Politics & Gov

GOP lawmakers share insight into ongoing rift after ‘chaos’ erupts on Ohio House floor

BY: - January 27, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Republicans in the Ohio House can’t stop fighting with each other. After the […]

Awaiting budget proposal, child advocates hope for more

BY: - January 27, 2023

As policymakers await the newest budget priorities to be laid out by Gov. Mike DeWine, advocates for the state’s children are hoping comprehensive child well-being will be at the top of the list. The Ohio Children’s Budget Coalition released their policy agenda for the 2024-2025 state budget, which they hope will include whole-child services to […]

Proposed Ohio bill would relax OVI rules for marijuana users

BY: - January 27, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   A new bill introduced to the Ohio Senate would prevent marijuana enthusiasts from […]

Teachers would get $60K minimum salary under bill in Congress making grants to states

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON – A panel of policymakers and educators, including author Dave Eggers and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to promote the American Teacher Act. The bill, if passed, would authorize the federal government to create four-year grants for states to enact and enforce minimum school teacher […]

Ohio House approves rules package over the objection of right-wing GOP bloc

BY: - January 26, 2023

Usually a procedural afterthought, the Ohio House approved a new rules package Tuesday over the bitter objections of right-wing lawmakers. The provisions lay out the ground rules for the coming session. Republicans who backed Rep. Derek Merrin for speaker argue they were locked out of the process. Rejected rules included allowing guns on the floor, […]

Study shows fundamental services funding needed in all types of Ohio schools

BY: - January 26, 2023

Ohio’s implementation of the Fair School Funding Plan for K-12 education has been slower than public school advocates wanted, including studies on the actual cost of educating a child in the state. In an effort to show the state legislature some of the needs of the state education system, two economists focused on the supplemental […]

Ohio Gov. DeWine discusses Ukraine with federal, community leaders in Parma

BY: - January 25, 2023

PARMA – In Parma Tuesday, Gov. Mike DeWine met with federal officials and Ukrainian refugees to discuss the challenges new arrivals face. The war in Ukraine prompting an exodus to friendly countries is nearing its first anniversary. DeWine sat at the head of a table in a conference room above a Ukrainian Village credit union. […]

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Expert says ongoing FBI agent testimony may be significant to outcome of Householder trial

BY: - January 25, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   The treasurer of FirstEnergy, the company that already confessed to bribing former Speaker of […]

Transgender people in rural America struggle to find doctors willing or able to provide care

BY: - January 25, 2023

This story was originally published in Kaiser Health News. For Tammy Rainey, finding a health care provider who knows about gender-affirming care has been a challenge in the rural northern Mississippi town where she lives. As a transgender woman, Rainey needs the hormone estrogen, which allows her to physically transition by developing more feminine features. […]

Postal service on-time performance similar in rural, urban areas, report finds

BY: - January 25, 2023

WASHINGTON – Challenges with the cash-strapped United States Postal Service sent many Americans to their wit’s end during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in communities reliant on the mail for essential goods. Yet despite concerns from members of Congress that recent service changes hit rural communities more than urban centers, a new report from the U.S. Government […]

Swanky D.C. dinners between FirstEnergy execs and Householder led to corrupt scheme, prosecutors say

BY: - January 24, 2023

CINCINNATI — In late 2016, as Larry Householder was plotting his return to the Ohio House speakership, Akron-based FirstEnergy was drowning in losses from its uncompetitive nuclear and coal generators, the company’s treasurer testified Tuesday. But just a month or so later, Householder and his associates flew on a private plane owned by FirstEnergy to […]

‘Unholy alliance’ — Chaotic first day of Larry Householder corruption trial

BY: - January 24, 2023

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   CINCINNATI — The chaotic opening statements on Monday in the largest public corruption […]