Ohio Supreme Court issues overturns state legislative redistricting map, finding lawmakers violated new constitutional proportionality requirements adopted by voters. New maps due in 10 days. supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0…
Still remarkable that the governor explicitly said he would not judge the map one way or another before *voting in favor of it*
Majority opinion finds the redistricting commission didn't even "attempt" to draw maps in compliance w/ the Constitution.

This process was driven by the Senate President, a lawyer who championed the new const. language, and the House Speaker, a former Supreme Court justice
From Justice Pat Fischer's dissenting opinion. Essentially, if voters don't like a four-year, partisan map that was produced instead of a ten-year, bipartisan map, then they should vote out those who drew the undesirable map.

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17 Dec 21
New from Ohio Gov. DeWine:

“Due to the limited time available and the serious nature of this announcement, we will be limiting questions to those directly related to the announcement. Reporters are asked to submit questions in advance of the question and answer session”
Translated: the Governor wants to control the kinds of questions reporters can ask about at a *remote* video conference and also have a chance to read them over beforehand.
DeWine, in my personal opinion, is usually pretty decent to the press. But this is weak.
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16 Dec 21
Ohio Supreme Court today dismissed a lawsuit alleging Ohio's vaccine lottery/distribution were, among other things, a violation of the Nuremberg Code.

Suit was dismissed on esoteric legal grounds without ever addressing the lie that vaccinated people are biological weapons ImageImage
If you're unaware, the Nuremberg Code developed after the Holocaust when human experiments were conducted on unconsenting Jews in concentration camps. It really is a sick claim ushmm.org/information/ex…
The court just didn't even bother touching this one, which besides being nonsensical health information, was a pretty aggressive way to talk to Supreme Court justices when you're asking them to do something
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22 Jul 21
BREAKING: Ohio utility company FirstEnergy signs deferred prosecution agreement with feds, including a $230 mil penalty for wire fraud and criminal forfeiture of $6.4 mil

~40 page stipulation of facts attached. Will update
FirstEnergy was the sole funder of dark money group Partners for Progress, which was used as a pass through between FirstEnergy and Gen Now (Householder's account)

Dan McCarthy, a principle to P4P, is now a top legislative aide to Gov. Mike DeWine
Larry Householder, before becoming Speaker, emailed wiring instructions to FirstEnergy executives for getting their money to Generation Now -- an entity he legally must be independent of
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29 Jun 21
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
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28 Jun 21
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 21
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
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