Jon Husted

COMMENTARY

Gov. DeWine doesn’t seem interested in holding staff and allies accountable in bribery scandal

BY: - July 28, 2021

Nothing to see here. Remain calm. All is well. No big deal. Everybody knew. That appears to be Gov. Mike DeWine’s reaction to the public finding out he appointed a FirstEnergy consultant to regulate utilities in Ohio the company now admits paying $4.3 million to do their bidding. As the fallout from the $61 million […]

Ohio leaders say they’d like more competitive lege, congressional districts, cite challenges

BY: - February 3, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Tuesday said they hope a new system of drawing congressional and state legislative districts will result in more competitive elections. But, they cautioned, the task will be far from simple. Ohio has among the worst partisan gerrymandering, according to multiple analyses.  Districts are typically redrawn once […]

Ohio to boost rapid, at-home coronavirus testing

BY: - January 22, 2021

As Ohio struggles with a painfully limited supply of coronavirus vaccine, it is spending $50 million on rapid, at-home tests in order to quickly detect hot spots as they emerge. Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced the deal to purchase 2 million of the BinaxNow tests manufactured by Abbott Laboratories. A digital health platform called […]

Sen. Brown says Dems will overcome challenge of reaching voters during pandemic

BY: - August 31, 2020

The political conventions have come and gone. In a normal presidential election year, the candidates would spend the fall touring the country, making sure to spend plenty of time in the swing state of Ohio. That won’t be the case this year, but U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Friday he is confident his party will […]

Husted appointed to FCC committee

BY: - August 18, 2020

Ohio’s Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was appointed to the Federal Communication Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, he said in an announcement Monday. Husted was named a state executive representative on the committee which aids the FCC on telecommunications issues “affecting local, state and Tribal governments,” according to a statement from Husted’s office. Husted is the director […]

Bipartisan House reps introduce Ohio campaign finance reform bill

BY: - July 30, 2020

A pair of bipartisan Ohio House representatives introduced legislation this week they say would bring Ohio campaign finance regulations in line with federal law. State Reps. Jessica E. Miranda, D-Forest Park, on Monday introduced House Bill 737, with Rep. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville. The bipartisan campaign finance reform legislation, they say, is the first step […]

COMMENTARY

Employers can save jobs with Shared Work Ohio

BY: - May 28, 2020

A little-known program that’s part of Ohio’s unemployment compensation (UC) system could help keep more workers on the job and allow many employers to bring laid-off employees back to work as they ramp up operations.  It’s called Shared Work Ohio, and it’s an example of how government can tackle problems and support working people and […]

Ohio’s open for business, but its testing strategy is not

BY: - May 25, 2020

At some point, Ohioans will want frequent access to coronavirus tests and get quick results. That way, they can safely see loved ones who have for months been locked away in nursing homes, for example. But that point appears to be a long way off. By the end of Memorial Day weekend, Ohio’s economy almost […]

After confusing primary, advocates and leaders begin planning for fall election

BY: - May 6, 2020

Ohio’s lengthy, unpredictable primary election finally concluded last week.  Now the fight is on to determine how the November general election will proceed. That will be an election with a presidential race and other hot ticket items on the ballot, leading to a much larger turnout compared to the election held primarily through the mail […]

Ohio unemployment claims more than 855,000 over past four weeks

BY: - April 16, 2020

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported Thursday 158,678 initial jobless claims over the past week to the U.S. Deptartment of Labor, bringing the number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last four weeks to 855,197. “To put that in perspective, the total for the last four weeks of […]

COVID-19 in Appalachia: The state of businesses

BY: - April 6, 2020

Note: This is the first story in a multi-part series detailing the effects of COVID-19 on Appalachian Ohio and how local residents, businesses and health professionals are responding to best serve their region. You can read later parts here: on communities; on health and testing; and on telemedicine.  When the Farrar brothers of Marietta were […]

DeWine announces more COVID-19 response initiatives, from small biz to testing

BY: - April 2, 2020

There was no one bombshell, but Wednesday’s COVID-19 news conference featured a number of important programs and orders announced that are meant to address the ongoing public health crisis. Here are the latest important developments:  Governor to manufacturers: ‘We need your help’ Gov. Mike DeWine announced the creation of the “Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight […]