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Ohio House speaker arrested

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/21/20, 03:59 pm

FBI agents raided Republican Larry Householder’s farm in southern Ohio in connection to a $60 million bribery case. Along with Householder, the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, authorities on Tuesday arrested his adviser Jeffrey Longstreth, statehouse lobbyist Neil Clark, former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matthew Borges, and Juan Cespedes, co-founder of the consulting firm The Oxley Group. A judge released Householder and ordered him to stay in southern Ohio, not to talk with the other defendants, and to remove any guns from his home.

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Shutdown battle heats up in Michigan

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/01/20, 11:20 am

Demonstrators on Thursday gathered for a second time in Lansing, Mich., to protest coronavirus-related shutdown orders. While many displayed signs from their cars, some entered the Capitol building and demanded entry to the floor of the House of Representatives, which is off-limits. Officials also closed the House gallery to the public to help legislators maintain social distance. Some protesters openly carried guns in the Senate gallery, which is legal in the state. Between 400 and 700 mostly peaceful demonstrators showed up, Michigan State Police spokeswoman Shanon Banner said.

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California apologizes for internment

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/21/20, 11:21 am

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday continued a tradition of remembering President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s executive order on Feb. 19, 1942, imprisoning Japanese Americans during World War II. The following day, the California State Assembly unanimously passed a new resolution apologizing for helping the U.S. government send 120,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps.

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