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.Full Story... →
We’ve told you for months that there is a national assault on women’s rights and Ohio is on the front lines. A new, national grassroots organization—UNITE Women—sprung up in the wake of nearly 400 bills introduced in state houses across the country to fight back. The group has organized large events in state capitals nationwide for this Saturday, April 28 and Ohio is no exception.
Saturday’s rally on the Statehouse west lawn will feature a number of speakers about such proposals as the heartbeat bill, personhood amendment, a new […]Full Story... →
This is a critical week in the Ohio Legislature. The House Finance Committee is set to vote tomorrow to pass the mid-biennium budget bill (HB487) out of committee . On Wednesday, the full House of Representatives is set to vote.
Below is an action alert from our friends at Planned Parenthood featuring easy steps you can take.
There is an amendment to the Budget revision in the Ohio House that would eliminate funding from Planned Parenthood. If it were to pass, women would lose access to critical services such as STD testing, sex education, breast cancer screenings, birth control, […]Full Story... →
a term formed out of the words slacker and activism. The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes “feel-good” measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it feel satisfaction. (Thanks, Wikipedia)
Ohio government is now firmly controlled by Republicans. With that power, they’re doing exactly what everyone feared, which is writing incredibly bad legislation and passing it into law. Laws that we may not be able to wipe off the books for decades—perhaps ever.
You may be angry. You […]Full Story... →
With their move to defund Planned Parenthood, Ohio Republicans have put our state on center stage in the nationwide assault on women’s health. While the national party sought to quell the talk of a “war on women” and make these issues go away, the Ohio party jumped in with both feet.
We are in the national spotlight and that’s a good thing. When Virginia tried to require vaginal ultrasounds for an abortion, thousands of women took action and scared politicians to change the bill. […]Full Story... →
We haven’t written anything on #OccupyWallStreet yet (or any of the Occupy groups in Ohio), and I am not going to force us into an editorial position on the movement at this time, but personally, as a fan, I wanted to provide some information to our readers about reputable sites for information. Sometimes, such an egalitarian, leaderless, democratic movement can be a little messy, especially looking at it from the outside, and it can be hard to know what information is “official”. I’ve seen some stuff flying around on the internet that is most definitely not sanctioned by the New […]Full Story... →
Earlier today, Secretary of State Jon Husted informed the “We Are Ohio” campaign that his office has officially certified that they collected the sufficient number of valid signatures to place SB 5 on a repeal ballot this November.
Here’s a copy of Secretary of State Jon Husted’s letter.
And here’s a chart from Husted’s office showing a county by county breakdown. In order to get it on the ballot they had to get over 231,150 signatures with the signatures coming from the equivalent of at least 3% of the votes cast in the 2010 gubernatorial election in […]Full Story... →
[Disclaimer: This post is being offered for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be legal advice, nor am I creating any attorney/client privilege. The scope of this review is what is prohibited under Ohio law. Individual agency policies may vary. As always, I would advise anyone to independently consult with an attorney for questions about their legal rights in their particular situation.]
I’ve gotten at least one State employee who has e-mailed me an agency “policy” statement that suggests that any political activity by classified employees are prohibited on state property. The general structure is a memorandum that […]Full Story... →
Last week, John Kasich expressed regret at his seemingly flippiant attitude towards diversity at the very beginning of his term. He even said that he thinks his Administration should strive harder than Governor Strickland’s to get the State to meet its 1980s mandate of setting aside 15% of all government contracts to minority-owned businesses.
We should support the Governor on this, because we doubt many in his party will. But that support also means we hold him accountable for his budget, which cuts funding for the offices charged with enforcing Ohio’s minority-owned business set asides by over half.
Also, Governor Kasich is making the right call on sentencing reform. If you support gun control, then you probably should support Kasich’s killing, for now at least, of the restaurant CCW bill, too.Full Story... →
Two years ago, the Tea Party was being trumpeted as foreshadowing for the Democrats in electoral doom in 2010 as they held a 7,000 person rally in Columbus. At the same time, Cincinnati Tea Party activists held a rally with an estimated 4,000 in attendance.
Two years later, there was NO planned Tax Day events in Columbus for the Tea Party. Cincinnati had a “packed” rally that probably didn’t even break 100. Meanwhile, the protest for SB 5 have exceeded the size of any Tea Party rallies so far.
The most recent SB 5 rally in Columbus had 11,000 in comparison. What does that portend for the GOP in Ohio in ’12, then?Full Story... →
This morning, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified “We Are Ohio”s proposed summary ballot language to place SB 5 on a referendum vote this November. We’re still waiting on approval of the initial signatures by Secretary of State Husted, but we aren’t expecting any problem with those as the campaign submitted 3,000 signatures and only need 1,000 valid ones. That means the SB 5 referendum process is officially in the petition signature gathering stage!Full Story... →