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Big money, political muscle on display in payday lending clash
 Payday lending stores dot the landscape of Ohio’s small towns, suburban strip malls and inner-city thoroughfares. To hear one side tell it, they give their customers — many with bad credit — much-needed access to quick money for emergencies and everyday expenses. To hear the other side tell it, they take advantage of the...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Payday lending stores dot the landscape of Ohio’s small towns, suburban strip malls and inner-city thoroughfares. To hear one side tell it, they give their customers — many with bad credit — much-needed access to quick money for emergencies and everyday expenses. To hear the other side tell it, they take advantage of the...
Recreational marijuana closer to Ohio ballot — but lots of work ahead
 Legalized recreational marijuana is one small step closer to appearing on Ohio ballots in 2019. The Ohio Ballot Board certified a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office. The amendment was previously certified earlier this month by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Ohio Families...

Posted: 3 days ago

Legalized recreational marijuana is one small step closer to appearing on Ohio ballots in 2019. The Ohio Ballot Board certified a proposed constitutional amendment Thursday, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office. The amendment was previously certified earlier this month by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Ohio Families...
Fight over House speaker holding up bill votes
 A raging internal fight over control of the Ohio House interrupted plans to pass a controversial payday lending reform bill on Wednesday. House Republicans, who failed to pick a new speaker, cannot hold a legislative session until they decide who will fill out the remainder of Cliff Rosenberger’s term. House Finance Chairman Ryan Smith...

Posted: 4 days ago

A raging internal fight over control of the Ohio House interrupted plans to pass a controversial payday lending reform bill on Wednesday. House Republicans, who failed to pick a new speaker, cannot hold a legislative session until they decide who will fill out the remainder of Cliff Rosenberger’s term. House Finance Chairman Ryan Smith...
Ohio House GOP deadlocks on interim speaker to replace Rosenberger
 Ohio House Republicans failed to pick a replacement speaker on Tuesday to fill out the remaining seven months of Cliff Rosenberger’s term but legislative leaders say they’ll continue to push to get 50 GOP lawmakers to support a candidate. In a closed-door GOP caucus meeting, state Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, landed the most votes...

Posted: 5 days ago

Ohio House Republicans failed to pick a replacement speaker on Tuesday to fill out the remaining seven months of Cliff Rosenberger’s term but legislative leaders say they’ll continue to push to get 50 GOP lawmakers to support a candidate. In a closed-door GOP caucus meeting, state Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, landed the most votes...
Here are 5 things we learned from Kasich press conference today
 In a nearly 40-minute press conference Tuesday at the Ohio Statehouse, Gov. John Kasich had a lot to say about a lot of topics, including the health of Lake Erie, whether he’ll endorse Mike DeWine for governor, immigration reform and more. He even did some parental bragging. Kasich was in such a chatty mood that he cut off an aide who...

Posted: 5 days ago

In a nearly 40-minute press conference Tuesday at the Ohio Statehouse, Gov. John Kasich had a lot to say about a lot of topics, including the health of Lake Erie, whether he’ll endorse Mike DeWine for governor, immigration reform and more. He even did some parental bragging. Kasich was in such a chatty mood that he cut off an aide who...
Former Ohio House speaker received $43K in free travel in 2017
 Republican Cliff Rosenberger, who abruptly resigned as Ohio House speaker, disclosed on Tuesday that he received more than $43,000 in free travel and got free meals and drinks from half a dozen sources last year. Rosenberger filed his mandatory annual financial disclosure statement with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee — a body...

Posted: 5 days ago

Republican Cliff Rosenberger, who abruptly resigned as Ohio House speaker, disclosed on Tuesday that he received more than $43,000 in free travel and got free meals and drinks from half a dozen sources last year. Rosenberger filed his mandatory annual financial disclosure statement with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee — a body...
Kasich to legal immigrants: Come to Ohio
 Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Tuesday to set up a state office dedicated to helping legal immigrants settle in Ohio and find jobs. “We want them to come to Ohio. We want them to bring their skills. We want them to bring their families. And we want them to bring their hearts because they are such an important part of the...

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Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Tuesday to set up a state office dedicated to helping legal immigrants settle in Ohio and find jobs. “We want them to come to Ohio. We want them to bring their skills. We want them to bring their families. And we want them to bring their hearts because they are such an important part of the...
Lost history: How four kids from Dayton ended pay toilets in America
 The next time you step into a public restroom, say a quiet thank you to Dayton natives Michael and Ira Gessel, Steve Froikin and Natalie Precker. After all, it was their efforts nearly 50 years ago that allowed Americans to pee for free. The high school students founded the Committee to End Pay Toilets in America in late 1968 and launched...

Posted: 6 days ago

The next time you step into a public restroom, say a quiet thank you to Dayton natives Michael and Ira Gessel, Steve Froikin and Natalie Precker. After all, it was their efforts nearly 50 years ago that allowed Americans to pee for free. The high school students founded the Committee to End Pay Toilets in America in late 1968 and launched...
Ten years ago, Ohio had its own attorney general scandal
 Ten years ago today, Democrat Marc Dann stood before a bank of TV cameras and announced he was resigning as Ohio attorney general. His brief statement in the Statehouse Cabinet room barely touched on the controversies that brought about his downfall: an extra-marital affair with his 28-year-old scheduler, hiring friends into his administration...

Posted: 6 days ago

Ten years ago today, Democrat Marc Dann stood before a bank of TV cameras and announced he was resigning as Ohio attorney general. His brief statement in the Statehouse Cabinet room barely touched on the controversies that brought about his downfall: an extra-marital affair with his 28-year-old scheduler, hiring friends into his administration...
FBI investigation, Trump, may factor into Ohio governor’s race
 Democrats often accuse Republicans of living in the past, but in this year’s election in Ohio it’s the Democrats who want to look backward: to 2006. That’s the year a controversial president and an investment and ethics scandal rocked state government, leading voters to send Republicans packing. Democrats were installed...

Posted: 7 days ago

Democrats often accuse Republicans of living in the past, but in this year’s election in Ohio it’s the Democrats who want to look backward: to 2006. That’s the year a controversial president and an investment and ethics scandal rocked state government, leading voters to send Republicans packing. Democrats were installed...
What we know now about efforts to put marijuana back on the ballot
 Ohio voters may get another chance to vote to legalize recreational marijuana next year. Advocates for full legalization of marijuana cleared a major hurdle Thursday when Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition wording for a statewide vote on the matter. Ohio Families for Change, the group backing the effort, plans to hit...

Posted: 9 days ago

Ohio voters may get another chance to vote to legalize recreational marijuana next year. Advocates for full legalization of marijuana cleared a major hurdle Thursday when Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition wording for a statewide vote on the matter. Ohio Families for Change, the group backing the effort, plans to hit...
Legalizing recreational marijuana may be back before Ohio voters
 Advocates for full legalization of marijuana cleared a major hurdle Thursday when Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition wording for a statewide vote on the matter. The proposed constitutional amendment still needs approval from the Ohio Ballot Board before advocates can begin collecting the required valid voter signatures...

Posted: 10 days ago

Advocates for full legalization of marijuana cleared a major hurdle Thursday when Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition wording for a statewide vote on the matter. The proposed constitutional amendment still needs approval from the Ohio Ballot Board before advocates can begin collecting the required valid voter signatures...
Auditor on ECOT school case: ‘I believe this may rise to a criminal act’
 A state audit released Thursday says the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow purposely inflated the amount of time it claimed its students were engaged in learning, leading the now-closed online school to receive more money than it deserved from the state. Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office said they have referred their audit to the U...

Posted: 10 days ago

A state audit released Thursday says the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow purposely inflated the amount of time it claimed its students were engaged in learning, leading the now-closed online school to receive more money than it deserved from the state. Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office said they have referred their audit to the U...
What’s next?: DeWine vs. Cordray fight for Ohio
 Despite personal attacks and millions spent in the primaries for governor, Ohio voters picked two establishment candidates who have lengthy political resumes, proven fundraising abilities and reputations for being, well, kind of boring. Republican Mike DeWine handily won over Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, 59.8 percent to 40.2 percent. Democrat Richard...

Posted: 11 days ago

Despite personal attacks and millions spent in the primaries for governor, Ohio voters picked two establishment candidates who have lengthy political resumes, proven fundraising abilities and reputations for being, well, kind of boring. Republican Mike DeWine handily won over Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, 59.8 percent to 40.2 percent. Democrat Richard...
Highlights from Tuesday’s election
 Tuesday’s ballot was packed with races and issues. There were some big surprises, close races and a lot to keep up with. Here’s a look at 10 highlights from the election: Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine each fended off challengers from within their political parties on Tuesday and will now face each other in...

Posted: 12 days ago

Tuesday’s ballot was packed with races and issues. There were some big surprises, close races and a lot to keep up with. Here’s a look at 10 highlights from the election: Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine each fended off challengers from within their political parties on Tuesday and will now face each other in...
Who is Ohio governor candidate Richard Cordray? A five-time Jeopardy! champion
 Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will fight to win the Ohio governor’s race, but did you know he’s already a Jeopardy! champion? Cordray is a five-time Jeopardy! champion, who originally competed on the show in 1987. The last time he competed on Jeopardy! was in February 2014 for the Battle of the Decades show. His...

Posted: 12 days ago

Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will fight to win the Ohio governor’s race, but did you know he’s already a Jeopardy! champion? Cordray is a five-time Jeopardy! champion, who originally competed on the show in 1987. The last time he competed on Jeopardy! was in February 2014 for the Battle of the Decades show. His...
Mike DeWine easily defeats Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in GOP governor race
 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a staple of local politics for more than 40 years, defeated Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in the Republican primary for governor Tuesday, according to projections from the Associated Press. Although he was better funded and had the state party endorsement, DeWine took nothing for granted in the bitter, personal campaign...

Posted: 12 days ago

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a staple of local politics for more than 40 years, defeated Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in the Republican primary for governor Tuesday, according to projections from the Associated Press. Although he was better funded and had the state party endorsement, DeWine took nothing for granted in the bitter, personal campaign...
Richard Cordray wins Democratic governor primary over Kucinich
 Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray held off a primary challenge from former Congressman and Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich on Tuesday, according to projections from the Associated Press. The match-up was closely watched across the nation as the two well-known liberal Democrats fought it out in a bellwether state. Cordray, the former...

Posted: 12 days ago

Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray held off a primary challenge from former Congressman and Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich on Tuesday, according to projections from the Associated Press. The match-up was closely watched across the nation as the two well-known liberal Democrats fought it out in a bellwether state. Cordray, the former...
10 things to watch in today’s Ohio election
 Ohio voters head to the polls today in one of the most high-profile Ohio primary elections in years. There are contested races all over the ballot, from local races to the big-money primaries for governor and U.S. Senate. Voters will also decide on State Issue 1, a major overhaul to how the state draws congressional district lines. All told...

Posted: 13 days ago

Ohio voters head to the polls today in one of the most high-profile Ohio primary elections in years. There are contested races all over the ballot, from local races to the big-money primaries for governor and U.S. Senate. Voters will also decide on State Issue 1, a major overhaul to how the state draws congressional district lines. All told...
Governor candidates make last-minute push for primary votes
 Candidates for governor in the GOP and Democratic primaries are making the final push, holding get-out-the-vote rallies, campaigning with allies, and crisscrossing the state. Ohio Republican Party-endorsed Mike DeWine and his running mate Jon Husted are continuing their “Rock Solid Conservative” tour with stops at a beer distributor...

Posted: 13 days ago

Candidates for governor in the GOP and Democratic primaries are making the final push, holding get-out-the-vote rallies, campaigning with allies, and crisscrossing the state. Ohio Republican Party-endorsed Mike DeWine and his running mate Jon Husted are continuing their “Rock Solid Conservative” tour with stops at a beer distributor...
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