Mike DeWine

  Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar a year industry that forces the most vulnerable in our society, including millions of children, into modern-day slavery for labor or for sex. And it exists here in Greater Cincinnati. Joining us to look at the problem in our region, and what legal and social actions and programs are being used to combat it, are Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine; Erin Meyer, coalition manager for the anti-human trafficking coalition End Slavery Cincinnati; Julie Wilson, chief assistant prosecutor and public information officer with the Hamilton County Prosecutor’'s Office; and Cincinnati Union Bethel Executive Vice President and director of the agency’'s Off the Streets program, Mary Carol Melton.

Republicans sweep Ohio statewide races

Nov 5, 2014
Andy Chow

It was a big night for Republicans as the party swept all the statewide races in Ohio and brought momentum into Gov. John Kasich’s second term. While the Democrats now find themselves in a big state of unrest.

Gov. John Kasich took the stage to deliver his victory speech with energy and a clear message. He says Ohio voters are showing that the Republican Party is now a more welcoming group that invites all sorts of people who may not have supported their issues in the past.

This summer a Delhi woman died of a heroin overdose, the same day she allegedly bought the drugs from Christopher and Stephanie Eaglin.

In addition to trafficking and possession charges, the Eaglins are now facing an involuntary manslaughter indictment in connection with the death of that Delhi woman, 21-year-old Shea Fricke.

The Prosecutor's Office says this is the first case in Hamilton County where a drug dealer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in an overdose death.

The US Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case was a win for those who objected to the federal health care law’s requirement that the company offer insurance that covers contraceptives for women – and that includes Ohio’s Attorney General.

Mike DeWine is an avowed opponent of the Affordable Care Act and wrote a brief that was signed by Republican Attorneys General from 19 other states. DeWine said though it was a narrow decision, it was a significant one:

Ohio’s “Golden Week” of early voting – which Ohio Democrats love and Ohio Republicans hate – may make a comeback this fall.

When Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and his fellow Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly cut the number of early voting days in Ohio from 35 to 29 and restricted early voting hours, there was no doubt the issue would end up in federal court.

It was just a matter of which group would get to the federal courthouse first.

As it turned out, it was the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

U.S. Government

Federal Judge Timothy Black  has decided Ohio's same sex marriage recognition ban will remain in place while his decision is being appealed. (meaning same-sex couples cannot go to other states, get married and have those marriages recognized in Ohio during the appeal of this case) The exception is the four couples who sued. Their marriages will be recognized and their names will go on the birth certificates of their children.

From Judge Timothy Black's decision

Ohio Attorney General website

UPDATE 11:00 3/8/14:  DeWine out of the hospital and on his way home to Cedarville said spokeswoman Lisa Hackley.  Here is the full release:

"Attorney General Mike DeWine left The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati this morning after staying overnight for observation following a bout of vertigo.  He is feeling much better and is on his way home to Cedarville.

"Mike and Fran would like to extend their thanks to the caring staff at The Christ Hospital, and to all who expressed their good wishes.

The Democrats on the Hamilton County Board of Elections have asked the Ohio Secretary of State and Ohio Attorney general to investigate whether county prosecutor Joe Deters voted improperly in the November 2012 election.

Democrats Tim Burke, the board of elections chairman, and board member Caleb Faux asked for the investigation after the two Republicans on the board of elections, Alex Triantafilou and Chip Gerhardt, refused to allow the matter to be discussed at a board of elections meeting.

Ohio Attorney General website

So far, only one of the 20 cases of alleged voter fraud referred by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to the Ohio Attorney General’s office has resulted in a criminal conviction – that of a northern Kentucky woman who pleaded guilty to voting in Butler County last fall.

According to court records, 58-year-old Kim Trombetta of Newport entered a guilty plea in a Butler County court in June to a misdemeanor charge of falsification and was fined $1,000. Trombetta was told the fine would be reduced to $500 if she did 50 hours of community service.

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Former Hamilton County commissioner and Cincinnati councilman David Pepper has launched his campaign to unseat Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Monday, his campaign filed papers with the Ohio Secretary of State's office, so he can begin raising money for the 2014 campaign; and has launched a campaign website.

Pepper, who was in Cleveland Monday, told WVXU he wants "to be a real advocate for the working people of Ohio."