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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.

Map drawers tell high court why they shouldn’t be held in contempt

By: - February 24, 2022

(This story has been updated.) Seven of Ohio’s top public officials on Wednesday explained to the Ohio Supreme Court why they shouldn’t be held in contempt for not meeting a deadline last Thursday to submit another set of proposed state legislative maps. Some said they tried to do what the court ordered. Others said the […]

Another question about DeWine conflicts in Ohio redistricting

By: - February 23, 2022

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine has said he doesn’t have a conflict sitting in judgment of a case involving a redistricting commission on which his father sits. That’s because the father, according to his son, is acting in only an official capacity. It’s a claim that some ethics experts have bluntly rejected. The claim […]

Stimulus checks tied to overdose spike, but that doesn’t make them a mistake, Yost says

By: - February 18, 2022

It was an epidemic within a pandemic.  April 2020 was a time when the Covid-19 pandemic tightened a grip that still hasn’t really eased. It also marked the beginning of a year that would see 100,000 opioid deaths in the United States. That was the most since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Group highlights the parallels between lynching and the modern death penalty

By: - February 17, 2022

An anti-death penalty group in Ohio is arguing that lynchings in the 19th and early 20th centuries had a lot in common with the way the modern death penalty is applied. On Thursday it will highlight Ohio lynchings to make that case.  The argument delves deeply into a complex and often painful past that some […]

Mississippi House votes to cut ties with provider accused of fraud

By: - February 15, 2022

The Mississippi House of Representatives last week voted overwhelmingly to cut ties with a Medicaid provider that last year agreed to pay the state $55 million to settle claims that it fraudulently inflated the cost of prescription drugs. Ohio is the only state to actually sue over such claims and last year St. Louis-based Centene […]

Experts: DeWine’s son, Medicaid director both have clear conflicts

By: - February 14, 2022

(The original version of story misattributed a statement by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine to a spokeswoman for the court, who does not speak for him. This version is updated.) The administration of Gov. Mike DeWine is making history, but perhaps for the wrong reasons. Two DeWine appointees have figured in what federal law […]

RNC calls Capitol violence “legitimate.” Do Ohio statewides agree?

By: - February 11, 2022

The top elected Republican tried this week to give his colleagues cover to disagree with a party claim that the violent attack on Congress on Jan. 1. 2021 was "legitimate political discourse." Most Ohio's statewide elected officials have been less definite.

Once claiming moderation, Ohio secretary of state says Trump has a point about voter fraud

By: - February 9, 2022

When he was running for office in 2018, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said overblown election claims by Democrats and Republicans hurt Americans’ faith in democracy. Democrats overhype what they call voter suppression and Republicans overblow claims of voter fraud, LaRose said at the time. Now that he’s running for reelection, LaRose, a Republican, […]

With big Medicaid changes looming, Ohio pharmacists complain of a lack of details

By: - February 3, 2022

The Ohio Department of Medicaid plans to radically change the way it does business in July, but a group that helped motivate the reform effort says it hasn't provided some fundamental details. Some members of that group, the state's community pharmacists, say those details could determine whether they can stay in business — and whether some small towns become pharmacy deserts.

Basketball billionaire enters the no-insurance, no-middleman drug business

By: - February 2, 2022

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is getting into a business pioneered by independent pharmacists in Ohio and elsewhere. The idea is to radically reduce consumer costs for common generic drugs by cutting out insurance companies and the middlemen they hire to handle transactions with manufacturers and pharmacies. On Jan. 19, the Mark Cuban […]

Fighting vaccine mandates, Ohio AG says he protected the “rule of law”

By: - February 1, 2022

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost last week touted a successful effort he led among state attorneys general to get the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers. In a statement, Yost said he wasn’t opposed to vaccines, he was upholding the rule of law. But his office declined to comment Monday […]

Economists: Cutting Ohio gas tax would be a mistake

By: - January 26, 2022

A panel of economists overwhelmingly thinks that a proposal to cut Ohio’s gas tax is a bad idea — both because it will sap state funds for infrastructure and because it will take away incentives to conserve energy. In 2019, Gov. Mike DeWine pushed for an increase in the state’s 25-cents-a-gallon gasoline tax and got […]