Candidate for Ohio governor pushes summer school to account for COVID learning loss
One gubernatorial candidate is saying the state should push for voluntary summer school to account for losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and his running mate, state Sen. Theresa Fedor, D-Toledo, told reporters on Monday that the state has a “moral obligation” to pay for students to hit the books this […]
Cranley, Fedor tout social justice platform in Columbus campaign stop
“There’s no bull crap with them. They tell the truth. They tell it like it is.” That’s the one good thing about prison, Robert McClendon explained. You get a good radar for bull crap. You can see it coming from around the corner, he said, and there’s none of it when it comes to the […]
Whaley snags pre-primary endorsement from environmental PAC
The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund has endorsed Nan Whaley in this year’s governor’s race. The move, coming ahead of the primary election, is the first such endorsement for a statewide candidate in the organization’s history, and it marks a substantial bet on the former Dayton mayor’s gubernatorial chances. The organization emphasized opposition to HB […]
Parsing the gains, losses in DeWine’s fundraising ahead of reelection bid
Heading into 2018, Mike DeWine must’ve felt pretty good. The two-term state attorney general running for governor had just converted one of this biggest rivals, Secretary of State Jon Husted, into his running mate. Their combined campaign was sitting on more than $10 million. Meanwhile, his other Republican opponents were looking shaky. Try as she […]
Ohio Democratic candidates for governor announce Lt. Gov. picks
The two now-former mayors running for the Democratic Party nomination for Ohio governor in 2022 announced their lieutenant governor selections Wednesday, with former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley choosing Cuyahoga County Councilmember Cheryl Stephens and former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley picking state Sen. Theresa Fedor of Toledo. In Columbus Wednesday, Whaley said she picked Stephens “because […]
Cranley calls for lottery commission oversight of sports betting
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful John Cranley is calling on state lawmakers to abandon a sports betting measure that has already passed the Senate, and instead establish sports gaming under the Ohio Lottery Commission’s existing authority. Cranley argues that approach would avoid a lengthy court battle and make more funding available for public schools. The Cincinnati mayor […]
“You’re fired.” Dem gov. candidate Cranley promises to clean house at PUCO
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful John Cranley is promising a scorched earth response to Ohio’s HB 6 scandal: fire every member of the public utilities commission. The former Cincinnati mayor contends a clean slate is the only way to restore trust in the Pubic Utilities Commission of Ohio, or PUCO, and he has additional reforms in mind […]
Cincy Mayor John Cranley announces bid for governor: ‘Ohio needs a comeback’
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley’s announcement Tuesday he will seek election as Ohio governor in 2022 tees up a Democratic primary next spring between Cranley and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, the chief administrators of Ohio’s third and sixth largest cities, respectively. “Ohio desperately needs a comeback,” Cranley said in an interview with OCJ before laying out […]
Testy exchanges seen in first hearing on Ohio election changes bill
The Republican sponsors of a bill to change various pieces of Ohio election law had their first opportunity Thursday to make a case why these changes are necessary. State Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Green Twp., and Sharon Ray, R-Wadsworth, fielded questions from a handful of Democratic lawmakers, each sharing concerns that some of the provisions would […]
Mailbag: Will the response to Ohio’s voting reforms resemble Georgia?
The U.S. Census Bureau data may be delayed, but the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag is right on time. Let’s get started: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. After the Georgia voting bill passed, lots of folks wished there had been more timely pressure on […]
Mailbag: Will any Ohio lawmakers run for Rob Portman’s seat?
Welcome back to another installment of the Mailbag, the only column in Ohio that politicians are giving serious consideration to reading. Let’s get to it! Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Anyone in the Ohio legislature looking at running for Sen. Rob Portman’s seat? […]
For years, Portman navigated the shifting political climate. Now he wants out.
Rob Portman of Ohio will not be seeking reelection to the U.S. Senate, with the Cincinnati Republican citing increased polarization in American politics as a reason to not campaign for a third term The surprise announcement on Monday morning set off an early-week scramble for politicians of both parties to consider a run at the […]