Jessie Balmert, Enquirer

Jessie Balmert


Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Jessie:

DeWine reacts to 10-year-old who traveled to Indiana for abortion: Assault is 'tragedy'

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called the assault of a 10-year-old Ohio girl seeking an abortion in Indiana a tragedy but didn't address law he signed in 2019. → Read More

Ohio Supreme Court rejects attempt to immediately block six-week abortion ban

Ohio's six-week abortion ban will remain the law while the state Supreme Court reviews a lawsuit to overturn it. → Read More

Democrat Nan Whaley wants to protect abortion access in the Ohio Constitution. That is a big lift.

Should Ohio put abortion access on the ballot? It's a big lift but Democrat Nan Whaley wants to lead the charge. → Read More

After fall of Roe v. Wade, Ohio abortion clinics sue to restore access to abortions

Five days after the fall of Roe v. Wade, Ohio's abortion clinics are suing to restore access to the procedure. → Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court just overturned Roe v. Wade. What does it mean for Ohio?

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited opinion in a Mississippi abortion case. See what that means for Ohio. → Read More

Biden to propose a 3-month federal gas tax holiday. Ohio's gas tax to remain in place.

Don't expect gas tax holiday any time soon in Ohio. → Read More

Federal judge denies Hamilton County House candidate's request to get on Aug. 2 ballot

A federal judge denied a Hamilton County candidate's request to get on the Aug. 2 ballot, saying it would threaten a timely and effective election. → Read More

Republicans: Wait until after the November election to draw new legislative maps for 2024

Republicans, citing voter confusion, want to wait to work on new legislative maps for 2024 and beyond. → Read More

Ohioans can start betting on sports on Jan. 1, 2023, missing much of the football season

Ohioans will be able to place their bets on sports starting Jan. 1, missing much of the college and professional football seasons. → Read More

Democrat Colleen Reynolds ends House bid after being drawn into incumbent's district

Democrat Colleen Reynolds hoped to replace Rep. Brigid Kelly but instead was drawn into a district with Rep. Sedrick Denson. → Read More

'Best of our bad options' Federal judges order Ohio to use unconstitutional district maps

Ohio redistricting news: Ohioans will pick new state lawmakers on Aug. 2 using maps that the Ohio Supreme Court rejected as unconstitutional. → Read More

Ohio Supreme Court rejects legislative maps for 5th time, but feds might use them anyway

The Ohio Supreme Court rejected state House and Senate maps for the fifth time, but a trio of federal judges might impose them anyway. → Read More

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan among Republicans subpoenaed by panel investigating Jan. 6 attack

House investigators looking into the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol subpoenaed Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and four other Republicans, including GOP leader Kevin McCarthy. → Read More

Facing Friday deadline, the Ohio Redistricting Commission will meet about legislative maps

The Ohio Redistricting Commission meets Wednesday to talk about state House and Senate maps, just days before its next deadline. → Read More

Pregnancy after rape 'an opportunity'? Ohio GOP lawmaker sparks outrage in abortion debate

State Rep. Jean Schmidt said a teenager who became pregnant after rape would have the "opportunity" to help the child be a "productive human being." → Read More

In the Democratic fight to replace Mike DeWine, Cincinnati and Dayton are on the ballot

Former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley touts the city's comeback as a personal qualification for Ohio governor. How does that factor in his race against Dayton's Nan Whaley? → Read More

Federal judges will pick rejected maps if redistricting leaders don't act by May 28

Federal judges give Ohio leaders until May 28 to pick maps or they will impose ones rejected by the state Supreme Court. → Read More

Hamilton County judge once again blocks early enforcement of abortion clinic restrictions

Once again, a Hamilton County judge blocked premature enforcement of rules that threaten abortion clinics in Cincinnati and Dayton. → Read More

Ohio Supreme Court rejects 4th set of legislative maps

For the fourth time, the Ohio Supreme Court rejected state House and Senate maps drawn by Republicans. → Read More

In Ohio's redistricting battle, Gov. Mike DeWine said he'd take the lead. But did he?

Gov. Mike DeWine leads Ohio, but on the Ohio Redistricting Commission, he's let GOP lawmakers take the lead. → Read More