Author

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.

Ohio lands Intel’s next microchip factory

By: - January 21, 2022

Ohio’s worst kept secret is out — Intel will soon break ground on a multi-billion dollar factory in Licking County to build the latest generation of computer chips. In recent weeks, local land annexations first reported by Cleveland.com indicated officials were getting the final few elements of an agreement in place before Friday’s announcement. At […]

Brennan Center finds widespread gerrymandering in latest round of redistricting

By: - January 20, 2022

Ohio’s Supreme Court threw out the state’s latest congressional and legislative maps after determining GOP lawmakers used the process to entrench their partisan advantage. A nationwide study from the Brennan Center for Justice suggests they’re far from alone. The think tank’s assessment of redistricting now that about half of states have submitted maps shows that, […]

LGBTQ icon Jim Obergefell announces Ohio House bid

By: - January 19, 2022

Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit established marriage equality in the United States, is running for an Ohio House seat. The Sandusky native announced his bid for the 89th District Tuesday morning. In the current map, the district covers the coast in Erie and Ottawa Counties, and Obergefell put protecting Lake Erie front and center in his […]

J.D. Vance takes campaign to Delaware shooting range

By: - January 18, 2022

J.D. Vance’s Delaware County campaign stop wasn’t exactly subtle. The Republican vying for a chance to succeed outgoing U.S. Senator Rob Portman hosted a town hall at Black Wing Shooting Center, a sprawling shooting range a few miles outside of downtown Delaware. Candidates on both sides of the aisle have been campaigning for months, crisscrossing […]

Gov. DeWine doesn’t regret backing invalidated maps, promises better next time around

By: - January 14, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine is promising a more inclusive and transparent process after the Ohio Supreme Court threw out a pair of new House and Senate maps Wednesday. In an end of year interview with Ohio Capital Journal, DeWine said talks have already begun, and a first meeting could happen Monday. “The first thing we need […]

Campaign finance watchdog sues FEC over Ohio dark money group

By: - January 11, 2022

Two years ago, the public watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a campaign finance complaint against an Ohio-based dark money group called Freedom Vote. Attorneys with the Federal Elections Commission investigated and demonstrated conclusively that those violations occurred. Open and shut case, right? This month CREW filed a new complaint — […]

SCOTUS takes up Ohio’s vaccine mandate challenge

By: - January 7, 2022

Ohio led arguments Friday on behalf of 26 other Republican-led states opposing a workplace vaccination mandate before the U.S. Supreme Court. But Ohio’s solicitor general, Ben Flowers, didn’t appear in person. Despite getting vaccinated and boosted, Flowers tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the court’s testing requirements. The policy in question, proposed by the […]

A look at redistricting litigation around the country

By: - December 30, 2021

Lawsuits challenging Ohio’s latest political district maps got their day in court earlier this month, and with elections based on those boundaries just a few short months away, the courts have expedited the process. As the judicial process kicks into gear, it’s worth asking — what actually happens if the courts find fault with the […]

Recreational marijuana backers submit signatures

By: - December 22, 2021

A group pushing for recreational marijuana in Ohio is one step closer to the ballot after the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted 200,000-plus signatures to state officials. Now county boards of elections begin the work of verifying signatures. The coalition’s plan would allow Ohioans over 21 possess, use, and purchase cannabis. They propose […]

Energy efficiency scorecard shows slight improvement and notable drops for large Ohio cities

By: - December 21, 2021

A recent scorecard tracking energy policies among 100 of the country’s biggest cities offers a mixed bag for Ohio. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy reviewed six cities — the three Cs plus Dayton, Toledo and Akron. Columbus and Toledo improved slightly, but the others held steady or slipped. The ACEEE formed in […]

Gov. DeWine deploys National Guard to hospitals as COVID deaths surpass 2020

By: - December 17, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine is deploying more than 1,000 national guard troops to Ohio hospitals ahead of a busy holiday season that could swell the number of COVID-19 patients. The state is also in talks with a hospital staffing agency that could bring in additional workers from out of state. “This will allow for Ohio hospitals […]

Democratic state rep running for AG

By: - December 17, 2021

State Rep. Jeff Crossman, D-Parma, has announced a bid to be Ohio’s next attorney general. The first-time statewide candidate would likely face off against Attorney General Dave Yost — a Republican who has held statewide office since 2011. Crossman is an attorney who served on the Parma City Council before running for the Ohio House. […]