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Laura A. Bischoff

Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government.  She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid and politicians of all stripes.  Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors.  Prior to her current assignment, Bischoff worked as a business reporter and covered Dayton city hall. She previously covered local government for the Flint (Mich.) Journal. Bischoff was raised in Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She lives in Worthington with her husband and two sons.

Latest from Laura A. Bischoff

Ohio officials tell residents not to worry: We’re not Hawaii
 Breath easy Ohio: The type of panic that occurred from a false alarm about an imminent missile strike in Hawaii over the weekend wouldn’t likely happen here. If you have a cell phone that receives text messages, you will automatically receive any alerts sent over the emergency system to warn Ohioans of tornadoes, flash floods or even...

Posted: 10 minutes ago

Breath easy Ohio: The type of panic that occurred from a false alarm about an imminent missile strike in Hawaii over the weekend wouldn’t likely happen here. If you have a cell phone that receives text messages, you will automatically receive any alerts sent over the emergency system to warn Ohioans of tornadoes, flash floods or even...
Gov candidate Cordray talks shape of Ohio, Mellencamp lyrics in odd tweets
 Democrat Richard Cordray was barred by federal law from talking politics while serving as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the past seven years. Now he is running for Ohio governor and he is unleashed. He’s taken to Twitter and his comments are getting a lot of reacitons. “Ohio has a unique and pleasing...

Posted: 4 days ago

Democrat Richard Cordray was barred by federal law from talking politics while serving as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the past seven years. Now he is running for Ohio governor and he is unleashed. He’s taken to Twitter and his comments are getting a lot of reacitons. “Ohio has a unique and pleasing...
Dayton Mayor Whaley drops out of governor’s race
 Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley ended her run for Ohio governor Friday and endorsed fellow Democrat Richard Cordray, saying “Now is the time for unity.” Whaley praised Cordray as smart and talented. “He believes in issues I care about, and he’s ready to fight for those every day Ohioans who have felt forgotten and ignored...

Posted: 5 days ago

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley ended her run for Ohio governor Friday and endorsed fellow Democrat Richard Cordray, saying “Now is the time for unity.” Whaley praised Cordray as smart and talented. “He believes in issues I care about, and he’s ready to fight for those every day Ohioans who have felt forgotten and ignored...
Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci jumps in U.S. Senate race
 Republican Jim Renacci is dropping his gubernatorial campaign to start running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, he said today. Renacci, a Congressman and business owner from Wadsworth, met with White House political staff and the National Republican Senate Committee on Wednesday. White House officials strongly encouraged Renacci to...

Posted: 5 days ago

Republican Jim Renacci is dropping his gubernatorial campaign to start running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, he said today. Renacci, a Congressman and business owner from Wadsworth, met with White House political staff and the National Republican Senate Committee on Wednesday. White House officials strongly encouraged Renacci to...
Hamilton businessman tapped to run with Mary Taylor in governor race
 Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is expected to name a Hamilton business leader as her running mate in the GOP gubernatorial primary, a source close to the campaign confirmed. Taylor will announce iMFLUX chief executive Nathan Estruth, a Cincinnati resident, as her choice for lieutenant governor at an event Wednesday at City Gospel Mission in Cincinnati...

Posted: 7 days ago

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is expected to name a Hamilton business leader as her running mate in the GOP gubernatorial primary, a source close to the campaign confirmed. Taylor will announce iMFLUX chief executive Nathan Estruth, a Cincinnati resident, as her choice for lieutenant governor at an event Wednesday at City Gospel Mission in Cincinnati...
If Trump asks, Renacci may run for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat
 If President Trump asks him to do it, Republican Jim Renacci might switch from the Ohio governor’s race to running for U.S. Senate, Renacci spokesman James Slepian said Monday. “If the president or White House reaches out and asks him to step in to the Senate race, he would strongly consider that,” Slepian said. Republican...

Posted: 8 days ago

If President Trump asks him to do it, Republican Jim Renacci might switch from the Ohio governor’s race to running for U.S. Senate, Renacci spokesman James Slepian said Monday. “If the president or White House reaches out and asks him to step in to the Senate race, he would strongly consider that,” Slepian said. Republican...
Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor against 6 other Democrats
 Former Cleveland mayor and U.S. member of Congress Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor, joining an already crowded field in the Democratic primary. Kucinich filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State on Monday to declare his candidacy and name a campaign treasurer. Kucinich, 71, launched his political career nearly 50 years...

Posted: 8 days ago

Former Cleveland mayor and U.S. member of Congress Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor, joining an already crowded field in the Democratic primary. Kucinich filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State on Monday to declare his candidacy and name a campaign treasurer. Kucinich, 71, launched his political career nearly 50 years...
Group pushing ballot measure to increase regulation of puppy mills
 Following a dramatic showdown between animal rights groups and agriculture heavy weights seven years ago, Ohio struck a deal to bring about sweeping reforms for how farm animals are handled. But while officials made good on several promises, the state hasn’t acted in good faith when it comes to puppy mills, or large commercial dog breeders...

Posted: 8 days ago

Following a dramatic showdown between animal rights groups and agriculture heavy weights seven years ago, Ohio struck a deal to bring about sweeping reforms for how farm animals are handled. But while officials made good on several promises, the state hasn’t acted in good faith when it comes to puppy mills, or large commercial dog breeders...
Are you owed money? Ohio’s unclaimed fund hits $2.6 billion
 Now that the holidays are over and the credit card bills are due, it might be a good time to check to see if the state of Ohio is hanging onto any money you forgot about. The unclaimed funds account holds $2.6 billion waiting to be returned to rightful owners, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce. Uncashed paychecks, abandoned rent...

Posted: 11 days ago

Now that the holidays are over and the credit card bills are due, it might be a good time to check to see if the state of Ohio is hanging onto any money you forgot about. The unclaimed funds account holds $2.6 billion waiting to be returned to rightful owners, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce. Uncashed paychecks, abandoned rent...
Josh Mandel drops out of the U.S. Senate race against Sherrod Brown
 Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is bowing out of the GOP primary for U.S. Senate this year, citing his wife’s health. This clears the way for Republican businessman Mike Gibbons to win the party nomination to take on incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown for the hotly contested seat. However, Republicans have until Feb. 7 to file a candidate...

Posted: 11 days ago

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is bowing out of the GOP primary for U.S. Senate this year, citing his wife’s health. This clears the way for Republican businessman Mike Gibbons to win the party nomination to take on incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown for the hotly contested seat. However, Republicans have until Feb. 7 to file a candidate...
Future of Ohio medical pot industry uncertain after federal decision
 Regulators and operators in Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana industry are keeping a watchful eye on news that the U.S. Department of Justice will end an Obama-era policy that paved the way for marijuana legalization in states. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to rescind the policy and leave it up to assistant United States...

Posted: 12 days ago

Regulators and operators in Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana industry are keeping a watchful eye on news that the U.S. Department of Justice will end an Obama-era policy that paved the way for marijuana legalization in states. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to rescind the policy and leave it up to assistant United States...