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Michigan takes a second look at single-party voting By Sarah Sidlow Pass the popcorn. With Ohio just weeks away from early voting, the battleground Buckeyes are glued to their northerly neighbors and the debate over straight-ticket voting. Missed the headlines? Here’s a recap: Straight-ticket voting, also called straight-party voting, is an option that allows a […]

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Debate Forum: 8/30

Ballot box blues For third parties, getting on the ballot isn’t a piece of cake By Sarah Sidlow Hundreds of aspiring high school politicians across this great collection of states have likely thrown their hats into the competitive ring of student elections—representing such underdog political teams as the Pants Party, the Party Party, or the […]

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There are no free markets

By David H. Landon California-based automaker Tesla began selling its electric cars directly from two Ohio storefronts in 2014. Now, that number is three. This development doesn’t sit well with the 830 new-car franchise dealers across the Buckeye State. For years, Ohio law has distinguished between the roles of automotive manufacturers and auto dealers. Manufacturers […]

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Debate Forum: 8/9/16

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Car talk Tesla’s direct-to-consumer model: Do we like it? By Sarah Sidlow   Tesla Motors is a company that’s used to pushing the envelope. It’s laid the groundwork for an affordable, long-range electric car that Actually. Looks. Cool. According to Business Insider, “The point was to make a car so awesome, so badass, so powerful […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson is the new guy in the office. Just a month into his new job left vacant by retired House Speaker John Boehner, Davidson snagged his first win: a block on the provision that would require […]

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Debate Forum: 5/31/16

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Game of thrones What should be the final word in the single-sex restroom debate?By Sarah Sidlow Bathrooms have a special place in the annals of American history. They have served as sketchpads for graffitists, informative community bulletins (“for a good time call…”), public places of procrastination and porcelain cornerstones of protest. Now, once again, the […]

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Debate Forum: 5/10/16

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Marooned Should Puerto Rico be able to file for bankruptcy? By Sarah Sidlow Someone’s been blowing up Puerto Rico’s cell with collections calls. Don’t worry, we didn’t understand the Puerto Rican economic crisis either, so we looked into it for you. Basically, Puerto Rico—which is, in fact, a United States territory—has a $72 billion debt […]

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Debate Forum 3/1/16

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Can you hear me now? What’s been missing from the presidential debates? By Sarah Sidlow It’s hard to believe there could be anything more we would want to hear from this season’s cast of presidential hopefuls. Yet, as time marches closer to party noms and then the general election, the drudgery of debates is (thankfully) […]

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Debate Forum 2/2/16

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Pure Michigan Who’s to blame for Flint’s water crisis? by Sarah Sidlow Flint, Michigan: long known for its cars, high crime rates and two—count ‘em, two—states of financial emergency in one decade, is in the soup again. This time, there’s something in the water. Hint: it’s lead. The city is currently in a state of […]

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Commentary Forum: 05/19

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Forum Center: Trouble in Texas By Sarah Sidlow Recently, in Garland, Texas, two gunmen opened fire. Their target: the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). According to AFDI President Pamela Geller, the contest was held as a demonstration of free speech. “After [January’s] Charlie Hebdo massacre – […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]