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Debate Forum: 3/21

Charge or change Ohio towns try new approach to heroin overdose By Sarah Sidlow Quote of the day: “They can either seek help, or they can go to jail.” That was Miamisburg Det. Sgt. Jeff Muncy. And in case you were wondering, the “they” refers to people who survive heroin overdoses. In 2016, the city […]

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Debate Forum: 2/7

Sin cities Dayton weighs undocumented immigrant police policy after executive order By Sarah Sidlow   Phrase to know: “sanctuary city.” As in, not your imaginary safe haven where the coffee is always free and the home team always wins. If the term rings a bell, it’s probably because it’s been in the news. A lot. […]

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Debate Forum: 1/24

’Til Trump do us part At the dawn of a new era, was Barack Obama a good president? By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Illustration by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle Real talk: Donald Trump has taken over the biggest boardroom in the land. He was put there by 61,900,651 American voters who were ready for a […]

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Commentary Forum: 1/10

The 2016 blooper reel What is the worst thing that happened in 2016? By Sarah Sidlow Late November, Merriam-Webster sent out a distress signal on Twitter: “‘Fascism’ is still our #1 lookup. # of lookups = how we choose our Word of the Year. There’s still time to look something else up.” Yes, that emphasis is theirs. […]

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Debate Forum: 1/3

What’s in your wallet? The minimum wage debate By Sarah Sidlow It’s been about three years since the “Fight for $15” became a thing. In case you missed it, it’s the most recent movement calling for minimum wage hikes across the country. It was also a hot topic on the campaign trail (is that finally […]

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Debate Forum: 11/1

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What could possibly go wrong? Political predictions from the ones who lost By Sarah Sidlow Is this really happening? Am I stuck in a nightmare? Is it still Halloween (or maybe April Fool’s Day)? No doubt, those questions entered your mind more than once during the historic—and interminable—2016 presidential election. But imagine for a moment […]

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Debate Forum: 10/4

Adulting It’s hard—especially in the juvenile justice system By Sarah Sidlow Parens Patriae. No, it’s not a Harry Potter spell. It’s actually an idea: political authority carries with it the responsibility to protect its citizens—as a protector, caretaker, disciplinarian. It’s one component behind the philosophy for creating a separate juvenile justice system in the United […]

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One bubble fits all?

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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The Docket: 3/28

The trampoline getaway A mom was letting her daughter play on her trampoline, until she told her daughter to come […]

The Docket: 3/21

Regional police blotters, reported and interpreted By Ehron Ostendorf Editor’s Choice Hot case A fire lieutenant responded to a car […]

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 […]