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Ohio Voting Rights Groups take Issue with Primary Postponement

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Voting Rights Groups take Issue with Primary Postponement

By Tyler Buchanan Days after the Ohio Primary Election was postponed, it is still unclear how (or when) voting will proceed. Despite that, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is not waiting on the courts or the legislature to decide. LaRose has announced a new June 2 voting date on his official government website.  Not only that, […]

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Update: Polls Are Closed Today After Order From Director of Health

Walker Evans Walker Evans Update: Polls Are Closed Today After Order From Director of Health

Update (3/17 9:45am) — This post has been updated multiple times to include the most current information as this story continues to develop. Polling locations are closed today for in-person primary voting after the state issued a public health order late last night signed by Dr. Amy Acton, the state’s Director of Health. “To avoid an […]

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Coronavirus Pandemic Reveals Lack of Safety Net for Ohio Workers

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Coronavirus Pandemic Reveals Lack of Safety Net for Ohio Workers

By Joree Novotny According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3 in 10 American workers cannot take time off when they’re sick without losing wages or even their jobs. That number is much higher for workers in sectors like food service (4 in 5) and personal care/home health (3 in 4). Even fewer can take paid […]

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Children Without Health Insurance on the Rise in Ohio

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Children Without Health Insurance on the Rise in Ohio

By Jake Zuckerman The rate of young children in Ohio without health insurance is surging. Health care professionals attribute the rise in children under six years old without coverage to a hot economy shrinking Medicaid rolls to technical errors in an already complex Medicaid system.  Whatever the case, the trend reverses years of steady decline in […]

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Telemedicine Abortion Ban Passes in Ohio Senate

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Telemedicine Abortion Ban Passes in Ohio Senate

By Susan Tebben A bill to ban the use of telemedicine for abortion-related services has passed the Ohio Senate, moving on to House consideration. Senate Bill 260 specifically deals with the combination drug Mifeprex, which is used in medication abortions. The bill passed 20 to 9, with two Republicans, Sen. Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard, and Sen. Nathan […]

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New Abortion Ban Introduced in Ohio House

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal New Abortion Ban Introduced in Ohio House

By Susan Tebben A new abortion ban is being introduced in the Ohio House, this time aiming at total prohibition of abortions statewide. Dubbed the “Human Life Protection Act” by sponsor state Rep. John Becker, the bill would take effect if the federal case that legalized abortion in the nation, Roe v. Wade, is overturned. If […]

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Could Marijuana Be Made Legal in Ohio Next Year?

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Could Marijuana Be Made Legal in Ohio Next Year?

By Tyler Buchanan Will marijuana become fully legalized in Ohio next year? That’s the hope of a group behind the proposed “Amendment to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.” The group recently submitted initial paperwork to the Ohio Attorney General office for this constitutional amendment to appear on the 2020 General Election ballot in November.  The amendment, if […]

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