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ACLU Says Feds Should End Contract at Ohio Private Prison

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Youngstown’s Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, Ohio’s only privately run prison, has had a fraught history since it was opened by Corrections Corporation of America in 1997.
  

Court Restores Early Voting Days

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A federal court handed down a big victory for voting rights advocates June 11 when it ruled that Ohio must maintain three days of early voting previously eliminated by Ohio Secretary of State John Husted. U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus ruled that the state must provide voting the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before election day.   

Delayed Developments

Mayor Cranley’s first budget cuts out some community groups, gives cash to others outside standard funding process

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
There are lingering concerns about the ways programs designed to help neighborhoods will or won’t be funded under Mayor John Cranley’s first budget, which City Council passed June 4.   

Legal Limit

How a local court case is quietly shedding light on Ohio's Lucrative DUI Industry

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
One in seven Ohioans with a driver’s license has at least one — a life-long legal scar that has become the voodoo of our generation(s). According to the Ohio Department of Safety, more than 1.3 million licensed drivers in the state have at least one DUI conviction. This eye-opening number suggests far too many Ohioans are getting behind the wheel impaired.   

Streetcar Advocates Expand Focus to Uptown and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Believe in Cincinnati, the grassroots group that played a big role advocating for the Cincinnati streetcar during and since the infamous City Hall pause, is expanding its focus beyond Over-the-Rhine.  

Sen. Sherrod Brown Pushes Student Loan Refinancing

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
At a time when charges for borrowing money have hit nearly historic lows, students and those currently repaying federal student loans have been locked into older, higher rates.  

Ohio Supreme Court Orders Rape Flier Records Unsealed

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled June 5 that a Butler County judge acted improperly when he sealed records relating to a 2012 rape flier posted at Miami University.  

Confusion and Concerns

As Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority adjusts to challenges, residents raise alarms

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
More than 60 people crammed into a small conference room at Xavier University the evening of May 27 to witness a presentation by Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority on its five-year strategic plan, but many weren’t there to hear CMHA Director Gregory Johnson discuss mission statements and rebranding.    

Advocates: Include Rail Options in Next Western Hills Viaduct

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Advocates in the West Side are calling for consideration of future transit options including possible light rail or street car routes as planning for the aging Western Hills Viaduct moves forward.
  

Metro to Offer Domestic Partner Benefits

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Cincinnati Metro on May 29 announced that it will provide health and dental benefits to domestic partners of its employees, becoming the first employer to say it will utilize Cincinnati’s domestic partner registry, which passed out of committee June 2 and is expected to be passed by full council this week.   

Kasich to Sign Bill Delaying Renewable Energy Standards

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Gov. John Kasich says he’ll sign a bill that would freeze the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years and weaken them after that. 
  

On the Capital Defense

State task force releases 56 recommendations for Ohio death penalty application

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma in late April was sufficiently horrific to inspire the pro-death-penalty Obama administration to do some long-overdue soul searching.   

The first Jewish baseball superstar’s distinctive mark on Reds history

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2014
 Despite a vagabond baseball career that saw him careening from team to team across the Northeast and Midwest for a decade, Lipman “Lip” Pike arrived in Cincinnati in early 1877 to play for the Red Stockings — the early name of today’s Reds — amid a fair amount of hype.  

Contract Controversy

Catholic teachers and their supporters speak out against new Archdiocese teacher contract

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Richard Hague planned to teach in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati schools for 50 years, but the literature and writing teacher at Purcell Marian is retiring early after 45 years because he thinks church authority has crossed a line.    

Voting Rights Redux

Ohio Democrats launch statewide initiative to protect voting access from GOP-led limitations

6 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Ohio is at the forefront of the fight as activists work to defend long-held voting practices from Republican-led efforts to limit citizens’ options for casting their ballots.