Ohio Democrats Want to Stop State Officeholders from Holding Paid Positions

Ohio Democrats plan to announce legislation Thursday that would ban any statewide office holder from holding private employment, performing private work or serving in any private position that they get paid to do.

State Reps. Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington, Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, and Mary Lightbody, D-Westerville, have called a press conference for 11:45 a.m. on Thursday to announce what they are calling the State Official Integrity Act.

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Akron Council Resists Prejudgement in Walker Shooting; Ohio House Democrats Still Blame Police

Akron, OH’s Democrat-controlled City Council issued a statement this week lamenting the death of 25-year-old Jayland Walker while resisting prejudgement of the police officers’ who shot him.

Some Ohio Democrats, like their party’s state House caucus, continue to react differently, deciding the shooting lacked justification even before an external investigation concludes. 

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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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Dems Again Blast Secretary of State LaRose Over Postage for Ballots

State Democrats are again blasting Secretary of State Frank LaRose after the state Controlling Board did not hear his request for authority to pay return postage for absentee ballots.

Last week, LaRose said he wanted to use up to $3 million to pay for postage for absentee ballots cast in November’s election.

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Ohio Dems Call for Banning Sale of Confederate Memorabilia at All Fairs

Ohio House Democrats unsuccessfully attempted last week to ban the sale, display, possession, or distribution of Confederate flags at county and independent fairs.

During a Thursday night debate on House Bill 665, a bill related to agricultural societies and public safety, Democrats introduced two amendments in an effort to crack down on Confederate memorabilia.

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Ohio Dems Call Attorney General ‘Opportunistic’ and ‘Despicable’ for Telling Abortion Clinics to Close

Ohio Democrats called Attorney General Dave Yost “opportunistic” for urging abortion clinics to close during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health issued an executive order Tuesday that required health providers to cancel all non-essential or elective surgeries that utilize personal protective equipment (PPE).

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Ohio Democrats Renew Gun Control Efforts on Gun Violence Awareness Day

  Ohio Democrats took to Twitter Friday to renew their calls for gun control legislation on the fifth annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. “Our members will wear orange this weekend in support of a future free of gun violence. Learn more about how Ohio House Dems are advocating for…

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Ohio House Dems and Republicans Continue Unusual Bipartisan Push

  Ohio House Democrats and Republicans unveiled a set of bills Monday at a joint press conference, continuing an unusual bipartisan push in the Ohio Legislature after successfully passing a state budget bill. “By working together, we can strengthen Ohio families, give our children a brighter future and create a…

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Ohio Lawmakers Look to Come Together on Tax Reform Amid Divisive Abortion Battle

Ohio House Democrats unveiled a number of proposals Thursday that they claim will “modernize” Ohio’s tax system to “benefit working people, families and small businesses.” They’re calling the set of proposals the “People First Tax Reform,” which will include a “Working Families First” tax incentive. This incentive would reform Ohio’s…

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Ohio Democratic Catholic Reps Tout Faith in Opposing Heartbeat Bill Before it Clears Committee

The House version of Ohio’s heartbeat bill passed out of committee Tuesday, but not before a final round of impassioned debate. The House Health Committee heard from four final witnesses, some of whom represented religious organizations opposed to the bill. Gaby Garcia-Vera with Catholics for Choice, for instance, claimed during…

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Dash-Cam Footage Shows Sedrick Denson Repeatedly Telling Officers He’s a ‘State Representative’ During OVI Arrest

The Ohio Highway Patrol has released dash-cam footage of Rep. Sedrick Denson’s (D-Bond Hill) arrest. The first-term Democratic lawmaker was charged early Friday morning for driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, and felony drug possession. In the video, Denson repeatedly tells the trooper that he’s a state…

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Ohio House Democrats Question ‘Fiscal Stability’ of Republican Governor’s $69 Billion Budget Proposal

Ohio House Democrats are raising concerns over the “fiscal stability” of Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s $69 billion budget proposal released Friday. House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) said that while her caucus was “encouraged by the governor’s commitment to supporting Democratic policies of investing in families, maintaining access to…

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Ohio Dems Claim 600 Candidates Have Already Signed Up to Run in 2019

Ohio Democrats say they have signed up nearly 600 Ohioans for their annual boot camp, a summer class where first-time candidates learn how to do everything from write and deliver a stump speech to fundraise. The number of signups, touted as a record high, was cited in a press release…

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Ohio County Elects All-Female, All-Democrat Governing Board

One of the biggest stories of the 2018 election was the success of women on the ballot. Voters sent a record number of women, at least 100 as of Thursday, to Congress while Michigan and Kansas both elected their first female governors, Democrats Gretchen Whitmer and Laura Kelly, respectively. Ohio…

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Biden Gives Campaign-Style Speech In Ohio, Calls Midterms A Battle for the ‘Character of the Nation’

Former Vice President Joe Biden came to Ohio Saturday to campaign for Ohio Democrats just three days before what he said is the “biggest off-year election you’ll ever vote in.” Without ever mentioning President Trump by name, the former vice president accused him of running an immoral government based on…

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Somali Muslim Political Activist Becomes Consultant to Ohio Democratic Party

There’s a rising star in the Ohio Democratic Party whose goal is to “empower” Somali refugees in the Buckeye state similar to the way they have been empowered in Minnesota. Democrats in Minnesota have adopted the Somali refugee community, supporting Somali Muslims who have been elected to various city councils,…

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Another 2020 Presidential Hopeful Stumping for Democrats this Weekend in Ohio

Another 2020 presidential hopeful has arrived in the Buckeye State to stump for Ohio Democrats and put out feelers for his own future political aspirations. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will be making a campaign swing through Ohio​ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, reports Cleveland.com. O’Malley ran a short-lived campaign for president…

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More Hollywood Liberals Line Up Behind Sherrod Brown, Aftab Pureval and Ohio Democrats

Sherrod Brown, Richard Cordray and the rest of the Democratic slate of Ohio candidates continues to milk liberal Hollywood for all the support they can get. Earlier this week The Ohio Star reported how Cordray was infusing his campaign with Hollywood cash, outraising his opponent Mike DeWine in the process.…

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