in 2020, a staggering […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!

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