Poll Confirms Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot Can Drive Turnout

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 8:16 am

According to a new George Washington Battleground poll, 69 percent of voters said a legalization ballot initiative would make them more likely to turn out to vote. Among this group 39 percent said it would make them much more likely while 30 percent said it would make them somewhat more likely to vote.

Majority of Ohio Voters Back Pot Legalization

By: Monday February 24, 2014 12:48 pm

Ohio becomes the latest state where a majority support marijuana legalization. According to Quinnipiac, 51 percent of registered voters support allowing adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. The poll found 44 percent still oppose this change.

Commissioners Pipeline Meeting: Eminent Domain and Corporate Need

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 6:05 pm

Last week I linked to this article detailing how the relative lack of pipelines in Ohio is preventing fracking from taking off as the extraction industry would like. This means pipelines have moved front and center in some communities. Since the fastest way to assemble the land for one is to pressure citizens to sell under threat of seizure via eminent domain (ED), ED law is starting to get a much closer look.

Statement to Portage County Commissioners at Pipeline Meeting

By: Saturday January 18, 2014 12:45 pm

It is up to us to think in advance what those hazards might be, and to insist that business as usual is not good enough. Pipeline companies have proved to be extraordinarily poor neighbors of late, and we should require a much higher standard of conduct for one that wants to move into our neighborhood.

And in ghouishly predicted news

By: Friday January 17, 2014 1:30 am

On the other hand, for proponents of the death penalty it was a great form of erotica.

Methane in the Well: Naturally occurring, but not with wanderlust

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 1:29 pm

About a year ago a local family began getting flammable water. The fact that their house’s recorded methane levels (along with their sink) shot up shortly after fracking began nearby was considered maybe not coincidental, so the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) looked into it. Before the agency did, though, it let the public know which way it was leaning: “Methane is naturally occurring in this portion of the state, and the water well in question was found to be drilled into shale, which may have led to these increased levels.”

Who are the 99%? (Answer: They’re Us)

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 6:30 pm

Unlike many other first world nations, we in America equate minimal life standards that benefit society as a whole and make a place more worth living in– eating, healthcare, education– with a certain level of employment. So, don’t like what you got? Go get a better job loser. Lazy, dumb people get what they deserve. I work for a living. Sound familiar? Dickens had his character Scrooge say back in Victorian England that hungry children might best “starve so as to reduce the surplus population.”

Oo Là Là! Paris to Host 2018 Gay Games

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 5:45 pm

Bonjour, handsome! Paris has secured the right to host the 2018 Gay Games, beating out Limerick, Ireland and London, England. Next year’s Gay Games 2014 will be held in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, which should be pretty darn fun too!

Signature Gathering Can Begin for Medicaid Expansion Initiative in Ohio

By: Friday September 20, 2013 5:20 pm

The campaign behind the push is “Healthy Ohioans Work.” They hope the effort forces the Republican-controlled legislature to finally act on the issue soon, but are prepared to go through with putting it on the 2014 ballot if necessary.

Testing Water and Building Community

By: Saturday January 12, 2013 4:00 pm

Last summer I wrote about the Sierra Club’s Water Sentinels program for testing water. Our town’s anti-fracking activists have been using it at their homes for a while now, but around the time of my post we also began free monthly water testing for the community. We are careful to emphasize several caveats, though. The most important is that the testing is not comprehensive or EPA certified; it is not meant to be a substitute for a certified test. It measures a handful of items and is only meant to give a basic idea of water quality. Similarly, the testing would almost certainly not be admissible in a court of law; anyone with an eye on future court cases should go with an EPA certified lab.

That said, the tests are a good way to look for changes.

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