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U.S. Senate advances nomination of Stone-Manning for public lands post

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday agreed 50-49 to bring to the floor the nomination of Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management, following weeks of GOP attacks over her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking scheme. Due to a deadlocked 10-10 vote out of the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), […]

Rep. Kelly to campaign for Hamilton County auditor

BY: - July 27, 2021

A Cincinnati lawmaker has announced her candidacy for Hamilton County auditor . State Rep. Brigid Kelly, a Democrat, said she is vying for the auditor in 2022 after having spent the past five years fighting “for what matters most at the Statehouse.” “The auditor is supposed to be our local consumer watchdog, and that is […]

Lawmakers propose $1,000 bonuses to Ohio National Guard members

BY: - July 26, 2021

A pair of state lawmakers want to give a financial bonus to all members of the Ohio National Guard as thanks for their service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Each member deserves $1,000 as a “small way to show our appreciation for their valiant efforts,” state Reps. Richard Brown of Canal Winchester and Bride Rose Sweeney […]

U.S. Senate Republicans block advance of bipartisan infrastructure plan, but talks continue

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats’ attempt to start debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan was blocked by Republicans on a party-line vote Wednesday, as lawmakers hustle to wrap up negotiations over drafting that legislation. In the 49-51 test vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), switched his vote to “no,” a procedural move that allows […]

Ohio attorney general gives update on investigations into two high-profile officer-involved shootings

BY: - July 7, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office announced during a Wednesday press conference that the Bureau of Criminal Investigations has finished its review of two controversial officer-involved shootings in Cleveland and Columbus. BCI reviewed the Nov. 13 killing of 19-year-old Arthur Keith by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Officer James Griffiths, and the April 20 killing of […]

Collin’s Law signed to prevent hazing tragedies

BY: - July 6, 2021

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed anti-hazing legislation into law on Tuesday, setting into motion what university leaders and parents of hazing victims call a change in culture. Collin’s Law was signed as parents of Ohio University student Collin Wiant and Bowling Green State University student Stone Foltz looked on, marking a significant achievement in preventing […]

Ohio state superintendent DeMaria to retire

BY: - July 1, 2021

Ohio’s leader of public education, State Supt. Paolo DeMaria, announced his intention to retire at the end of September. DeMaria began his tenure as superintendent in June 2016 and is leaving just as the state legislature approves a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s public school funding formula. “The future of Ohio is in very capable […]

Budget includes $250M for Ohio broadband internet expansion

BY: - June 29, 2021

Few items in the new state budget will have as direct an impact on Ohioans’ lives as the money to be spent on improving access to broadband internet, what one lawmaker has long championed as the “great social equalizer of our time.” Lawmakers agreed to spend $250 million on broadband internet expansion projects to aid […]

Highway Patrol lieutenant appointed to Householder’s former seat

BY: - June 25, 2021

A lieutenant with the Ohio State Highway Patrol has been selected to fill the vacant House 72nd District seat left open by the expulsion of Larry Householder. Kevin Miller, a Newark Republican, was picked among 20 applicants for the seat. The appointment was announced just two days after the deadline to apply and one day […]

Rep. Crawley selected to fill open Franklin County commissioner seat

BY: - June 25, 2021

State Rep. Erica Crawley’s new position has her moving a half-mile down High Street. The Columbus lawmaker was selected by the Franklin County Democratic Party Central Committee to fill an open county commissioner seat. Crawley earned a narrow victory for the appointment over Elizabeth Brown, the president pro tempore of Columbus City Council. Crawley is […]

Householder’s son among 20 interested in filling open House seat

BY: - June 24, 2021

Might a Householder hold the former Householder House seat? That’s the hope of Derek Householder, a Perry County commissioner and the son of former Rep. Larry Householder who is among the 20 candidates to fill the vacant Ohio House of Representatives’ 72nd District seat. A screening committee will begin interviewing candidates Thursday to replace the […]

Ohio Senate president now supportive of broadband internet spending

BY: - June 23, 2021

The leader of the Ohio Senate says he has come around on the issue of broadband internet spending, telling reporters Wednesday he is optimistic that lawmakers can come to an agreement on investing in this public need. Leaders from the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives are currently negotiating a two-year state budget that […]