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    Richland Source State Issue 2: A primer on Ohio’s effort to legalize cannabis

    (Thursday, October 12, 8:00 AM | By: Dillon Carr)

    • Republicans in Ohio remain divided on the law. And the Ohio Democratic Party has not taken an official stance. State Rep. Jamie Callendar (R-Concord) has supported it, saying ‘cannabis has some very legitimate uses, whether it’s pain relief, whether it’s an alternative to alcohol.’ Other GOP lawmakers who have voiced support include Ron Ferguson (R-Wintersville) and U.S.

    The Miami Student Former chair of the state Democratic Party speaks on the future of democracy

    (Thursday, October 12, 2:00 PM)

    • In September 2022, Hungary was no longer considered a ‘full democracy’ by the European Parliament for concerns about the functioning of the country’s electoral system. These attacks on free and fair elections and democracy are what David Pepper, the former chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, calls a ‘fire-alarm democracy.’ ‘Everything I’ve just described, what we would see as a crisis of democracy in other countries, is happening in Columbus, Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee,’ Pepper said. On Wednesday, Pepper visited the Oxford Rotary Club to discuss the future of democracy in Ohio and to play a nonpartisan part in democracy.

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    The Washington Post U.S., Qatar agree to stop Iran from tapping $6 billion fund after Hamas attack

    (Thursday, October 12, 11:51 AM | By: Jeff Stein)

    The Hill Senators on Foreign Relations panel to unveil resolution supporting Israel

    (Thursday, October 12, 10:20 AM | By: Alexander Bolton)

    • Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Joe Manchin (D-W Va.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), have called on the administration to freeze the Iranian assets.
    • Syndicated By: YahooAOL

    The Hill Schumer faces Democratic divisions on Israel

    (Friday, October 13, 5:30 AM | By: Alexander Bolton)

    • Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Joe Manchin (D-W Va.), Bob Casey (R-Pa.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rosen — called on the Biden administration to freeze the funding.
    • Syndicated By: YahooAOL

    The Boston Globe Facing little competition, Warren raised $1 million for reelection bid last quarter

    (Friday, October 13, 6:00 AM | By: Matt Stout)

    • ‘These are the things that undermine democracy,’ she told the standing-room-only crowd. ‘That is why I am still in this fight.’ Her campaign has also put its fundraising list to use for others, helping raise money for President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign; Representative Katie Porter of California, a former student of hers at Harvard Law School, who is running for the seat that was held by the late-Senator Dianne Feinstein; and Senator Sherrod Brown, who is facing a tough reelection fight in Ohio, among others. Matt Stout can be reached at matt.stout@globe.com.

    The Epoch Times Bipartisan Lawmakers Press Biden Admin to Refreeze $6 Billion in Iranian Assets After Hamas Attacks

    (Thursday, October 12, 1:29 PM | By: Jackson Richman)

    • In an Oct. 11 statement, Sen. Sherrod Brown (R-Ohio), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, expressed support for the measure.

    Newsmax 6 Democrat Senators Join Call for Iran Freeze

    (Thursday, October 12, 12:39 PM | By: Solange Reyner)

    • Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jon Tester of Montana, Jacky Rosen of Nevada, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Sherrod Brown of Ohio have called on Biden to freeze the assets while the U.S. measures whether Iran played a direct role in the attacks.

    MedPage Today Nurse-to-Patient Staffing Ratios Win Some Hard-Fought Ground

    (Thursday, October 12, 1:34 PM | By: Shannon)

    • Staffing ratios have also been endorsed by members of Congress. Back in March, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) reintroduced a bill to enact minimum nurse-to-patient staffing requirements nationally, but the barriers to passage are high. Most hospital association leaders and many nurse executives remain opposed.

    Anchorage Daily News U.S. and Qatar agree to stop Iran from tapping $6 billion fund after Hamas attack

    (Thursday, October 12, 12:11 PM | By: The Washington Post)

    • That comment was first reported by Punchbowl. Senators of both parties, including Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), have called on the Biden administration to renege on the agreement. Asked about the push to freeze the aid, Iran’s mission to the United Nations responded in a statement: ‘The senators in question and the U.S. government are all acutely aware that they can NOT renege on the agreement.

    Mediaite JUST IN: U.S. Reportedly to Stop Iran From Accessing $6 Billion Fund Amid Israel-Hamas War

    (Thursday, October 12, 4:09 PM)

    • Adeyemo reportedly told lawmakers that the money in the fund ‘isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.’ The Post cited ‘three House Democratic aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal conversations. That comment was first reported by Punchbowl.’ Multiple Democratic senators including Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have joined Republicans and called on Biden to freeze the money. The Post noted that Iran’s Mission to the UN released a statement in response, saying, ‘The senators in question and the U.S. government are all acutely aware that they can NOT renege on the agreement.

    Al-Monitor US, Qatar reportedly agree to pause Iran’s access to $6 billion fund

    (Thursday, October 12, 3:34 PM)

    • At the time, critics of the financial arrangement said it would free up Iran’s domestic budget to be used for funding terrorism across the Middle East and building up its nuclear program. In recent days, the Biden administration has faced growing pressure from Republicans and some Democrats, including Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), to punish Iran over the deadly assault on Israel carried out by its proxy, Hamas. On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced legislation to immediately freeze the $6 billion.

    WHIO-TV Miami Valley native returning home after being stuck in Israel

    (Friday, October 13, 2:31 AM | By: Whio Staff)

    • He told News Center 7′s John Bedell he caught a flight to Cyprus Thursday morning. Zach had previously been in touch with Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) office. His parents live in Miami County, in Congressman Warren Davidson’s district.

    WFMJ-TV Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose campaigns across the Valley

    (Thursday, October 12, 6:20 PM)

    • 21 News reporter Leslie Huff caught up with LaRose to talk about the state of the race and whether his hard right turn could hurt him with voters around the state. He is one of three republicans running to unseat democratic senator Sherrod Brown in 2024. In a field that includes State Senator Matt Dolan seeking to appeal to moderates and traditional conservatives and Cleveland-area car dealer Bernie Moreno seeking to garner favor with Donald Trump and his voters, LaRose still believes he can stand out.

    WSYX Superintendent shares litany of problems from seat belts in her district’s buses

    (Thursday, October 12, 4:38 PM | By: Darrel Rowland)

    • The National Transportation Safety Board recommends them. And shortly after the tragedy Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown introduced a bill to mandate them. The topic dominated Thursday’s meeting of the Ohio School Bus Safety Working Group.
    • Syndicated By: WTTE FOX 28

    home – world today news US and Qatar Agree to Prevent Iran from Using $6 Billion in Frozen Funds: Washington Post

    (Thursday, October 12, 6:21 PM | By: World Today News)

    • Although it was countered by saying, ‘Its use is limited to purchasing food and medicine for Iranians,’ it was not enough to overturn negative public opinion domestically. Several senators from both Democratic and Republican parties, including Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, urged the Biden administration to tear up the agreement with Iran. The Biden administration has been considering this issue, saying, ‘Although Iran has provided weapons to Hamas, there is no concrete evidence that Iran participated in this attack.’ Regarding this issue, Iran’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations told WP, ​​’Both the senators in question and the U.S. government are well aware that the agreement cannot be annulled.

    Jewish Insider Daily Kickoff: Bibi-Blinken meeting + Qatar’s ties to Hamas

    (Thursday, October 12, 8:22 AM | By: Ji Staff)

    • Swing seats: Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Reps. Colin Allred (D-TX), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) said yesterday that they support freezing the funds.
    • Jon Tester (D-MT), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced their support on Tuesday. Quotable: Casey, in a statement to JI, blasted Republicans for ‘intentionally misleading the American people about this matter,’ highlighting that the funds have not been transferred and arguing that the rhetoric ‘only bolsters our enemies.’ But, he said, ‘these funds should remain frozen until we can determine whether Iran played a role in the attack and what the appropriate U.S. response should be.’ What’s next: Brown, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, pressed the White House to freeze the funds and said he plans to examine the role that cryptocurrency reportedly played in financing Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Republicans are moving ahead with legislation relating to the $6 billion.

    Star Beacon Andover looks to find lodging solutions

    (Friday, October 13, 12:00 AM | By: Warren Dillaway)

    • Dibell’s latest attempt to alleviate the problem has been contacting U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and J.D. Vance (R-Ohio).

    GV Wire US and Qatar Block Iran’s Access to $6 Billion Humanitarian Aid Fund

    (Friday, October 13, 8:50 PM)

    • Adeyemo assured House Democrats that the funds would not be released in the near future. This statement has led to calls from senators across party lines, including Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown, for the Biden administration to back out of the agreement. Iran’s UN mission responded by stating that the U.S. cannot renege on the agreement and that the funds rightfully belong to the Iranian people.

    Morning Journal Vance calls on swift railway safety bill and more support for East Palestine

    (Friday, October 13, 8:00 PM)

    • Local News Oct 13, 2023 EAST PALESTINE — It’s been nine months since the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine and eight months since Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) along with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the bipartisan Railway Safety Act of 2023. On Thursday, Vance voiced both frustration and exasperation that the legislation meant to strengthen rail safety and prevent another disaster like East Palestine has stalled.
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    Morning Journal LaRose celebrates manufacturing and campaigns at Compco

    (Friday, October 13, 8:00 PM)

    • ‘Ohio workers and Ohio manufacturers can outcompete anyone in the world when they are competing on a level playing field,’ he said. ‘We are here to speak with and learn from some of Compco’s great employees while really highlight manufacturing.’ LaRose, who has his sights set on Sherrod Brown’s senate seat, also took advantage of the visit to promote his race. ‘I wanted to take this chance to make my pitch to them and do what I call the job interview,’ LaRose said.
    • ‘I consider this whole campaign for the U.S. Senate a year-long job interview so I am here to speak to my prospective employers.’ LaRose told the workers that he challenged Brown to ‘save the country,’ expressing frustration with the current president and the Democratic Party who he said have continued to add to America’s struggling economy and souring cost of inflation. LaRose spoke of the disadvantages Compco and other manufacturers face when competing against foreign companies who are not saddled with the same rules and regulations.
    • Syndicated By: The ReviewSalem News

    Tennessee Lookout Biden administration working to recover U.S. hostages held by Hamas – Tennessee Lookout

    (Thursday, October 12, 1:28 PM | By: Jacob Fischler)

    • U.S. Senate Banking and Housing Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, said the panel ‘will examine the financing behind Hamas’s attacks, including whether cryptocurrency was involved, and what additional economic tools we need to stop state sponsors of terrorism, including Iran, from supporting Hamas and other terrorist groups.’ ‘As we work to hold any state sponsors of terrorism accountable, the administration must freeze the $6 billion in Iranian assets,’ he added. Reports early Wednesday indicated Hezbollah, a militant group on Israel’s northern border that also receives backing from Iran, could be organizing an attack.

    The Tower Alumnus and Senate Candidate Will Jawando Reflects on His College Experience

    (Friday, October 13, 11:49 PM)

    • Branch President at the time, connected him to a law-fellow internship for Nancy Pelosi in Congress. Afterwards, he became the legislative assistant to Senator Sherrod Brown before working for Barack Obama in the Senate and White House. ‘That really opened my eyes to having an impact through policy,’ Jawando stated.

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    ABC News Ohio begins voting on amendment that would guarantee abortion rights

    (Thursday, October 12, 6:36 PM | By: Abc News)

    • The two sides make their arguments Both Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights, a coalition of groups supporting abortion rights, and allied Ohio Democrats have sounded the alarm on what they claim to be foul play by opponents of the abortion amendment. Last month, the state Supreme Court allowed the Republican-controlled Ohio Ballot Board — which is overseen by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who is also running for the U.S. Senate — to use amendment language that includes the phrase “unborn child.”
    • “The Abortion Amendment victimizes rather than protects and empowers women and girls,” they continued. LaRose, a leading voice against the measure, said in a statement to ABC News that “as a father and someone who’s always stood up to protect life, I’ll be working to defeat this radical measure.”
    • Syndicated By: ABC 7 ChicagoABC7 New YorkABC11 EyewitnessNews

    cleveland.com Redistricting amendment backers set to collect voter signatures after clearing Ballot Board

    (Thursday, October 12, 9:30 AM | By: Andrew J. Tobias)

    • The Ohio Ballot Board, led by Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, cast a unanimous, bipartisan vote at the Statehouse Thursday morning without debate. The development is a win for the amendment’s backers, since the Republican-controlled board could have split the proposal into multiple issues, which would have required the campaign to collect hundreds of thousands of valid voter signatures for each one.
    • However, LaRose, when asked about the proposal following Thursday’s meeting, said he is undecided. LaRose, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in the primary election in March, is a longtime proponent of redistricting reform, and privately was sharply critical of how redistricting played out under the current system, records released later as part of a lawsuit showed.
    • Syndicated By: Springfield News-SunDayton Daily NewsJournal-News

    cleveland.com Ohioans could start signing redistricting petitions soon: The Wake Up for Friday, Oct. 13, 2023

    (Friday, October 13, 6:03 AM | By: Cliff Pinckard)

    • Top stories Redistricting: Backers of a redistricting reform amendment are set to begin collecting voter signatures after a state panel determined Thursday that the proposal is a single issue. Andrew Tobias reports the Ohio Ballot Board, led by Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, cast a unanimous, bipartisan vote at the Statehouse Thursday morning without debate.

    Breitbart News Abortion on the Ballot as Early Voting Begins in Ohio Election

    (Thursday, October 12, 11:28 AM | By: Katherine Hamilton)

    • Ohioans have the opportunity through election day on November 7 to vote on Issue 1, which would ‘establish in the Constitution of the State of Ohio an individual right to one’s own reproductive medical treatment, including but not limited to abortion.’ The ballot measure was put forward by Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights — a coalition comprised of far-left groups such as URGE , ACLU of Ohio, and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. The language of the amendment, which was changed significantly by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) and now includes the term ‘unborn child,’ would also: Create legal protections for any person or entity that assists a person with receiving reproductive medical treatment, including but. Not limited to abortion;
    • Syndicated By: Free Republic

    Washington Examiner Ohio abortion ballot measure a signal of voter sentiment heading into 2024

    (Friday, October 13, 4:15 AM | By: Gabrielle M. Etzel)

    • How the proposed amendment will be described on the ballot is a large part of the political fracas leading up to the Nov. 7 vote. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Senate candidate for 2024, wrote a ballot summary that replaced the medical terms “zygote” and “fetus” with “unborn child.”
    • Syndicated By: The Denver GazetteThe Gazette – Colorado Springs

    LifeNews.com Ohio’s Attorney General Confirms Issue 1 Allows Abortions Up to Birth

    (Thursday, October 12, 5:05 PM | By: Steven Ertelt)

    • This isn’t the first time that Ohio’s public servants have sought to clarify language, either. Several weeks ago, Secretary of State Frank LaRose pushed for language changes on the ballot to explain that the amendment would ‘always allow an unborn child to be aborted at any stage of pregnancy, regardless of viability if, in the treating physician’s determination the life and health exception applies.’ It’s an encouraging sign, regardless of the outcome, that more and more pro-life politicians and legislators are stepping forward to boldly proclaim the truth. It’s already had an impact too – newly released data from the Ohio Department of Health shows a 15% reduction in the total number of abortions from 2021 to 2022.

    WKBN 27 Youngstown OH Secretary of state highlights Ohio heritage with visit

    (Thursday, October 12, 4:04 PM | By: Kristen Mcfarland)

    • by: Kristen McFarland Posted: Oct 12, 2023 / 04:04 PM EDT Updated: Oct 12, 2023 / 04:04 PM EDT COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose made a stop in Columbiana on Thursday afternoon. He visited Compco, a leading supplier of tank heads and accessories. LaRose had the opportunity to tour the facility, speak with the team and highlight the value of Ohio manufactures during his third visit to the site. ‘We’re a state with skilled, hardworking people that know how to build things,’ LaRose said. ‘Not only is that a great part of our heritage as a state, but it’s a great part of our economic future as a state.’ LaRose also spoke about his race for U.S senate.
    • Syndicated By: WYTV

    Ideastream Public Media Ohio Ballot Board moves 2024 redistricting constitutional amendment process forward

    (Thursday, October 12, 4:51 PM | By: The Statehouse News Bureau)

    • A proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul how Ohio handles drawing legislative districts cleared another hurdle Thursday morning and is now closer to getting in front of voters in November 2024. The GOP-majority Ohio Ballot Board, chaired by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, voted unanimously to allow the proposal to eventually appear as a single issue on the ballot—rather than dividing it. That would have required the coalition Citizens Not Politicians to gather at least double the number of necessary petition signatures.
    • It took Citizens Not Politicians three tries to get Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s authorization on the language for their proposal to enable an independent commission to take over the redistricting process. But LaRose began the meeting by saying he believed it ‘should be a quick and efficient meeting,’ and in less than ten minutes, the ballot board had made its decision. That brevity—alongside the vote itself—was a relief for the proposal’s backers as they eye next November’s ballot, according to Jen Miller, the state’s League of Women Voters executive director.
    • Syndicated By: The Statehouse News BureauWYSU 88.5 FM91.7 WVXU CincinnatiWYSO

    WOUB Public Media Early voting underway for Ohio’s November 7 vote on reproductive rights amendment and legal marijuana law

    (Friday, October 13, 12:11 AM | By: Aaron Payne)

    • It’s the third election since Ohio’s law requiring voters show photo ID took effect in April. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose advocated for that law. ‘It doesn’t change anything because 98% of Ohioans historically would bring their state ID or driver’s license as their proof of ID when they come to vote,’ LaRose said. ‘In the past, a small percentage – 2% – would bring those alternative forms of ID, which used to be something like a utility bill or a pay stub, that kind of thing.
    • U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs ID card With no statewide candidates leading the vote this fall, Issues 1 and 2 are getting all the attention. LaRose said he’s proud of high voter turnout in the last few years. ‘We were proud to see, just as I predicted, strong turnout in August as well for the special election that occurred. We think this will be no different,’ LaRose said. The week before early voting started for the August special election, LaRose actually said he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ at single digit turnout.

    Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Ballot Board approves anti-gerrymandering amendment. Proposal to go forward

    (Thursday, October 12, 11:14 AM | By: Marty Schladen)

    • Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and the rest of the Ohio Ballot Board approve the language of a proposed anti-gerrymandering amendment that is likely to appear on the ballot next year. (Photo by Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal.)
    • Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose voted with the other Republicans on the Redistricting Commission in support of the current, unconstitutional maps. In his role as head of the Ballot Board, on Thursday he voted to approve the latest proposed anti-gerrymandering amendment.

    Ashland Source State Issue 1: Local groups advocate for and against amendment to make reproductive decisions, including abortion

    (Friday, October 13, 5:00 AM | By: Mariah Thomas)

    • Opponents framed it as an attempt to ensure that the November initiative for the right to make reproductive decisions, including abortion, wouldn’t pass. Ohio’s Secretary of State, Republican Frank LaRose, said it was about abortion, News 5 Cleveland reported. In the end, August’s special election brought out a little over 39% of voters statewide.
    • That’s the language that appears on the ballot for voters. LaRose, the Secretary of State, rewrote the summary language. The ballot board, which he leads, approved his rewrite.
    • What’s best for their family and loved ones.’ Tate printed out the actual language of the amendment to distribute to voters, rather than the ballot language. The ballots themselves include LaRose’s rewrite. Tate said she encourages volunteers with the Democratic party to share the amendment’s language with voters.

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    Toledo City Paper ELPC Welcomes U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur Letter to U.S. EPA

    (Friday, October 13, 8:43 PM | By: Jordan Hamilton)

    • Photo provided via ELPC. The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) applauded the proactive efforts of the U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur in her Sept. 7 letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the agency to take stronger action to combat the recurring toxic algal blooms in Western Lake Erie caused by agricultural pollution.
    • RELATED: Labor Day 2022: Parade Grand Marshall ELPC’s Executive Director, Howard Learner, emphasized the critical need for a ‘pollution diet’ or Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan, specifically targeting Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus (DRP) as the pollutant responsible for fueling toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie. Learner praised Rep. Kaptur’s recognition of the importance of this approach, stating that when properly developed and implemented, TMDLs can be powerful tools for restoring impaired water bodies. ‘The Environmental Law & Policy Center greatly appreciates Rep. Kaptur’s letter to the U.S. EPA. The U.S. EPA now must step up and meet its responsibilities to achieve a clean and safe Lake Erie because the Ohio EPA has failed to do its job well,’ Learner said.
    • Lake Erie’s recurring toxic algal blooms have been a long-standing concern, harming safe water and threatening the health of the region’s residents and ecosystems. Kaptur and Lerner are calling for a more comprehensive plan which they say is needed to effectively address the issue and ensure the well-being of those who rely on and enjoy Lake Erie.

    cleveland.com Is this any surprise? Ohio ranks last in the nation for how it gerrymanders its maps: Today in Ohio

    (Thursday, October 12, 10:07 AM | By: Laura Johnston)

    • Is Derek Merrin the new Kari Lake, meaning someone who simply cannot admit he lost? What’s his latest shot at Jason Stephens, who outmaneuvered Merrin to become Ohio House speaker?

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    cleveland.com FDA pitches ban on hazardous hair straightener ingredients that Shontel Brown wants to bar

    (Thursday, October 12, 2:26 PM | By: Sabrina Eaton)

    • Food and Drug Administration is heeding calls from U.S. Rep. Shontel Brown and an interest group that has been working for more than a decade to ban hazardous ingredients in chemical hair straighteners.
    • Brown says the hair care products, primarily marketed to Black women, break down the protein structure of curly hair to permanently straighten it.

    The Cut The FDA May Finally Take Action on Hair Relaxers

    (Thursday, October 12, 12:17 PM | By: Tariro Mzezewa)

    • Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley and Shontel Brown. Photo-Illustration: The Cut; Photos: Getty For years, Black women have complained about the possibility that hair relaxers, which often contain known carcinogens, could be linked to adverse health issues.
    • ‘I applaud the FDA for being responsive to our calls and advancing a rule that will help prevent manufacturers from making a profit at the expense of our health. The Administration should finalize this rule without delay.’ The change comes months after Pressley and Congresswoman Shontel Brown wrote a letter to the FDA, asking it to review the safety of relaxers, which — in addition to formaldehyde — also have phthalates (a class of chemicals considered endocrine disruptors) and potentially carcinogenic heavy metals in them. While some studies have shown an association between relaxer usage and cancer diagnoses, they haven’t shown a direct causal link, meaning other factors could also play a part in the development of cancer.
    • Companies that have publicly addressed the allegations, specifically L’Oréal, have countered that the suits are ‘vague’ and neither legally nor scientifically sound. But concerns linger, and in response to the reported regulation, Brown said: ‘On behalf of women, especially Black women across the country, I applaud the FDA’s new proposed rule banning formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals from hair straighteners.’ The Cut has reached out to Pressley’s and Brown’s offices as well as the FDA for additional information.

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    Wilmington News Journal Clinton County GOP holds Issue 1 public forum

    (Thursday, October 12, 9:10 AM | By: news engin)

    • Jim Rankin, chairman of central committee, said, ‘Our goal was, and will continue to be, to provide opportunity for our citizens to ask questions and hear from those who represent us.’ Alex Triantafilou spoke to a packed room of concerned voters. Monday night’s panel was (from left to right): constitutional lawyer, Melina Siebert; Dayton Right To Life, Rob Tuttle; central committee chairman, Jim Rankin; Ohio Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou; and Senator Bob Hackett. Submitted photo On Monday, the Clinton County Republican Party held a forum, open to the public, to discuss and answer questions about Issue 1 that will be on the ballot in November.

    WOUB Public Media Internal conflicts and power struggles have become hallmarks of the modern GOP

    (Thursday, October 12, 1:20 PM | By: Aaron Payne)

    • By: Julie Carr Smyth | Nicholas Riccardi | AP Posted on: Thursday, October 12, 2023 < < Back to COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After the Ohio GOP bolstered its statehouse majority last year due to their dominating showing in the midterm elections, it split into rival camps over who should lead the lower chamber. The division between younger, more impatient conservatives and more traditional ones was only settled when Democrats crossed party lines to end a standoff over who would become speaker of the Ohio House.

    WHIO-TV Ohio gets millions to help fight opioid crisis, purchase Narcan

    (Thursday, October 12, 4:10 PM | By: Whio Staff)

    • This week Gov. Mike DeWine announced $100 million in federal funding toward the effort.
    • Syndicated By: Yahoo

    Marijuana Moment Ohio Senate Urges Voters To Oppose Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot, Citing Anti-Drug Talking Points

    (Thursday, October 12, 7:44 AM | By: Ben Adlin)

    • Last week the yes campaign sent cease and desist letters to TV stations airing what organizers called opposition advertisements ‘filled with lies.’ And the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the primary backer of Issue 2, put out an election ad of its own. Attorney General Dave Yost (R), meanwhile, published an analysis of the initiative that he said is meant to provide voters with ‘vital clarity and transparency’ amid a campaign that has seen ‘inflamed and inaccurate’ rhetoric. Despite the GOP-led resolution, other Republicans officials in Ohio remain divided on the issue.

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    The Associated Press Effort to replace Ohio’s political-mapmaking system with a citizen-led panel can gather signatures

    (Thursday, October 12, 11:14 AM | By: JULIE CARR SMYTH)

    Axios Ask Axios: Are church political donations legal?

    (Friday, October 13, 6:19 AM | By: Tyler Buchanan)

    • News The Catholic dioceses in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland have donated a combined $900,000 to Protect Women Ohio, an organization campaigning against November’s abortion rights constitutional amendment, known as Issue 1.

    Wisconsin State Journal Robin Vos: Impeachment of Justice Janet Protasiewicz still on the table

    (Thursday, October 12, 11:36 AM | By: Mitchell Schmidt)

    • If this feels like “Groundhog Day” to you, you’re not alone, as this could result in the third presidential impeachment in just four years. Scripps News Protasiewicz announced Friday she would not recuse herself from the redistricting challenge, and the court voted 4-3 to hear the matter. “We want to focus on what is occurring in office,” Vos said.
    • Vos announced on radio station 1130 WISN on Sept. 13 that he had asked “a panel of former members of the state Supreme Court to review and advise what the criteria are for impeachment.” Vos tasked the group with advising him on whether Protasiewicz could be impeached if she participates in the redistricting case after saying during her campaign that the state’s GOP-drawn legislative maps are “rigged.” While Vos had refused to name the former justices, he identified the trio as Prosser, Wilcox and former justice Patience Roggensack in court documents filed earlier this week.
    • Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jacquelyn Martin Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks during the House Oversight Committee impeachment inquiry hearing into President Joe Biden, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jacquelyn Martin Ranking Member Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., second right top, speaks on the Democratic side of the aisle, as the House Oversight Committee begins an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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    Dayton Daily News More than 100 opponents to transgender bathroom bill testify at Statehouse

    (Thursday, October 12, 3:45 PM | By: Eileen McClory)

    • ‘From my faith and from the faith of thousands and thousands of other people, trans people are made in the image and likeness of God exactly as they are. That is, they are made in the image and likeness of God as trans people.’ Scott DiMauro, president of the Ohio Education Association, one of the two major teachers’ unions in Ohio, said the bill distracts from policies that would help educators. Explore JUST IN: Welcome Stadium to host state high school track meet in May for first time in 20 years ‘OEA recommends the Ohio General Assembly exert more focus on finding solutions that support students, educators, and public schools, and that address the real facility needs and construction funding challenges faced by Ohio’s public-school districts,’ DiMauro said.

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    Rachel Baker Remember to Vote!

    (Thursday, October 12, 9:33 AM | By: rachelbeekmanbaker@gmail.com)

    • ** You can go vote NOW!!!
    • It’s that time of year again! Early voting has officially started, which means we can all go cast our votes for local offices, local issues, and statewide issues. Turnout is generally low in off year elections, so it’s more important than ever that you make sure to show up and vote.

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    DPG They want to ban Maya Angelou

    (Thursday, October 12, 1:35 PM | By: feedback@georgiademocrat.org)

    • Extreme MAGA Republicans in Georgia have been working to ban books in our schools – even classics by celebrated authors like Maya Angelou.
    • We need to stop them, and we’ll have our opportunity on November 7.

    Lavora Barnes Did you see our ad?

    (Thursday, October 12, 1:47 PM | By: midemparty@michigandems.com)

    • Team, did you see our digital ad we’re running to alert Michigan voters about MAGA Matt Hall’s abusive past?showing this ad to thousands of swing voters so they know Matt Hall threatened a college student with gun violence, saying “I’ve got a shotgun rifle and I just put a bullet in it with your name on it!”
    • This isn’t the only MAGA extremist alarm bell we need to share with voters.

    TX Dems HQ  Watch the replay of the Defend Not Defund Anti-Voucher Town Hall!

    (Thursday, October 12, 5:08 PM | By: yellowdog@txdemocrats.org)

    • Hi {first_name},
    • Last night, Representatives Trey Martinez Fischer, Gina Hinojosa, and James Talarico — joined by our moderator, Texas Democratic Party Vice Chair Shay Wyrick-Cathey — came together for our Defend Not Defund Anti-Voucher Town Hall, shedding light on the threat of billionaire-funded private voucher schemes, and outlining the plan of Texas Democrats to counter these challenges. Click here to watch the replay! Texas Democrats’ resolve is stronger than ever, but we need your continued support to propel this movement forward. A small contribution today can make a massive difference in our fight to secure a bright future for all Texas students. So {first_name}, will you rush a $10 donation now to continue to power our fight for Texas public schools? Please consider making this a monthly contribution. If you’ve saved payment info with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

    Georgia Dems Virginia needs our help

    (Thursday, October 12, 6:02 PM | By: feedback@georgiademocrat.org)

    • When control of the U.S. Senate hinged on the outcome of the 2021 Georgia runoffs, Democrats from all over the country rallied to support Georgia Democrats. Now it’s our turn to do the same for Virginia.
    • Virginia is the ONLY southern state where Republicans haven’t managed to ban abortion since Roe was overturned. But now the ENTIRE Virginia Legislature is up for grabs in their November election. If MAGA Republicans are able to keep control of the VA House and win a majority in the VA Senate, Governor Glenn Youngkin has already said he would sign an abortion ban into law ‘gleefully.’

    Gilberto Hinojosa the Senate just passed their voucher scam bill, Derek

    (Friday, October 13, 1:07 AM | By: yellowdog@txdemocrats.org)

    • Just moments ago, the Texas Senate voted to defund Texas public schools, throwing the future of the Texas Education System into jeopardy. Add your name to show your support for Texas local schools →→→ Texas Republicans have once again sold out our kids’ future, all to appease the billionaire class that keeps them in power.
    • Choosing to defund our neighborhood schools will leave a generation of kids behind, further force good teachers out of the profession, and leave our classrooms to crumble — all in favor of funding swanky private schools that do not serve all students. And when Texas Republicans choose to divert public funds to private practices — corruption is inevitable.