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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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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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After an eternity of denials by Republican leaders that they were interested in suppressing the minority vote, it was encouraging to hear a Democratic candidate come along for Secretary of State to clean up the other party’s act.

That ’s what we heard from State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (Kent) when she spoke to the Akron Press Club on Monday, April 9.  She covered the full range of suppressive initiatives forever denied by the oppressors. These initiatives were enacted most recently by Jon Husted, who is leaving the position of Ohio Secretary of State to tag with Attorney General Mike DeWine, who has […]

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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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April 15, 2018 is Tax Day and is also the first Tax Day under the TrumpTax Scam— which makes it the perfect day to take to the streets again.

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We hear that citizens across the country are more engaged and paying attention to politics like never before. But does it even matter? Last month, in Ohio, it clearly did. 

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Politics saves lives and politics takes lives. Maybe you’ve always known this, but are only now realizing how policies impact you and your community. No matter what your situation, at least now you have realized: It is time to make the time. It’s time to get political.

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One year later, and the resistance to Trump and Trumpism is still going strong in Central Ohio.

Today, with nearly no notice, approximately two dozen protestors organized by local Indivisible groups convened on Senator Portman’s Columbus office to condemn his empty “thoughts and prayers” response to the latest tragic mass shooting and ask for real reform of our gun laws. Local news was there and produced this report.

Meanwhile in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District (which is currently vacant, thanks to Pat Tiberi’s departure to the lobbying world), activists are still going strong. Below is an excerpt from the […]

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A beloved Youngstown businessman is sitting in jail, awaiting deportation, as the Trump administration exerts new enforcement powers. On Tuesday, Ohioans will rally to denounce the Trump administration’s year of actions against families and the lack of progress toward policies to protect immigrants.

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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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