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State’s Witness in Favor of Execution Protocols Steps Down

The expert witness who testified on behalf of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) will no longer be defending problematic drug protocols used in executions. A press release in April by ODRC implied the witness, Dr. Mark Dershwitz, played a role in developing the State’s current protocol. Because the American Board of Anesthesiology […]

Medical Expert: McGuire’s Execution Certainly “Not Humane”

Following the execution of Dennis McGuire in January, the children of Mr. McGuire filed a lawsuit against the State of Ohio alleging that their father was tortured during the administering of the death penalty. While prison officials claimed “the process worked very well,” an expert witness is now stepping forward with troubling revelations. Dr. Kent […]

Federal Judge Halts Ohio Executions until 2015

In May, U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost issued a moratorium on executions in Ohio, in the wake of Dennis McGuire’s troubling January execution. Judge Frost urged attorneys defending inmates, as well as the state, to “work together to coordinate efforts so that the court can set necessary deadlines following expiration of the stay.” As the […]

Republicans Pick Cleveland for 2016 Convention

On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced that it had chosen heavily Democratic Cleveland to host its 2016 national convention. A meeting of the full RNC will ratify the choice next month in Chicago. The RNC had narrowed the field to Cleveland and Dallas, both of which aggressively courted party officials. Republicans believe that […]

Charter School Details Under Scrutiny

An Akron Beacon Journal report has revealed disturbing details surrounding a chain of nineteen publicly funded charter schools. The Horizon and Noble Academies were founded by Turkish immigrants under the name “Concept Schools.”  The schools hired“325 educators almost exclusively from Turkey” and “as early as 2002, state audits found thousands of public dollars ‘illegally expended’ to finance the U.S. citizenship […]

Ohio Republicans Trying to Restrict Voting – Again

Ohio Republicans are poised to pass a new round of restrictive voting laws this week. The measures could limit access to the ballot in this year’s midterms and the 2016 presidential race and revive the long lines at the polls that plagued the Buckeye State in 2004. No Republican has ever won the White House […]

Kasich: Right to Work “Not on My Agenda”

Republican Governor John Kasich said last week that “right-to-work” legislation, which weakens labor unions, isn’t on his agenda. That’s not the same as saying he would fight or veto it. The divisive measure should not be enacted. Putting aside the likely partisan explosion, Ohio’s voters signaled as recently as 2011 that they do not favor such […]

HHS Agrees to Help Low-Income Americans with Cold Temperatures

Hours after a request by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and two other Senators, the federal government agreed to assist millions of low-income people dealing with bitterly cold temperatures. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will release the remaining federal dollars in what is called the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP. […]

State of the State Puts Education Funding on Display

Governor John Kasich has chosen Medina as the site of his State of the State address in February. As he prepares for this event, it is helpful to understand what his two state budgets have done to schools in Medina City and County. Children in Medina County schools will have $13.7 million less state revenue in the next […]

Study: Ohio 36th in Nation for Financial Security

Financial security eludes almost half of Ohio households, which often are one crisis away from plunging into poverty, according to a report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CED). Many working-class families face the threat of tumbling into destitution because they lack sufficient savings to withstand a significant loss of income, and economic insecurity is getting […]