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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.

Lawmakers begin reappropriations for capital projects

By: - March 16, 2022

Ohio lawmakers are beginning the capital reappropriations process this week. The legislation funds projects like new buildings or facility improvements that often stretch beyond the state’s two-year budgeting cycle. “This reappropriations process is not intended as a vehicle for new capital appropriations, nor is it intended to raise new issues,” Office of Budget and Management […]

Senate candidate Matt Dolan hosts law enforcement roundtable in Columbus

By: - March 14, 2022

In Columbus, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Dolan hosted a roundtable Friday with law enforcement officials to underscore his record in the Statehouse and his plans for Washington. The Chagrin Falls senator touts his ability as finance chair to deliver funding for police training, fighting human trafficking and stemming the opioid crisis. He, like many […]

Gov. DeWine turns down debate invitation without explanation

By: - March 11, 2022

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine won’t participate in a primary debate later this month hosted by the Ohio Debate Commission. “No reason was given,” according to a commission statement. The decision comes as more conservative elements of the GOP express growing skepticism with the governor’s administration. Last month at the central committee meeting, a contingent within […]

Despite criticizing federal spending, some GOP Senate candidates accepted PPP loans

By: - March 10, 2022

The field of Republican Senate candidates is crowded, and the elbows are sharp. Candidates lash out at one another for not being Trump-y enough, for being part of the “establishment” or for being willing to compromise. But their favorite punching bag, unsurprisingly, is the Biden administration. With inflation at record levels and the price of […]

Cranley, Fedor tout social justice platform in Columbus campaign stop

By: - March 7, 2022

“There’s no bull crap with them. They tell the truth. They tell it like it is.” That’s the one good thing about prison, Robert McClendon explained. You get a good radar for bull crap. You can see it coming from around the corner, he said, and there’s none of it when it comes to the […]

Timken touts Portman endorsement in three-stop campaign swing

By: - March 7, 2022

At least 60 people packed themselves into a room that would feel full with 20 at Jane Timken’s campaign headquarters Friday. Good thing the former chair of the state GOP isn’t running for fire marshal. The crowd was an interesting mix of young and old. Many of the fresh-faced among them were campaign staffers sporting […]

Mike Gibbons campaigns in Bellefontaine

By: - March 3, 2022

There were half a dozen pizzas laid out on a table in the back of Roadhouse Depot Tuesday afternoon. About thirty people stopped by the Bellefontaine brewery for a meet and greet with Republican Senate candidate Mike Gibbons. The crowd skewed older and white, with a mix of farmers, retirees and local politicians or businessmen […]

Ohio, Kentucky ink agreement to pursue federal infrastructure funding for Brent Spence Bridge

By: - March 1, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine is teaming up with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear for a joint effort to improve the Brent Spence Bridge. The agreement signed Monday in Covington, KY is the first step in the process of securing funding from the bipartisan infrastructure bill approved last year. “The Brent Spence Bridge is a stout and sturdy […]

Here’s what the Ohio contingent had to say at CPAC

By: - February 28, 2022

This weekend Ohio Republicans traded Ohio’s chill for Florida sun, and tried to stake out a spot in the reflected glow of their party’s former president. Donald Trump headlined the Conservative Political Action Committee in Orlando. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH, and GOP Senate candidates Josh Mandel and J.D. Vance got speaking slots as well. Mandel […]

GOP Senate candidates criticize Biden but offer the same response to Russian aggression

By: - February 24, 2022

Russia has launched what President Joe Biden is calling an “unprovoked and unjustified attack” on Ukraine. After weeks of teetering on the verge of conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch a war was swiftly met with condemnation from international leaders. In a statement, Biden promised the world, “will hold Russia accountable.” “Russia alone […]

Union County weighs using solar restriction power given by new law

By: - February 24, 2022

Two solar farms planned for Union County have gotten the go ahead from state officials, but now the county is considering whether to put a halt to further development. In a crowded special hearing Tuesday night, the Union County Commission heard a complicated message from residents. The commission is considering the idea in the first […]

Ohio GOP decides to endorse statewide slate over objections, stays out of Senate race

By: - February 21, 2022

After a contentious meeting outside Columbus, the Ohio Republican Party has agreed to endorse the full slate of incumbent statewide officeholders. Meanwhile, the party decided not to wade into a crowded race for U.S. Senate — the inverse of the Democratic party’s endorsement decisions just a day prior. But the anger and frustration among activist […]