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Opinion: Ohio Needs Election Modernization

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Opinion: Ohio Needs Election Modernization

By J. Bennett Guess Ohioans need to have an urgent, nonpartisan, consensus-driven conversation about a subject we rarely talk about: our state’s woefully lackluster voter participation.  Despite Ohio’s longstanding reputation for being the nation’s election barometer, when it comes to our record of showing up at the polls, “so goes Ohio” is not what we would […]

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Two Proposals Aim to Eliminate Ohio’s Rape Statute of Limitations

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Two Proposals Aim to Eliminate Ohio’s Rape Statute of Limitations

An Ohio House Democrat is adding two more proposals to the legislature’s list of bills seeking to remove the statute of limitations for rape from state law. Last Tuesday, state Rep. John Rogers, D-Mentor-On-The-Lake, introduced House Bill 470 and House Bill 472, with the goal of eliminating the 25-year limit on prosecution of rape cases. The first […]

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Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus sets Goals for 2020

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus sets Goals for 2020

By Susan Tebben Just weeks after the birth of her twin daughters in 2004, state Rep. Erica Crawley, D-Columbus, went to an emergency room with severe abdominal pain.  At the time, she was breastfeeding her girls, and was still recovering from the trauma of their emergency C-section. She sat in the waiting room for hours in […]

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Driving While Texting Could Soon Become a Primary Offense in Ohio

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Driving While Texting Could Soon Become a Primary Offense in Ohio

By David C. DeWitt A Democratic Ohio House member introduced legislation last Tuesday that would make using cell phones while driving a primary offense, meaning law enforcement would be able to pull over drivers they observe using them. Currently, this is a secondary offense, meaning the driver would have to be pulled over for a separate […]

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Democratic Debate Watch Party

Anne Evans Anne Evans Democratic Debate Watch Party

The January 14th Democratic Presidential debate will be hosted in Des Moines, and hosted by CNN. Locals are invited to tune in LIVE at The Gateway Film Center for a free screening co-hosted by Columbus Underground that will include discussion and drink specials — and cheering is certainly encouraged for your favorite candidates! Gateway Film […]

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Grassroots Group Breaks into Central Committee Races

 Taijuan Moorman Grassroots Group Breaks into Central Committee Races

If you don’t know what a Central Committee is or does, you’re not alone. It’s an important part of the party system; you vote on a ward representative during the primary election, but what happens after? The Franklin County Republican Party explains the purpose of its Central Committee on its website: “Committee members are elected […]

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Automatic Voter Registration Could be Coming Soon to Ohio

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Automatic Voter Registration Could be Coming Soon to Ohio

by Susan Tebben A new proposal to require voters to be automatically registered to vote could be filed in the Ohio House by the end of the week, according to its sponsor. State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, is pushing forward with a move that has been supported by Secretary of State Frank LaRose in the […]

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