A look into the Ohio Supreme Court

The Ohio Supreme Court currently operates in Columbus, Ohio. Frequently hearing new cases, the court is integral in the Ohio court system, yet many Ohioans don’t even know what it does. Founded in 1802, the Ohio Supreme Court is the highest legal system in the state and topped only by the U.S. Supreme Court. “Any cases that get to the Ohio Supreme Court they go through what you might imagine as a pyramid,” Akron University Professor Emeritus J. Dean Carro explained. “At the base are the trial courts, the middle are the court of appeals and at the pinnacle is the Supreme Court of Ohio.” Sreeves8 · Pyramid-Carro The court

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Local Law Enforcement Actively Working To Expand Diversity

By Becca Sagaris, Shelby Reeves and Sara Al Harthi KENT, Ohio — The Merriam-Webster definition of diversity is “the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.”  Diversity in general in any workplace environment is important to ensure inclusion among all people involved, both staff and community. It is especially important in law enforcement to decrease the opportunity to abuse their power and increase their understanding of the people they serve, improving law enforcement’s relationship with the community. “Diversity within our department means having different groups well-represented within our agency,” Michael Lewis, the Administrative

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Executive Order from President Trump works to combat race and sex stereotyping

On September 22, President Donald Trump made the executive order on combatting race and sex stereotyping, specifically at the federal level in federal contracting and the federal workforce. “Today, however, many people are pushing a different vision of America that is grounded in hierarchies based on collective social and political identities rather than in the inherent and equal dignity of every person as an individual,” President Trump stated in the executive order. “This ideology is rooted in the pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country; that some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors; and that racial and sexual identities

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“We are here to offer more than two choices”

With Ohio being a battleground state, our votes are more important than ever. However, it can seem as if we only have two choices. On the ballot for president in Ohio, a vote will see the Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the Republican nominee Donald Trump and then there are the other two names; Jo Jorgenson and Howie Hawkins. These two people represent two different parties, the Libertarians and the Green Party. Typically labeled as a third party choice and has low polling rates compared to the main two parties. However, with the 2020 election quickly approaching these candidates are there to offer more choices to the people. “The Libertarian Party

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Ohio Supreme Court Candidates and the upcoming November election

Election day is less than a month away, the final day to register to vote has passed and absentee ballots are on their way out to registered voters. When it comes to the Ohio Supreme Court Justices, they are all elected into their positions. Every state is different when it comes to electing or nominating judges and justices. The judicial selection ranges from a partisan election, a nonpartisan election, legislative election, gubernatorial appointment and assisted appointment. In Ohio, justices are a part of the partisan primaries — choosing a side that they identify the most with during the time. When it comes to the November election, the justices then run

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Increasing young voter turnout in Ohio and why it’s important

With the voter registration deadline in Ohio today and the general election less than a month away, the task to increase turnout among the youth intensifies.  During the 2018 midterm elections, national voter turnout among 18 to 29-year-olds increased from 20% in 2014 to 36%. Despite the jump, the youth vote still remains a focal point for activists and officials.   Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Jen Miller, noted that there is still work to be done when it comes to encouraging students to vote.  “In 2018, we did a focus group with voters under the age of 25. It didn’t matter their education level, their

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Voting Policy Explained by Portage County Board of Election Deputy Director

President Donald Trump has made statements in recent months expressing his doubts about the ways in which elections are conducted in the United States. Terrie Nielsen, the Portage County Board of Election deputy director, shared the processes that the state of Ohio uses to prevent voter fraud and the potential consequences.

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Ohio Food Banks, Lawmakers React to SNAP Reform

  Words by Alex Kamczyc and Alec Slovenec   On Feb. 12, the White House released its budget plan for 2019, the second for the new administration. The budget, which projected an economic growth rate of three percent, proposed cuts to numerous government programs including the FBI, the EPA, and government assistance programs like Medicare and Social Security. It also plans to raise military spending by 777 billion dollars.   However, perhaps the most notable change was the 27.4 percent cut to SNAP benefits received by 41 million people in the United States. A change that’s leaving many, including the food banks that work to serve low-income families in Ohio,

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A community in caution: How new attempt at travel ban hit Cleveland Somalis

Words by: Alec Slovenec, Alex Kamczyc On the west side of Cleveland in a small strip mall lies a vibrant and bustling hole in the wall. Guests are greeted with an overwhelming aroma of curry and various other spices. Some of the walls are decorated with flowers, others are left bare. A large Somali flag hangs next to the kitchen. Here, Kifaya Mohamed has made a home for herself, her family and her fellow Somali Clevelanders. They may not ever be able to share this home, however, with their family back in Somalia due to a new version of President Trump’s travel ban, aptly titled Travel Ban 3.0. The executive

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Medical Marijuana will Root in Ravenna

RAVENNA, Ohio– Medical marijuana is at the beginning stages of growth in Ohio, but 11 different companies were recently announced license award winners. The companies listed below were declared award winners for level II dispensary grows which means they are allowed up to 3,000 square feet of growing space. Fire Rock Ltd., with sites in Columbus, Canton and Akron FN Group Holdings LLC, Ravenna Mother Grows Best LLC, Canton OhiGrow LLC, Toledo Ancient Roots LLC, Wilmington Ohio Clean Leaf LLC, with sites in Dayton and Carroll Ascension BioMedical LLC in Oberlin Agri-Med Ohio LLC in Langsville Paragon Development Group LLC in Huber Heights Hemma LLC in Monroe Galenas LLC in Akron

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