From the daily archives: Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ohio Republicans, emboldened by Trump’s win in November, this week pushed through two new attacks on women’s abortion rights. Ohio women (and men) are not having it, and are organizing massive protests in response.

Last week, Ohio Senators pulled a sneak attack, reviving the extreme “Heartbeat bill,” legislation that would ban abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy, by amending it into an unrealated child abuse bill without a single public hearing. By keeping lawmakers in session throughout the day, the bill (HB493) made it through both chambers of the General Assembly in a single day and headed […]

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News reporters often eschew describing the nitty gritty details of “how the sausage gets made” in the Ohio General Assembly. This is the deal-making, wheeling, dealing, midnight squealing – that awful noise Clarice Starling’s lambs make during the slaughter – in the Buckeye State Statehouse.

Of course, lawmakers have an interest in not publicizing the gory deets: these less-than-savory mechanisms are embraced on both sides of the aisle every now and again to suit their purposes when necessary.

Perhaps the messiest of these tools are deployed during the “lame duck session,” which Ohio lawmakers went through this week, where the […]

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