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Between the Lines: Delayed abortion debate, college savings plan

4:09 PM, Dec 2, 2012   |    comments
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Ohio lawmakers won't be voting on a controversial abortion bill in their lame duck session.

Senate President Tom Niehaus is blocking the "heartbeat" bill as well as a bid to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, saying Ohioans want the legislature to focus on jobs and the economy.

That will spare Ohioans a passionate debate about abortion over the holiday season.

Why did he do that? Will the measures be back next year?

A split Ohio Supreme Court declared redistricting maps for Ohio's House and Senate are legal.

Will that strengthen efforts to come up with a new, less political redistricting process?

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is launching a college savings plan that is sure to spark conversation.

Starting next fall, all kindergarteners will get their own college savings accounty and $100, courtesy of the county.

What does FitzGerald hope to accomplish?

FitzGerald is one voice in a debate about a PR campaign to promote Ohio as a good place to do business.

Is spending $1.4 million on newspaper, TV and internet ads a good use of taxpayer money?

Is it really a sort-of launch for Governor Kasich's reelection campaign?

What can it accomplish?

Tom Beres discusses these topics with Plain Dealer columnists Mark Naymik and Joe Frolik on this edition of Between the Lines.

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