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Ohio Attorney General Yost files for 6-week abortion ban as Roe is overturned

As Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed court motions to enact Ohio’s six-week abortion ban, a motley bunch of protesters gathered near the Ohio Statehouse on Friday in a tiny sliver of shade cast by the William McKinley statue. They held signs declaring “abortion is healthcare” or “abortion is a human right.” Another read “our […] The post Ohio Attorney General Yost files for 6-week abortion ban as Roe is overturned appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says

President Joe Biden on Friday called for Congress to pass laws protecting abortion rights and for voters to elect pro-rights candidates on “a sad day for the country” after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Biden pledged to fight for policies that protect abortion access, including interstate travel and access to federally approved […] The post Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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Ohio abortion bans on the way following death of Roe

Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ohio legislature is set up to move forward with abortion bans in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday morning that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate […] The post Ohio abortion bans on the way following death of Roe appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. The decision by five of the Court’s nine justices will allow each state to set its own abortion laws, leading to a patchwork of access throughout the country. The result is expected to be an […] The post U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights

Republicans in Congress were jubilant at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning decades of precedent to revoke a constitutional right to an abortion, while Democrats were equally despondent about what they called an extremist decision that revoked a long-held right and represented an attack on women’s autonomy. The party-line reaction hints at how lawmakers will approach abortion […] The post Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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Beyond the rhetoric: Abortion restrictions will affect poor & minorities unequally

As with so many aspects of the culture wars, the American debate over abortion seems to spend little time considering what policies will actually do to the people at whom they’re aimed. Proponents of restrictions — or outright bans — believe they’re fighting to save unborn lives. But while the question of when an unborn […] The post Beyond the rhetoric: Abortion restrictions will affect poor & minorities unequally appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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Advocates: Domestic violence survivors’ safety at risk with anti-abortion messaging, action

Making pregnancy the only option for women in Ohio evokes thoughts of “reproductive coercion” for those who work with domestic violence survivors.  Advocates fighting against domestic violence say the use of pregnancy-only messaging – including calling pregnancy resulting from rape an “opportunity,” as one Ohio abortion bill sponsor did – could keep Ohioans in abusive relationships. […] The post Advocates: Domestic violence survivors’ safety at risk with anti-abortion messaging, action appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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Sen. Brown touts bipartisan firearms bill, other legislative progress

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown predicted quick passage for a bipartisan gun reform package negotiated by his colleagues in the wake of the Uvalde shooting. “We will pass the bill tonight or tomorrow,” Brown said Thursday. “We will get it. The House will pass it, I assume, quickly, and we will get it to the […] The post Sen. Brown touts bipartisan firearms bill, other legislative progress appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York law that made it illegal to carry a firearm in public without showing a special need for protection. The court ruled that the state’s concealed carry law violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution — a major decision that expands the Second […] The post U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states

Part of Donald Trump’s plan to reverse his loss in the 2020 presidential election hinged on replacing legitimate electors in a handful of swing states with “fake electors.” In theory, these bogus Republican slates in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada and Wisconsin would cast their electoral votes for the incumbent — canceling out the popular […] The post How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns

WASHINGTON — Experts on election security warned lawmakers during a U.S. House Administration hearing on Wednesday of targeted disinformation campaigns that could occur in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections. The panel of witnesses also stressed to members of the subcommittee on elections the dangers of conspiracy groups and their reach in sowing disinformation about […] The post U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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Red flag laws saved 7,300 Americans from gun deaths in 2020 alone, and could have saved 11,400 more

Lawmakers in Congress are poised to pass the first gun control legislation in three decades. Among the elements in that legislation is support for states to pass what are called “red flag laws.” These laws, already in place in many states, let police take guns from people deemed a threat to themselves or others. The […] The post Red flag laws saved 7,300 Americans from gun deaths in 2020 alone, and could have saved 11,400 more appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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FirstEnergy fired its CEO amid bribery scandal but let him keep millions, documents show

As its starring role in a political bribery scandal became clearer and two alleged conspirators pleaded guilty, FirstEnergy Corp. fired its CEO Charles “Chuck” Jones, who was later outed as an architect of the operation. New documents show, however, that FirstEnergy’s board of directors declined to invoke a provision in Jones’ contract that would have […] The post FirstEnergy fired its CEO amid bribery scandal but let him keep millions, documents show appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ stack deck against abortion clinics, do so with state support

Abortion advocates have said a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade could insert confusion into an already tense reproductive environment in Ohio.  But Ohioans say that confusion already exists because of “crisis pregnancy centers,” which counter abortion clinics by offering services to discourage pregnancy termination, all with the help of millions […] The post ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ stack deck against abortion clinics, do so with state support appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
COLUMBUS, OH

U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. Senators on a procedural vote late Tuesday agreed 64-34 to start debate on the gun control bill, which would also have to be passed […] The post U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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Our new Republican activist U.S. Supreme Court is assaulting the separation of church and state

American politicians fear-mongering over moral and religious decline, and advocating for state sponsorship of religion, is as old as the founding of the Republic. The key original battle took place in Virginia between “Give me liberty, or give me death,” Patrick Henry, an astute political opportunist who opposed the U.S. Constitution, and the “Father of […] The post Our new Republican activist U.S. Supreme Court is assaulting the separation of church and state appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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Biden pitches a summer gas tax holiday as price hovers around $5 a gallon

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress and state legislatures to provide a temporary reprieve from gas taxes — but members of his own party and Republicans appeared opposed, making it look unlikely on the federal level. In addition, many state legislatures are out of session for the year and aren’t expected […] The post Biden pitches a summer gas tax holiday as price hovers around $5 a gallon appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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Deep inside the gun bill: a break for drug middlemen

Many Americans across the political spectrum are clamoring for federal action on guns in the wake of a mass shooting at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store and hundreds of other mass shootings. But buried in a bipartisan compromise hashed out by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday is an unrelated provision they might not be so happy about. Apropos of nothing, the gun bill would enhance the exemption drug middlemen working with Medicare have from the federal "Anti-Kickback Statute."  The post Deep inside the gun bill: a break for drug middlemen appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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Ohio economists: Child tax credit would be a boon

It would be great for Ohio children and the overall economy if Ohio were to implement child tax credits similar to the federal ones that expired at the beginning of the year. That was the overwhelming consensus in a survey published Tuesday of a panel of the state’s academic economists. In the survey, conducted by […] The post Ohio economists: Child tax credit would be a boon appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.

Sheffield Lake officer reveals new discrimination claims against former chief

A second officer from the Sheffield Lake Police Department has come forward with allegations of racist and now religious workplace harassment against the department’s former chief. Officer A.J. Torres alleged that then-chief Anthony Campo repeatedly produced and shared images that belittled his Catholic faith or caricatured his Latino heritage. “I don’t put away my nationality […] The post Sheffield Lake officer reveals new discrimination claims against former chief appeared first on Ohio Capital Journal.
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