HHS Secretary Alex Azar on President Trump’s Ban on Critical Race Theory Training: ‘The CDC Will be Complying with the Executive Order’ to Cease and Desist

Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to the newsmakers line.

At the end of the second hour, Azar discussed the developments in the coronavirus vaccine trials and Operation Warp Speed. He added that all the proper gold standard requirements are being met to develop a safe vaccine in the shortest amount of time.

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Protesters Harass New ICE Director at His House

Protesters from a group calling itself Charlotte Underground showed up at ICE director Tony Pham’s house to protest. 

The organization, who describes itself as a “coalition of community members dedicated to ending state violence against Black and marginalized people” on it’s Facebook page arrived at Pham’s house, chanted, and yelled at police and neighbors.

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Absentee Ballot Order Approved, Then Halted

An Ohio judge ordered Friday that voters be allowed to apply for absentee ballots for the November presidential election by using fax or email. The move was quickly halted by an appellate court.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Stephen McIntosh sided with Ohio Democrats in the legal dispute by allowing electronic absentee ballot applications to be filed. Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper called this ruling “a big win for Ohio Voters.”

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DEPLORABLES 101: Steve Bannon Warns of the Democrats Transition Integrity Project to Steal the Election from Trump

Tuesday morning on The John Fredericks Show, host John Fredericks welcomed former senior advisor to President Trump Steven K. Bannon to the show to discuss the Transition Integrity Project as configured by the Democratic Party to manipulate the 2020 election.

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Ohio Senate Discusses Limiting Pandemic Executive Powers, Passes COVID Liability Limits and Federal Relief Funds

The Ohio Senate passed two bills and discussed a third this week that would “check and balance” state executive orders. The two passed bills would limit essential workers’ liability for COVID-19 transmissions and grant $650 million of federal relief funds statewide, respectively.

Senate Bill (SB) 311 aims to install a balance of powers between Congress and Ohio’s Department of Health (DOH) during this and any future pandemics. In an interview with The Ohio Star, Senator Andrew Brenner (R-OH-19) explained the historical rationale behind the bill.

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Michigan and Ohio Secretaries of State Endorse Zuckerberg’s Millions Directed to Elections

Michigan and Ohio state secretaries Jocelyn Benson and Frank LaRose endorsed $300 million directed to elections by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. The Center for Tech and Civil Life (CTCL) and Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) announced Tuesday that Zuckerberg and his wife donated in order “to promote safe and reliable voting in states and localities.”

Both Benson and LaRose agreed that the investment was necessary considering the pandemic’s effects on the presidential election. LaRose reposted the press release the day it came out, citing the need for accurate information during voting.

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Ohio Secretary of State LaRose Backs Get-Out-the-Vote Initiative After 21,000 Votes are Lost

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has partnered with barbershops and beauty parlors across Ohio as part of a get out to vote initiative.

The “Styling for Democracy” initiative comes after over 21,000 absentee votes for the state’s primary, about 1% of all absentee votes were lost. In an event in front of Columbus’ A Cut Above The Rest Barbershop, LaRose and local leaders called on the community to volunteer as election workers and vote in the upcoming election.

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Legacy Media Outlet Brushes Aside Dozens of Rescued Children to Politicize ‘Save the Children’ Event

The Columbus Dispatch published an article casting a local “Save the Children” event as a Trojan Horse for “QAnon” beliefs. Before the event even takes place, the article depicts it as mobilization for potential violence by conspiracy theory supporters.

It is the latest in a growing trend with media to downplay or dismiss child sex-trafficking awareness events as covers for other, darker political intentions. QAnon is a conspiracy theory that President Trump is secretly battling powerful and wealthy Satan-worshipping pedophiles.

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Minnesota Mayors Endorse Trump Following Biden Announcement of In-Person Campaign to Minnesota

Six Democratic mayors from Minnesota’s Iron Range presented a letter in support of President Donald Trump during Vice President Mike Pence’s Duluth visit on Friday. They announced their support after presidential candidate Joe Biden shared his plans to campaign in Minnesota and other battleground states.

“Today, we don’t recognize the Democratic Party. It has been moved so far to the left it can no longer claim to be advocates of the working class,” wrote the mayors. “Lifelong politicians like Joe Biden are out of touch with the working class, out of touch with what the country needs, and out of touch with those of us here on the Iron Range and in small towns like ours across the nation.”

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The Ohio Star’s Jack Windsor Points to Partners in Health’s Contact Tracing Contract and Ties to Social Justice

Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed The Ohio Star Managing Editor Jack Windsor to the program to talk about his recent story regarding Partners in Health’s contact tracing contract with Ohio.

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Baltimore Republican Candidate Grabs National Attention with Ad

To showcase the plight of Black citizens living in Democratic-run Baltimore, Republican congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik took a simple approach: a walk through Baltimore’s downtown.

In a two-and-a-half minute video, Klacik (pronounced “CLAY-sick”) showcased Baltimore’s run-down buildings, asked citizens their thoughts on defunding police, and explained many of the issues facing the city.

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Trump Campaign Details Counter-Programming Plans to Respond to Democratic National Convention

Election season is in full swing, and with the Democratic National Convention (DNC) underway, the Trump campaign and Republican National Convention (RNC) are busy with counterprogramming this week.

Samantha Cotten, the Regional Communications Director for the Trump campaign, said that Republicans are focusing on 17 battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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Former Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich Delivers Speech at Democratic National Convention

Republican John Kasich, who served as Ohio’s governor from 2011-2019 and ran in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, delivered a speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) Monday.

Kasich, who refused to support Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, spoke to the current political division in America, saying that “America is at a crossroads.”

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Wins Democratic Primary, Shares Reelection Promises

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) has won the 2020 Democratic primary, beating her foremost challenger Antone Melton-Meaux. Omar will now face off with Republican candidate Lacy Johnson on Election Day.

Although the votes are still trickling in, Omar has secured the win with 58 percent of the vote compared to Melton-Meaux’s 40 percent.

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Ohio Man Indicted in Massive PPP Fraud Case

An Ohio man is one of five being indicted in a $4 million Payroll Protection Program (PPP) fraud case.

The accused allegedly submitted, or assisted in the submission of a fraudulent PPP loan for five businesses according to the indictment. Khalil Gibran Green Sr. of Cleveland claimed to be the sole owner of Impact Creations LLC, a company that claimed to have 67 employees and an average monthly payroll of $332,000 on a PPP application.

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Ohio Secretary of State Will Not Mandate Masks at Polling Places

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose stated that Ohio will not require masks to be worn at Ohio polls.

In a press conference Wednesday, LaRose went through the state’s guidelines and detailed some of the precautions Ohio would take in light of the recent pandemic. The secretary of state encouraged voters to take advantage of absentee voting, a system that’s caused some controversy recently, stating that the system “is completely safe.”

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Dr. Simone Gold of America’s Frontline Doctors Responds to Twitter’s Censorship of Her Account

Dr. Simone Gold, a board-certified emergency physician and the founder of America’s Frontline Doctors, has responded to Twitter’s removal of her tweet about treatments for COVID-19 and locking her out of her account.

In her response, Dr. Gold – who also graduated from Stanford Law School after completing her medical degree – called out her temporary Twitter ban, calling the action “another classic case of tech censorship against anyone who speaks out against the media narrative.”

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Warren County Judge Rules Against Contact Sports Injuction

A Warren County Court judge ruled on Thursday against the director of the Ohio Department of Health Lance D. Himes injunction on contact sports.

The order allowed non-contact sports to re-open for their normal seasons, as long as certain precautions are followed. Contact sports, however, including football, basketball, wrestling, boxing, martial arts, and soccer would have been required to test players for COVID-19 several times per sporting event. Students would be required to test negative within 72 hours of a game, again during any tournament lasting more than three days, and every two days after that should the tournament last longer.

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Judge Rules Last Call Order Can Stay in Place During Lawsuit

A judge ruled Wednesday that the 10 p.m. last call order will stay in place during a lawsuit to determine it’s legality, according to WTRF.

NBC reported that a lawsuit filed by a number of Ohio restaurants and bars sought an emergency restraining order against the state’s order. The Ohio Liquor Control Board approved the emergency order at Governor Mike DeWine’s request, which mandated bars and restaurants to cut off liquor sales at 10 p.m. This emergency order went into effect last weekend.

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Kanye West Files to Appear on Ohio Ballot for 2020 Presidential Election

Kanye West, the popular rapper and social icon, has officially filed to appear on Ohio ballots for the 2020 presidential election, according to Fox 5.

West, who announced he would run for the presidency on July 4, submitted paperwork to the state on August 5.

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Trump to Visit Ohio Thursday as Election Heats Up

President Trump will be visiting Ohio Thursday for the first time since the pandemic started. Governor Mike DeWine has moved his scheduled Thursday COVID-19 brief to the following day to make room for the president, WKBN reports. 

The visit comes as the election continues to heat up between the president and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Polls are mixed but poll averages from 270towin.com show President Trump up in Ohio by a narrow margin over Biden.

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Amy Acton Steps Down as Ohio Governor’s Health Advisor, Will Return to Work for the Columbus Foundation

Dr. Amy Acton stepped down from her role as Governor Mike DeWine’s Chief Health Advisor, the Ohio Department of Health announced Wednesday. 

DeWine called Acton a “friend and advisor” on Twitter, saying that “she has assured [him] that she is just a phone call away and will be available to continuing advising [his administration] as [they] move through this pandemic.”

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Ohio House of Representatives Elect Bob Cupp as New Speaker of the House

Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has been selected to replace Larry Householder (R-Glenford) as Ohio’s new Speaker of the House.

After being charged with participating in a $60 million corruption scandal, Householder was removed in a 90-0 vote. Householder, who is accused of being part of a “racketeering conspiracy involving a 2019 nuclear power plant bailout bill” faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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Ohio Will Host First 2020 Presidential Debate in September

The first 2020 presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will occur in Ohio on September 29. Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic will be co-hosting the event at their shared health campus.

The debate was originally slated to be held at the University of Notre Dame, however, the university was forced to withdraw from hosting the event, citing coronavirus concerns. 

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Senate Confirms John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence

The Senate confirmed Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX-04) on Thursday as President Trump’s top intelligence official in a vote straight along party lines.

Ratcliffe became Trump’s second permanent Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in a 49-44 vote, with all Democrats opposed. The vote along party lines was the first since the position was created following the 9/11 attack as generally there are never more than a dozen senators voting against a confirmation for the position, according to CNN.

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University of Tennessee Law Professor Glenn Reynolds Says Lock Down Protesters Are Dismissed Like a ‘Basket of Deplorables’

University of Tennessee Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds joined Fox News host Brian Kilmeade Thursday morning to discuss the lockdown protests that are happening in states across America. Reynolds critiqued political lawmakers and big corporate media for not empathizing with the working people whose suffering has been arrogantly dismissed.

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Democrats Mocked for Disastrous Iowa Caucus

Someone won Monday night’s Iowa caucuses — we just don’t know who, yet.

The Iowa caucuses have been the first nominating contest in the nation since 1972 with 41 national delegates up for grabs.

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Commentary: There Is No Clever Democratic Impeachment Strategy

We are now approaching three weeks since the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump on December 18. After passing the articles of impeachment that identified no actual crimes, congressional Democrats scattered all over D.C., celebrating in posh restaurants and ritzy bars.

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Ohioans Share Why Trump Support Among Black Voters is Soaring

The Washington Examiner revealed polling data this week that found President Trump has a 34% approval rating with African Americans. The Ohio Star spoke with four African American Trump supporters in Ohio and asked them why they support the President. State Representative Candidate Bobby Mitchell of Canal Winchester, Columbus entrepreneur Tyrone Jackson and Pastor Walter Moss of Canton gave their insights about the phenomena.

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Government Lobbyists Oppose House Bill Requiring Levy Transparency and Clarity

Multiple government lobbying groups spoke in opposition to House Bill 76 in the Senate General Government and Agency Review Committee. The bill, “Enacts the Ballot Uniformity and Transparency Act for tax levies.”

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Columbus Native Walter Blanks Celebrated at White House School Choice Event

Walter Blanks is a 24-year-old from inner-city Columbus who found himself being celebrated for as a school choice success story at a White House on Monday

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Notorious Abortionist Who Lost License Got It Back from DeWine-Appointed Department of Health Director

Ohio Pro-Life groups expected to see Dr. Martin Haskell’s abortion clinic in Dayton closed for good. The abortionist notorious for claiming to have invented partial-birth abortion, failed to abide by the law requiring his facility to have a transfer agreement with a local hospital and as a result, had his license to operate denied. Haskell fought the revocation from 2014 all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court and lost on appeal twice.

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Oberlin Students Stage Memorial for Islamic Jihad Terrorists and Palestinians Killed by Israel in Military Strikes

Oberlin College is in the news again. Three years ago it was a racism charge by students, staff and faculty against a 100+ year old bakery. The business filed a defamation suit after losing half its income due to the accusations. Last week the anti-Zionist Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine erected a memorial on campus to honor the Palestinians who were killed by Israel in recent military strikes. More than a dozen of the Palestinians were Islamic Jihad terrorists.

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AG Yost Tells OptumRx ‘We’ll See You in Court’ for Overbilling the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Millions

Attorney General Dave Yost announced Monday he amended his lawsuit filed against pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) OptumRx, claiming the PBM excessively charged the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation for generic drugs. The overcharge totaled nearly $16 million. It is now “significantly more.”

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Statehouse Gun Rights Advocates Concerned Purpose of Senate’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill May Be to Force Compromise on ‘Gun Control’ Plan

Statehouse sources are questioning the recent introduction of a Senate version of “Stand Your Ground.” The sponsor of Senate Bill 237, newly appointed Senator Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), calls the bill the “Ohio Duty to Retreat Act.” Concerns were expressed to The Ohio Star that the legislation may be used to force a compromise between anti-gun groups and Second Amendment supporters to help the Senate move the Governor’s gun-control plan, Senate Bill 221.

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Traditional Districts, Republican Senator Lehner and State School Board President Complain About Increase in EdChoice Vouchers

Changes to the law for the EdChoice voucher program in this year’s state budget resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of school buildings whose students are eligible for the state-funded scholarship to attend participating private schools. State Board of Education President Laura Kohler plans to push lawmakers to “revisit” the issue. One Legislator already agreed it is a concern – Republican Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering).

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Kasich Is in ‘Serious Talks’ to become Ohio State’s New President

Rumors began that former Governor John Kasich is being considered as a replacement for current Ohio State University (OSU) President Michael Drake a day after he announced his retirement. 

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Proclaiming Justice to the Nations’ Ohio Chapter Gives Rabbi’s Warning to American Christians and He’s Not the Only One

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations’ Ohio Chapter shared Rabbi Daniel Lapin’s serious warning to Christians in the United States on its Facebook Page.

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Ohio Republicans and Democrats Express Different Takes on Ambassador Volker’s Impeachment Inquiry Testimony

  As the impeachment inquiry continued this week, several members of the Ohio Congressional delegation spoke out on social media. Congressman Warren Davidson (R-OH-08) shared his thoughts on Twitter and with The Ohio Star. Republican viewpoints varied, while the Democrats all appeared to be reading from the same page. Davidson tweeted…

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Professor George Barna: America’s Post-Modern Culture is ‘Diametrically Opposed to a Biblical Worldview’

During a recent gathering of Christian educators in Ohio, George Barna shared the overwhelming evidence that America’s Christian foundation is close to crumbling because of a shift in worldview.

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The Right and the Left Dig In Their Positions on ‘Life at Conception Bill’

Supporters of abortion and most of the media responded quickly to State Representatives Candice Keller (R-Middletown) and Ron Hood (R-Ashville) introduction of House Bill 413 last week which, if passed, will identify the unborn as “persons” for legal purposes from the moment of conception.

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Senate Passes House Bill 2, a TechCred Bill That Caused Words Between the Two Legislative Leaders

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Last week the Speaker of the Ohio House and the Senate President exchanged a few words via the media. The Speaker expressed frustration that the House priority bills, House Bills 1 through 14, were not moving fast enough in the Ohio Senate. The most recent bill to cause Householder concern was House Bill 2. It passed the Senate Wednesday.

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Four Bills Pass in the Ohio House Including Democrat-Opposed Religious Freedom for Students Bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The legislative calendar in the Ohio House contained four bills Wednesday, all of which passed. However, two bills revealed a clear, partisan split. One of those required screening for tuberculosis in childcare and preschool workers; the other supports student religious expression in public schools.

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