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Conservative lawmakers have spent the pandemic targeting DeWine. Now they want to impeach him.

BY: - August 24, 2020

Bill Bader Jr. was fed up. A health order signed by Gov. Mike DeWine had forced his race track to close. Bader threatened to reopen without the state’s permission, which got him in some hot water. He felt frustrated and that nobody would listen. Enter state Rep. Paul Zeltwanger. The Republican lawmaker from Mason serving […]

DeWine issues mask orders as Ohio coronavirus cases surge

BY: - July 8, 2020

Gov. Mike Dewine on Tuesday ordered people to wear masks in the hardest-hit Ohio counties as cases of coronavirus surged across the state. The order mirrors a statewide order issued by DeWine on April 27, only to pull it back a day later. The 948 new COVID-19 cases reported between Monday and Tuesday was an […]

New-look ‘Checkbook’ site shows taxpayers their state, local budgets

BY: - July 3, 2020

A website dedicated to giving Ohioans a transparent look at the state’s finances was reintroduced this week. The revamp involved an effort to merge two similar websites together:, managed by the state treasurer’s office, and a separate interactive budget more closely associated with the governor. The new offers a slate of financial records […]

How Ohio has responded to COVID-19: The first cases

BY: - July 2, 2020

It was only a matter of time. Officials had faced scrutiny for scaling back the Arnold Sports Festival as a preemptive measure to ward off spread of the novel coronavirus. Gov. Mike DeWine and then-Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton had taken action despite the fact that Ohio had not yet witnessed a […]

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How Ohio has responded to COVID-19: The first tests arrive

BY: - June 18, 2020

This was still a calm before the storm. Gov. Mike DeWine had already hosted a crowded press conference announcing changes to the Arnold Sports Festival. He had also hosted a large gathering of top state officials to help prepare with how the new coronavirus would impact all aspects in Ohio’s government. He, Ohio Department of […]

Dr. Acton resignation follows months in the spotlight, crosshairs

BY: - June 11, 2020

Shortly before Ohio restaurants were set to reopen, Dr. Amy Acton was asked which restaurant she planned to dine at first. Acton had no answer to give. “I have no life right now,” she replied, half-jokingly, explaining that her around-the-clock responsibilities managing the state’s coronavirus response did not afford her much time to contemplate a […]

The day Ohio’s coronavirus orders became something less

BY: - May 20, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday downgraded many coronavirus orders to advisories, saying most compliance has been voluntary all along.