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On the schedule this week? Not a single gun reform bill. Instead, House lawmakers will hear from supporters of a bill that prosecutors say would allow convicted violent felons to legally purchase guns.

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A lot of things can cause stress: work, school, or even the fact that Ohio is 12 days past the constitutional deadline to pass a budget and we still don’t have one. Whatever is on your mind, take a moment to get inspired by State Senator Theresa Gavarone and find your zen.

Yes, Gavarone and our other Republican lawmakers have let down their constituents, put our credit and state funding at risk, and generally failed at their jobs. But has that stopped them from taking time off and having fun? Of course not!

If Theresa Gavarone can be this at-peace […]

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You have to hand it to Republicans. They know how to play hardball and show their deftness in navigating that Potomac swamp they’ve not yet bothered to drain.

How appropriate that a former attorney general, the very guy who previously showed his expertise in crafting presidential pardons has, in the heightening Trump-Russia investigation, been chosen to be the next attorney general. What timing. How coincidental.

The nomination of William Barr to be the next attorney general has raised controversy because of his previously expressed strong views about the Mueller investigation. In fact, some have suggested that the 19-page memo […]

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Ohio’s Lame Duck legislative session started with a bang, as controversial “Stand Your Ground” gun legislation passed as debate was abruptly stopped after one lawmaker brought up the subject of race.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the state’s largest county and metropolitan area, Republicans are attempting to suppress votes by shutting down a public education campaign about early voting. Franklin County GOP officials Doug Preisse and Brad Sinnott have “made voter education a partisan issue,” says Andrew Ginther, the Democratic mayor of Columbus.

Preisse and Sinnott are both members of the Board of Elections, as well as leading the Republican Party in the county. Preisse and Sinnott worked together on the Board of Elections to deny a plan that would advertise early voting information and other critical election education to voters […]

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For all but four of the last 23 years, Republicans have held control of the governor’s mansion and both houses of the Ohio General Assembly. Buoyed by conservative support across huge swathes of the state’s rural landscapes, the GOP has dominated politics in Ohio and placed a chokehold on the our state’s working class.

A generation of Ohioans has grown up in the shadow of this conservative death star, constantly clamoring for lower taxes, more deregulation and more handouts to big businesses, even as their rural constituents struggled to make ends meet. Jobs were slashed en masse, wages plummeted in […]

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We’ve all seen far too often what happens when legislative bodies are non-representative of their constituents. Infamous images abound of panels of elderly, white, wealthy, Republican men staring down on women and people of color from their positions of power, enacting policies to benefit and enrich themselves at the harm of everybody else.

It’s long overdue that we should see an influx of women into the Ohio House of Representatives and State Senate. To say the least, it’s incredibly frustrating that 27 of the 33 State Senate seats and 76 of the 99 House of Representative seats in Ohio […]

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Hudson city councilman Casey Weinstein picks up a key endorsement in his race to flip Oho’s 37th House District from red to blue.

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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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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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