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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 […]

Future of state utilities commission hinges on selection of new commissioner

BY: - January 6, 2020

The direction of an unheralded, but important agency tasked with regulating Ohio’s utility services may be determined by the upcoming selection of a new commissioner. Meanwhile, another agency which serves as an advocate for Ohio utility consumers wants a more transparent process by which commissioners are picked.  The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is made […]

Elections 2020: The battle for Ohio is on

BY: - January 3, 2020

The Democratic candidates are focused on other states which host primary contests earlier than Ohio’s in March.  President Donald Trump, with no formidable Republican challengers, is not as beholden to the primary schedule. The Trump administration is already making a push for Ohio voters’ attention, with two events planned here in the coming week. Trump […]

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Ohio political storylines to watch in 2020

BY: - January 3, 2020

Earlier this week, the Ohio Capital Journal outlined a number of policy areas to watch in 2020. This is also shaping up to be an important election year. Today we look at some of the key political storylines to keep an eye on in 2020: Ohio Supreme Court: GOP majority, or Dem sweep? Two judicial […]

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 […]

Where can Ohioans charge their electric vehicles?

BY: - January 2, 2020

As sales of electric vehicles have taken off in recent years, owners are faced with the challenge of figuring out where they can charge up. In a recent report from Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline news service, Ohio fell around the middle of the pack in the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, with 1,115 […]

History Thursday: The 1920 Presidential election

BY: - January 2, 2020

History Thursday A hundred years ago, in 1920, Warren G. Harding was the last Ohioan to be elected president. The Republican Harding won the 1920 election over another Ohioan, Democratic Ohio Gov. James M. Cox, who had Franklin D. Roosevelt as his running mate. Cox would retire from politics after the 1920 election to focus […]

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 […]

20 of 21 Ohio bills that became law in 2019 had at least some bipartisan support

BY: - December 31, 2019

While Ohio Republicans hold supermajorities in both state legislative chambers, the top Democrat in the House has perhaps a surprising verdict on 2019: it was a year of “unprecedented bipartisanship.” The numbers largely back up House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes’ claim. Republicans have strongholds in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate, along with controlling the […]

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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 […]