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Redistricting

Bipartisanship is a concept that has not been associated with Ohio’s redistricting process for decades, if not longer. But there was a hint of cooperation last week when lawmakers not only discussed a redistricting reform bill, but voted on one, and most Republicans and Democrats in the House liked it. The...

Pay raises, gun bill

A good argument can be made that Ohio will need to pay its elected leaders more if it wants to retain and attract the best. It may be time. State lawmakers, statewide officeholders and most county officials last received a cost-of-living adjustment in 2008. Judges haven’t seen an increase in at least six...

State records, health merger

What good are public records if they’re not readily available to those who want them? No good, of course. That’s why this week’s launch of what state Treasurer Josh Mandel calls the state’s first “online checkbook” is a noteworthy development. Now, anyone with a computer and an...

Drug courts

Hancock County’s criminal justice system has tried to break criminal offenders of their drug addictions through a variety of methods over the years, including sending them to prison. But studies show prison usually doesn’t work, since few receive treatment there. As a result, many offenders return to...

Body cameras

Public confidence in police needs to be restored, especially in Missouri and Ohio. Equipping officers with body cameras would help show the professionalism of the majority of officers in Ferguson, Cleveland, and elsewhere, and would shine a bright light on bad cops. The cameras, which can be attached to an...

Rape limits

Ohio prosecutors have time limits for filing criminal charges against defendants. Most felony charges must be filed within six years. But for many violent crimes, including rape, prosecutors have to make their case within 20 years. A bill now before the Legislature, however, would eliminate the 20-year statute of...

Thumbs

UP: When Americans think Thanksgiving, most think food. But the holiday is more than just a feast at the Stonebridge Church in Findlay, where members and volunteers have been offering free holiday meals to everyone for 10 years. On Thursday, more than 1,200 people were given traditional meals, along with a hearty...
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