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Nick Evans

Nick Evans

Nick Evans has spent the past seven years reporting for NPR member stations in Florida and Ohio. He got his start in Tallahassee, covering issues like redistricting, same sex marriage and medical marijuana. Since arriving in Columbus in 2018, he has covered everything from city council to football. His work on Ohio politics and local policing have been featured numerous times on NPR.

Less than a week from Election Day, why are so many Republicans undecided?

By: - April 28, 2022

Amid the maniacal bids to out-conservative one another, and the near fisticuffs, perhaps the most abiding feature of this year’s Republican U.S. Senate primary has been voters’ uncertainty. In a crowded field it might seem that voters would have an easy time finding a candidate whose message resonates. Instead, the limited polling available keeps showing […]

A judge ordered Dewitt McDonald released last month, so why is he still in prison?

By: - April 27, 2022

Right now, Dewitt McDonald is sitting in prison at Richland Correctional Institution even though late last month a judge ordered his release. McDonald’s case goes back to a 1994 drive-by shooting in Sandusky that left one woman dead. Prosecutors claimed McDonald was in the car, and they charged him with aiding and abetting the crime. […]

Former President Trump rallies in Delaware ahead of next week’s primary election

By: - April 25, 2022

Saturday saw Ohio’s first taste of summer, and thousands poured into the Delaware County fairgrounds, still spongy from spring rain. The throng crowded against metal barriers hours before former president Donald Trump arrived, their faces steadily reddening under the beating sun. The jumbotron screens played campaign ads, a promo for Donald Trump’s coffee table book […]

How much a map costs: one law firm accounts for 1/3 of redistricting expenses

By: - April 25, 2022

As lawmakers consider their next move on redistricting, the overall cost has ballooned to nearly $1.8 million, according to an accounting through April 19 provided by the Legislative Services Commission. The bulk of that expense has been charged to the Legislative Task Force on Redistricting, which has accounted for $983,283 going back to August of […]

Mike Gibbons signs Ohio Gun Owners survey committing to abolish ATF, oppose red flag laws

By: - April 22, 2022

In Lancaster Thursday, GOP Senate candidate Mike Gibbons signed the Ohio Gun Owners survey. The survey asks candidates seeking office whether they would oppose legislation like universal background checks and red flag laws. “There’s been a push by some moderate Republicans to pass red flag gun confiscation laws,” Ohio Gun Owners executive director Chris Dorr […]

J.D. Vance takes center stage ahead of Trump visit

By: - April 21, 2022

In Delaware Wednesday night J.D. Vance had the stage to himself, taking questions from voters in a townhall hosted by NewsMax. The event, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, landed right between him securing Donald Trump’s endorsement and the former president’s visit this weekend at the nearby county fairgrounds. The organizers invited all five GOP […]

Vance wondered whether Trump was ‘America’s Hitler,’ says former roommate sharing screenshot

By: - April 19, 2022

A state representative from Georgia has thrown a wrench into what was supposed to be something of a coronation for Republican U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance. After securing former President Trump’s endorsement last week, Vance was set to campaign with Trump’s son Don Jr. before Trump himself visits Ohio this weekend. Like Vance, Rep. Josh […]

Guns, abortion, China: The evolution of Tim Ryan

By: - April 18, 2022

Friday morning, Tim Ryan’s campaign released a new TV ad in the Ohio congressman’s bid for the U.S. Senate. The Youngstown area Democrat stands on the hardwood of a basketball gym addressing people lining the bleachers. He talks inflation, supply chain, middle class tax cuts. It’s a notable departure from his previous ad, which focused […]

Trump endorses Vance in U.S. Senate race

By: - April 15, 2022

Former president Donald Trump has endorsed J.D. Vance for U.S. Senate. The decision comes just a week before Trump visits the state, and ratchets up the intensity in an already hotly contested race just weeks out from the May 3 primary election. Trump’s decision to back Vance was far from assured. The author and investor […]

Sen. Brown visits Chillicothe in bid to keep VA hospital open

By: - April 15, 2022

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed closing its hospital in Chillicothe as part of a system-wide review to streamline services. The facility serves a broad swath of Appalachian Ohio. In its place, the VA plans to build an outpatient clinic nearby and rely on larger facilities in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati handle excess […]

State supreme court turns down appeal to compel appearance at trial

By: - April 13, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously rejected a prosecutor’s effort to issue warrants, and potentially jail time, to two witnesses in an attempted murder case. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor argued the two were material witnesses to the crime and should therefore be compelled to cooperate. But the Supreme Court determined the prosecutor hadn’t done enough to […]

Assessing J.D. Vance’s border plans

By: - April 11, 2022

In his first campaign ad of this year’s raucous Senate primary, J.D. Vance stands in a park, a row of homes slightly out of focus behind him, and he looks straight into the camera. “Are you a racist?” he asks, pointing at the viewer. “Do you hate Mexicans?” Voting has begun in Ohio’s primary elections. […]