PPE, staffing shortages linger as COVID-19 kills 2500 nursing home residents in Ohio
One in 10 Ohio nursing homes told regulators they didn’t have any N95 respirators on hand, which medical staff use to shield themselves from the coronavirus while treating infected patients. Even among those that do, the supply chain is tenuous: 1 in 4 said they don’t have a week’s worth of the masks in store. […]
Will Kasich be the only Ohioan to speak at the Democratic National Convention?
The news of former Republican Gov. John Kasich being invited to speak at the Democratic National Convention turned quite a few heads. It now appears Kasich will be the only Ohio politician to speak at the virtual convention — at least, during the prime-time hours. The DNC is scheduled for Aug. 17-20, with a slate […]
Child health in Ohio impacted by food insecurity, racial disparities, broadband access. Pandemic impact still unknown.
Infant mortality, broadband connectivity, and racial disparities have been named as major impacts on child health and success, especially as the pandemic continues to create uncertainty educationally and economically throughout the state. A state child advocacy group released its analysis of child welfare before the pandemic, and said the data should be a guide for […]
Trying to avoid the fray, DeWine pleads for federal help for cities and states
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday tried to stay out of Washington's political battles while making an impassioned plea for federal assistance to state and local governments.
Record number of women running for Congress this year with Kansas leading the way
WASHINGTON — More women from across the nation are running for Congress this year than ever before, and Kansas is leading the way in making history on the ballot. For the first time ever, there will be a female candidate in each of Kansas’ U.S. House and Senate races in November. All of the Democratic […]
Amid questions, Medicaid director has governor’s confidence
The performance of Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, but she retains the confidence of Gov. Mike Dewine. The governor appointed Corcoran to lead the $27 billion-a-year agency in January 2019, after it had experienced a series of controversies involving the pricing and acquisition of prescription drugs. They included […]
Mailbag: Answering readers’ questions about the election and DeWine
It’s a testament to the craziness of 2020 that we aren’t talking more about Kanye West. It was only a week ago we learned the Kanye West presidential campaign (it’s weird even typing those words) filed petitions with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office to appear on the 2020 ballot as an independent. In a […]
LaRose: Each county to have one ballot drop box this fall
Ohio’s 88 counties will each have one ballot drop box available to use for the General Election, Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced Wednesday. LaRose made the directive to all county boards of elections. At a news conference on Wednesday, LaRose said he had asked the Ohio Attorney General’s office for legal insight as to […]
History Thursday: When the 1912 presidential election ran through one Ohio town
The travelers came into town on horse-drawn wagons, each person elegantly dressed for a stately presidential campaign stop. Then the barrels of hard cider were brought out, and the whole town got drunk. Indeed, nobody threw a party like the campaign of William Henry Harrison. The year was 1840, and hundreds of Bellevue residents reveled […]
COVID-19 cases in children rise, educators still begging for financial back-to-school help
As data shows rising numbers of children contracting COVID-19, school districts are still begging for funding to keep students and staff safe. One of the state’s teacher’s unions said school districts can’t be expected to live up to the standard needed to prevent COVID-19 spread in schools if they don’t have the proper resources. “All […]
Ohio State to launch mandatory COVID-19 testing program for students
Ohio’s largest university began its early, voluntary phase last week of an ambitious COVID-19 surveillance plan for the looming pandemic semester. But come Aug. 25, if randomly selected Ohio State University students opt out of swabs up their noses, they can expect a university order to quarantine, a referral to Student Conduct for non-compliance, and […]
DeWine says state doesn’t have money to supplement unemployment, but silent on more federal dollars to states
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said the state doesn't have the money to supplement unemployment benefits. But he didn't speak up for a plan to send state and local governments additional money.