Allison Russo

Ohio Supreme Court allows Dems’ redistricting objection

BY: - February 7, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a request by the state’s Attorney General to reduce Democratic redistricting leaders’ court filing to a “friends of the court” brief. In a short ruling released Friday evening, the court denied a motion to convert the brief, filed by Ohio Redistricting Commission co-chair state Sen. Vernon Sykes, D-Akron, and […]

GOP says ‘attempts’ on partisanship make Ohio Statehouse maps constitutional

BY: - January 28, 2022

The GOP members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission have said objections to their maps have no merit because they made their best attempt at politically balancing the maps. Democrats on the commission filed their own response in favor of invalidating the second version of the maps, just as those who objected to them want. The […]

Legislature on the clock to redraw Ohio’s unconstitutional Congressional district map

BY: - January 28, 2022

As the state awaits the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision on the second round of legislative maps, the state legislature is on a timeline to revise the invalid congressional map as well. The state’s high court decided in a 4-3 decision on Jan. 13 that a congressional map passed by the General Assembly was not valid, […]

Republican Mike Carey wins OH-15 special election

BY: - November 2, 2021

Republican former lobbyist Mike Carey has won a special election to represent Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. The race raised the profile of an otherwise typical off-year election dominated by local offices like city council or school board. The contest was seen by some outside Ohio as one of the latest proxies for determining former President […]

Rep. Kelly to campaign for Hamilton County auditor

BY: - July 27, 2021

A Cincinnati lawmaker has announced her candidacy for Hamilton County auditor . State Rep. Brigid Kelly, a Democrat, said she is vying for the auditor in 2022 after having spent the past five years fighting “for what matters most at the Statehouse.” “The auditor is supposed to be our local consumer watchdog, and that is […]

‘Anti-Corruption Act’ would target dark money spending in Ohio

BY: - May 17, 2021

Should nonprofit organizations that spend money on Ohio elections be forced to publicly disclose who funds them? Some lawmakers say yes and are trying once again to change the state’s campaign finance law in an effort to make political spending more transparent. State Reps. Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington, and Bride Rose Sweeney, D-Cleveland, have reintroduced […]

Russo to campaign for 15th District special election

BY: - May 11, 2021

A Democratic state lawmaker is the latest candidate to seek the position in Congress left open by the departure of U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers. State Rep. Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington, announced she will campaign for the 15th District seat. She hails from the same Columbus suburb as Stivers. Russo, whose professional background is in public […]

Mailbag: Answering reader questions about Householder and the bribery scandal

BY: - August 6, 2020

Clad in camouflage from head to toe, Larry Householder aimed his weapon at a television screen across an empty field. That box had it coming, a Householder voiceover intimated, what with all the unfair attacks leveled against him. “A dark money group is airing deceitful ads against me,” Householder said. “They’re anti-Trump gun grabbers and […]

Ohio House members propose bill to address toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - February 10, 2020

Two Ohio House Democrats have introduced legislation that would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. State Reps. Allison Russo, D- Upper Arlington, and Mary Lightbody, D-Westerville, last week announced the introduction of The Safe Drinking Water Act. The bill […]

Dems propose tax credit for caregivers in bill introduced Tuesday

BY: - December 20, 2019

Addressing the rapidly aging population of Ohioans and those who have to take care of their older (and younger) relatives is the goal of a new Ohio House bill introduced just before the holiday break. The Caregiver Expenses Tax Credit (House Bill 454) is sponsored by state Reps. Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington, and Janine Boyd, […]

Bipartisan Ohio bills seek to square state and federal mental health laws

BY: - December 19, 2019

The issue of mental health is getting attention in the Ohio Statehouse, with one law passed and some others introduced to help match state laws to federal laws. Still another seeks to create more room in state psychiatric hospitals for those who need it. In a matter of a few days at the beginning of […]

New Ohio bill seeks to meld with federal mental health requirements

BY: - December 9, 2019

A new bill with bipartisan support seeks to line up mental health laws in Ohio with federal law, according to the sponsors of the bill.  The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was introduced Monday by State Rep. Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington and Rep. Phil Plummer, R-Dayton, according to a press release.  The law […]