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We Won’t Go Back Rally on Wednesday

On Wednesday, women and men from across Ohio will rally at the Statehouse to protest the attacks on women’s health rubber stamped by Governor John Kasich during the 2013 state budget process. This rally, sponsored by We Won’t Go Back Ohio, will set a tone for the return of the Ohio House and Senate this autumn. Hear […]

JobsOhio Fails to Save Jobs in Mahoning Valley

The consolidation of Verizon Wireless offices in Ohio is leaving one major casualty: the loss of 370 Mahoning Valley employees. JobsOhio, a privatized nonprofit created by Governor John Kasich’s administration to head the state’s economic-development efforts, recommended a $4.5 million job creation tax credit to Verizon. That proposal was approved in March by the Ohio […]

Children, Guns, and the Need for a Safe-Storage Law

Jodi Sandoval’s fourteen-year-old son, Noah McGuire, was accidentally killed on July 5, 2012, in a suburb of Columbus. Noah had slept over at the home of his close friend Levi Reed, who lived with his grandparents. In the morning, the boys went looking for a lighter to set off some fireworks. Instead, they found a […]

Mandel Asked Criminal Businessman to Raise Cash for Campaign

Treasurer Josh Mandel asked North Canton businessman Benjamin Suarez to raise $100,000 for Mandel’s Senate campaign, according to a federal indictment charging Suarez illegally funneling about $200,000 to Mandel and a Representative Jim Renacci. Suarez and Michael Giorgio of Suarez Corp., were the only ones charged in a nine-count indictment unsealed on Wednesday. The thirty-five-page […]

Kasich to Send Money from Indicted Businessman to Charity

Governor John Kasich will give up more than $22,000 in donations from a business person accused of illegally funneling campaign money. On Thursday, a Kasich official told Northeast Ohio Media Group that a check for $22,395.56 was being cut to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio. The announcement followed a call from Democratic gubernatorial challenger […]

Mandel, Pillich Differ on Municipal Income Tax Reform

The two rivals for state treasurer have staked out differing viewpoints on a controversial bill to overhaul Ohio’s municipal income tax. Treasurer Josh Mandel and Representative Connie Pillich touched on the legislation, House Bill 5, during speeches Thursday at the Ohio Municipal League’s annual conference in Columbus. The bill would create a uniform municipal income tax […]

Brown to Push for FDA Regulation of E-Cigs

Senator Sherrod Brown said Wednesday that e-cigarettes should be strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Sen. Brown said he was scheduled to meet later in the day with the head of the FDA, and that he would urge a ban on sales and marketing efforts to children. E-cigs aren’t governed by federal […]

Task Force: Exclude Severely Mentally Ill from Death Penalty

People with severe mental illness who commit murder should be excluded from the death penalty, a state task force recommended. The panel will urge the General Assembly to pass a law preventing a death sentence from being handed down on someone with a diagnosable severe mental illness when he commits the crime. The Joint Task […]

Auditor to Examine Potential Conflicts of Interest at JobsOhio

Auditor Dave Yost will check conflicts of interest turned up by the Ohio Ethics Commission among more than a third of JobsOhio officials. The probe will become part of the state audit of the privatized economic-development agency, a Yost spokeswoman said. Not only will Yost check for conflicts of interest, he will decide whether JobsOhio […]

New Legislative Education Funding Caucus to Study Ohio School Funding

Ohio Representatives John Becker and Dan Ramos were among the first to join the new Education Funding Caucus. The bipartisan group of legislators was created this week to find ways to solve funding problems with Ohio’s education system, caucus founder Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) said in a release. The caucus will recommend proposed legislation to […]