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Welcome to the best opinion pieces of the week from News From The States. Our commentary includes our own journalists from across our extensive network as well as outside voices to bring a wide range of perspectives and ideas. In addition to the sampling below, you can look through all our commentary here.



The Ohio Constitution declares all power inherent in the people. Issue 1 seeks to rob that from us

David DeWitt | Ohio Capital Journal

The Ohio burgee waving along with the national flag of the United States of America.​​​​​​​Getty Images.

The Ohio burgee waving along with the national flag of the United States of America.
Getty Images.

The Ohio Constitution Bill of Rights declares all power is inherent in the people.

Now it’s time for Ohio voters to show all of America how seriously we take that, or if we’ve abandoned our own birthright — this timeless, defining principle of democracy.

With Issue 1 on August 8, Ohio lobbyists and politicians demand total unchecked power.

They seek to create signature requirements so burdensome that they would destroy the ability of Ohio citizen groups to bring amendments to our Ohio Constitution ever again.

And they seek to ensure a minority of voters can veto critical decisions over the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of all Ohioans.


Citizens, including in Indiana, should have direct ballot power

Niki Kelly | Indiana Capital Chronicle


The season for accountability has arrived

Jay Bookman | Georgia Recorder


Wisconsin Supreme Court tilts on its axis at historic swearing-in

Ruth Conniff | Wisconisn Examiner


How a good intention made the Alabama Legislature less democratic

Brian Lyman | Alabama Reflector


Noem, Trump and the politics of inaction

Seth Tupper | South Dakota Searchlight


Out with the green, in with the heat

Samantha Willis | Virginia Mercury


For the mothers the pandemic has left behind

Susan J. Demas | Michigan Advance


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