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Former U.S. President Donald Trump gives the keynote address at the Faith & Freedom Coalition during their annual "Road To Majority Policy Conference" at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

The Christian Right is winning cultural battles while public opinion disagrees

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — There’s an influential minority of Americans who envision the United States as a Christian nation. Lately, this group has been making significant progress in its mission. Recent rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court reversing Roe v. Wade and protecting prayer in schools are chief among these victories. These cultural wins for… Read More

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Supreme Court expands gun rights nationwide after striking down a N.Y. law that restricts concealed carrying of guns

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 opinion along ideological lines, ruled that New York’s restrictions on the concealed carry of firearms in public violates the Second Amendment. The opinion, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, invalidates the state’s requirement for people to show “proper cause” to get public carry licenses. Writing… Read More

Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, the lead Democratic negotiator on a bipartisan gun bill safety bill, speaks to activists protesting gun violence and demanding action from lawmakers

Senators reach final bipartisan agreement on a gun safety bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Senate negotiators have reached a final agreement on a narrow bipartisan gun safety bill that could become the first gun control measure to pass Congress in decades. The legislation resulted from negotiations among 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats, and it is expected to have more than enough votes to overcome the… Read More

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, seen here speaking during a news conference after a Senate Republican lunch meeting on June 7, 2022

McConnell says he’ll support a gun reform bill if it matches the proposed framework

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will support passing a bill that would reform gun laws if the text matches the framework proposed earlier this week. “I am comfortable with the framework and if the legislation ends up reflecting what the framework indicates, I will be supportive,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday. A… Read More

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A bipartisan group of senators announces a deal for school safety and gun measures

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Updated June 12, 2022 at 8:57 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A bipartisan group of Senate negotiators say they have reached a deal on a package of safety and gun-related measures narrowly focused on preventing future shootings similar to the one in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed in their… Read More

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021

5 key questions the Jan. 6 committee will tackle in its hearings

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The House select committee on January 6 holds its first hearing on Thursday, in prime time at 8 p.m. EST, promising to weave together a narrative from the findings of its year-long probe with “previously unseen material” about the attack on the Capitol. Some committee members have teased that there will… Read More

President Biden, left, talks with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., outside the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday as the two discuss ongoing negotiations in the Senate around gun law legislation.

Senate gun law negotiators working toward a deal by the end of the week

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Senate negotiators are racing to finalize an agreement on a narrow set of gun control proposals with a goal of finishing their work before the week’s end. Members of a bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday shuttled between negotiations, party briefings and White House conversations under intense political pressure to get… Read More

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With Ohio’s legislative primary set, lawmakers working on how to pay for it

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A federal court ruling on Friday sets up an August 2 primary for Ohio House and Senate districts, using maps that were ruled unconstitutionally gerrymandered in March. Now lawmakers are deciding how to pay the estimated $20 million cost of that vote. Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) said the… Read More

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From constitutional reform to crisis, Ohio redistricting saga nears federal intervention

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A saga that began nine months ago to implement Ohio’s new redistricting process is now heading towards a federal court decision that could dash the hopes of advocates fighting against partisan gerrymandering. On August 6, 2021, the seven members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission convened and took the oath… Read More

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies about monetary policy and the state of the economy before the House Financial Services Committee in Washington, D.C., on March 2.

The Fed raises interest rates by the most in over 20 years to fight inflation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Federal Reserve ordered the largest interest hike in more than two decades Wednesday as part of its escalating campaign to battle stubbornly high inflation. The central bank raised its benchmark rate by half-a-percentage point, following a quarter-point increase in March. The moves mark a sharp U-turn from the easy-money policies… Read More

A poll worker helps a voter to a machine at Franklin County's early voting center in Columbus on Sunday, March 15. In-person voting for the March 17 primary was cancelled the next day and the mail-in deadline was extended to April 28.

Most expensive primary in Ohio history doesn’t slow down on the final weekend before election day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Tomorrow brings an end to the most expensive primary in Ohio history, the race for the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by US Sen. Rob Portman. $65 million has been spent by the five leading candidates and the groups that support and oppose them. On Sunday, a… Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting at the statehouse

Redistricting commission will meet just days before deadline

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission is planning to hold its next meeting just two days before a deadline to turn in new state legislative district maps. The commission, which has a history of missing court-ordered and constitutional deadlines, is required to adopt new House and Senate district maps by May 6. Commission co-chairs, House Speaker… Read More

Protestors denounce abortion bills under consideration at Ohio Statehouse on Dec 4, 2018 at Ohio Statehouse

Bill would ban abortion in Ohio if U.S. Supreme Court allows states to decide the issue

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle unloaded several questions about a bill — that would outlaw abortion in Ohio if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade — during its first House committee hearing. Medical personnel would face prison time and fines under the bill which contains… Read More

John Cranley, former mayor of Cincinnati, responds to a question in the Ohio Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Debate with Nan Whaley, former mayor of Dayton, at the Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio

Democrats running for Ohio governor pitch their approach to pressing issues

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — When Democrats in Ohio cast their primary ballots for governor in this May 3 election, they’ll have to choose between two southwest Ohio former mayors. Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton, is facing off against John Cranley, the former mayor of Cincinnati. The candidates were once colleagues as… Read More

Steve Dettelbach, candidate for Ohio Attorney General, speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

Biden nominates a former federal prosecutor and former Ohio AG candidate to lead the ATF as it targets ‘ghost guns’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — President Biden has picked former federal attorney Steve Dettelbach to serve as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as the administration takes new steps to address the scourge of gun violence in America. The nomination comes as the Justice Department pursues regulations targeting so-called ghost guns, weapons… Read More

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Lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment to change Ohio’s bail system

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House is holding hearings on a resolution that would require courts to consider public safety and a person’s criminal record when determining that defendant’s bail. The measure has become a hot button topic in the legislature with disagreement among members on both sides of the aisle as… Read More

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House Republicans introduce Ohio version of the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers are proposing legislation in Ohio that would ban schools from teaching about “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” to students kindergarten through third grade. The bill, HB616, is similar to language used in a Florida measure which came to be known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. It is also legislation… 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 Republicans abandon independent mapmakers to pass slightly modified GOP maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ohio Capital Journal) — In a 4-3 decision, Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission voted Monday night to pass slightly changed versions of Statehouse district maps previously rejected by the Ohio Supreme Court as unconstitutional. In doing so, they abandoned independent mapmakers they had hired. Commissioners said they did this to fulfill… Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting at the statehouse

Time is ticking for the Ohio Redistricting Commission as it decides whether to pass new legislative

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Today is the deadline for the Ohio Redistricting Commission to pass a fourth set of legislative maps to satisfy the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he thinks the maps should be passed by midnight tonight. “The court order says we are supposed to approve a map…. Read More

President Joe Biden delivers a speech about the Russian war in Ukraine at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland on March 26.

Biden’s new budget calls for funding police and taxing billionaires

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — President Biden’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year includes a new minimum tax on billionaires and increased funding for police and gun violence prevention. It also calls for additional defense spending and ongoing support for Ukraine’s effort to repel Russia. And it includes elements of Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda,… Read More

us Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, departs the US Capitol in Washington, DC

Manchin says he will support Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday he will vote for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, clearing the way to an all-but-certain confirmation. The West Virginia Democrat has become a pivotal vote in the evenly divided Senate, as he often sides with Republicans, and his opposition could have blocked Jackson from becoming the… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) delivers his State of the State address in the Ohio House chamber.

Declaring ‘This is our moment’, DeWine lays out State of the State to mixed reaction

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — For only the second time in office, DeWine delivered a State of the State address, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to cancel the event for the last two years. Members of the Ohio House, Ohio Senate, Ohio Supreme Court, and state offices filled the House chamber as DeWine… Read More

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Ohio Redistricting Commission is assembling the new team of mapmakers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission will include two mediators from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to help settle disputes as Republican and Democratic mapmakers try to create new district maps for the state House and Senate. The commission voted unanimously to approve the two mediators, Catherine… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State address

As he prepares for his State of the State address, DeWine says his goals have not changed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After the pandemic caused a two-year hiatus, DeWine will deliver his second State of the State address to Ohio lawmakers. DeWine’s last State of the State speech was in March 2019 when he emphasized the importance of investing in programs that support early childhood development, public health, and workforce… Read More