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Caller told Emilia Sykes he was holding her father, threatened to kill him

Using Vernon Sykes’ phone number, a man who called Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes last weekend told her he had her father and threatened to kill him.According to an Akron police report released Friday, Emilia Sykes told police the unknown man called her phone Saturday afternoon and made the threat against her father, state Sen. Vernon Sykes.The report stated the man repeatedly told her to “step aside,” referring to her political stance, and […]

About 5,500 provisional ballots rejected because voters didn't qualify to vote in person

About 5,500 ballots that were cast in person on Ohio’s delayed primary election were not counted because the voters were neither disabled nor homeless and didn’t request an absentee ballot on time.That represented a small fraction of the 1.8 million ballots that were counted in the election.Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose released the official results of the 2020 primary on Friday afternoon, about 2 1/2 months after Ohio’s originally scheduled […]

Coronavirus: Some Franklin County GOP central committee members at odds over reorganization meeting

Longtime county Central Committee Chairman Brad Sinnott and Executive Committee Chairman Doug Preisse believe an in-person meeting would be a mass gathering not currently legal under state health orders aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. And it wouldn’t be a legitimate session, regardless.

Trump calls Floyd death 'shocking,' calls protesters 'thugs'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday called protesters in Minneapolis “thugs” and said that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” — drawing another warning from Twitter for his rhetoric. Trump tweeted after protesters outraged by the death of a black man in police custody torched a police station.Earlier Thursday, Trump said, “I feel very, very badly” about George Floyd’s death while handcuffed and in the custody of Minneapolis police. “That’s a […]

Representative calls for resignation and replacement of Director Amy Acton

A state representative from Greater Cincinnati called for the sacking of Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio’s top health official – a move highlighting growing dissent between Republican Gov. Mike Dewine and some Republicans in the legislature.In an interview with The Enquirer, Mason’s Rep. Paul Zeltwanger criticized Acton for what he saw as a failure to provide accurate information to the public and react to data that contradicted state-backed lockdown measures.Zeltwanger, a real […]

Video: COVID-19 statistics legislation gets reaction from DeWine

Ohio is already releasing all the information they have, says Governor Mike DeWine in response to legislation proposed by Rep. Diane Grendell of Chesterfield that calls for even more COVID-19 information to be updated daily. DeWine also explained the “recovered” statistic, which is not reported by state officials. He spoke at the Thursday, May 28, 2020 coronavirus news conference in Columbus. The question was asked by Jack Windsor of Mansfield’s WMFD television.Video: […]