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Ohio Republican state Sen. Matt Dolan announces 2024 U.S. Senate bid

BY: - January 18, 2023

Ohio state Sen. Matt Dolan will try again to become Ohio’s U.S. Senator in 2024. In a campaign announcement Tuesday, the Chagrin Falls Republican said he is “unapologetically committed to putting the needs of Ohio first.” Dolan’s entry, first reported by NBC News, marks the first Republican challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. Ohio’s […]

Ohio libraries to receive grant funds to support student learning

BY: - December 21, 2022

Ohio libraries are set to receive $5 million through the Ohio Department of Education for expanded learning and literacy efforts. The ODE is distributing federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds “to further the strategies of Future Forward Ohio,” a state program implemented “to help students recover from the impact of the COVID-19 […]

Citing Medicaid costs, DeWine and other governors call for an end to Public Health Emergency

BY: and - December 20, 2022

Declaring that “we have returned to life as normal,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine joined 24 other Republican governors Monday in calling on President Biden to let the federally declared Public Health Emergency for COVID expire in April. The Public Health Emergency, or PHE, is tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and is scheduled to expire on […]

U.S. Supreme Court temporarily keeps Title 42 immigration program in effect

BY: - December 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is keeping Title 42 in place until the justices can review whether the pandemic-era program should be lifted or continue. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in an order on Monday stayed a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed the program, which was put in place by the Centers for […]

White House resumes handing out free COVID-19 rapid test kits

BY: - December 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is once again offering Americans the opportunity to order free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests from the federal government, a program that it had shuttered amid an ongoing stalemate with Congress over additional funding to address the virus. The program will allow each household to order four free COVID-19 tests as […]

White House keys in on mayors and mayors-elect for D.C. forum on federal funding

BY: - December 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Mayors from throughout the United States will sit down with senior Biden administration officials Friday for a half-day forum on how their cities can access resources within the COVID-19 aid bill, bipartisan infrastructure law and Democrats’ signature health care and climate change package known as the Inflation Reduction Act. The meetings, which will […]

A record-setting number of women will serve in state legislatures in 2023

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — A record number of women will soon serve in state legislatures, breaking the previous cap of female lawmakers by at least 69 seats and bringing total representation to more than 32%, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. States will have at least 2,376 female lawmakers in 2023, including both women […]

Dems bring back public health resolution to address racism

BY: - December 1, 2022

An Ohio Senate resolution to declare racism a public health crisis is back on the table. Democratic state Sen. Hearcel Craig of Columbus introduced the legislation on Wednesday, matching an measure he pushed in the last General Assembly. “This problem requires attention from every level of government,” Craig told the Senate Health Committee. “In Ohio, […]

In official count, Democrat wins last undecided Ohio House race, now headed for automatic recount

BY: - November 30, 2022

In official election results from the Franklin County Board of Election, Ohio House Democratic incumbent Richard D. Brown looks to have won the only remaining undecided race, meaning that Republicans will control the House 67-32 instead of 68-31. The official results for Ohio House District 5 show Brown received 17,429 votes, or 50.21%, compared to […]

Anti-LGBTQ discrimination bill with bipartisan support introduced again in Ohio House committee

BY: - November 30, 2022

State Rep. Michael Skindell, D-Lakewood, set off Tuesday on his 20th year leading the charge to provide anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Ohioans. With the introduction of HB 208 in the Ohio House Commerce & Labor Committee, Skindell and his Republican co-sponsor, state Rep. Brett Hillyer, said they have more bipartisan support than they’ve ever had […]

Ohio House Republicans looking to create states rights ‘Tenth Amendment Center’ in AG’s Office

BY: - November 30, 2022

A group of 14 Ohio House Republicans are putting forward a bill to create a states rights “Tenth Amendment Center” within the office of the state attorney general. Ohio House Bill 506 creates a Tenth Amendment center to “actively monitor federal executive orders, federal statutes, and federal regulations for potential abuse or overreach, including assertion […]

Ohio Republicans want to make June 24 ‘Life Day’ in honor of decision overturning abortion rights

BY: - November 16, 2022

A group of Ohio Republican state senators want to designate June 24 “Life Day” in Ohio, in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning national abortion rights on that date this year. Ohio Senate Bill 352 is sponsored by state Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, with co-sponsors including state Sens. Niraj Antani, Louis Blessing, […]