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Today, a House committee voted to advance a bill that poverty advocates say would make it easier for landlords to evict renters. Its sponsor is a landlord.

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Today, something unpredictable happened in a House committee: a pro-public education amendment nearly passed.

The House Education committee was scheduled to consider amendments and vote on an education deregulation bill (SB216). That didn’t happen, however, after committee Democrats put forward an amendment that would have prohibited the state from taking over local school districts that score too low on state tests. Under House Bill 70, Youngstown and Lorain local schools have been placed under the control of appointed CEOs with a wide range of latitude to cancel labor contracts, privatize and restructure district operations.

Today’s amendment was offered by Rep […]

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State Rep Andy Brenner is so desperate not to have to give back his contributions from the scandal-plagued founder of ECOT, he’s claiming he didn’t take them. (He did).

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Campaign finance reports were due today, and in all four of the downticket races — for Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Auditor — Democrats outraised their Republican counterparts. 

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There might be an anti-incumbent wave building in the midterms, as six Ohio Democrats seeking to flip districts to blue raise over $100,000, four of them topping the fundraising of the incumbents they are challenging.

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Last night, in a highly predictable development, the Franklin County Democratic Party voted to endorse Rich Cordray and other statewide democrats in the May Primary. Some were less excited with the move.

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Anderson Township Trustee, Andrew Pappas, is mocking Parkland students and promoting crazy conspiracy theories- even after being given evidence that the conspiracies are false. This is becoming standard behavior for the GOP.

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An Ohio Republican got into it with his Democratic challenger on Twitter about his support for eliminating school safety zones. He took the opportunity to suggest kids should be allowed to arm themselves at school. It went about as well as you might expect.

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After getting wind that hundreds of students were on their way to speak out about gun violence, Republican lawmakers at the Ohio Statehouse cancelled session and made themselves scarce.

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If you spend any time on social media or at meetings of progressive activists you’ll know that progressive voters care about policy issues. Like, they really care.  Way more than they care about parties or most politicians. And, if you’re running for Governor, the best way to share your views on issues is to post them to a website.

The conversation this cycle comes thanks to Rich Cordray, who has frustrated the state’s voters–or at least the ones who haven’t met him in person–by failing to outline any policy solutions on his official website. And boy do we hear about […]

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This is a guest post by Lori Crook of Nelsonville

Our Congressman, Steve Stivers, came to Nelsonville yesterday, and we were ready for him.

The meeting was organized by city council as a public meeting to which he was invited, but was quickly taken over by Stivers’ office and turned into an exclusive, invite-only meeting, and…they controlled the guest list. Most of the elected officials and runners of agencies in Athens County were there, but no member of the public was allowed in.

As a result, many stood outside where every entering car had to drive by, holding a […]

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