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Bold Turkey: Pair of OH Dems Introduce Bill to Triple Thanksgiving Wages, Let Workers Opt Out

Bold Turkey: Pair of OH Dems Introduce Bill to Triple Thanksgiving Wages, Let Workers Opt Out
Two Ohio lawmakers are proposing a bill that would have retail employees earn three times their normal rate of pay if they choose to work on Thanksgiving.
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All Shook Up: 5 Earthquakes in Ohio Linked Directly to Oil Drilling

All Shook Up: 5 Earthquakes in Ohio Linked Directly to Oil Drilling
Fracking in Ohio has most likely increased pressure on a heretofore stable fault, causing five earthquakes in the process. It marks the first time geologists have linked those seismic events to gas drilling in the area.
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Relationship Between Ford, UAW Results in Shift of Production from Mexico to Cleveland

Relationship Between Ford, UAW Results in Shift of Production from Mexico to Cleveland
The Ford motor company has announced that it will officially move production of a new series of commercial trucks from a plant in Mexico to a plant near Cleveland, OH. Ford agreed to bring the jobs home during its contract negotiations with the UAW in 2011. To prepare for the manufacturing of these new trucks, Ford will pay $168 million to retrofit the plant.
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Ruby Tuesday to Pay Half Million Dollar Fine Stemming from Age Discrimination Suit

Ruby Tuesday to Pay Half Million Dollar Fine Stemming from Age Discrimination Suit
Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday will pay $575,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit claimed that five locations in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio discriminated against potential applicants over the age of 40.
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Koch-Funded ALEC Dead Set Against OH Clean Energy Laws

Koch-Funded ALEC Dead Set Against OH Clean Energy Laws
ALEC, the Koch and Energy-funded group dedicated to right wing causes across the US, has its sights set on Ohio's clean energy standards law.
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Ohio's New Budget Includes Stricter Abortion Language, Medicaid Maneuvers, More Middle Class Taxes

Ohio's New Budget Includes Stricter Abortion Language, Medicaid Maneuvers, More Middle Class Taxes
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the state's $62 billion state spending plan into law Sunday after vetoing an attempt by legislators to block his administration from expanding Medicaid to additional low-income residents — but he left in place a new requirement that doctors inform pregnant women seeking abortions of any fetal heartbeat.
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Ann Sanner
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Ohio's New Anti-Choice Plan: Forced Ultrasounds, Imprisoned Doctors, Piles of Red Tape

Ohio's New Anti-Choice Plan: Forced Ultrasounds, Imprisoned Doctors, Piles of Red Tape
Ohio's Congress is pushing an egregious anti-choice bill that puts women at risk and politicians in the doctor's office. It may be one of the most extreme efforts to ban abortion yet.
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President Obama (D): 'I bet on American workers'

President Obama, today, in Dayton, Ohio:
Voice: Obama, we love you!
President Obama (D): ....You know, last night, Governor Romney looked you right in the eye, looked me in the eye, tried to pretend that he never said, let Detroit go bankrupt. Tried to pretend that he meant the same thing I did when we intervened and worked to make sure that management and workers got together to save the U.S. auto industry, pretended like somehow I had taken his advice. [laughter] The people don't forget. The people of Dayton don't forget. [voices: "No!"] ...
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OH Lawmaker Accused of Lobbying for ALEC Corporations

On Wednesday night, Fox19 news in Ohio aired an investigative piece examining the influence of ALEC in that state. I was interviewed as part of the segment, which was based in part on Common Cause’s investigation of ALEC over the past 18 months. This story, parts of which were included in a front page New York Times story in April, demonstrates the lengths some legislators will go to please ALEC and its corporate financiers.
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New Billboards Stand Up to Ballot Bullies

Those kinds of bullies are at work in Latino and African-American neighborhoods in places like Milwaukee and Cleveland this month. They’ve posted billboards calculated to discourage people from voting, warning that anyone involved in voter fraud can be sent to prison and hit with a hefty fine. The messages carry no signature and the billboard owner says the “family foundation” that placed them insisted on anonymity.
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