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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.

JD Vance and Tim Ryan

New territory and a clash in style during Ohio’s U.S. Senate debate

By: - October 11, 2022

In their first debate on Monday, U.S. Senate candidates J.D. Vance and Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan traded barbs that at times turned personal. But between the raucous GOP primary and Ryan’s decision to campaign through the summer, the candidates have articulated their positions on most of the big-ticket issues. Republican Vance has emphasized perceived threats […]

Two Ohio lawmakers want to prohibit paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage

By: - October 6, 2022

Thanks to a 2006 constitutional amendment, Ohio’s minimum wage will increase from $9.30 to $10.10 next January. Two Democratic state lawmakers want to make sure all of the state’s minimum wage workers get that raise. Under current state law, employers can pay people with disabilities less than the state’s minimum wage. When lawmakers approved the […]

Ohio Republican group urges GOP, swing voters to reject J.D. Vance

By: - October 4, 2022

With November’s election looming, a group of Republicans are hitting the campaign trail this week. But instead of stumping for the GOP, they’ll be encouraging voters to back the Democrat, Tim Ryan, in Ohio’s race for U.S. Senate. They’re working with an organization called Welcome PAC which emphasizes Democratic Party outreach to independents and “future […]

Ohio Republican congressional candidate Madison Gesiotto Gilbert files financial disclosure

By: - September 30, 2022

Republican congressional candidate Madison Gesiotto Gilbert filed her required financial disclosure this week — more than six weeks after The Ohio Capital Journal first reported it was missing. Federal law requires office holders, candidates and even certain staffers to disclose details about their finances in order to serve. For candidates those requirements kick in once […]

Health Policy Institute of Ohio argues cash bail bad for community health

By: - September 29, 2022

Researchers with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio are raising concerns about the health impacts of cash bail. This November voters will decide on a measure that could place greater emphasis on the practice. Issue 1 would direct judges in Ohio to weigh public safety when setting the dollar amount for bail. They already take […]

Ohio U.S. Senate nominees agree to two debates

By: - September 27, 2022

Tim Ryan and J.D. Vance have agreed to debate after all. But their campaigns are still not entirely on the same page. In a press release touting the “final” debate schedule, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-OH, said there would be a total of three debates: On Oct. 4, the U.S. Senate nominees would meet in […]

GOP mum, Majewski irate after AP story questions his characterization of military record

By: - September 26, 2022

Republicans are holding their tongues after the Associated Press published a story indicating GOP congressional nominee J.R. Majewski exaggerated his service record. Majewski himself is lashing out at the AP, threatening to sue and insinuating they worked with his opponent U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-OH. On the campaign trail Majewski has presented himself as combat […]

J.D. Vance’s comments about Somali community spark pushback in Columbus

By: - September 21, 2022

In an interview last year, Republican Senate nominee J.D. Vance brought up violence in a Somali community to defend his hardline stance on immigration policy. Columbus is home to the second largest Somali community in the country. Vance made the comments during an appearance on Jack Murphy Live last September. Murphy is an interesting character […]

Trump rallies for slate of Ohio GOP candidates in Youngstown

By: - September 19, 2022

Former President Donald Trump walked onto the stage in Youngstown to “I’m Proud to be an American.” During the last half of the song he simply stood there, squinting into the spotlights, closed smile plastered on his face, basking in the crowd’s applause. The back quarter of the 7,000-seat Covelli Centre was less than half […]

New poll: Gov. DeWine holds strong lead, Rep. Tim Ryan a narrow one

By: - September 16, 2022

A new poll paints a familiar portrait of Ohio’s two major statewide races. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine holds a commanding lead in his reelection bid, while Democrat U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan has a slight edge in the race for U.S. Senate. Columbus-based lobbying firm The Montrose Group commissioned the survey of statewide races and campaign […]

Ryan courts Black voters, Vance prepares for Trump visit as polls show tight U.S. Senate race

By: - September 14, 2022

Two months from election day, recent polling indicates a close U.S. Senate race. Democrat Tim Ryan and Republican J.D. Vance are eager to spin those results to their advantage. But outside observers caution that poll and others might overstate Democrats’ position. The Suffolk University/USA Today poll puts the race at “a pure toss up” with […]

Intel breaks ground at “Silicon Heartland” in Licking County

By: - September 12, 2022

White tents sprung up like mushrooms Friday on the dusty patch of dirt where Intel is building two microchip factories. Returning to a line from his last state of the union address, President Biden called it a “field of dreams” serving notice that “the industrial Midwest is back.” “Since I took office, our economy has […]