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President Joe Biden speaks in support of changing the Senate filibuster rules that have stalled voting rights legislation in Atlanta.

Biden calls for changes to the Senate’s filibuster to pass voting rights bills

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Updated January 11, 2022 at 6:40 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — President Biden on Tuesday delivered a fiery speech on what he called “the battle for the soul of America,” urging an outright rejection of GOP-led efforts to restrict Americans’ rights to vote. Speaking alongside Vice President Harris, Biden called for sweeping election reform… Read More

From the Capitol riot to abortion rights, here are the top political stories of 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — This year was supposed to be one of recovery, but it has been far from that. It began with the insurrection at the Capitol, a second impeachment of former President Donald Trump and President Biden’s inauguration. As the year went on, Trump continued to lie about the election results while he… Read More

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Democrats are forced to regroup as Biden’s signature spending bill stalls

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Updated December 16, 2021 at 7:23 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — President Biden in a Thursday evening statement acknowledged the roadblocks his nearly $2 trillion social spending package faced, saying that it could take weeks before the package was ready for a vote. Still, he said he would continue to push for the bill… Read More

Voter rights advocates scrutinize the Congressional district map proposed by Republican lawmakers.

DeWine approves new Ohio Congressional map that gives GOP advantage in most districts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — In a statement released Saturday, DeWine said “When compared to the other proposals offered from House and Senate caucuses, both Republican and Democrat, the map in S.B. 258 makes the most progress to produce a fair, compact, and competitive map.” DeWine goes on to tout the map’s city and county… Read More

The seven-member Ohio Redistricting Commission is made up of five Republicans - co-chair Speaker Bob Cupp, Gov. Mike DeWine, Auditor Keith Faber, Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Senate President Matt Huffman. There are two Democrats on the commission: co-chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader Emiilia Sykes (D-Akron).

Ohio House sends Congressional district map to DeWine

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It’s now up to Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) whether to sign off on a new Congressional district map that gives Republicans an advantage in 12 of Ohio’s 15 districts for four years. In that House vote, every Democrat and four Republicans voted against the plan. Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)… Read More

Someone has a gun in the back of their pants. Like, you trying to shoot your butt or something, lol.

The Ohio House passes a bill that allows adults to carry concealed guns without permits

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Just after voting to allow teachers and school staff to be armed with only 20 hours of concealed carry and other training, the Ohio House has passed another gun bill. The Republican-backed measure allows adults to carry concealed weapons in public without first having to get licenses for them…. Read More

The dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is seen on November 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Biden’s plan to stop surprise medical bills faces bipartisan pushback in Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The detente that allowed Congress to pass a law curbing surprise medical bills has disintegrated. A bipartisan group of 152 lawmakers have been assailing the Biden administration’s plan to regulate the law and medical providers, warning of grim consequences for underserved patients. For years, patients have faced these massive, unexpected bills… Read More

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Ohio state board of education picks new president after former leader resigns

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There’s new leadership at the state Board of Education of Ohio, after the board president and another member resigned last month in a controversy over an anti-racism resolution. The board elevated vice president Charlotte McGuire to president and selected Steve Dackin as VP. McGuire is among the 11 elected members…. Read More

President Biden campaigns in Columbus, Ohio

What would Ohio get out of the Build Back Better Act?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passing a few days ago, backers of President Biden’s Build Back Better ACT have hit the ground to promote the $1.75 trillion element of the Democrats’ economic agenda. And they say it has a lot that can help Ohioans. While the infrastructure bill… Read More

Ohio's redistricting committee

Ohio’s governor said the proposed Congressional maps are not “going to fly”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine has made it clear he’s not a fan of the legislative redistricting maps he voted for as part of the Ohio Redistricting Commission. Now, DeWine is indicating he’s not happy with the proposed Congressional maps from state lawmakers either. “I’ve looked at the two from the… Read More

A man approaches a van from a COVID-19 vaccine mobile clinic hosted by McDonald's and the California Department of the Public Health in September in Los Angeles.

Biden’s vaccine rules for 100 million workers are here. These are the details

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — In early September, President Biden announced he was taking steps to get more Americans vaccinated and turn the tide on COVID-19. On Thursday, the administration rolled out two of those steps — two different vaccine rules covering more than 100 million workers. Here are the details: Deadline is Jan. 4: The… Read More

Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) presents a new Congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus.

Ohio GOP lawmakers unveil Congressional map proposals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State Republican lawmakers are introducing two proposals, one from the House and one from the Senate, for new Congressional district maps. The roll-out comes with confusion over how exactly the maps break down, with voter rights groups arguing a lack of transparency in the process. The maps were presented… Read More

Mike Carey and Allison Russo

A Trump-backed lobbyist and an Ohio lawmaker seek open House seat

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The hottest congressional race in next week’s off-year election pits a Donald Trump-backed coal lobbyist against a two-term state lawmaker in central Ohio. Republican political newcomer Mike Carey is favored to win Tuesday’s contest, but state Rep. Allison Russo is mounting Democrats’ strongest challenge in the GOP-leaning 15th Congressional District in… Read More

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Kids’ mental health and safety in the spotlight as social media execs face Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A Senate committee is widening its investigation into the impact social media platforms have on children, teens and young adults, with more apps facing congressional scrutiny. NewsHour’s William Brangham reports with Jean Twenge, a psychology professor and author of “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant,… Read More

Emissions rise from a smokestack in Ohio.

Once again, the U.S. has failed to take sweeping climate action. Here’s why

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WASHINGTON, D.C . (NPR) — In April, President Biden unveiled the United States’ most ambitious plan ever to cut emissions that drive climate change, and he urged other nations to follow. Now, days before Biden prepares for a pivotal climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, the White House’s keystone legislative plan to tackle climate disruption appears… Read More

Signs advertising candidates for Columbus School Board dot the landscape outside of the Franklin County Board Of Elections on Morse Road in Columbus.

Many of Ohio’s local school board candidates getting large contributions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Not only are there more candidates running for school boards in Ohio this year, but they are also spending more on their campaigns. And it’s difficult to find out exactly how much more. Follow the money. That’s the mantra from reporters and good government groups who are trying to… Read More

The John Amos power station in West Virginia

How Dem debate over Biden climate agenda could affect U.S. economy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The coming weeks will be pivotal for President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda as Congress and the White House debate the trade-offs of a major bill that could affect the pocketbooks, working conditions and social safety net for Americans. NewsHour’s William Brangham looks at what it could mean for coping with climate… Read More

The U.S. Capitol

Here’s what we know is in the scaled back Biden budget bill and what got cut

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Democratic leaders have set the end of this week as a deadline to try to get a detailed framework for their domestic policy bill that sweeps up all of President Joe Biden’s top priorities. After months of infighting, there was a new sense of urgency and optimism this week that a… Read More

Ohio Redistricting Commission meets late at night on the final day of the constitutional deadline to pass maps.

Commission Approves Final District Maps That Appear To Retain GOP Supermajorities in House, Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Just after the clock struck midnight, the Ohio Redistricting Commission approved new Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps, that are likely to guarantee a Republican supermajority for the next four years, by a vote of 5 to 2. The two Democrats on the panel voted against the plan…. Read More

U.S. Capitol Police Mountain Bike officers secure the plaza

Congress Approves $2.1 Billion Emergency Funding Bill For Capitol Police

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The U.S. Capitol Police are on the verge of running out of money next month so both the Senate and House approved a $2.1 billion spending measure on Thursday to avoid furloughs and pay for overtime, training and more. It also direct funds to federal agencies handling humanitarian aid for U.S. allies… Read More

Prison Bars

Is There Finally Some Agreement On The Need For Bail Reform In Ohio?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — In the early 1980s, Robin Turner got caught up in the world of drugs. She was arrested and incarcerated pending trial until her brother helped her post bond. “I lost my housing. I had to pack up and move and move back in with my mom,” she said. Today, she is… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

FirstEnergy Reevaluates Denial Of Ratepayer Funds In Bribe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Utility giant FirstEnergy Corp. says it’s reevaluating previous denials that the company used customer money to secretly fund a $60 million bribery scheme. The Akron-based company filed notice with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Friday saying its deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Justice Department requires a re-examination of… Read More

U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell is sworn in to testify to the House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington

‘This Is How I’m Going To Die’: Police Sergeant Recalls The Terror Of Jan. 6

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WASHINGTON (NPR) — In gripping emotional testimony, U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell recounted the “horrific and devastating” violence of Jan. 6 during the first hearing of the select committee investigating the insurrection. “My fellow officers and I were punched, pushed, kicked, shoved, sprayed with chemical irritants, and even blinded with eye-damaging lasers by a… Read More

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Portman Says Infrastructure Bill Is Needed And Thinks It Is On Track For Passage

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — After lots of back and forth, Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator says he thinks the bipartisan infrastructure deal he’s been working on with President Biden’s administration will happen. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says he and fellow lawmakers in the bipartisan working group realize the need for money for roads and… Read More