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ACLU, voter groups sue in Ohio over new legislative maps

Sep. 23, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawsuit filed Thursday challenges Ohio's newly drawn state legislative districts as giving an extreme and unfair advantage to the Republican Party, which controls the state's new redistricting commission. The American Civil Liberties Union, its...

Debate begins on Ohio's critical race theory ban bills

Sep. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A debate over teaching the role of racism in American history was highlighted Wednesday as a committee weighed two bills before Ohio legislators that would prohibit such instruction. Teaching that focuses on the effect of racism on society would be...

Backers push new Ohio energy efficiency incentive plan

Sep. 22, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Utilities would set a goal of reducing energy waste by 0.5% a year, a far more modest goal than a previous 2% requirement, under legislation aimed at restarting energy efficiency programs, a co-sponsor of the bill testified Wednesday. The previous...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 20, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. Sept. 19, 2021. Editorial: In voting for admittedly flawed maps, DeWine and LaRose abrogated their duty to Ohioans What were Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose thinking in voting for what they both...

Ohio redistricting panel OKs 4-year plan along party lines

Sep. 16, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The powerful new redistricting panel in Ohio failed on Wednesday to reach the bipartisan consensus necessary to pass a 10-year map of state legislative districts based on 2020 census totals. After hours of negotiations ahead of a midnight deadline,...

Analysis gives 'F' to Ohio House map proposed by Republicans

Sep. 13, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans and Democrats appeared closer to agreement Monday on a map of state legislative districts that could stand for the next 10 years, as a powerful new redistricting panel faced a looming Wednesday deadline. During a regional hearing in...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 13, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

Akron Beacon Journal. Sept. 12, 2021. Editorial: Ohio panel must do its job, create fair maps for public tired of one-sided politics Attacks on voting rights. Curbing the governor’s public health powers. Irresponsibly presenting a fanatical witness...

Democrats, NAACP sue over Ohio stand-your-ground gun bill

Sep. 09, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawmakers in Ohio's Republican-dominated Legislature violated the state constitution when they added and approved a last-minute provision that eliminated gun owners' duty to retreat when facing threats, according to two Democratic lawmakers, the Ohio branch of the NAACP and...

Republicans to offer redistricting map as panel reconvenes

Sep. 08, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers plan to unveil their version of a newly drawn map of state legislative districts on Thursday morning, with a vote planned later in the day on a final version, the Ohio Senate president said. The Ohio Redistricting Commission,...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 06, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. Sept. 3, 2021. Editorial: The Ohio Redistricting Commission’s shameful duck on constitutional map-drawing deadline In one of the more disgraceful episodes in Ohio politics, seven state officeholders this week failed to do...