CORTES: Vance’s Victory Over Ukraine Warmongers is an America First Foreign Policy Win.

JD Vance’s primary win in Ohio represents a fulcrum moment for the America First movement, because it validates that a populist nationalist approach to foreign policy can prove decisive with 2022 voters. In fact, Vance’s insistence that America reverse course and de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine provided the most crucial policy differentiator against his opponents. Consider the backdrop of a highly contentious primary in Ohio, one where JD faced a constant barrage of attacks, from both the leftist corporate media as well as from Republican operatives and organizations. The globalist Club for Growth poured the gargantuan resources of multinational big

Ohio State Senate Passes Two More Pro-Life Bills

Even while judicial setbacks in Ohio have discouraged pro-lifers in the state and across the country, the Ohio State Senate has been busy working on even more pro-life legislation. One such bill was passed in October, and the chamber passed an additional pro-life bill on Wednesday. Senate Bill 155, the most recent of the two, requires doctors to inform mothers that it is within the realm of possibility to reverse a chemical abortion if they change their mind and no longer want to abort their child. The bill was passed 22-10. While most voted along party lines, one Republican voted

Judge Bars Ohio from Enforcing Down Syndrome Abortion Ban

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that Ohio will not be allowed to enforce a 2017 law that bans abortion of unborn children that test positive for Down syndrome. Signed into law in December 2017 by Republican Governor John Kasich, House Bill 214 (the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act) would have revised the Ohio code “to prohibit a person from performing, inducing, or attempting to perform or induce an abortion on a pregnant woman who is seeking the abortion because an unborn child has or may have Down Syndrome.” Immediately after the passage of the bill, the American Civil Liberties

Ohio’s Pro-Life “Heartbeat Bill” Blocked by Federal Judge

A federal judge blocked the enforcement of Ohio’s newly signed pro-life law on Wednesday, ruling it unconstitutional. Senate Bill 23, signed into law by Republican Governor Mike DeWine in April, would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Since a fetus’ heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into the pregnancy, this law would prohibit a large amount of the abortions that occur within the state. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett used this fact as his motivation to issue a preliminary injunction against the bill. Arguing that a pregnant woman should have time to “choose her fate,”

“Social Emotional Learning” Standards Continue Ominous National March

As chronicled in multiple articles (also here and here) and the Pioneer Institute white paper authored by attorney Jane Robbins and myself, efforts to impose government-determined norms for the attitudes, values, and beliefs of the nation’s children beginning in preschool are becoming disturbingly relentless. Despite lots of concerns by Ohio parents and pro-family state school board members, as well as troubling data provided by Education Liberty Watch, (summarized here) and activism by Eagle Forum and Concerned Women for America, the full Ohio state board adopted statewide SEL standards by an 11-6 vote. Although there were promises made that students, teachers,

States Rush to Adopt “Social Emotional Learning” Standards, Despite Red Flags

Despite all evidence and even advice from proponents to be careful in the implementation, supporters of social emotional learning (SEL) standards, assessments, and data collection are following the same playbook as those who imposed Common Core standards with little discussion or buy-in from parents and teachers. As recently discussed, the full Ohio State Board of Education (OSBOE) is preparing to adopt statewide social emotional learning (SEL) standards at its meeting tomorrow after a subcommittee adopted them in May. Arkansas is also imposing new SEL standards with minimal discussion between the SBOE and the public. Thanks to Ohio SBOE members like

Why Ohio Should Reject “Social Emotional Learning” Standards

A committee of the Ohio State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on advancing a proposal to the full state board to implement statewide social emotional learning (SEL) standards this coming Tuesday, May 14th. This is part of a national movement to psychologize education, falsely advertised as improving academic achievement and preventing violence and suicide. The problems with this approach are myriad. They include the following points (with more information available from the Pioneer Institute, as well as this list of concerns for Ohio and numerous writings in this space, such as here): SEL would further erode the fundamental

Ohio Enacts Pro-Life Heartbeat Law Protecting Babies from Abortion

The seventh-largest state in the U.S. has enacted a law to protect unborn babies from abortion as soon as a heartbeat can be detected. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the Human Rights Protection Act on Thursday after it passed the state House by a margin of 56-40 and the state Senate by a margin of 18-13. (Similar bills had passed the state legislature in 2016 and 2018 but were vetoed by then Gov. John Kasich.) The law prohibits abortionists from aborting any baby once a fetal heartbeat can be detected — usually around six to eight weeks into the pregnancy

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