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“I believe Dr. Ford,” Sen. Sherrod Brown addresses Columbus crowd

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“The stakes for Ohioans are too high to give this justice a lifetime appointment to our highest court,” wrote Senator Sherrod Brown on Twitter.

In front of a large crowd of Democrats at the King Arts Complex on Sunday afternoon, Senator Sherrod Brown voiced his disappointment in the Brett Kavanaugh hearing.

Kavanaugh was appointed a U.S. Supreme Court Justice by a Republican-controlled Senate 50-48 vote.

Brown told the crowd he had decided to vote “no” even before Christine Blasey Ford gave her emotional testimonial of being sexually assaulted by a teenage, drunken Kavanaugh to senators.

“I’m grateful for her that she did come forward even at great personal cost and great personal risk. I believe Dr. Ford,” Brown said, per The Dispatch.

He added that more than 50 people, mostly women, have contacted his office to give their own accounts of sexual assault.

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“Even though we did not win the vote in the Senate (Saturday), we see you, we hear you, your story matters, and you are making a difference telling that story,” Brown said.

Learn more about Brown’s take on the Kavanaugh decision in the video below:

Richard Cordray, the party’s candidate for governor, who was also speaking at the event aimed at amping up volunteers to canvass the Near East Side neighborhood and encourage votes for Democrats on November 6 added:

“This is what women have been fighting against for years, and it’s time for a change. And what we know is men have to be part of the solution, too.”

California Sen. Kamala Harris and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that conducted the Kavanaugh hearings was also in attendance and said:

“Ohio is a center and a litmus test about who we are as a nation, and we know we are better than this.”

Harris said she will decide on a possible presidential run after the November mid-term election, reports The Dispatch. 

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Daily double: New legislation calls for huge minimum wage hike

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If new legislation passes, Ohio’s minimum wage could nearly double in the next several years. Two Democratic senators are working to increase hourly pay from $8.55 to $15.

State Senators Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) and Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) introduced the legislation Wednesday, reports 10TV.

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The new legislation stipulates a $12 minimum per hour beginning in January 2020 and a $1 yearly increase until 2023 to keep up with inflation.

“We have an obligation to make life better for the people in our state and that includes providing living wages,” said Sen. Thomas, per 10TV. “This increase to the minimum wage will help workers and their families have a better life. And when people have more money, it also benefits the local economy from increased spending in the community.”

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“Speaks to Columbus values,” Council shows support for immigrants in sanctuary

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At Monday night’s City Council meeting, a resolution was passed in support of two women living in sanctuary here in Columbus.

Edith Espinal has been living in sanctuary at Columbus Mennonite Church for over a year. Miriam Vargas has been living in sanctuary at First English Lutheran Church for over seven months. Both women are waiting to become legal residents of the U.S.

NBC4i reports the resolution based by council is not legally binding, but is an on-the-record show of support by the city.

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“While this resolution doesn’t change federal law, it speaks to Columbus’ values,” wrote City Council President Shannon Hardin on Twitter.

Neither Espinal nor Vargas were in attendance last night due to fear of being detained.

“It’s no secret that our immigration system is broken,” said council member Elizabeth Brown, per NBC4i. “Unfortunately Miriam and Edith are at its mercy.”

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Republicans propose “Heartbeat Bill” in both Ohio House, Senate

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The very controversial “Heartbeat Bill” that would outlaw abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat has been proposed in both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate.

Republican lawmakers in both champers of Legislation introduced the abortion bill this week.

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If approved, it would be among the most restrictive abortion measures in the country, reports 10TV. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, which is early enough that many women may not even know they’re pregnant.

Former Gov. John Kasich voted down the bill twice, saying it would lead to costly and lengthy court battles that would ultimately result it in begin found unconstitutional. However, Gov. Mike DeWine has pledged to sign it.

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