Politics & Gov

Ohio is likely to lose a congressional seat. Here’s why that’s a huge deal

BY: - January 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Ohio is projected to lose a U.S. House seat in the coming years, new data show — a change that would diminish the state’s influence in national politics and could lead to less money for federally funded projects and services like roads and health care facilities. “It’s virtually certain that we will be […]

Brown, Portman boast support of new trade agreement

BY: - January 9, 2020

Ohio’s U.S. Senators gave their input on a new trade agreement approved by the Senate Finance Committee this week. Both U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Rob Portman spoke positively about the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (USMCA) by the committee on Tuesday. Brown mentioned a provision he said he worked to […]

Cincinnati’s last abortion clinic faces closure

BY: - January 8, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Access to abortion. The Columbus Dispatch’s Cathy Candisky is reporting that Cincinnati’s last abortion clinic could close. “Ohio […]

Teachers union funds books for Ohio schools, urges State to do the same

BY: - January 8, 2020

What would you do with your piece of a $50,000 grant to help bring back Ohio’s school libraries? Teachers in a Parma school hope to educate middle schoolers about dyslexia, to better understand the challenge some fellow students face. Teachers in Franklin County want to provide bilingual books and expose students to a more diverse […]

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Ohio Senator proposes ban on abortion drugs via telemedicine

BY: - January 7, 2020

An Ohio Senator is looking for co-sponsors to a bill that would ban telemedicine as a way of receiving abortion medication. State Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, sent a letter to senate members on Tuesday explaining the bill that would affect the prescription of a two-pill regimen, Mifepristone and Misoprostol, used in inducing an abortion. […]

National group: Ohio among the worst in religious equality

BY: - January 7, 2020

A national civil rights organization that monitors states’ measures regarding religious equality has called Ohio one of the worst in the country.  Citing anti-abortion legislation and a religious liberties bill, the American Atheists said religious equality is “under attack” in Ohio. “Ohio lawmakers are more interested in imposing their religious views on citizens than protecting […]

Failing charter schools look to get millions more in state money

BY: - January 6, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Millions more to failing charter schools? Cleveland.com’s Patrick O’Donnell is reporting on a loophole that “could give F-rated […]

Judges’ political party can inform voters, experts and advocates say

BY: - January 6, 2020

Experts and election advocates in Ohio are seeing the positives in including a judicial candidate’s party affiliation on a general election ballot, something a new Ohio House Bill proposes to do. Late last month, House Bill 460 was introduced, which would allow judges to include their political party on the ballot, in a change from […]

Search for contractors continues Ohio’s orphan oil and gas plugging efforts

BY: - January 3, 2020

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is starting a new phase of a process to address idle and orphan oil and gas wells. As part of the Orphan Well Program, the state is looking for contractors to plug about 200 wells in the next year all over the state, with millions in legislature-approved funding ready […]

Ohio policy areas to watch in 2020

BY: - January 2, 2020

Ohio legislators proposed more than 700 bills in 2019, with fewer than two-dozen being signed into law. That means the state senators and representatives have plenty more to do in 2020, the second and final year of the 133rd General Assembly. As we look ahead to this new year, here are five policy topics to […]

The census is coming: 2020 brings new head count

BY: - January 2, 2020

With 2020 comes a new decade and a new presidential election, but it also brings a new head count conducted by the United States Census Bureau. The survey, done every 10 years by mandate of the U.S. Constitution, will be conducted starting in mid-March, when most of the country will have received letters instructing them […]

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New Ohio House bill would allow judges to include party affiliation on ballot

BY: - December 31, 2019

A House Bill introduced during the holiday break would allow judges to run under party affiliation, which the sponsors of the bill say would allow voters to have more information about the candidates. House Bill 460 would allow judges races to become partisan in a general election, as opposed to the non-partisan ballot which also […]