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Ohio GOP makes voting harder for elderly people, city dwellers, and military members

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a pair of laws Friday to cut the early voting period and limit the eligibility of absentee ballots. Democrats have promised court challenges to the laws, which eliminates the five-day “golden period” when residents could register to vote and cast early ballots on the same…

Cincinnati one step closer to being largest U.S. city with no abortion provider

A women’s clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio has lost its bid for a reprieve from new, restrictive anti-choice laws in the state and may be forced to close. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, this leaves the city one step closer to being the largest in the U.S. without any local abortion…

Child killer’s execution delayed after his organ donation offer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) granted a six-month stay of execution for a convicted child killer on Wednesday so that the state can look into the possibility of taking organ donations from death row inmates like him, NBC News reported. Kasich’s order came a day before 40-year-old Ronald Phillips was…

Ohio governor signs bill capping voter petition drives

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has signed a bill that would impose new restrictions that could cut more than two weeks from voter repeal drives against state law. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported on Monday that SB 47 would require groups petitioning for the repeal of a state law to a…

Ohio protester: Occupiers ‘stand with the unions’

MSNBC host Ed Schultz spoke with one protester in Ohio on Tuesday who said the Occupy movement “stands with the Unions.” While the movement generally considers itself to be non-partisan, many protesters showed up Tuesday night to celebrate the defeat of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (R) Issue 2, a measure…

Ohio voters repeal collective bargaining law

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said Tuesday night that “the people have spoken” in rejecting the state’s new public employee union law. With 49 percent of the precincts reporting, 61.8 percent of voters had rejected the law, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “This vote indicates Ohioans not only support public…

Journalist outlines ‘deceptive’ tactics used by Ohio GOP

The Nation’s John Nichols described some of the ways in which Republicans in Ohio were hoping to defeat a referendum on Gov. John Kasich’s (R) anti-union bill. Nichols explained Monday night on MSNBC’s The Ed Show that supporters of had run deceptive advertisements on television and sent out mailings. Early…

Poll: Ohio anti-union bill headed for defeat

Voters in Ohio are poised to vote no on a referendum on Gov. John Kasich’s (R) anti-union bill, according to a new poll. Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that 59 percent of voters oppose SB 5, while just 36 percent plan to approve it during Tuesday’s election. “What might be…

Sherrod Brown: Ohio vote on collective bargaining is ‘a big deal’

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Sunday to discuss a referendum being held in Ohio that if successful would overturn a law curbing collective bargaining for all public workers. Senate Bill 5, which was promoted by Ohio’s Republican governor John Kashich and passed by the Republican-dominated legislature,…

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