Politics & Gov

House pushes back EdChoice application date, sends amendment back to Senate

BY: - January 31, 2020

It was the Ohio House of Representatives’ turn to work late into the night on a proposal to rework the state’s private school voucher program Thursday. After a long day of debate, the House decided to opt for more time. State representatives convened at about 9 p.m. to pass an amendment to Senate Bill 120, […]

Climate takes center stage in massive federal infrastructure plan

BY: and - January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON  — U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country.  A central theme throughout their plan: combating climate change.  The framework unveiled by Democrats on Wednesday prioritizes slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector while also boosting resiliency in the face of […]

Dem House candidate takes ballot fight to state Supreme Court

BY: - January 30, 2020

A Franklin County Democrat is asking the state Supreme Court to override the Franklin County Board of Elections’ refusal to place her on the party’s primary ballot. To appear on the ballot for the 25th House District, Tiffany White needed 50 valid signatures on her nominating petition. She submitted 89 in December. The Franklin County […]

Sherrod Brown pushes for action on bill that would tackle toxic chemicals in drinking water

BY: - January 29, 2020

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for U.S. Senate action on House-passed legislation that would would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. Brown’s call follows reports last week of PFAS chemicals found in Ohioans’ drinking water. “Ohio parents should not have […]

Pension oversight, jobs for military spouses, and childhood poverty

BY: - January 29, 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: Hot pursuit. Cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias is reporting, “Ohio lawmakers pursuing pension oversight bills.” “Some Ohio lawmakers […]

House disagrees on EdChoice amendments, bill heads to conference committee

BY: - January 29, 2020

Update 1/29 9:10 p.m. — The conference committee discussing the private school voucher program EdChoice has left the statehouse for the evening. House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, said in a statement Wednesday night that representatives have set forth a plan to replace EdChoice with an “entirely poverty-based” system. “It would allow schools — public and […]

Compromise brokered on education voucher program

BY: - January 29, 2020

Changes to the private school voucher program are coming after a long day of back and forth over amendments made to address education officials’ concerns about the program. Negotiations over a private school voucher system went until Tuesday evening, pushing back the state Senate Higher Education Committee hearing to vote on the matter for several […]

John Bolton, Ohio’s rivers and streams, and human trafficking

BY: - January 28, 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: Another firsthand witness. The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt are reporting, […]

Brown pushes DeWine on kinship care, national poll shows caregivers could be major voting bloc

BY: - January 28, 2020

As a movement crosses the country promoting paid family leave expansion, a national poll found that caregivers could be a major voting bloc in the next election, and a U.S. senator from Ohio is urging the state to help fund this growing population. Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling on Gov. Mike DeWine […]

Wages, voting, vouchers and public utilities

BY: - January 27, 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: Wages and voting. The Toledo Blade’s Jim Provance is reporting, “Ballot issues would hike […]

U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

‘What year is this?’ Ohio congresswomen aim to stamp out hair-based discrimination

BY: - January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — About a year ago, a New Jersey teen was forced to cut his dreadlocks in order to participate in a high school wrestling match.  The wrestler, Andrew Johnson, received a hurried haircut after he was told by a referee that his hair violated wrestling rules. He won the match and state officials opened […]

Sen. Sherrod Brown says of GOP colleagues: ‘They think the president lies too much’

BY: - January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are largely united in their public defense of President Donald Trump as his impeachment trial proceeds in the U.S. Senate.  But that’s not the reality behind closed doors, according to Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.  “I spend a lot of time talking to Republican colleagues … and I know what a […]