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A Message from the Chairmen of the Ohio Democratic Party and Ohio Republican Party

The holidays are a time to set aside partisan differences and remember that we are all Americans who want the best for our country and its people. As Party Chairmen, we often ask our supporters to make a contribution to help our respective Party’s candidates win.  But in the spirit of the holidays, we are […]

Kasich, after Criticizing Strickland, More than Doubles State Plane Use

As soon as he took office, Governor John Kasich realized the value of flying on state-owned aircraft to get to meetings and news conferences across Ohio. Before winning last year’s election, Gov. Kasich used the state’s Beechcraft King Air planes to score political points against then-Gov. Ted Strickland. During the campaign, Mr. Kasich’s spokesman criticized […]

Cleveland Judge Refuses to Let Demjanjuk Return

John Demjanjuk‘s legal struggles continued Tuesday when a federal judge rejected his claims that prosecutors withheld a FBI document from him. U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster ruled that a 1985 FBI memo that questioned the legitimacy of an identity card linked to Demjanjuk was immaterial. Mr. Demjanjuk can appeal. In May, the ninety-one-year-old former […]

Coshocton County Couple Pleads Guilty to Craigslist Scam

An Ohio couple from Coshocton County has pleaded guilty in a Craigslist ticket scam that conned victims in thirty-six states and Canada and netted more than $200,000. Residents of Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland were among those victimized in the scam. The couple falsely claimed to be selling tickets to events including the World Series, the […]

Opponents Spent $29 Million on Ohio’s Union-Limiting Law

  The union-backed group that successfully fought to defeat Ohio’s contentious collective bargaining law spent more than $29 million in the fall ballot campaign.   Campaign finance reports filed Friday show We Are Ohio raised about $30 million in its effort and received another $12 million in in-kind contributions.   More than 61% of Ohio […]

Ohio Earns Bad Marks for Shackling Juveniles in Court System

  Ohio has improved its juvenile-justice system, but problems remain, including shackling juveniles in court, and incarcerating a disproportionate percentage of minorities.   The American Civil Liberties Union, the Ohio Public Defender, and the Children’s Law Center released a report card grading the state’s juvenile system: a B for reducing the number of juveniles incarcerated […]

Supreme Court Justice Decries Capital Punishment Scheme He Helped Write

An Ohio Supreme Court justice who helped write the state’s death penalty law urged lawmakers Wednesday to repeal it. “This is where the decision is made as to what should be the ultimate penalty,” Justice Paul Pfeifer, a Republican, said at an Ohio House of Representatives committee hearing. “I have concluded that the death sentence […]

Ohio Lawmakers Prepared to Return to Single Primary

Ohio lawmakers are prepared to reverse course next week and reunite the state’s two scheduled 2012 primary elections into one to be held in May. Solely with the votes of Republicans, the General Assembly passed a law to hold dual primaries because of the uncertainty surrounding the boundaries of new congressional districts. The move was […]

Ohio Legislators Want School Kids to Read Constitution

The Ohio legislature wants to mandate what’s on school reading lists. According to the Dispatch, the House passed a bill that will require schools to teach and test students on the documents central to American history. It’s all the big names you’d expect: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers, the […]

Boy Who Weighed 200 Pounds to Live With Uncle

A boy removed from his mother’s custody when his weight ballooned to more than 200 pounds will be placed in the custody of an uncle, a judge ruled today. Judge John Hoffman said the boy, who celebrated his ninth birthday today but didn’t appear in court, would be allowed a weeklong visit with his mother […]