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Senate Republican pitching a temporary fix for Ohio school voucher problem

Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, proposes freezing the EdChoice Scholarship list for two years to prevent a major expansion of Ohio’s voucher program due to changes that lowered the grades of districts in the state’s report-card system, the determining factor in establishing voucher eligibility. Public school officials say the expansion, set to take effect Saturday, could devastate their budgets.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost certifies petition for raising minimum wage

The Ohio attorney general’s office approved a summary of a petition Monday for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would increase the state minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2025.The petition contained both the necessary 1,000 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters and a “fair and truthful summary of the proposed amendment,” according to the office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.Lawyers representing Ohioans for Raising the Wage […]

Nathaniel Jones | 1926-2020: Retired federal judge from Ohio was committed to civil rights

Nathaniel Jones, an advocate for civil rights who served 23 years on the federal appeals court bench in Cincinnati, died of congestive heart failure early Sunday morning at his Cincinnati home, said his daughter Stephanie Jones.He was 93 and had been hospitalized for much of the past month.Get the news delivered to your inbox: […]

Todd Portune | 1958-2020: Longtime Cincinnati politician considered Ohio governor run against Kasich

Todd Portune, one of the longest serving Democrats in the Cincinnati region’s history – first as a Cincinnati city councilman and then as a Hamilton County commissioner who continued to work even after becoming partially paralyzed by health issues, has died. He was 61 and had been battling cancer.”Todd was a phenomenon of motion, from his scholastic years running like the wind and exalting in victory with a grin, until the times when health limited his mobility to […]

Trump impeachment trial | 4 takeaways from Saturday's defense

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s lawyers went for short and sweet during Saturday’s impeachment trial, taking only two hours of their first day at the Senate podium to outline their case for exonerating the president – a marked contrast to House Democrats’ marathon and often scathing presentations.Trump’s defense team will resume its presentation Monday.But in Saturday’s 120-minute opening, the president’s lawyers attacked House Democrats’ credibility […]

Experts: Trump rule change will remove industry red tape but pollute more Ohio stream miles

A new Trump administration revision to a federal water law will take effect in April and will relieve industries from seeking permits when it comes to isolated wetlands and ephemeral streams. While that may help businesses move projects forward with less hassle, researchers say it will be devastating for water quality. In Ohio, a majority of stream miles will be affected.

Dems say oust Trump or he'll betray again; 'He is who he is'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing out their case, House Democrats warned in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial that the president will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election.They then implored Republican senators to allow new testimony before rendering a final verdict. “Give America a fair trial,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead Democratic impeachment manager, said Friday. “She’s worth it. […]