Politics & Gov

New congressional panel to police COVID-19 relief spending

BY: - April 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced plans Thursday to form a new committee charged with overseeing the more than $2 trillion the federal government is spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis will consist of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, Pelosi said, […]

Trump reluctantly invoked an obscure wartime power. Here’s what it means.

BY: - April 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — As his administration came under fire for its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, President Donald Trump last week invoked an obscure Korean War-era law to force General Motors to manufacture ventilators that could save patients’ lives. But Trump waited weeks to do so, raising questions about how effective his actions would be. “Our […]

DeWine announces more COVID-19 response initiatives, from small biz to testing

BY: - April 2, 2020

There was no one bombshell, but Wednesday’s COVID-19 news conference featured a number of important programs and orders announced that are meant to address the ongoing public health crisis. Here are the latest important developments:  Governor to manufacturers: ‘We need your help’ Gov. Mike DeWine announced the creation of the “Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight […]

Congress preps for next round of coronavirus relief

BY: - April 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress is gearing up for additional coronavirus response legislation that aims to build on the first three massive relief packages. The next bill could include huge infrastructure projects, and U.S. House Democrats are pushing to include some of their top priorities that were sliced off the sweeping $2 trillion bill during negotiations with Senate […]

State AGs to Trump: Put the brakes on new regulations

BY: - April 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Twenty-one attorneys general from across the country are pressing the Trump administration to freeze pending regulations so officials can focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The attorneys general sent a letter Tuesday to the White House Office of Management and Budget requesting that the administration cease other regulations and focus only […]

House reps continue food bank fundraiser among coronavirus

BY: - April 1, 2020

The Ohio House is hoping to support the hungry during the coronavirus crisis with a virtual campaign and competition. Between Wednesday and June 12, representatives are encouraged to donate to the 2020 Operation Feed Campaign through the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, according to a memo sent by Speaker Larry Householder’s office. “For every dollar donated to […]

Ohio gets less than 50% of coronavirus PPE requested from national stockpile

BY: - April 1, 2020

Ohio received less than half of the personal protective equipment for health care workers it requested from the federal government to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic. In a statement Tuesday, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued blunt remarks affirming the allocation from the Strategic National Stockpile wouldn’t meet the state’s needs. “The […]

Some groups are educating Ohio voters about the primary voting system. Others are fighting it.

BY: - April 1, 2020

Time is of the essence.  Civic groups in Ohio are split between promoting the 2020 primary election system put in place by the General Assembly and fighting for a better one. With the mail-only absentee ballot deadline now officially set, some advocate groups are getting to work educating voters about the multi-step process. It’s not […]

COVID-19 threatens census. At stake: money, political power

BY: - April 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — It’s National Census Day. Organizations across the country are marking the occasion with webinars, virtual rallies, Twitter chats and other digital events throughout the week. April 1 is the date by which all people in U.S. households are to be counted. But the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to make the count even more difficult than usual, […]

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First-time voters bummed, but undeterred by delayed Ohio primary

BY: - March 31, 2020

Abra Lisowski did everything right. The 18-year-old native of Cleveland Heights registered to vote and researched her 2020 primary ballot thoroughly. While other voters paid most attention to the presidential race, Lisowski had her eyes on a local schools levy. She was excited to cast her ballot in favor of the district. Then COVID-19 got […]

Judge temporarily halts abortion ban as part of coronavirus health order

BY: - March 31, 2020

A judge has temporarily halted enforcement by the state saying surgical abortions are non-essential services under a coronavirus health order. Judge Michael R. Barrett of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio Western Division issued the temporary restraining order Monday.  The ACLU announced Monday they would be taking the Ohio Department of Health to […]

Poll: Ohio voters support DeWine’s COVID-19 response, are split on Trump

BY: - March 30, 2020

The vast majority of Ohio voters support their state government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic but are more evenly split on President Donald Trump’s handling of the health crisis, a recent poll shows.  Voters in Ohio and three other states were asked between March 17-25 about their opinions of COVID-19 and the 2020 presidential race. […]