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This project is a joint effort between the Capital Journal and our sibling sites, the Michigan Advance, the Wisconsin Examiner, and the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. From now until November, our four sites in the States Newsroom network will be taking an in-depth look at the issues, the people and the policies that matter to voters in the four states that could well determine who wins the White House.

Yearning to breathe free, or just to breathe

Millions of Americans, it seems, feel as if they can no longer breathe. Through the first months of 2020, the novel coronavirus has choked the...

DeWine noncommittal on extra Medicaid money from feds

State leaders have already slashed half a billion dollars from the state budget, so billions in additional federal funding for Medicaid might sound good...

Swing-state battle begins in Ohio for Trump, Biden

The presidential race is now set: it will be President Trump, a Republican, vying for reelection against Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Biden, a former two-term...

Manufacturing in Midwest purple states has seen ups and downs on...

In 2016, Donald Trump ran on “bringing back” manufacturing jobs to Rust Belt states like Ohio, which was one factor in his surprise wins...

Ohio is flat, rural, red and boring. Except that it’s not.

Ohio is flatland corn country. It’s rural and red and full of white people who drink mass-produced American lager and like football. Oh, and...
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