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First-time voters bummed, but undeterred by delayed Ohio primary

BY: - March 31, 2020

Abra Lisowski did everything right. The 18-year-old native of Cleveland Heights registered to vote and researched her 2020 primary ballot thoroughly. While other voters paid most attention to the presidential race, Lisowski had her eyes on a local schools levy. She was excited to cast her ballot in favor of the district. Then COVID-19 got […]


With Trump as president, DeWine’s crisis approach requires the art of politics

BY: - March 31, 2020

The storyline, we’re told, goes like this. Gov. Mike DeWine wanted the Ohio company Battelle to be allowed to mass sterilize personal protective equipment. The problem? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration set a limitation on how many masks it could sterilize per day. So DeWine, feeling angry and backed into a corner, resorted to […]

Of 564 COVID-19 cases in Ohio, a quarter required hospitalization

BY: - March 25, 2020

About 25% of Ohioans with confirmed COVID-19 cases have been hospitalized in the two weeks since officials detected the disease in the state, a concerning sign as health experts warn of an overload on the state’s hospitals.   Data released Tuesday afternoon show 145 people have been hospitalized due to the new coronavirus, or about 26% […]

Ohioans get vastly different COVID-19 messages from Ohio leaders, Trump

BY: - March 24, 2020

One offered sympathy, the other sarcasm.  Gov. Mike DeWine was sober and pensive as he addressed Ohioans about the state’s first COVID-19 death, a Toledo man who happened to be an old friend of his. The governor quoted scripture at length and offered condolences to the deceased’s family. At his presidential lectern a day later, […]

‘No ordinary time’: COVID-19’s 14-day blitz in Ohio

BY: - March 24, 2020

Two weeks ago, public health officials first detected three cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Ohio. The next 14 days were a whirlwind of 439 subsequent positive diagnoses, six deaths caused by the virus, a primary election postponed with 12 hours’ notice, a blanket cancellation of K-12 in-person classes, and […]

Health dept. issues stay-at-home order; Ohioans to shelter in place through at least April 6

BY: - March 22, 2020

The director of the Ohio Department of Health issued a “shelter in place” or “stay at home” order Sunday — basically closing all non-essential state businesses and ordering people to stay home to curb the transmission of the increasingly prevalent COVID-19 disease. The order takes effect Monday evening at midnight and is set to last […]


During Sunshine week, Ohio leaders show value of open gov’t during public health crisis

BY: - March 20, 2020

In a public health crisis, nothing is more vital for our citizenry than honest and accurate information.  Most Americans are getting that information during this COVID-19 pandemic — from health experts, media outlets and government officials. This is what makes reports of Chinese government censorship during this crisis even more jarring. The New York Times […]

Ohio voting rights groups take issue with LaRose’s election orders

BY: - March 19, 2020

Days after the Ohio Primary Election was postponed, it is still unclear how (or when) voting will proceed. Despite that, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is not waiting on the courts or the legislature to decide. LaRose has announced a new June 2 voting date on his official government website.  Not only that, but […]

Sherrod Brown has ‘mixed feelings’ about Ohio election postponement

BY: - March 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown gets why Ohio leaders sought to postpone Tuesday’s primary election.  He just wishes the decision had been made sooner. Brown told reporters Wednesday that he has “mixed feelings” about the decision by Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton to intervene late Monday evening to prevent the […]

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Ohio’s pollworkers left in the dark throughout lengthy Monday turmoil

BY: - March 17, 2020

The confusion set in early for the pollworkers in Williams County.  It was a little after 3 p.m., with the last day of early voting all wrapped up ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. Then someone came in with news: Did you hear? The governor is postponing the election!  That wasn’t exactly true, as they’d later […]


The new normal

BY: - March 13, 2020

This is not the story you were supposed to read in this space. This being a news outlet devoted to Ohio Statehouse coverage, I was supposed to write a preview of the State Senate’s 32nd District primary race. That area features a unique pocket of the state poised between the notions of what it once […]