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  • Six Cleveland police officers were fired over their involvement in a November 2012 chase that led to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man and woman, city officials said on Tuesday.
  • Any day now, Ohio could become the latest state to jump on the "defund Planned Parenthood" bandwagon. Both chambers of the Republican-dominated state legislature have passed their own versions of a new bill, which targets $1.3 million in state and federal grants to Planned Parenthood.
  • Come November 3, I will be enthusiastically voting in Ohio for Issue 3, a ballot initiative that will make recreational marijuana use legal in the Buckeye State. Issue 3 is in many ways an absolutely flawed piece of legislation--so much so, in fact, that many of its harshest critics are people who believe in legalization. But let’s be clear about the stakes here: Any law that makes pot legal is preferable to a status quo that empowers the police to arrest 700,000 people a year (almost all for simple possession) and that underwrites black-market violence around a substance nearly half of American adults have used.
  • John Boehner might get to “clean the barn up” before he leaves, after all. The departing speaker and Democratic negotiators are closing in on a fiscal agreement that would bring budget peace—and more federal spending—to Washington for the remainder of the Obama presidency while staving off the possibility of a debt default through March 2017, according to a senior congressional official briefed on the talks. The deal could still fall through, but party leaders hope to complete it Monday night so that the House could vote by Wednesday, just a day before Boehner is expected to hand his speaker’s gavel to Paul Ryan. And in a sign of optimism, House Republicans called an emergency meeting of the conference for Monday evening to discuss the talks.
  • On November 3rd, voters in Ohio will decide the fate of legal weed — making the Buckeye State an unlikely ground zero in the national divide of the legalization movement. The fight pits the movement's ponytailed old guard against its rising carpetbaggers, a cadre of Rolex-wearing, politically connected businessmen intent on controlling the growth, sale and subsequent $100 million profits of legal weed. Unlike Ohio's longtime activists, the new weed elite has a $23.5 million war chest to campaign for dispensaries on every block.
  • This November, Ohio will vote on whether to become the biggest state to fully legalize marijuana. But the measure is very different from what's come out of other legal pot states — and not in a good way, according to drug policy experts and legalization advocates. Ohio is already an unexpected candidate for full legalization compared with the four legal pot states. It isn't especially progressive like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington state, or libertarian like Alaska. It doesn't even have medical marijuana yet, although it was one of the states to decriminalize pot back in the 1970s.
  • Republicans in the House of Representatives are locked in a long, grinding civil war. The rebels will never win power, but the establishment can't fully annihilate them either. The rebels have organized themselves into the House Freedom Caucus, a group that successfully pressured Speaker John Boehner to give up his gavel. But the group doesn't have the numbers to elevate one of its own to a top position when Republicans choose new leaders on October 8.
  • Sep 25 2015
    Did Boehner Kill the Speakership?
    When John Boehner abruptly resigned from Congress Friday, it capped a five-year Speakership marred by internal discord, budgetary sequester, a government shutdown and at least two attempts at a Republican coup to knock the Speaker out of the top job in Congress. That Boehner steps down just days before another potential shutdown has observers asking: Has the Speakership been irrevocably marginalized in an era of intense partisan factionalism? Or is Boehner's resignation a weathervane for something else—a GOP establishment still struggling for a grip on the reigns just as its electoral base heats up for 2016? And in what state does Boehner leave the Speakership for whoever receives it next? Politico Magazine asked top political strategists, activists and academics to weigh in.

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