Politics & Gov

Ohioans can still vote early or mail-in: Here’s what you need to know

BY: - March 12, 2020

Ohioans are urged to take advantage of early voting and mail-in voting — in the short time remaining that those options are still available.  The opportunities allow residents to avoid busy polling locations during the upcoming primary election on March 17.  Due to the coronavirus, nearly 150 polling places inside nursing homes have been relocated. […]

Bipartisan bill coming to make charter schools nonprofit, public

BY: - March 12, 2020

Two House members have come together with a bill looking to make charter schools more accountable to taxpayers. The “Community (Charter) School Operator Accountability Act” aims to take for-profit charter schools and require them to become nonprofits, and make records of their spending subject to public scrutiny and audit.  “By removing that profit incentive, it’s […]

Bill prohibiting mandatory nurse overtime moves on to Senate

BY: - March 12, 2020

A bill prohibiting overtime as a condition of employment for nurses is headed to its second hurdle to passage. A Senate committee will now consider the bill that has the support of nurses groups and individual medical professionals, along with a House vote approving the bill on an 80-13 vote. Speaker Larry Householder voted in […]

Top health officials warn of coronavirus: ‘It’s going to get worse’

BY: - March 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials painted a dire picture of the novel coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, warning members of Congress that the public health crisis is far from over. “Is the worst yet to come?” House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]

Here is a map of all the Ohio polling places affected by the coronavirus

BY: - March 11, 2020

Many Ohioans have been assigned a new polling location for the March 17 primary election, and voters are urged to use the state’s search tool to determine their correct polling place. The change to nearly 150 polling locations is due to recent coronavirus concerns. The locations are within nursing homes, and Secretary of State Frank […]

DeWine asks colleges to go remote; sporting events to block fans to slow COVID-19 spread

BY: - March 11, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine ramped up efforts Tuesday to curb the novel coronavirus in recommending — though not ordering — colleges to hold classes remotely, professional and collegiate teams to prohibit spectators, and other changes in nursing homes, churches, and prisons. The requests mark an escalation in Ohio’s preventative efforts after officials announced Monday that three […]

Congress rebukes Trump’s bid to slash CDC funding amid outbreak

BY: - March 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers resoundingly rebuffed a Trump administration request to cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid the coronavirus crisis. The CDC director testified Tuesday before the House Appropriations Committee, where Republicans and Democrats alike said Congress won’t comply with the budget cuts requested in Trump’s fiscal year 2021 […]

Secretary of State announces more polls to be relocated amid COVID-19 fears

BY: and - March 10, 2020

Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced plans Tuesday to relocate at least 125 polling locations just seven days before primary voting begins, a number that has swelled as a result of mounting COVID-19 related concerns. At a press conference, LaRose said he could not immediately say how many voters are among those assigned to those […]

Federal bill seeks more sick days for workers as coronavirus cases increase

BY: - March 10, 2020

A federal bill co-sponsored by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to extend the sick day policies for all workers in light of continuing reports of coronavirus. The legislation would allow workers to accrue a week of paid sick leave, along with an additional two weeks being made available “immediately in the event of any public […]

Democrats look to energize as primary comes to Buckeye State

BY: - March 10, 2020

Does it feel like 2004 to you? That year’s political landscape looked strikingly similar to the one facing Ohio primary voters next week. A Republican governor … a Republican-controlled General Assembly … a Republican president running for re-election who had won the electoral college despite losing the popular vote … a longshot Ohio Democrat for […]

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6th District Senate candidates seek changes to child welfare system, health care in Ohio

BY: - March 10, 2020

Two candidates in the race to succeed Peggy Lehner in the Ohio Senate are focused on health care and the next generation as their inspirations for a General Assembly run.  The contested primary in the Republican-held seat pits a current member of the House of Representatives, Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, against two newcomers to candidacy, Rachel […]

Eight days before primaries, coronavirus detection in Ohio shake up voting plans, rallies

BY: - March 10, 2020

A week out from primary voting, state officials are planning to relocate about 75 polling locations from nursing homes and schools to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio. The announcement came shortly after three Ohioans from Cuyahoga County were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.  Along with declaring a formal state of emergency, Gov. Mike […]