Dayton

FBI suspected Dayton Mayor Whaley of bribery in 2014, court documents show

BY: - September 8, 2021

The FBI suspected Dayton Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley in 2014 of accepting cash bribes from a city contractor, according to unsealed search warrant applications filed in federal court. Whaley was not charged with any crime and the U.S. Department of Justice has closed the investigation. The warrants detail sworn statements from FBI […]

Sausage-making: Redistricting hearings continue, public asks for transparency and accountability

BY: - August 26, 2021

There was a lot of talk about sausage at the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s Cincinnati public hearing on Tuesday. But no goetta was served. In the fourth of 10 planned public hearings on gerrymandering in the state’s voting districts, members of the Cincinnati area asked that there be changes made not only to the new district […]

Whaley announces run for governor: ‘We need new leadership in Ohio’

BY: - April 20, 2021

Nan Whaley acknowledges she has grown and changed since four years ago, the last time she announced a campaign to become Ohio’s governor. The intervening years as mayor of Dayton have offered her no choice. First came a series of tornadoes on Memorial Day in 2019 that killed two, injured others and reportedly caused $1 […]

Sen. Brown, local officials want direct payments for COVID-19 relief

BY: - January 28, 2021

City officials are begging for help from the federal government to cover losses in every sector brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says he plans to bring legislation that would align with President Joe Biden’s comprehensive funding plan, and drive direct payments to municipalities across the state. In a […]

COVID-19 vaccine: Strides toward equity, access demanded

BY: - January 27, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution slowly but surely continues in the state, minority populations still represent a small percentage of those that have received the vaccine, and officials and advocates say more strides toward minority equity and access need to happen. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine hasn’t waivered in recent messages that vaccine doses coming to the […]

Space Command HQ decision criticized as ‘politically motivated’

BY: - January 14, 2021

The U.S. Air Force has selected Huntsville, Ala., as the permanent headquarters for the U.S. Space Command, passing over the command’s existing base in Colorado Springs, the Air Force said Wednesday. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, both Democrats, raised concerns that President Donald Trump overruled military decision-makers and made the decision […]

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DeWine’s anti-gun violence bill faces perilous deadline

BY: - December 3, 2020

With less than a month remaining in the legislative session, Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun policy response to the 2019 Dayton mass shooting, which killed nine and injured 27 more, could be all but doomed. The last hearing on Senate Bill 221 in the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee was exactly one year ago Thursday. […]

Columbus, Dayton allege ‘dangerous failure’ in state gun background check system

BY: - November 10, 2020

Two of Ohio’s largest cities have accused the state government of a “continuing and dangerous failure” to report criminal convictions to the federal background check system, leaving the door open for felons to procure firearms. Attorneys for the cities of Columbus and Dayton filed the lawsuit in Franklin County court Monday morning. They’re asking a […]

Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, at House Intelligence Committee hearing

News report: Congressman Turner spent over $70K in campaign money on meals since 2017

BY: - September 9, 2020

Ohio’s 10th Congressional District U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, reportedly spent over $70,000 in campaign funds at restaurants to fund meals at around 370 meetings since 2017, according to a report out Wednesday morning from Politico. From Politico: The individual receipts are fairly modest in most cases — typically ranging from $12 to a few […]

Mayors pledge police reform, racial inequity efforts

BY: - June 19, 2020

Mayors from across Ohio said they are already implementing plans to address racial bias and increase police relations in their cities.  The Ohio Mayors Alliance said a Police Reform Support Network will be formed to take recommendations on changes to police and community efforts, and “focus on turning these ideas into action by supporting policy […]

Double-digit cuts a sure thing for Ohio cities, mayors say, full coronavirus impact unknown

BY: - April 29, 2020

Mayors of many cities in Ohio agree that the steps taken to stem the spread of coronavirus were necessary, but the impacts of the stay-at-home orders and the business closures will be on their minds for the foreseeable future. Municipalities already anticipate drops in income taxes — one of the main revenue sources for the […]

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6th District Senate candidates seek changes to child welfare system, health care in Ohio

BY: - March 10, 2020

Two candidates in the race to succeed Peggy Lehner in the Ohio Senate are focused on health care and the next generation as their inspirations for a General Assembly run.  The contested primary in the Republican-held seat pits a current member of the House of Representatives, Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, against two newcomers to candidacy, Rachel […]