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Fixing the fix

Voter redistricting issue lives on By A.J. Wagner The Supreme Court of Ohio consists of six Republican justices and one Democrat. The court has often been reliable for holding true to Republican views. Yet, in Voters First v. Ohio Ballot Board, five of the Republican Ohio Supreme Court justices essentially called Ohio’s Republican Secretary of […]

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Constitutional?

If you say so By A.J. Wagner Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) suggested a few weeks ago that federally-issued student loans were unconstitutional. He also said that disregarding the Constitution could lead down a “slippery slope” and cited the Holocaust as an example of what could happen when a country heads down a wrong path. At […]

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Above the law

Is Husted Trying to Fix the Election for Romney? By A.J. Wagner In Ohio, laws are being passed, repealed, challenged and ignored with a strange mix of legislation, referendum, law suits, directives and bullying in an effort to restrict early voting, especially for the last weekend prior to the election. Why is this last weekend […]

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Three branches, one government

The judicial branch offers impartiality in political landscape By A.J. Wagner It started with Aristotle over 2300 years ago when he theorized a government consisting of a king, an aristocracy and a democracy. For the following two thousand years, others looked for ways to combine the best elements of existing models of government into a […]

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Law & Disorder

Due Process is Due By saying Lieberman and Ritchie violated the law, Husted violates the law himself By A.J. Wagner It is interesting to debate the issues surrounding the Husted v. Lieberman and Ritchie affair – see this week’s forum on pages 6-7 – but just as interesting are the laws that apply to the […]

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Rex Non Potest Peccare

The King can do no wrong By A.J. Wagner David Esrati, a Dayton blogger and perennial candidate for office, can often be heard complaining that we need to update our laws from the 1785 Northwest Ordinance upon which they are based. He has a point, but some of our most archaic laws are actually based […]

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M.O. Mayor Leitzell

Street Art – Erase it or embrace it? By Mayor Gary D. Leitzell   Graffiti has been around in one form or another for thousands of years. Walls in Pompeii have such slogans as “Lucius pinxit” carved into them, which translates “Lucius painted this.” For many, graffiti has been a way to demonstrate immortality since […]

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Justice for all?

Reviewing the rules for lawyers By A.J. Wagner One of the questions I have been asked most often since starting law school is, “Why would a lawyer defend that creep?” It is a question born out of concern. A media outlet reports that a person has been caught red handed having committed a heinous crime. […]

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Another set of eyes

Appellate courts uphold justice By A.J. Wagner When I served as a judge, inexperienced attorneys would sometimes say to me in a threatening manner, “If you do that, Judge, I’ll appeal!” “That’s what you’re supposed to do,” was my reply. I never felt threatened. I was always grateful that we have an appellate system. I […]

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Try, Try Again

Not So Fast By A.J. Wagner Two weeks ago, Toneisha Gunnell was released from prison after six years of captivity for the murder of a Good Samaritan. John Deselem attempted to stop a getaway car after witnessing a shoplifting incident at a Macy’s in Springfield. Gunnell, one of the shoplifters, had jumped into the car […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]