Taxpayer Support of New Columbus Crew Stadium Could Reach $115 Million

The Columbus City Council approved a pledge of $50 million Monday to help build a new Columbus Crew stadium, and now state lawmakers want to provide an additional $15 million in taxpayer support. As The Cincinnati Enquirer noted Tuesday, state lawmakers dismissed plans to provide FC Cincinnati $10 million in…

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Ohio Tea Party Takes Out Full Page Ad in One of Trump’s Favorite Papers Demanding Border Wall Funding

The We the People Convention, an Ohio-based Tea Party affiliate, announced Monday that it took out a full-page ad demanding funding of the border wall in The Washington Times, which is allegedly one of the four newspapers President Donald Trump reads every morning. In a Monday press release, We the…

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Ohio Man Who Pledged Support to ISIS Arrested for Plotting ‘Physical Jihad’

Ohio-based federal authorities announced Monday that they have arrested two people involved in planning separate terrorist attacks in the state, one of whom was a convert to Islam and another who was considering an attack on a pipeline. FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fortunato said during a Monday…

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Citizens for Community Values Announces New Board Chair to Take Organization to ‘New Heights’

Ohio’s Citizens for Community Values announced Friday that pro-family advocate Tom Minnery has been named as the organization’s new chairman of the Board of Directors. “CCV is incredibly blessed to succeed a leader like Joe Trauth with Tom Minnery,” CCV President Aaron Baer said in a press release. “As CCV…

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Elon Musk Says it’s ‘Possible’ Tesla Would Buy Ohio’s General Motors Plant

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed interest in purchasing the five General Motors facilities that are set to close in 2019, including one in Lordstown. In a teaser for his upcoming interview with 60 Minutes, Musk was asked if he would “want to buy some of those plants.” “It’s possible that…

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Gov. Kasich Still Unhappy After ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill is Reduced to ‘Nothing Burger’

The Ohio General Assembly passed its controversial pro-Second Amendment legislation Thursday, but not until it was stripped of its most substantial provision. Under current Ohio law, gun owners are subjected to a “duty to retreat” standard that requires them to stand down in potentially life-threatening situations. That law would have…

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Ohio Gov.-Elect Mike DeWine Says Inauguration Will be Celebration of ‘Faith, Family, and Friends’

Gov.-elect Mike DeWine (R-OH) announced key leaders of his Inaugural Committee and staff this week who will oversee a week-long celebration of “faith, family, and friends” after the Ohio’s next governor is sworn in. According to a Thursday press release, Suzanne and Michael Kiggin were named chairs of the committee…

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Opposition Heats Up As Ohio Senate Prepares to Pass Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

Ohio Republicans are pushing to get their controversial “Stand Your Ground” bill passed out of a Senate committee by the end of the week, but opponents of the legislation are redoubling their efforts. On Monday night, Ohio’s NAACP chapters called a press conference to voice their opposition to the bill,…

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Ohio Organization Petitions Supreme Court to Hear Union Case of Minnesota Professor

An Ohio organization is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that could extend the court’s landmark Janus v. AFSCME decision that ruled against compelled financial support of unions. The Buckeye Institute announced Tuesday that it filed the “first significant labor-law challenge” in the U.S. Supreme Court since…

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Strict Occupational Licensing Requirements Hurt Ohio’s Minority Communities

Multiple bills before the Ohio legislature could cut down on the state’s occupational “over-licensing” problem that some experts argue adversely affects women and minorities. Battleground State News previously reported on Senate Bill 255, which would unshackle workers from the state’s burdensome licensing requirements. A second bill, House Bill 189, focuses…

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