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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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Something strange is going on at the Ohio Statehouse.

The week’s headlines were dominated by the story of freshman Republican State Representative Wes Goodman, whose habit of chatting up young men online was revealed after his abrupt resignation over sex acts in his office. We’ll set aside the details of that story and let Wes and his wife work out their issues in private. The interesting part of the story is how it is being pushed from the sidelines and why.

ECOT, Ohio’s Scammiest Charter School

First, a quick review of the recent history of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow […]

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Ohio Republican State Representative Mike Duffey took to Facebook this week to explain his somewhat unexpected vote against Senate Bill 127, legislation that will prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. The bill contained no exceptions for rape or incest, and in a 54-37 vote, House members refused to consider an exception for cases in which a physician determines a “fetus has a severe fetal anomaly or is unlikely to survive after birth.” Duffey was one of only 3 Republican lawmakers, all of whom represent Columbus suburbs, to vote against the bill, which passed 64-39.

In a post on his […]

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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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Plunderbund Action: Contact Your Representative About SB331, the Petland Bill

Yesterday, a House committee held the first of two hearings this week on the controversial measure to block local ordinances regarding the sale of puppies from commercial breeders. As we noted before, the bill represents erodes local control, undoing the hard work of advocates and elected officials who have gotten laws passed in Toledo and Grove City, and contains a loophole to permit the sale from self-defined “hobby breeders,” a category not subject to oversight by the state under the bill.

Bill sponsor Senator Bob Peterson defended the loophole, […]

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Ohio Republicans, at the urging of the Petland chain of stores and their lobbyists, are planning to pass a bill that would overturn local ordinances that regulate pet stores and the dog breeders they purchase from. The laws, in effect in communities including Toledo and Grove City, were passed to crack down on the sale of dogs from unethical commercial breeders running puppy mills – facilities where dogs are kept in inhumane and unsanitary conditions and often carry disease or genetic conditions.

Speaker Cliff Rosenberger regurgitates the lobbyists’ talking points explains:

“It’s important that we not look […]

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Yesterday was an illuminating day for followers of the incoming Trump administration. Twice, the team — including the President-elect himself — was caught by journalists engaging in obvious deception.

First, campaign spokesman Jason Miller made this easily-disproven claim:

President-elect Trump has never advocated for any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion, and to imply otherwise is completely false.

And it was, predictably, immediately disproven. By reporter after reporter after reporter. Most stories pointed back to this 2015 video where Trump himself endorses exactly this idea.


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This morning, the Columbus Dispatch released the results of their highly-anticipated annual mail poll, which found that Hillary Clinton holds a 1-point advantage, leading Donald Trump 48-47 in a race they say is “too close to call.” The editors say the race will come down to which campaign does a better job of getting out their voters.

Also this morning, a new CBS News poll has Trump over Clinton 46-45.

Public polling results are consistent with a report from Daily Kos yesterday that internal Democratic Party polling (private polls paid for by the party, which typically tend to […]

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