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10:35 am
Sat July 26, 2014

The Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage and LGBTQ Rights

The rapid shift in attitudes toward same-sex marriage in the United States has been one of the most dramatic cultural transformations in recent memory. But with these changes have come many questions and tensions. Is the focus on the politics of marriage limiting to broader rights movement?

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Politics
3:15 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Second Federal Judge Wants Info On Lost IRS Emails

A second federal judge is ordering the IRS to provide information about lost emails by a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.
 
U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said Friday he wants to know whatever became of Lois Lerner's computer hard drive. IRS officials say Lerner's computer crashed in 2011, destroying an untold number of emails. At the time, Lerner headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status.

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Politics
8:40 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Turner, NAACP Call For New Voting Rights Law

Local lawmakers and activists are responding to the Supreme Court’s decision a year ago overturning article four of the 1964 Voting Rights Act. That article mandated that nine states that have a history of voting discrimination must notify the federal government before they make any changes to their voting rules—that didn’t include Ohio. The protection has been used to keep particularly southern states from passing restrictive voting laws.

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Politics
6:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Lawmaker From Dayton Dies Unexpectedly

Rep. Blair speaks on the House floor during session (2013).
Credit www.Ohiohouse.gov

An Ohio state lawmaker who represented southwest Ohio has died unexpectedly during the Legislature's summer recess.

State Rep. Terry Blair, a third-term Republican from Montgomery County, was running for re-election this fall.
 
House Speaker William Batchelder made the announcement about Thursday's death of the 67-year-old Blair, who chaired the House State and Local Government Committee. Batchelder's office said Blair was battling an illness, according to his family.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Ohio AG's Vetting Of Law Firms Undocumented

An Associated Press review finds that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's selection process for hiring outside securities-fraud litigators has gone essentially undocumented.
 
In state bid documents, DeWine laid out a process for appointing a committee that would vet and make recommendations on law firms seeking lucrative special-counsel assignments.
 

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