Sean O’Brien

Not a single HB 6 ‘yes’ vote lost their election. Some ‘no’ votes did.

BY: - November 6, 2020

The scandal surrounding House Bill 6 took out the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. It has dominated the newspages and airwaves for months. It was the subject of countless campaign attack ads.  In the end, voters didn’t seem to care. The scandal implicating former Speaker Larry Householder and his effort to get a […]

How will the additional ballots counted impact the Ohio Statehouse results?

BY: - November 4, 2020

The dynamic of absentee and provisional ballots being counted after Election Day has the potential to affect numerous Ohio Statehouse races. Republicans currently hold a 61-38 lead in the Ohio House of Representatives and a 24-9 lead in the Ohio Senate. As it stands, the GOP has flipped at least four seats in the House […]

Key takeaways from the 2020 Ohio Statehouse elections

BY: - November 4, 2020

By all indications, the Ohio Republican Party appears to have maintained its supermajorities in both state legislative chambers as they head into a new term next year. The results from Tuesday night are unofficial and several races are too close to call. But Republicans were able to net at least a few seats in the […]

Keys to the Ohio Statehouse legislative elections

BY: - October 30, 2020

Two years ago, Democrat Jessica Miranda won her state representative seat by just 56 votes — barely enough to fit in a row or two at Madeira High School’s football stadium in her 28th district. A few counties north, Republican J. Todd Smith won his 43rd District seat by 137 votes. Miranda is running for […]

DeWine proposes ‘Hands-Free Ohio’ legislation targeting distracted driving

BY: - February 18, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine is taking a “hands-on” approach in tackling the issue of distracted driving by promoting his vision of a “Hands-Free Ohio.” The governor is supporting a new proposal that would outlaw the use of wireless devices while driving. The plan is meant to target drivers’ cell phone usage in a state which has […]

Two more proposals seek to eliminate rape statute of limitations in Ohio

BY: - January 16, 2020

An Ohio House Democrat is adding two more proposals to the legislature’s list of bills seeking to remove the statute of limitations for rape from state law. On Tuesday, state Rep. John Rogers, D-Mentor-On-The-Lake, introduced House Bill 470 and House Bill 472, with the goal of eliminating the 25-year limit on prosecution of rape cases. […]

Bipartisan Ohio bills seek to square state and federal mental health laws

BY: - December 19, 2019

The issue of mental health is getting attention in the Ohio Statehouse, with one law passed and some others introduced to help match state laws to federal laws. Still another seeks to create more room in state psychiatric hospitals for those who need it. In a matter of a few days at the beginning of […]

GM, LG Chem to build new Lordstown plant, create 1,100 jobs

BY: - December 5, 2019

A partnership with General Motors and South Korean company LG Chem will lead to a new factory for electric vehicle batteries and reportedly create 1,100 jobs in Lordstown, Ohio. The facility will be located “in the Lordstown area,” GM announced on Thursday, the site of a former assembly plant that GM closed earlier this year. […]