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Antivax activists are making inroads at the Ohio Statehouse, recruiting at least 35 sitting lawmakers to endorse their positions through intense lobbying and outreach. A deep dive into the latest viral phenomenon to infect state politics.

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COLUMBUS — The second volume of poetry from Columbus-based bestselling author Astone Jackson debuted at No. 1 for new releases in Amazon LGBTQ+ poetry over Pride Weekend in Columbus.

“This book really continues my journey, exploring love, heartbreak, and everything in between,” said Jackson. “It explores what’s happened in my life regarding my relationships and sexuality, so it was important to me to release it on Pride Weekend, and the response has just been amazing.”

Jackson’s second effort, “Hoping For The Best, Just Hoping Nothing Happens,” was released June 14 and is a follow-up to his first collection of poetry, […]

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For decades, many politicians eagerly pledged support for ending safe and legal abortion, knowing that Roe v. Wade rendered those pledges meaningless. That all changed with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

With Justice Kavanaugh cementing the court’s conservative majority, Roe will be overturned or gutted.  The court won’t automatically make abortion illegal. Instead, it’s expected to find a case that returns decisions about its legality to the states, where a patchwork of existing laws already makes abortion difficult to access in Ohio and many other states.

Recently we have seen how […]

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Women’s Equality Day should not be a thing. It could easily be dismissed as a participation trophy, but for the love of all things holy, we had to fight hard to participate.

The day honors the 1920 adoption of the 19th amendment, which (finally!) granted women the right to vote. The suffragettes were relentless, fierce, and focused. We need a little bit of that right now.

With the current President, the mid-term elections and the Kavanaugh nomination, it’s downright scary to be a woman today. But this makes me even more grateful for my right to vote, so you had […]

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Ohio’s special election in District 12 last week was never supposed to be even close.

Republicans have held the Ohio-12 House seat for over thirty years. Trump won the district by eleven points in 2016. And yet, the people who actually live in the district–yes, this even includes those scoundrels in Franklin County–turned those numbers on their head and sent a message to Congress: We are watching the Republican assault on the middle class, working families, those suffering through poverty, children, teachers, veterans—and we will march to the polls to make our voices heard.

Center stage in this parade […]

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This week we learned the ECOT ripoff cost taxpayers at least $200 million, while Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine did nothing but cash their campaign checks. Local Ohio school officials are not happy.

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With a special election just weeks away, very little coverage has focused on the GOP candidate for Ohio’s 12th Congressional district. Troy Balderson has posted some particularly swampy fundraising reports with energy companies effectively bankrolling his run for Congress.

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Forcing a trusted teacher, administrator, cafeteria worker, janitor, guidance counselor, or other caring adult in a school to out children experiencing gender dysphoria teaches a lesson of distrust to kids, many of whom already struggle with bullying, depression or worse.

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Just in time for 2018, our complete archive of posts about Phil Robinson and Jim Trakas, candidates for Ohio’s 6th House District.

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Just in time for 2018, our complete archive of posts about Andrew Brenner and Louise Valentine, candidates for Ohio’s 19th Senate District.

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by John K. Hartman

The Columbus Dispatch cannot give Dave Yost enough sweetheart coverage in his bid for Ohio Attorney General. The newspaper might as well be named deputy campaign manager for the Delaware Republican and current state auditor. This is hardly the way the recently crowned Ohio’s best newspaper should behave.

In fact, it is hard to remember the name of Yost’s Democratic opponent. Let me take a moment to look it up. The Democrat candidate for attorney general is Steve Dettlebach. He gets little coverage in the newspaper and dispatch.com and when he did get covered, the Dispatch […]

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