Fulton County

Oct 30, 2015

Common Dreams: Preempting Democracy: What’s Not Being Voted on This November Is Sinister

Common Dreams: Preempting Democracy: What’s Not Being Voted on This November Is Sinister

State preemptive action to quash local initiatives that are advancing environmental and worker rights are multiplying – and may be the catalyst for rights-based efforts to join together to confront these preemptive attacks on the right to local self-government.

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Oct 17, 2015

Eye on Ohio: Ohio Supreme Court rules against anti-fracking ballot measures

Eye on Ohio: Ohio Supreme Court rules against anti-fracking ballot measures

Reporter Simon Davis-Cohen provides in-depth reporting on state and industry efforts to keep fracking and pipeline initiatives off the ballot in Ohio – including the state’s use of oil and gas industry law firms.

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Sep 21, 2015

Earth Island Journal: Government and Gas Industry Team Up Against Local Fracking Ban Initiatives in Ohio

Earth Island Journal: Government and Gas Industry Team Up Against Local Fracking Ban Initiatives in Ohio

Reporter Simon Davis-Cohen reveals how Ohio state government used tax payers’ money, hiring private oil and gas industry law firms to keep the people’s community rights initiatives off the November ballot.

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Sep 18, 2015

Aurora Advocate: Were Supreme Court cases victors really the victors?

Aurora Advocate: Were Supreme Court cases victors really the victors?

While the Ohio Secretary of State spins a “win” in last week’s Ohio Supreme Court decision, the Justices in fact slapped his wrist for his claim to be empowered to “prejudge the legality or constitutionality of the substance of a petition,” freeing up Ohio counties to bring their measures forward next year.

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Sep 16, 2015

Press Release: Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Secretary of State

Press Release: Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Secretary of State

The Ohio Supreme Court rules in favor of the democratic rights of citizens, and against the Ohio Secretary of State’s claimed “unfettered authority” to block the people’s right to initiative.

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Sep 16, 2015

Chron: Ohio Supreme Court rejects fracking foes’ ballot protest

Chron: Ohio Supreme Court rejects fracking foes’ ballot protest

While three Ohio counties are unable to place their community rights charter amendments on the November ballot for a technicality, the Ohio Supreme Court makes clear to Secretary of State Husted that he may not rule on the legality of the proposed charters’ content.

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Sep 16, 2015

The Athens News: Bill of rights/charter won’t be on November ballot in Athens

The Athens News: Bill of rights/charter won’t be on November ballot in Athens

Ohio Supreme Court keeps Home Ruler charter initiatives off the November ballot in three Ohio counties; slaps Secretary of State’s wrist for attempting to keep the measures off the ballot for content.

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Sep 16, 2015

Government and Corporations Collude Against the People: Ohio Is a Corporate State

Government and Corporations Collude Against the People: Ohio Is a Corporate State

Ohio government officials, both locally and at the state level, use oil and gas industry law firms in an attempt to keep the people’s ballot initiatives impacting banning fracking off the November ballot.

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Sep 10, 2015

The Athens News: Charter petitions awaiting decision by Ohio Supreme Court

The Athens News: Charter petitions awaiting decision by Ohio Supreme Court

An Athens County, OH, resident, lays out the considerations for the Ohio Supreme Court as it determines whether or not residents of three counties may vote on their own community rights county charter initiatives.

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Sep 9, 2015

Columbus Free-Press: Community Rights Network Calls Out Jon Husted for Blocking Anti-fracking Initiatives

Columbus Free-Press: Community Rights Network Calls Out Jon Husted for Blocking Anti-fracking Initiatives

Ohio residents don’t take “no” for an answer, protesting Ohio Secretary of State’s recent decision to remove three county Home Rule charter initiatives that ban fracking infrastructure projects from the November ballot.

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Sep 6, 2015

The Journal Gazette: Fracking at center of battle over vote

The Journal Gazette: Fracking at center of battle over vote

Residents in three Ohio counties argue to the Ohio Supreme Court that their right to vote is being violated by Secretary of State Jon Husted. Attorneys for the Secretary of State argue Mr. Husted acted within his authority to pull the duly qualified initiatives from the ballot.

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Sep 5, 2015

The Athens News: Big state groups come out against charter/bills of rights in Athens and two other counties

The Athens News: Big state groups come out against charter/bills of rights in Athens and two other counties

Big business comes out against the people of Ohio and in favor of reining in democracy as it files amicus briefs in support of Secretary of State Jon Husted in the Ohio Supreme Court. Mr. Husted pulled 3 county Home Rule initiatives from the ballot. Residents are suing Mr. Husted to place their duly qualified initiatives back on the ballot.

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Sep 3, 2015

The Crescent-News: Dozens protest Husted speaking engagement in opposition to fracking decision

The Crescent-News: Dozens protest Husted speaking engagement in opposition to fracking decision

Determined to have their right to vote recognized, residents from across Ohio protest the Secretary of State’s blocking of their community right county charter ballot measures. More than 9,000 signatures were gathered in three counties.

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Sep 2, 2015

Stow Sentry: Backers of fracking-related ballot issues protest at Columbus event featuring Jon Husted

Stow Sentry: Backers of fracking-related ballot issues protest at Columbus event featuring Jon Husted

Residents from across Ohio protest outside a luncheon where Ohio Secretary of State Husted is speaking today. Mr. Husted is attempting to block Home Rule county charter initiatives in Athens, Medina, and Fulton Counties from being on the November ballot.

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Aug 24, 2015

Ohio SOS in hot water over dismissing unconventional oil & gas ballot proposals

Ohio SOS in hot water over dismissing unconventional oil & gas ballot proposals

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has been sued by 10 residents of Fulton, Medina and Athens counties after he invalidated hydraulic fracturing ballot proposals.

The group is challenging Husted’s decision to remove a series of ballot questions that contain bans on fracking-related oil and gas drilling projects, such as wastewater injection wells used during the fracturing process.

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Aug 21, 2015

E&E Reporter: Fracking foes ask Ohio Supreme Court to reinstate ballot drives

E&E Reporter: Fracking foes ask Ohio Supreme Court to reinstate ballot drives

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted blocked the initiatives in Athens, Fulton and Medina counties on Nov. 13, 2014, saying local governments cannot get around state law that allows fracking. He acted under a section of Ohio law that allows the secretary of state to respond to election complaints (EnergyWire, Aug. 17).

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Aug 21, 2015

Press Release: Fracking Fight Heats Up in Ohio

Press Release: Fracking Fight Heats Up in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH: With the oil and gas industry already reveling in a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision stripping local control on fracking and other extraction activities away from communities, the Secretary of State has now handed the industry another victory, opening the door for fracking infrastructure projects to spread even faster across Ohio.

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Aug 21, 2015

Fracking Fight Heats Up In Ohio

Fracking Fight Heats Up In Ohio

With the oil and gas industry already reveling in a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision stripping local control on fracking and other extraction activities away from communities, the Secretary of State has now handed the industry another victory, opening the door for fracking infrastructure projects to spread even faster across Ohio.

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Aug 21, 2015

Lawsuit filed against Jon Husted over Medina County charter ballot issue

Lawsuit filed against Jon Husted over Medina County charter ballot issue

A Medina County environmental organization Wednesday sued Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted after he threw out a fall ballot issue last week that would have placed restrictions on oil and gas projects within county lines.

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Aug 20, 2015

Local groups sue Husted over invalidating Nov. 3 charter initiatives in Medina, Fulton and Athens counties

Local groups sue Husted over invalidating Nov. 3 charter initiatives in Medina, Fulton and Athens counties

Residents of Medina, Fulton and Athens counties filed a lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted this week for blocking local votes on county charter initiatives to stop natural gas pipelines and injection wells.

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Aug 20, 2015

Supreme Court to rule on anti-fracking measures

Supreme Court to rule on anti-fracking measures

Representatives of committees in Athens County and two other Ohio counties seeking passage of anti-fracking county charters are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to order Secretary of State Jon Husted to dismiss protests against the measures and allow them to make the Nov. 3 general election ballots in the three counties.

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Aug 17, 2015

Husted nixes charter proposal

Husted nixes charter proposal

Fulton County residents will not vote on a charter government Nov. 3 because the submitted proposal flies in the face of state law, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

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Aug 17, 2015

EnergyWire: Ohio secretary of state tosses anti-fracking elections in 3 counties

EnergyWire: Ohio secretary of state tosses anti-fracking elections in 3 counties

Ohio blocked three counties from holding elections that could ban oil and gas or pipeline development, but organizers said they may go to court to get the proposals back on the ballot, and at least one local election could still go forward.

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Aug 16, 2015

Ohio Secretary of State says: No vote on local charter

Ohio Secretary of State says: No vote on local charter

The Athens County Bill of Rights Committee, along with similar committees in Medina and Fulton counties, plans to appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court after Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted rejected the groups’ anti-fracking charter government proposals for the ballot this November.

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Aug 14, 2015

Ohio groups unhappy with Husted decision on charter votes

Ohio groups unhappy with Husted decision on charter votes

COLUMBUS, OH: The Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, declared that the citizens of Medina, Fulton, and Athens Counties may not vote on their own county charter initiatives, despite meeting requirements to place those initiatives on the November ballot.

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