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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 21, 2019

Thousands of lawsuits over the opioid crisis will begin Monday, as more than a dozen drug industry corporations make last minute appeals for trial settlements.

The litigation includes more than 2,000 separate cases brought up by cities, attorney generals and local governments from around the country, including cases from two Ohio counties. 

Earlier this month, Johnson & Johnson reached a settlement of  $20.4 with the affected Ohio areas. 

Today on the Weekly Reporter Roundtable: Ohio’s role in the opioid crisis and more. 

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Oct 14, 2019
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When Gov. Mike DeWine addressed a Dayton crowd two days after a mass shooting in August, the crowd asked him to just "do something." He responded with a proposal for universal background checks on gun sales and a version of the "red flag" law.

The governor last week retreated from both promises, saying that he has a superior plan that would expand the state’s pink slip system, hospitalizing certain people deemed at risk for violence for up to three days, and a way to make it easier to prosecute gun sellers.

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Oct 7, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine is set to unveil the legislation for his 17-point fun safety plan today. 

The plan called for tougher background checks, a version of a “red-flag” procedure, and expanded mental health services.

The DeWine plan arrives a week after House Democrats demanded that Republican leadership hold hearings on another slate of bills they say will help reduce gun violence and mass shootings

Today on the All Sides with Ann Fisher Weekly Reporter Roundtable: gun control and more. 

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Sep 23, 2019
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State senators are debating multiple gun control bills that call for expanding gun background checks, raising the legal purchase age to 21, and so-called "red flag laws."

A bipartisan group of police chiefs, mayors, and legislators joined gun control advocates last week in support of statewide gun reform.

Today on the All Sides Weekly Reporter Roundtable: the debate over gun reform in Ohio. 

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Aug 19, 2019
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State Senate Democrats have proposed legislation that would require background checks on firearms sales and impose stricter rules on guns sales to minors.

Similar measures stalled last session, but inspired by the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Republicans are stepping up with a GOP co-sponsor and the support of Governor Mike DeWine.

Today on the All Sides with Ann Fisher Weekly Reporter Roundtable: state lawmakers take on gun-control. 

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Jul 29, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine last week signed the controversial nuclear bailout bill, guaranteeing roughly $150 million for two nuclear power plants in northern Ohio.

Consumers will pay 85 cents per month to fund the bailout.

Proponents say Ohioans will save money because the law also cuts fees for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Opponents say the law is a blow to the future of renewable energy industry in Ohio.

Today on All Sides, the Reporter Roundtable talks nuclear bailout and more.

National Politics With Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Jul 11, 2019

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Wednesday defended a 10-year-old plea agreement with accused sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein. 

As the top federal prosecutor in Miami at the time, Acosta negotiated what has been deemed a sweetheart deal for Epstein, who plead guilty to lesser state charges in exchange for immunity from federal prosecution. 

Epstein now faces charges in New York for sex trafficking girls, some as young as 14. 

We talk about the political implications for Acosta’s boss President Donal Trump with political journalist Ken Rudin. 

What Happened To The Tea Party Wing Of The GOP

Jun 18, 2019
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Michigan Congressman Justin Amash recently resigned from the House Freedom Caucus, the conservative coalition that sprung from the Tea Party era of 2010. 

The Tea Party was a dominant force in American politics, but you don’t hear much about it these days. Amash said that the movement changed when the parties switched power in the White House and Congress. 

Today on All Sides, what happened to the Tea Party wing of the GOP.

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Jun 17, 2019
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The Ohio Senate latest version of two-year state budget plan would restore a controversial small-business tax exemption and increase a proposed income tax cut from to 8%, among other things. 

House Speaker Larry Householder has signaled that he takes exception to the Senate plan for the budget. 

Today on All Sides, the revised state budget plan and more on our Weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

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May 13, 2019
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The Ohio House passed a two-year $69 million state spending plan last week that includes tax cuts and increases in spending for education and children services.

The plan now heads to the Ohio Senate. 

Today on All Sides, the state budget and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

Gerrymandering And Ohio's New Map

May 7, 2019

A three-person federal court in Cincinnati has ruled that the Ohio congressional map is unconstitutionally gerrymandered. 

The current map is drawn to guarantee 12 Republicans and four Democrats represent Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. The court ordered a new map to be drawn before election day in 2020.

Today on All Sides, gerrymandering in Ohio and other states. 

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May 6, 2019
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A federal court in Cincinnati has thrown Ohio politics into chaos.

Just as the 2020 campaign season begins to take shape, a three-judge panel has ruled that the state’s congressional map is unconstitutionally gerrymandered and must be redrawn by the 2020 primary elections. 

Today on All Sides, we discuss what the ruling means for Ohio and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

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Apr 22, 2019
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State lawmakers are considering a handful of bills to change how the state responds to school districts in academic distress.

Current law – passed in 2015 – says the state takes over any district that receives three consecutive failing grades on the state report card. 

Dayton schools are scheduled for state takeover this summer. Columbus and other districts face takeovers after next school year.

Today on All Sides, we discuss that and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable.  

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Apr 15, 2019
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Ohio now has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.

Governor Mike DeWine signed legislation into law last week that restricts an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is typically at six weeks into a pregnancy.

Opponents of the law, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, have pledged to file a lawsuit.

Today on All Sides, abortion restrictions and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable.

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Apr 8, 2019
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Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan last week announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

He joins a long and diverse list of Democrats seeking the nomination. 

Today on All Sides, Tim Ryan’s chances for the oval office and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

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