Frank Hoagland

DeWine vetoes bill removing Ohio county fair restrictions

BY: - January 13, 2021

For the third time, Gov. Mike DeWine has vetoed a bill from the Ohio legislature targeting the state health department’s ability to respond to a pandemic. This latest veto rejected a bill approved last month which sought to void a health order limiting activity at Ohio county fairs. There are no county fairs scheduled until […]

Bill targets energy aggregation as Ohio voters keep approving it

BY: - November 19, 2020

This month, Columbus became the latest and largest city in Ohio to approve an electric aggregation plan to pool customers together in order to seek a cheaper group rate. Voters throughout Ohio have approved many such election and gas aggregation plans in their own counties, cities and townships in recent years. These plans, as agreed […]

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Civic society suffers when one party bypasses the public

BY: - October 28, 2020

What would you think about a candidate for public office who thought so little of the democratic process that he or she refused to respond to a nonpartisan voter survey, or ignored invitations to participate in a public candidate forum, with both programs hosted by a respected good-government group? This election cycle in Ohio, many […]

Many Ohio lawmakers use campaign $$ to subscribe to hometown papers

BY: - February 7, 2020

Dozens of Ohio legislators are choosing to spend their donors’ money in the interest of local journalism. In total, 35 state representatives and senators paid for news subscriptions using campaign funds in 2019, a review from the Ohio Capital Journal has found.  And though the president bemoans the alleged problem of “fake news,” it is […]

Helium, honey and hair products: A look into Ohio pols’ odd campaign expenses

BY: - February 6, 2020

A few years ago, during the lull before the Nelsonville Parade of the Hills, a young campaign volunteer made their way down a busy sidewalk. Most of the families had come prepared with empty shopping bags, awaiting an onslaught of candy, but some children did not have one.  They might have been forced to collect […]

Gun advocates argue for removal of ‘duty to retreat’ in Ohio

BY: - December 13, 2019

A third hearing on a bill to remove the duty to retreat from a self-defense law was eventful and testy at times on Wednesday in its state Senate committee.  Senate Bill 237 would expand the current law, often called the Castle Doctrine, which gives Ohio residents legal standing to use force to defend their home […]