Happy almost midnight. This bill is now under debate in the House and seems (?) on track for a vote ohiocapitaljournal.com/2021/06/03/sen…
Caveat: this bill has been amended since I wrote this story, there have been negotiations for a while on other amendments, and we're talking about more amendments. So consider details fluid.
Bill passes 52-43
A ragtag gang of Republicans broke off and voted with Democrats:

Stewart, Schmidt, Grendell, Gross, Kick, Koehler, Lanese, Johnson

None of them said a word during debate. Just silent no votes.

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28 Jun
Conference committee (House and Senate negotiators) unveiling a potential budget compromise now.

New abortion restrictions, first added by Senate, staying in ohiocapitaljournal.com/2021/06/10/sen…
Also staying in - this guy, giving Republicans sole power to intervene in redistricting suits ohiocapitaljournal.com/2021/06/14/ohi…
State ban on cities taxing plastic bags stays in the budget ohiocapitaljournal.com/2021/06/18/sen…
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27 Jan
Chair of Ohio House Health Committee to @ajplus.

Reporter asked about his request to anti-vaccine group to help him "stop this vaccine shit."

"Until we have the proper studies, and understand what we're putting in our body, we've got to slow it down."
He said in April to Health Freedom Ohio members: “We’re gonna face a couple bills that this group does not like. And I have to have energy to stop this vaccine shit that’s coming.”
Nothing like the why-are-you-asking-me-this-not-that defense. He ends the interview and walks off shortly thereafter
Read 4 tweets
27 Jan
A new status quo?

ODH Director Dr. Acton: armed protest outside home + at least one Proud Boy
Senate President Obhof: armed protest outside home + Proud Boys
ODH Director McCloud: protest outside home, likely at least one open carrier
Gov. DeWine; ^same
On Tuesday, protesters (at least 2 armed) gathered outside personal home of Deborah Pryce — a former Republican congresswoman who now serves as chairwoman of the Ohio Liquor Control Commission.

This is all pandemic related protesting ohiocapitaljournal.com/2021/01/27/pan…
Days ago an ODH official, who sometimes appears before the Liquor Commission to testify against bars violating covid rules, had her home shot at.

Police say motive is unknown.
Read 5 tweets
8 Jan
True story about Derek Evans: Elizabeth Warren came to Southern WV in May 2019 to campaign. I was there, in the middle of interviewing a woman about wealth inequality, when Evans, FB living it, interrupted to shout questions at one of us about abortion wvmetronews.com/2021/01/08/man…
Evans has a restraining order against him from staff at the abortion clinic for alleged stalking. Everyone in West Virginia knew this guy was toxic wvgazettemail.com/news/legal_aff…
Would really like to hear from @MooreCapitoWV why the WV RLC gave Evans financial support.

(WV House is 77-23 to the GOP. Votes aren't tight.)

Also, what will lawmakers do with an alleged criminal set to serve in the House Republican caucus?
Read 4 tweets
6 Jan
Outside the Columbus Statehouse. A lot of guns, Proud Boys, Trump flags, etc.
Another brawl happened. There’s a pretty blatant pugilistic attitude here. Everyone seems to be ok.
This is what American politics look like today and it is tremendously sad. ImageImageImageImage
Read 6 tweets
28 Oct 20
New Ohio COVID-19 data:

-205,347 cases (2,607 new in last 24 hours)
-18,606 hospitalized (173 new)
-5,256 dead (17 new)

All key indicators (hospitalizations, positivity rate, deaths, cases, current hospitalized pop.) are worsening, some at a frightening pace
This is people who are currently in the hospital with COVID-19.

This data lags behind case data. So even if cases magically halted entirely tomorrow, it would still trend up for a week or two. That ain't good
Test positivity's weekly average is high, but on Monday it hit 7%(!)

That's its worst day since July 16.

This indicates it's more than just "more testing=more cases." The virus is growing more prevalent. Also, the higher the rate, the higher the likelihood of missing cases
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