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Ohio political storylines to watch in 2020

BY: - January 3, 2020

Earlier this week, the Ohio Capital Journal outlined a number of policy areas to watch in 2020. This is also shaping up to be an important election year. Today we look at some of the key political storylines to keep an eye on in 2020: Ohio Supreme Court: GOP majority, or Dem sweep? Two judicial […]

20 of 21 Ohio bills that became law in 2019 had at least some bipartisan support

BY: - December 31, 2019

While Ohio Republicans hold supermajorities in both state legislative chambers, the top Democrat in the House has perhaps a surprising verdict on 2019: it was a year of “unprecedented bipartisanship.” The numbers largely back up House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes’ claim. Republicans have strongholds in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate, along with controlling the […]

Judge and father make the case for criminal sentencing reform bill 

BY: - December 20, 2019

This is the hardest time of year for Charles “Chip” Jenkins. The holiday season makes him think of his son, Alex.  “I used to enjoy Christmas,” the Medina County native said, his voice drifting off. “But now? It’s just different.” Alex died of an overdose five years ago at the age of 26. Jenkins now […]

Battle for the Statehouse 2020: A guide for the primaries

BY: - December 20, 2019

It won’t be a full, 99-seat strategy for the Ohio Democrats in 2020. But the party will put up a challenger in 83 House seats next year as it tries to wrest away Republican supermajorities in both chambers — a 61-38 edge in the House and 24-9 in the Senate.  The GOP plans to keep […]

Bill to put photo IDs on food stamp cards returned to Ohio Senate committee

BY: - December 19, 2019

The Ohio Senate will reconsider a bill regarding photo identification on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program after sending it back to committee Tuesday in the last Senate session of the calendar year. Senate Bill 165 was re-referred back to the Rules and Reference Committee with no other explanation and no objection from Senate members. The […]

Front license plates still needed in Ohio, police tell lawmakers 

BY: - December 12, 2019

Sgt. Richard Forney has a clear reason why he believes Ohio should require two license plates on vehicles: the presence of the front plate helped his department solve the 2017 murder of Reagan Tokes. The Grove City Police Department sergeant was involved in the Tokes murder investigation. Shortly after Tokes’ body was found dead in […]

Dayton shooting, universal background checks brought up in gun reform bill hearing

BY: - December 5, 2019

Supporters of gun reform measures proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine said the legislation would be an important first step in curbing gun violence, but wouldn’t agree that universal background checks were a better solution. The Committee for Government Oversight and Reform met Wednesday to hear proponent testimony as they review Senate Bill 221, which proposes […]