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

Pence calls for Obamacare repeal during Columbus visit
 The Ohio GOP is anything but united these days: four well-known Republicans are jockeying to be governor, John Kasich recently took a public swipe at Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is walking a tightrope over health care reforms and state Treasurer Josh Mandel faces a primary opponent in the U.S. Senate race. Despite these...

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The Ohio GOP is anything but united these days: four well-known Republicans are jockeying to be governor, John Kasich recently took a public swipe at Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is walking a tightrope over health care reforms and state Treasurer Josh Mandel faces a primary opponent in the U.S. Senate race. Despite these...
Mandel slams civil rights group, stands with conspiracy theorists
 Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who often talks on the campaign trail about his Holocaust survivor grandparents, took to Twitter this week to slam the Anti-Defamation League as a “partisan witch hunt group,” and backed two controversial political operatives, including one tied to an unproven story last year that claimed the Hillary...

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Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who often talks on the campaign trail about his Holocaust survivor grandparents, took to Twitter this week to slam the Anti-Defamation League as a “partisan witch hunt group,” and backed two controversial political operatives, including one tied to an unproven story last year that claimed the Hillary...
Prison bus killing one of four inmate murders in Ohio this year
 Thirty-one state prisoners have been killed in homicides since 2000, including the strangulation of an inmate on a prison bus and the fatal beating of a notorious serial killer earlier this year. Records from the Ohio Highway Patrol, which investigates crimes at state prisons, and the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee document...

Posted: a day ago

Thirty-one state prisoners have been killed in homicides since 2000, including the strangulation of an inmate on a prison bus and the fatal beating of a notorious serial killer earlier this year. Records from the Ohio Highway Patrol, which investigates crimes at state prisons, and the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee document...
Prison guards didn’t know inmate on bus was being murdered
 Two-time convicted killer Casey Pigge sat in the very back of the prison bus on Feb. 1, out of sight of the three state corrections officers sitting up front. Just two days before Pigge was wrapped in a straitjacket as he pleaded guilty to the February 2016 murder of his cellmate at the Lebanon Correctional Institute, Luther Wade of Springfield...

Posted: 2 days ago

Two-time convicted killer Casey Pigge sat in the very back of the prison bus on Feb. 1, out of sight of the three state corrections officers sitting up front. Just two days before Pigge was wrapped in a straitjacket as he pleaded guilty to the February 2016 murder of his cellmate at the Lebanon Correctional Institute, Luther Wade of Springfield...
Kasich to skip opening state fair to monitor execution of child killer
 Gov. John Kasich will skip the opening of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday so that he can monitor activities at the Death House as the state carries out the first execution in more than three years, his spokesman said. Convicted child killer Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed Wednesday morning for the 1993 beating, rape and murder...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gov. John Kasich will skip the opening of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday so that he can monitor activities at the Death House as the state carries out the first execution in more than three years, his spokesman said. Convicted child killer Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed Wednesday morning for the 1993 beating, rape and murder...
Ohio senator wants feds to lift prohibition on marijuana
 The state senator who helped push through Ohio’s medical marijuana law wants to ask U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Congress to re-classify cannabis. State Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, introduced a resolution in the Ohio Senate on Wednesday that would make a formal request to the...

Posted: 3 days ago

The state senator who helped push through Ohio’s medical marijuana law wants to ask U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Congress to re-classify cannabis. State Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, introduced a resolution in the Ohio Senate on Wednesday that would make a formal request to the...
5 things to know about price hike at National Parks
 The price for the lifetime senior pass to visit National Parks is about to skyrocket from $10 to $80 —the first price increase since 1994. Here are five things you need to know: 1. The senior pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older. 2. It gets you and up to three adult companions in free to the 118...

Posted: 4 days ago

The price for the lifetime senior pass to visit National Parks is about to skyrocket from $10 to $80 —the first price increase since 1994. Here are five things you need to know: 1. The senior pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older. 2. It gets you and up to three adult companions in free to the 118...
John Kasich ranks 20th most popular governor in U.S., poll says
 When it comes to a ranking of America’s most and least popular governors, Republican John Kasich is smack dab in the middle with a 57 percent job approval rating, according to a new poll of registered voters from Morning Consult. RELATED: Kasich vs. lawmakers in Medicaid fight: If you break it, you own it The poll found that 30 percent...

Posted: 4 days ago

When it comes to a ranking of America’s most and least popular governors, Republican John Kasich is smack dab in the middle with a 57 percent job approval rating, according to a new poll of registered voters from Morning Consult. RELATED: Kasich vs. lawmakers in Medicaid fight: If you break it, you own it The poll found that 30 percent...
Man who can’t afford bail spends 9 days in jail for trespassing at RTA hub
 Advocates say the case of a 21-year-old Dayton man who spent nine days in the Montgomery County Jail on a misdemeanor charge highlights the need for bail reform. Markcus Brown was arrested for trespassing for wearing a hoodie and saggy pants at the RTA hub -- a violation of policy -- after he refused to show his identification to police. ...

Posted: 7 days ago

Advocates say the case of a 21-year-old Dayton man who spent nine days in the Montgomery County Jail on a misdemeanor charge highlights the need for bail reform. Markcus Brown was arrested for trespassing for wearing a hoodie and saggy pants at the RTA hub -- a violation of policy -- after he refused to show his identification to police. ...
Man stopped for wearing hoodie, baggy pants is jailed for nine days
 Markcus D. Brown was stopped by Dayton police at the RTA bus hub on May 25 because he and his friends were wearing hoodies and saggy pants — a violation of RTA policy. Irritated, Brown refused to provide identification so the cops took him to Montgomery County Jail, where he sat for nine days until his mom could arrange for a car title...

Posted: 8 days ago

Markcus D. Brown was stopped by Dayton police at the RTA bus hub on May 25 because he and his friends were wearing hoodies and saggy pants — a violation of RTA policy. Irritated, Brown refused to provide identification so the cops took him to Montgomery County Jail, where he sat for nine days until his mom could arrange for a car title...
Man convicted of 2 murders pleads not guilty to killing fellow inmate
 Two days after inmate Casey Pigge appeared in court wearing a straitjacket and agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison, he strangled another prisoner to death in the back of a state prison bus, Pickaway County prosecutors allege. Pigge, 29, is pleading not guilty to an aggravated murder charge. A pre-trial hearing was held Friday in...

Posted: 8 days ago

Two days after inmate Casey Pigge appeared in court wearing a straitjacket and agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison, he strangled another prisoner to death in the back of a state prison bus, Pickaway County prosecutors allege. Pigge, 29, is pleading not guilty to an aggravated murder charge. A pre-trial hearing was held Friday in...