One Democratic congressman escalates the fight over ALEC

A federal lawmaker from Arizona wants the Interior Department to investigate an active conservative group for what he alleges is unregistered lobbying.

In a letter to Interior Inspector General Mary Kendall, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D) on Wednesday called for an investigation into the American Legislative Exchange Council’s “aggressive effort” to change state laws regarding public land use. The group’s work constitutes unregistered lobbying, he argues.

“Despite actively pressing state lawmakers on a range of issues, ALEC has failed for decades to register as a lobbying …

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Effort to overturn gay marriage ban to start gathering signatures

A renewed attempt to overturn Ohio’s gay marriage ban via a statewide vote is now officially launched after the state Ballot Board gave the go-ahead this morning for the signature-gathering process to begin.

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John Kasich releases new campaign ad

Gov. John Kasich is releasing his second campaign TV ad in as many weeks, another 60-second spot that also mirrors his first ad in that it is largely a biographical piece. If you’re counting at home — that’s two re-election ads for Kasich before then-Gov. Ted Strickland had aired any in his failed re-election bid four years ago. Also, Kasich’s likely Democratic opponent this time, Ed FitzGerald, has released only one radio ad.

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Tax sought to fix roads in Newark

NEWARK, Ohio — Newark area drivers likely will pay one way or another for the tough, icy winter that just passed. Mother Nature took a toll on the city’s roads. Residents will pay with dented rims, or likely a new property or income tax. Last night, the city council gave its first reading to a resolution to direct Licking County Auditor Michael Smith to certify how much revenue would be raised by a 2-mill property tax increase.

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“Another gift to the 1 percent:” Testimony Tuesday slams Ohio tax shift

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Tuesday, Tax Day – the deadline for filing income tax returns – a crowd led by Ohio state Rep. Nina Turner slammed GOP Gov. John Kasich’s latest tax cut proposal as “just another gift to who least need it, Ohio’s wealthiest top one percent.”

It was the third of what is being called “Testimony Tuesday.” The rallies at Ohio’s Statehouse are being supported by organized labor, the state Interfaith Alliance, women’s groups, retirees and poor people’s organizations. They are inspired …

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Sen. Turner to Introduce Legislation to Fix Campaign Finance Loophole

Sen. Turner to Introduce Legislation to Fix Campaign Finance Loophole

From the Office of State Senator Nina Turner

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 April 22, 2014      

Bill would address deficiency in Ohio law identified by 2011 court ruling

Columbus—State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) announced today that she will soon be introducing legislation to close a loophole in Ohio campaign finance law.  The loophole allows out-of-state individuals and entities who participate in campaign activities …

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Food stamp recipients making tough choices after cuts

In Colerain Township, Sarah Singley has less than $60 to feed herself and her two children for the rest of the month.

In Newport, Amanda Collins’ electricity was turned back on last week – her monthly budget stretched too thin in recent months to cover costly winter heating bills and put enough food on the table for the family of six.

Across the region, thousands more struggling families are turning to food pantries as the fallout of recent cuts to food stamp benefits takes hold.

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Ohio’s fight against childhood hunger

Ohio’s fight against childhood hunger

When kids are hungry, they struggle to learn; when kids don’t learn, they struggle in life

It happens every school morning: More than 300,000 Ohio children in more than 3,000 elementary, junior-high, and high schools sit down for a healthy, hot breakfast.

It helps them learn. It brings peace and quiet to the classroom. And in the long run, it helps our state’s economy prosper and America become more competitive in the global marketplace.

Everyone remembers the school lunch program when we were growing up. We were in …

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Connie Pillich Statement On Josh Mandel’s Hiring Practices As Treasurer

As Treasurer, Mandel Oversaw a Sizable Exodus of Female Employees, Created A Pay Gap Where One Didn’t Exist

CINCINNATI – In response to yesterday’s Dayton Daily News investigative report detailing (1) the 35-person exodus of women at the Treasurer’s office during Josh Mandel’s tenure and (2) his creation of a pay gap that didn’t exist when he took office, State Representative Connie Pillich issued the following statement:

“It’s disappointing to hear that Ohio’s Treasurer of State would shortchange families this way,” said State Representative Connie Pillich.  “This is a major problem in Ohio and around the …

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Ohio legislature puts stumbling blocks in the way of voters: Catherine Turcer of Common Cause | cleveland.com

For Ohioans concerned about strengthening our democracy — which should be all of us — this legislative session has been extremely disappointing.

While Secretary of State Jon A. Husted and voter advocates have been urging the passage of cost-saving legislation to improve voter access and the voter registration database, the Ohio General Assembly instead focused on reducing early voting (Senate Bill 238) and making voting more difficult (Senate Bills 205 and 216).

Two bills have been introduced to implement online voter registration: one sponsored by …

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