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Ohio Legislature Fails to Override Veto of Heartbeat Bill

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Legislature Fails to Override Veto of Heartbeat Bill

On Thursday, the Ohio legislature tried and failed to override Governor John Kasich’s veto of HB 258, or the “Heartbeat Bill.” Kasich vetoed the bill, a ban on abortions after six weeks, on Saturday, Dec. 22. The Ohio House voted 60-28 to override the veto on Thursday morning. It then went directly to the Senate, […]

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Opinion: In Ohio, Motherhood is Both Mandatory and Punished

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Opinion: In Ohio, Motherhood is Both Mandatory and Punished

Remember in Halloween, when Jamie Lee Curtis uses a shotgun on Michael Myers, stabs him, and lights him on fire, only for him to rise to his feet and resume killing? I don’t know, for some reason that came to mind when I heard that Ohio legislators had, again, passed the Heartbeat Bill. You’ve heard […]

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The Confluence Cast: The Matriots

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: The Matriots

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadElected officials should reflect their constituencies. That’s the essential thesis of the Matriots, an Ohio nonpartisan political action committee founded by a group of women who participated in the Women’s March on Washington. I sat down with their executive director, Elissa Schneider, to talk about the organization and their […]

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State Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega State Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

A bill that would essentially “defund” Ohio’s Planned Parenthood passed the Senate Wednesday with a 22-8 vote and two amendments. The earliest it can be on Gov. John Kasich’s desk is Feb. 9, after it goes back to the House for a concurrence. “All the Rs voted yes; all the Ds voted no,” said Senator […]

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Beer Legislation Brewing in the General Assembly

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Beer Legislation Brewing in the General Assembly

The Ohio General Assembly has spent a lot of time thinking about alcohol in the last year, from the creation of open container entertainment districts to the sale of wine at farmers’ markets. Now let’s take a look at three pieces of legislation currently sitting in the Statehouse concerning everybody’s favorite beverage; beer. We Are […]

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Open Container Entertainment Districts Could Soon Come to Ohio

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Open Container Entertainment Districts Could Soon Come to Ohio

Legislation that would allow for exceptions to open container laws is making its way through the Ohio Statehouse. Senate Bill 116, sponsored by Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati, would permit cities to establish “entertainment districts” where people could consume alcoholic beverages in public spaces. The Ohio Senate passed the bill on Dec. 2. In a […]

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