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Marty Schladen

Marty Schladen

Marty Schladen has been a reporter for decades, working in Indiana, Texas and other places before returning to his native Ohio to work at The Columbus Dispatch in 2017. He's won state and national journalism awards for investigations into utility regulation, public corruption, the environment, prescription drug spending and other matters.

Yet another statement Yost made on that Fox News appearance now seems iffy

By: - August 4, 2022

On July 11, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost made an appearance on Fox News during which he made several questionable statements.  The biggest, of course, were the doubts he was  trying to raise about the existence of a 10-year-old rape victim who had to travel to Indiana for an abortion because of a law he […]

Despite promises, one Ohio tax break is costing $1B and creating few jobs, study says

By: - July 29, 2022

When it was created in 2013, a tax break in Ohio was billed as a way to help small businesses create jobs. But as the tax break approaches its 10th anniversary, it is disproportionately benefiting the wealthy while doing little to deliver on its promise, a new study says.

DeWine claims concern for “vulnerable,” still won’t talk about children who now have to have babies

By: - July 27, 2022

As he celebrated passage and enactment of severe abortion restrictions in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine was lavish in expressing concern for “the most vulnerable among us, those who do not have a voice.”  On June 24, just after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the abortion restrictions he’d signed into law, DeWine added, […]

Climate change is already costing cities. It’s going to get much worse

By: - July 22, 2022

Ohio’s cash-strapped cities and towns are going to need to find billions more a year to keep pace as challenges from climate change intensify over the coming decades, according to a new analysis. Climate denialists have long ignored the overwhelming scientific consensus around global warming. That got a little harder last year when the International […]

After raising doubts about rape victim, AG’s office won’t say if he supports abortion law

By: - July 20, 2022

Now that one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States is in effect in Ohio, some of the state’s Republican leaders don’t seem to want to discuss it. Consider Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. He rushed to court on June 24 just after Roe v Wade was overturned to implement the Ohio law, […]

Docs dispute AG’s claim that Ohio law allows 10-year-olds to get abortions

By: - July 15, 2022

A defiant Dave Yost on Wednesday told News 5 in Cleveland “I never apologize for speaking the truth” when asked if he should apologize for an interview he did on Fox News a night earlier. That was when he raised doubts with host Jesse Watters that a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim had actually been forced […]

Arrest confirms Indiana abortion for Ohio 10-year-old

By: - July 13, 2022

Columbus police have arrested a 27-year-old on charges of raping a 10-year-old who traveled to Indiana late last month for an abortion, The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday.  Ohio Republican leaders, who passed and implemented a law making rape victims ineligible for abortions after six weeks, have been trying to raise doubts about the girl’s existence. […]

Ohio abortion, sexual violence statistics show disturbing likelihood of children being impregnated

By: - July 13, 2022

With varying degrees of subtlety, some Ohio Republicans are pushing back on an account that a 10-year-old rape victim traveled to Indiana earlier this month to get an abortion. The girl had to make the trip, according to the report, because of 2019 restrictions signed by Gov. Mike DeWine that took effect when the U.S. […]

DeWine: No comment on abortion ban that forced a child to Indiana

By: - July 8, 2022

It appears that a 10-year-old rape victim had to leave Ohio for an abortion. But Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine isn’t commenting on the fact that a law he signed making that necessary if she didn’t want to become a mother. Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade and cleared the way for […]

Retired teachers go to court for Ohio pension records

By: - July 7, 2022

An analyst working for Ohio retired teachers went to court last week seeking records relating to the state pension funds. The analyst is trying to determine whether teachers' pension money is being squandered on high-fee "alternative" investments such as private equity and hedge funds. He is also investigating whether external consultants directing such investments are also being paid by the firms in which retirement system money is being invested.

The bedeviling details. Roe decision leaves Ohio health providers scrambling

By: - July 5, 2022

Abortion foes celebrated victory in a 50-year fight on June 24, when the U.S. Supreme overturned Roe v Wade and allowed states to severely restrict — or even eliminate — women’s access to abortion. But for those who care for pregnant women, the ideological victory posed a swarm of burdensome questions they haven’t begun to […]

Lt. Gov. Husted: Outside job on bank board is educational

By: - July 1, 2022

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Thursday said a controversial job he’s taken on the board of a community bank has been highly educational and will pay about $20,000 a year. Husted’s decision to serve on the board of Heartland Bank stirred controversy when it became public last month for at least two reasons: His office […]