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Morgan Trau

Morgan Trau

Morgan Trau is a political reporter and multimedia journalist based out of the WEWS Columbus Bureau. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Trau has previously worked as an investigative, political and fact-checking reporter in Grand Rapids, Mich. at WZZM-TV; a reporter and MMJ in Spokane, Wash. at KREM-TV and has interned at 60 Minutes and worked for CBS Interactive and PBS NewsHour.

Dozens of companies, AG Yost, former lawmakers subpoenaed ahead of Householder corruption trial

By: - January 11, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   In newly-filed documents, federal prosecutors outlined some of the evidence they want to […]

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Ohio bans TikTok from state devices, some officials push for total ban

By: - January 10, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Time is ticking for one of the most popular social media apps in […]

Statehouse ‘coup’ — Ohio GOP bitterly divided by deal with Democrats to elect House Speaker

By: - January 9, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Late-night phone calls, behind-closed-door bargaining and a deal with the Democrats led to […]

Ohio bans child sex offenders from working with kids

By: - January 6, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   A newly-signed law will stop convicted child sex offenders in Ohio from working […]

‘Moderate’ Republican Jason Stephens snatches Ohio House Speaker position in surprise upset

By: - January 4, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Moderately conservative Republican Jason Stephens, with the help of the Democratic Party, snatched […]

Gov. Mike DeWine to appoint Joseph Deters to Ohio Supreme Court

By: - December 23, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is appointing Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters, who has never […]

Inconsistencies in Ohio’s home rule authority highlighted by tobacco legislation

By: - December 21, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   State lawmakers in Ohio have been able to pick and choose which local […]

Why the Ohio Redistricting Commission wasn’t held in contempt

By: - December 19, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor’s four-decade-long career in public office is […]

A closer look at Ohio voting restrictions now at desk of Gov. Mike DeWine

By: - December 16, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland. Ohio Republican lawmakers passed a major elections reform bill after midnight, on Thursday morning, […]

LIST: Notable lame-duck Ohio bills that have now passed ahead of the holiday recess

By: and - December 16, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland. While several high-profile bills that would have altered the State Board of Education’s role […]

Amid protest, Ohio GOP says bill to make it harder to amend constitution lacks votes to pass

By: - December 13, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   A resolution to require a 60% supermajority vote in order for constitutional amendments […]

2 abortion rights groups launch simultaneous efforts to codify abortion rights with ballot measures

By: and - December 13, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland. Two different coalitions launched two separate initiatives to restore and ensure abortion access in […]