Tag Archives: Ohio

Ohio Gov Blasts “Radical” Abortion Rights Referendum

The Hill reports: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) called a referendum on reproductive rights on the ballot Tuesday in his home state a “radical proposal,” just days before voters will take to the polls to weigh in on the issue. “If you look at Issue 1 — it’s a radical proposal and whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life, it just goes …

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Ballot Wording Affects Ohio Abortion Rights Support

The Columbus Dispatch reports: A fight over words ensued shortly after the reproductive rights amendment was approved to go on the Nov. 7 ballot. The Ohio ballot board approved changes to the summary language in key ways by a 3-2 vote. Among other concerns, advocates were angered that “fetal viability” was changed to “unborn child.” Likewise, advocates argued that the …

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OH Senate Candidate Claims Ballot Issue Allows Rapists To Force Abortions By Minors Without Parental Consent

NBC News reports: Ohio Republican Senate candidate Bernie Moreno falsely claimed in a recent interview that Issue 1 — the ballot measure seeking to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution — would allow a rapist to “force” a woman to have an abortion. The remark by Moreno, a businessman, is the latest from groups and individuals opposed to Issue …

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Ohio Secretary Of State Purges 26,000 From Voter Rolls During Early Voting On Abortion Rights Ballot Measure

Democracy Docket reports: Just six days after Ohio voters began receiving ballots for the upcoming November election, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) canceled 26,666 voter registrations in the state. On Sept. 22, ballots were sent to overseas citizens and military members to begin voting in the Nov. 7 general election and on Sept. 28, LaRose ordered the cancellations, …

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Cops: Catholic Priest Molested Girl Undergoing Chemo

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: A local Catholic priest called Westlake Police Department to report “a disturbing incident” involving Luis Jesus Barajas, 76, who was visiting the area and performing spiritual ceremonies in Spanish for Hispanic residents in the area. Barajas was driven to a home in Westlake on Oct. 10 to bless a 15-year-old girl who is undergoing chemotherapy. …

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Nazi Pleads Guilty To Hate Crime Firebombing Of Ohio Church For Hosting Drag Show, Faces Up To 15 Years

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: A neo-Nazi who hurled Molotov cocktails at a Geauga County church because it hosted drag-queen story hour and other events pleaded guilty Monday to a federal hate crime charge. Aimenn Penny, 20, entered the pleas in federal court in Cleveland to obstruction of persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs and arson. Penny faces …

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Anti-Abortion Groups Go All-In On Coming Ohio Vote

Politico reports: Anti-abortion groups are banking on Ohio to end the movement’s run of state-level losses and create a blueprint for battles in 2024 and beyond. In four weeks, voters in the Buckeye State will decide whether to enshrine abortion protections into the state constitution or be the first to reject an abortion-rights measure since the Supreme Court overturned Roe …

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Ohio Youth Pastor Indicted On Child Sex Charges

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports: An arrest warrant has been issued for a youth pastor after he was indicted on more than a dozen charges of sex crimes involving minors. Jairo Sanchez, 38, is wanted by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, according to a report from law enforcement. The youth pastor was indicted on charges of gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition, …

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OH High School Coach Resigns After “Nazi” Play Calls

The Associated Press reports: An Ohio high school football coach resigned Monday after his team used racist and antisemitic language to call out plays during a game last week. Brooklyn High School coach Tim McFarland and his players repeatedly used the word “Nazi” as a play call in a game against Beachwood High School. Beachwood, a Cleveland suburb, is roughly …

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Mother Of Right Wing School Board Member Smacks Woman’s Phone During Debate On Pro-LGBTQ Mural

Cincinnati’s NPR affiliate reports: The debate over whether discussions about race, inclusion, and LGBTQ+ issues belong in Forest Hills Schools was reignited after Superintendent Larry Hook made the decision to paint over a student-created mural at the start of the school year. The mural depicted the hands of people of different races signaling love and solidarity surrounded by symbols of …

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Ohio GOP Rep Resigns After Domestic Violence Arrest

The Akron Beacon-Journal reports: State Rep. Bob Young announced his resignation from the Ohio House on Friday as he faces allegations of domestic violence and violating a restraining order. In a letter to House Speaker Jason Stephens, the Republican from Green said the charges against him have become a distraction. Young, who first took office in January 2021, said he …

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Ohio Trump Supporter Gets Three years For Voter Fraud After Voting In Two States In Five Consecutive Elections

The Cleveland Scene reports: James Saunders, the 56-year-old Shaker Heights tax attorney convicted last week of voting multiple times in the last two general elections, was sentenced to three years in prison, a judge decided Monday morning. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Santoli coupled Saunders’ sentence with a $10,000 fine, a punishment, as Santoli detailed in last week’s hearing, …

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Ohio GOP Twists Wording Of Abortion Ballot Measure

The Associated Press reports: The Ohio Ballot Board approved language Thursday for a fall measure seeking to establish abortion access as a fundamental right, but one Democratic member blasted it as “rife with misleading and defective language.” Key among opponents’ objections were several aspects of language developed by Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, an abortion opponent, which they warned …

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Ohio Cultist Guilty Of Voting Twice In 2020 And 2022

Cleveland’s ABC affiliate reports: An attorney from Shaker Heights was found guilty of two counts of election fraud for voting twice in the 2020 and 2022 general elections, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. James Saunders, 56, was found guilty by a Cuyahoga County jury Tuesday, Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley announced in the news release. “Mr. Saunders is the …

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Recreational Weed Makes Ohio’s November Ballot

Cincinnati’s CBS affiliate reports: Ohio voters will decide in November if marijuana should be legal for recreational use. Sec. of State Frank LaRose [photo] announced Wednesday evening that the proposal to legalize weed gained enough valid signatures in their second go to make the ballot. The statute didn’t have enough valid signatures to make the ballot in July. The group, …

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Ohio Secretary Of State Fires Spox For Dissing Trump

NBC News reports: An official spokesperson for Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is out of a job, days after his tweets — including some critical of former President Donald Trump — became fodder for LaRose’s political opponents. Rob Nichols, a veteran Republican communications operative who had served as press secretary for LaRose’s office, was fired because of the tweets …

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OH Sec Of State: “Radical Activists” Killed Amendment

From Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose: I’m grateful that nearly 1.3 million Ohioans stood with us in this fight, but this is only one battle in a long war. Unfortunately, we were dramatically outspent by dark money billionaires from California to New York, and the giant ‘for sale’ sign still hangs on Ohio’s constitution. Ohioans will see the devastating …

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Ohio Overwhelmingly Rejects GOP Anti-Abortion Ploy

The Columbus Dispatch reports: Issue 1 failed in Ohio Tuesday as voters in large counties, suburban and rural areas turned out against the effort to change how Ohio’s constitution is amended. Decision Desk HQ, an election results reporting agency providing results and race calls for the USA TODAY Network Ohio, called the race around 8:12 p.m. Early results show the …

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Voter Turnout Promising In Ohio Abortion Rights Battle

The Washington Post reports: Ohio voters will decide Tuesday whether or not to make it harder to amend the state constitution in a special election that has tremendous implications for the fate of abortion rights in the state. For more than a century, Ohio voters have been able to amend the state constitution with a simple majority. The measure up …

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FRC: Dems Want “The Complete Californication” Of Ohio

Posted to the Family Research Council’s website: In the frantic lead-up to next Tuesday’s vote on Issue 1, the latest polling from Ohio Northern University shows both sides in a dead heat. Proponents are even up by a hair (42.4% to 41%) — shocking the radicals who’ve pumped millions of dollars into the state from outside groups. While the media …

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