Ohio School Boards Association Terminates Affiliation with National School Board Association

Tuesday, the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) terminated its affiliation with the National School Boards Association (NSBA), first reported by The Highland County Press. 

The decision was made by OSBA’s Board of Trustees. 

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Ohio Attorney General Yost Files Suit to Stop Federal Funding of Abortions

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Monday announced a lawsuit against the Biden administration, aimed to prevent the funding of abortion by federal tax funds.

The lawsuit, which is joined by 11 other states, targets the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for changing a rule that prevented federally funded family planning clinics from abortion referrals.

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Ohio Lawmakers Introduce ‘Bill of Rights’ for Foster Children

Tina Maharath and Teresa Fedor

Two Ohio state lawmakers, Senators Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester), introduced a bill on Friday to create the Foster Youth Bill of Rights.

The potential law, if enacted, would inform individuals in the foster care system of their rights when they are placed in custody of the state.

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Pukita Cut Out of U.S. Senate Debate Amid Allegations of Fraud, Anti-Semitism

A suburban Columbus businessman seeking the Ohio GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate has pushed back against the Center for Christian Virtue, the host of an October 25 forum featuring six other Republican candidates after its disqualification from participating on the debate stage and the subsequent cancelation of contract affording the candidate a campaign table outside the auditorium.

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Ohio State University Elementary Education Program Courses Include Focus on Race, Oppression, Queer Sexuality: REPORT

The Early Childhood Education program at Ohio State University includes several courses that focus on racism, oppression, sexuality and privilege.

The OSU Bachelor of Science in Education, Primary Education (P-5) program requires students to take “Equity & Diversity in Education,” “Teaching & Learning of Social Studies Grades PreK-5,” “Language and Word Study for All Learners” and “Diverse Literature and Comprehension” as part of their degree plan.

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Ohio Senate Secures Gun-Ownership Rights During Emergencies

Tom Schaffer

The Ohio Senate has solidified gun rights, limited government power in an emergency and clarified knives are included in the right to bear arms.

Senate Bill 185, which passed 23-7, stops the state or local governments from confiscating any lawfully owned gun during a declared emergency. Sen. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, said it protects Ohioans’ right to protect themselves and does not add any new gun rights.

“This legislation will protect the rights of Ohioans to their firearms recognizing their natural right to self-defense, as well as to feed their families during times of declared emergencies,” Schaffer said.

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General Assembly Keeps Foreign Languages, Home Economics in Ohio Schools

Cleveland Metropolitan School District 8th grade students read with their kindergarten buddies and help the young learners discover the joy of reading.

Foreign languages, business education and home economics still will be a required part of curriculum in Ohio schools after the Ohio Senate voted unanimously to stop a proposal from the Ohio Department of Education that would have allowed them to be eliminated.

The Senate concurred with House Concurrent Resolution 35 to stop a plan that would have changed the state’s administrative code to eliminate those required courses of study, a change put forth by the State Board of Education. The House passed the resolution, 95-0.

Wednesday’s vote marked the first time in 25 years the General Assembly stopped a rule from going into effect, according to Sen. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, who serves on the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

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Mike Carey Makes Final Push in Ohio’s 15th Congressional with Voter Meet ‘n’ Greets, Ads, Fundraising

Mike Carey

Rookie GOP candidate Mike Carey has taken a comfortable lead in a recent poll heading into the last 10 days of the special election for Ohio’s 15th congressional district, a seat that opened up in May when newly re-elected U.S. Represenative Steve Stivers stepped down for a job in the private sector.

But the Republican nominee who emerged from a crowded early August primary continues to press on in a bid to keep the solid conservative district  for the GOP amid a contentious political environment in Washington, D.C.

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Jim Renacci Argues Potential Mask Mandate Will ‘Endanger’ Children in Ohio

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Friday argued that the continued threat of mask mandates in schools will “endanger” children in Ohio.

According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, state lawmakers are unlikely to pass legislation that would prevent the state and school districts from implementing a mask mandate.

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J.D. Vance Super PAC Poll of Ohio GOP Voters Has Candidate Narrowing Gap with Josh Mandel

A super PAC supporting the GOP nomination of venture capitalist and author J.D. Vance for U.S. Senator  has released a poll showing the rookie candidate narrowing the gap with the rival campaign of former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.

The crowded 2022 nomination race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-OH, remains fluid with more than 40 percent of those polled earlier this week still undecided with a little more than six months to go before the Republican  primary election.

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Ohio Democrats Continue to Challenge Republican-Dominated Redistricting Commission

The new Ohio Redistricting Commission, facing an Oct. 31 deadline to redraw the state’s congressional district maps, is receiving the same criticism from Democratic lawmakers as it did during the state legislative map-drawing process.

House Democratic leaders have called on Republican members of the commission to release draft maps so the commission can work toward an agreement before the Oct. 31 deadline. The commission, made up of five Republicans and two Democrats, must reach a unanimous decision for maps to last 10 years.

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Three Workers at Cincinnati Nursing Home Claim Poll Workers Prompted Ballot Responses

Two nurses and an activity aide at a Cincinnati nursing home claim Hamilton County poll workers prompted choices on absentee ballots for patients, including those in a dementia/Alzheimer’s/memory care unit.

The claims bring into sharp focus whether Ohio election law makes it too difficult to have voters disqualified for lack of mental competency to choose candidates and chime in on tax levies.

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Report: Coal Subsidies Bad for Ohio Taxpayers

A group of Ohio economists believes government subsidies for coal power plants create distortions in the market, eliminates competition and does not produce positive results, according to a new survey from Scioto Analysis.

State leaders continue to pick apart House Bill 6, the scandal-ridden energy bill passed two years ago that produced billions of dollars for two state nuclear power plants but also included subsidies for coal plants and renewable energy producers. It also led to what federal prosecutors call the largest government corruption scandal in state history and the ouster of indicted former Speaker of the House Larry Householder.

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Biden Administration Potentially Flying Migrants into Youngstown

The Biden administration has been flying migrants in the dead of night to various locations throughout the United States and potentially to Ohio, according to a new Fox News report.

First uncovered by the New York Post, the federal government has used a charter plane to fly migrants from the U.S. Southern border in an attempt to resettle them in other locations.

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Renacci Safari Ad Calls Ohio Gov. DeWine ‘Biggest RINO in America’

Ohio gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci’s campaign has taken his bid to oust Governor Mike DeWine as the GOP standard bearer in November 2022 to the virtual savannas of Africa in portraying  the incumbent as a dangerous political animal: a Republican in Name Only, aka RINO.

The new 60-second digital ad comes as Renacci, a former congressman, prepares to host a Medina County GOP fundraiser featuring Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, tonight. (Oct. 20).

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Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act, Would Ban Cross-Sex Hormones for Kids

State lawmakers in the Ohio General assembly on Tuesday introduced the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act.

The legislation, introduced by Representatives Gary Click (R-Vickery) and Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland), would ban providing children puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones for the purpose of “gender transitioning”

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Ohio Democrats Revive Plan for Universal Health Care

Ohio Democrats again have introduced legislation that would give universal health care to Ohioans, despite failing with the effort over the past decade.

Sen. Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, said Senate Bill 253, the Ohio Health Care Plan, would provide universal, single-payer access to health care, dental care and vision care for all Ohioans.

Similar legislation has been introduced in each two-year-session over the past 10 years. Each has had little movement. Lawmakers have not yet said how much the proposal would cost the state.

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Text Messages Reveal DeWine and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Whaley Routinely Compliment Job Performance

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D), who are both running for governor in 2022, routinely have complimented each other’s job performance, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer, DeWine and Whaley exchanged numerous text messages over the past years where they praised each other, while publicly disagreeing.

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Ohio Ranks As One of the Least Safe States in Terms of COVID

Man getting COVID vaccine

With rankings near the bottom in five key categories, Ohio stands as one of the least safe states during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recently released report.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked Ohio the fifth-least safe state in the nation based on data from five key areas, including COVID-19 transmission, positive tests, hospitalizations, deaths and the percentage of the eligible population vaccinated.

Ohio’s highest ranking was in transmission rate, which still ranked 35th. Its death rate was 41st, while vaccination rate (42nd), positive test rate (43rd) and hospitalization rate (44th) were among the worst in the country.

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Missionaries, Family Reportedly Kidnapped in Haiti Returning from Orphanage

Seventeen U.S. missionaries and family members were kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a Christian aid organization that alerted churches and asked for prayer.

The missionaries, including some children, were returning Saturday from building an orphanage, according to the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries.

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New Self-Service Kiosks Will Allow Ohioans to Skip a Trip to the BMV to Register Their Cars

Lt. Governor Jon Husted in Fairfield discussing self-service kiosks

Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted and officials from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) announced on Wednesday that the organization will launch new BMV Express self-service kiosks.

In the announcement from the group, officials celebrated the new program that aims to save time for residents who require services from the BMV.

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Ohio GOP State Representatives Plan to Introduce Recreational Marijuana Bill

Ohio Republican Representatives Jamie Callender (R-Concord) and Ron Ferguson (R-Wintersville) said Tuesday they will introduce a bill that allows Ohioans to use marijuana for personal use.

In the bill, any Ohio resident who is 21 or older to “buy, possess and grow” marijuana in the state. Also, people would only be allowed to have up to five ounces of marijuana and grow six plants, according to cincinnati.com.

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Ohio House Speaker Shuts Down Planned Hearing on Vaccine Mandates

Ohio Speaker of the House Bob Cupp has left little doubt about the future of bills that would give most Ohio workers and students the ability to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine by ordering a committee chair to cancel an upcoming meeting.

House Bill 435 failed to get a full vote Wednesday in the House for the second time in two weeks, with Cupp, R-Lima, saying the House was moving on to different things. He reiterated that message Thursday in a letter to Health Committee Chair Scott Lipps, R-Franklin, shutting down a seventh hearing on House Bill 248, the Vaccine Choice and Anti-Discrimination Act, a separate bill dealing with the same subjects.

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Ohio Attorney General Yost, 19 Other Attorney Generals Fire Off Letter Opposing Planned ‘Invasive’ IRS Bank Data Grab

Dave Yost

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and 19 other state attorneys general have asked President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to withdraw a plan to allow require banks, credit unions and other financial institutions to report massive amounts of personal financial data to the Internal Revenue Services in a stated effort to track down tax cheats.
The proposal within the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better budget reconciliation package would require financial institutions to supply data on accounts of $600 or more with $600 or more in annual transactions.

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Congressional Redistricting in Ohio Stalls as Committee Risks Clock Running Out Again

The Ohio Redistricting Commission faces yet another deadline regarding the redrawing new congressional districts as members wait on Ohio House Speaker Robert Cupp bides his time on moving forward on a process that could have ended Sept. 30.

The commission has not met since the Ohio General Assembly failed to consider, let along pass, options for redistricas the state prepares to lose one congressional district following the reapportionment of congressional representation among the states sparked by the 2020 U.S. census.

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Ohio House Bill 435 Does Not Go Far Enough to Protect Against COVID Mandates, Argues GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci

Former congressman and GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Thursday argued that Ohio House Bill 435 does not go far enough to protect individuals from COVID-19 mandates.

The legislation, which stalled in the House on Wednesday, would allow workers to receive religious, medical, or natural immunity exemptions for coronavirus vaccine mandates.

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U.S. Senate Candidate JD Vance Hauls in $1.75 Million in First Fundraising Quarter, Notes Key Grassroots Support

U.S. Senate candidate JD Vance announced on Thursday that his campaign hauled in approximately $1.75 million in the first fundraising quarter as a declared contender.

Of the donations, Vance’s campaign celebrated “grassroots” support, with more than half of donors contributing $50 or less.

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Ohio Board of Education Drops Critical Race Theory Resolution

The Ohio Board of Education (BOE) this week dropped its Critical Race Theory (CRT) resolution that activists described as “anti-racist,” and critics described as “divisive.”

According to The Columbus Dispatch, it has been replaced with a new resolution that condemns any curricula that “seeks to divide.”  

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Ohio GOP Cites Justice Brunner Statements, Affiliations in Call to Recuse Herself in Redistricting Cases

The Ohio Republican Party has asked Ohio Justice Jennifer Brunner to step aside in hearing cases tied to redistricting Ohio’s state legislative district boundaries because of public stands she and her political supporters have taken on the issue.

Ohio GOP Chairman Bob Paduchik cited several instances where Brunner, who is now running for chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, acknowledged the potential for redistricting litigation and role the state’s high court might play during her campaign.

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Ohio Law Banning Mandatory Vaccination in Schools Now in Effect

An Ohio law banning schools from forcing students to take vaccinations that haven’t been fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took effect Wednesday. 

HB 244 says that primary and secondary schools, along with public universities, may not “Discriminate against an individual who has not received a [non-fully approved vaccine], including by requiring the individual to engage in or refrain from engaging in activities or precautions that differ from the activities or precautions of an individual who has received such a vaccine.” 

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Amazon to Build 1 Million-Square-Foot Distribution Center, Create 1,000 Jobs in Canton

The e-commerce division of Amazon.com Inc. has committed to building a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in northeast Canton that will employ 1,000 full- and part-time workers when it opens in next year.

In choosing Canton, the company cited an exisiting trained workforce and a welcoming community.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Slams Ohio Gov. DeWine for ‘Refusing to Protect Ohioans’ from COVID Mandates

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Tuesday slammed Governor Mike DeWine for his lack of action against COVID-19 mandates imposed by the federal government.

In the statement, Renacci argued that DeWine, a Republican, has governed the state in a manner that is close to prominent Democratic leaders.

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Bill That Would Allow Cameras in Nursing Homes Making Progress in Ohio Legislature

A bill that would allow loved ones and legal guardians to put cameras in nursing home rooms, allowing them to monitor the treatment of the resident, is making significant progress in the Ohio legislature. 

SB 58 provides that as long as the resident’s guardian or attorney fills out a form notifying the nursing facility they will be placing a camera in the resident’s room, and as long as the resident’s guardian or attorney installs and pays for the camera out-of-pocket, they may proceed with monitoring the resident’s room. 

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Ohio Supreme Court Rules the State’s Redistricting Commission Members Can Be Deposed

Republican members of Ohio’s redistricting commission will have to answer questions as part of three lawsuits challenging new state legislative district maps, the Ohio Supreme Court said.

Groups such as the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed lawsuits, claiming the legislative maps are unconstitutional and gerrymandered. The Ohio Supreme Court has jurisdiction over lawsuits that challenge redistricting.

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Ohio Attorney General Yost Announces Sentencing of School Administrator Who Stole $150,000

After being convicted for stealing $150,000 from P.A.T.H. School for Autism, Inc. and the P.A.T.H. Academy for Autism, Ltd., the former executive director of those nonprofit organizations, which are partly responsible for administering Ohio’s curricula for children with autism, has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. 

“Bonnie Kimpling, 53, of Chicago, was sentenced for one count of Aggravated Theft, a third-degree felony, in Williams County Common Pleas Court. In addition to jail time, she was sentenced to five years of community control, fined $2,500 and ordered to pay approx. $32,269 in restitution,” Attorney General Dave Yost’s office said in press release. 

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COVID Vaccination Mandate Bill in Front of New Ohio Committee

An Ohio bill that would end COVID-19 vaccination mandates and nearly passed the House last week is back in front of another committee with health care groups from around the state lined up in opposition.

House Bill 435, the Vaccine Fairness Act, received hearings in front of the House Labor and Commerce Committee on Wednesday and Thursday.

The legislation would provide broad exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination mandates from public and private employers and schools. It also would stop any entity from mandating a COVID-19 vaccine that has not been fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and prohibit government-ordered vaccine passports.

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Ohio Northern University Denies College Republicans’ ‘Back the Blue’ Apparel Design

The Ohio Northern University College Republicans chapter was denied approval recently for “Back the Blue” apparel by the university due to other schools having had to “retract and apologize” for similar initiatives.

ONU College Republicans designed shirts with “Back the Blue” printed on the sleeve and a Thin Blue Line flag printed on the back. The shirt design does not include ONU lettering and shows no affiliation with the university.

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Indiana Coal Plant Keeps Getting Money from Ohio Energy Customers

Clifty Creek Power Plant

 An Indiana coal plant continues to receive subsidies from Ohio energy ratepayers despite efforts from lawmakers to whittle away at the scandal-ridden House Bill 6 passed more than two years ago.

Ohio state Reps. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, and Jeffrey Crossman, D-Parma, toured the Clifty Creek Coal Plant, owned by Ohio Valley Electric Coop, this week. Clifty Creek is in Madison, Indiana, an hour from the Ohio border.

Ohio Valley Electric receives $232,000 in ratepayer subsidies per day, Crossman and Weinstein said, part of which goes to Clifty Creek.

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U.S. Senate Candidates Timken, Ryan Unveil Third Quarter U.S. Senate Fundraising Ahead of October 15 Deadline

U.S. Senate candidates Jane Timken and U.S. Representative Tim Ryan offered a peak into their third quarter fundraising efforts this week ahead of the formal Oct. 15 deadline.

Jane Timken, the former Ohio Republican Party chairwoman, announced raising $1.7 million from about 1,200 donors during the quarter ended Sept. 30, leaving her with $3.1 million cash on hand in the race against six other announced candidates for the GOP nomination to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-OH.

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U.S. Senate Hopeful J.D. Vance of Ohio Calls for AG Garland’s Resignation Amid Directive Against Protesting Parents

The campaign of U.S. Senate hopeful J.D. Vance of Ohio has called for U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to resign after the nation’s top law enforcement official issued a directive targeting hostile  parents nationwide who protest progressive education policies at school board meetings.

Garland issued the directive on Oct. 4 telling the U.S. Attorneys  and Federal Bureau of Investigation offices to coordinate with federal, state and local law enforcement on what he called an increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence against school board members, teachers and school staff.

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Ohio Lawmakers Propose School Choice for All Students

Two Ohio lawmakers want to give all Ohio students the option of school choice and create K-12 education competition, which they say would raise the level of public and private education throughout the state.

The Ohio Backpack Bill, originally introduced in May and updated with a sub-bill to House Bill 290, would allow all parents to send their children to public school or establish an education savings account. The state would send the money earmarked for that student to the public school or into the parent’s account, allowing it to be used for private school tuition or other education expenses.

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Cleveland Residents to Vote on Measure to Give Citizens Power over the Police

Residents of Cleveland will vote in November on Issue 24, an amendment to the city’s charter that would give citizens the power of oversight of the police force.

The amendment, which has been endorsed by several progressive groups, would establish an “independent” council of community members to review “everything from disciplinary oversight to recruiting and training.”

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Report: Gov. DeWine Selling Out to Democrats in Ohio Redistricting Battle

According to a report in Breitbart News, sources familiar with Ohio’s Republican Gov. Mike DeWine plans for the state’s redistricting battle include DeWine supporting a map that would help Democrats gain U.S. House seats in 2022.

That report also says that Republican state auditor Keith Faber and Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose are supportive of the new left-leaning map. 

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Other GOP Governors to Gather at Border to Pressure Biden on Illegal Immigration

Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona are hosting nine governors in Mission, Texas, Wednesday to denounce President Joe Biden’s policies leading to a surge in illegal immigration at the southern border.

“Texas and Arizona have stepped up to secure the border in the federal government’s absence, and now the Emergency Management Assistance Compact gives your state a chance to stand strong with us,” Ducey and Abbott said in a joint statement this summer. Both governors issued disaster and emergency declarations in their states earlier this year, citing increased crime and financial strains on county governments and law enforcement because of the surge in illegal immigration due to Biden’s policies.

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Nearly 2,500 New Ohio Jobs Expected from Development Projects

Gabriel Brother's store with a woman holding Gabe's bags

A dozen new economic development projects are expected to create nearly 2,500 new jobs across Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine said Monday.

The largest is a new distribution center in Springfield for West Virginia-based Gabriel Brothers. The company expects to start construction later this month on 114 acres of land. The facility should create 833 new jobs and mean $27.8 million in annual payroll.

Gabe’s is a discount department store chain that sells clothes, shoes, home décor, kitchen items and other goods.

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Ohio Governor DeWine Announces New Statewide Grant Program to Address Violent Crime

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced a new grant program meant to help local law enforcement agencies implement violent crime reduction strategies in their communities.

The funds, totaling $4 million, will be dispensed to law enforcement agencies with the goal of reducing a concerning increase in violent crime throughout the state.

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Ohio Taxpayers Owe $5,400 Each to Pay State’s Bills, Report Finds

Ohio again found itself receiving a near-failing grade in an annual report by Truth in Accounting that reviews financial information for all 50 states.

The 2021 Financial State of the States report, released earlier this week, showed the state finished the 2020 fiscal year needing $20.7 billion to cover all of its obligations. That represented a taxpayer burden of $5,400, a representation of what the state owes per taxpayer.

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Ohio GOP Committee’s Bainbridge Charges Ex-Chair Timken with Mismanagement, Conflict Amid ‘Financial Trainwreck’

A leader of the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee’s reform caucus has offered more details regarding the poor integrity of the state GOP’s financial records and practices as well as a warning to fellow members in a recent letter sent to the Committee’s 66 members.

The latest salvo from Mark Bainbridge, a District 16 SCC member from suburban Columbus, specifically calls out U.S. Senate candidate and former ORP Chairwoman Jane Timken for failing to put in place internal financial controls and practices necessary during her tenure and what he considers a conflict of interest in the selection of an auditor for the party books earlier this year.

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New Ohio Vaccine Incentive Program Expands Prizes, Age Group

Young girl getting COVID vaccination

Ohio’s newest COVID-19 vaccination incentive program doubled in size Friday when state officials announced a total of $2 million in scholarships will be given way and age ranges will expand.

The program that originally targeted 12- to 25-year-olds now will include those age 5-11 once the vaccine is authorized for their use. Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said authorization should come by the end of the month.

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