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

Battle heats up over how Ohio should draw congressional district lines
 Rather than fix a broken system, a plan backed by Republican state lawmakers will make certain Ohio voters get gerrymandered congressional districts for years to come, according to grassroots groups that are pushing a vastly different reform package. The groups — Common Cause Ohio, League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Ohio NAACP &mdash...

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Rather than fix a broken system, a plan backed by Republican state lawmakers will make certain Ohio voters get gerrymandered congressional districts for years to come, according to grassroots groups that are pushing a vastly different reform package. The groups — Common Cause Ohio, League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Ohio NAACP &mdash...
Anger over effort to free convicted killer: ‘He beat my sons to death’
 Even after 32 years, the trauma of finding her mother, sister, niece and two young sons slaughtered and three more children left for dead never leaves Tia Talbott. “I just keep wishing it wasn’t real — that it was a dream or bad nightmare and I would wake up and this is all not real,” she said. Talbott is having to...

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Even after 32 years, the trauma of finding her mother, sister, niece and two young sons slaughtered and three more children left for dead never leaves Tia Talbott. “I just keep wishing it wasn’t real — that it was a dream or bad nightmare and I would wake up and this is all not real,” she said. Talbott is having to...
Losers appeal Ohio medical pot licensing decisions
 State officials are scrambling to hold more than 60 appeal hearings for companies that did not win medical marijuana cultivator licenses in Ohio. So far, 68 of the 161 rejected applicants have filed for a “119 hearing,” in which a hearing officer listens to the state and the business present their cases on why the licensing decision...

Posted: 2 days ago

State officials are scrambling to hold more than 60 appeal hearings for companies that did not win medical marijuana cultivator licenses in Ohio. So far, 68 of the 161 rejected applicants have filed for a “119 hearing,” in which a hearing officer listens to the state and the business present their cases on why the licensing decision...
Revenge porn victim: ‘The cell phone had more rights than me’
 Nine months ago, Katelyn Bowden was shocked and humiliated to find intimate photos of her from her ex-boyfriend’s stolen cell phone landed on dozens of websites. Bowden reported it to the police, only to be told the only crime committed was the cell phone theft. “I was told that in the state of Ohio, the cell phone had more rights...

Posted: 3 days ago

Nine months ago, Katelyn Bowden was shocked and humiliated to find intimate photos of her from her ex-boyfriend’s stolen cell phone landed on dozens of websites. Bowden reported it to the police, only to be told the only crime committed was the cell phone theft. “I was told that in the state of Ohio, the cell phone had more rights...
Pillich picks Marion mayor as running mate in governor’s race
 Democrat Connie Pillich picked a three-term mayor and former public school teacher as her running mate in the 2018 race for Ohio governor: Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer. “I knew I needed a local leader to join me in making Ohio a place that works for everyone. Scott Schertzer had to make hard choices and tough calls during the depths...

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Democrat Connie Pillich picked a three-term mayor and former public school teacher as her running mate in the 2018 race for Ohio governor: Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer. “I knew I needed a local leader to join me in making Ohio a place that works for everyone. Scott Schertzer had to make hard choices and tough calls during the depths...
Lawmakers take steps to remove Ohio Supreme Court justice from bench
 Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, a Democrat, is stepping off the bench Jan. 26 but Republican lawmakers are hot on his heels, calling for him to appear before the Ohio General Assembly to explain why he is campaigning for governor while also serving as a justice. Judicial conduct rules mandate that judges resign when the become...

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, a Democrat, is stepping off the bench Jan. 26 but Republican lawmakers are hot on his heels, calling for him to appear before the Ohio General Assembly to explain why he is campaigning for governor while also serving as a justice. Judicial conduct rules mandate that judges resign when the become...
LGBT bill picks up support in Ohio
 For nearly 10 years, advocates for gay rights have pushed for legal changes that would protect LGBT Ohioans from discrimination in housing, jobs and places of public accommodation, but in each legislative session the efforts have stalled. State Rep. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, said this time around, though, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce is...

Posted: 4 days ago

For nearly 10 years, advocates for gay rights have pushed for legal changes that would protect LGBT Ohioans from discrimination in housing, jobs and places of public accommodation, but in each legislative session the efforts have stalled. State Rep. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, said this time around, though, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce is...
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: 5 days 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: 9 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: 11 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: 11 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...