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Cordray, DeWine stand on opposite sides of LGBTQ issues
 Among the many differences between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine is over gay rights. Democrat Richard Cordray favors same-sex marriage, wants to add anti-discrimination protections to state law, and believes schools should be required to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice. Republican Mike DeWine...

Posted: 19 days ago

Among the many differences between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine is over gay rights. Democrat Richard Cordray favors same-sex marriage, wants to add anti-discrimination protections to state law, and believes schools should be required to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice. Republican Mike DeWine...
20 years ago today: John Glenn blasted into space aboard the Discovery
 Twenty years ago today, Ohioan John Glenn returned to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery on a nine-day mission that marked another chapter in his storybook life. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn vaulted to instant international fame when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Thirty-six years later, at age 77, he joined the Discovery...

Posted: 19 days ago

Twenty years ago today, Ohioan John Glenn returned to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery on a nine-day mission that marked another chapter in his storybook life. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn vaulted to instant international fame when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Thirty-six years later, at age 77, he joined the Discovery...
Governor race: Mike DeWine runs on his long experience and track record
 Mike DeWine is seemingly everywhere in Ohio. He stands before cameras at press conferences in the Attorney General’s office, he pops up at gruesome crime scenes wearing a BCI jacket, he welcomes supporters to his annual ice cream social at his sprawling farm in Greene County, and he shows up at high school track meets to watch his grandchildren...

Posted: 19 days ago

Mike DeWine is seemingly everywhere in Ohio. He stands before cameras at press conferences in the Attorney General’s office, he pops up at gruesome crime scenes wearing a BCI jacket, he welcomes supporters to his annual ice cream social at his sprawling farm in Greene County, and he shows up at high school track meets to watch his grandchildren...
Governor Race: What you need to know about Richard Cordray, where he stands on issues
 Some politicians try hard to be cool and hip, but none of them are named Richard Cordray. In his run for governor, the Grove City Democrat is fully embracing his nerd image and capitalizing on his five time Jeopardy! champion bragging rights. His campaign rolled out a website, RichKnowsOhio.com, which weaves together Jeopardy! clips from...

Posted: 19 days ago

Some politicians try hard to be cool and hip, but none of them are named Richard Cordray. In his run for governor, the Grove City Democrat is fully embracing his nerd image and capitalizing on his five time Jeopardy! champion bragging rights. His campaign rolled out a website, RichKnowsOhio.com, which weaves together Jeopardy! clips from...
Overtime pay for mid-level workers becoming key issue in governor’s race
 In May 2016, Vice President Joe Biden dropped into Columbus to tout a federal new rule: overtime pay would be required for salaried workers who make up to $47,476 a year. The change was expected to boost the paychecks of 4.2 million Americans who work as mid-level managers in places such as big box stores, restaurants and the like. In September...

Posted: 22 days ago

In May 2016, Vice President Joe Biden dropped into Columbus to tout a federal new rule: overtime pay would be required for salaried workers who make up to $47,476 a year. The change was expected to boost the paychecks of 4.2 million Americans who work as mid-level managers in places such as big box stores, restaurants and the like. In September...
Ohio’s governor race one of most expensive in U.S.; DeWine gives self $3M loan
 Nearly $50 million has been spent so far in the race for Ohio governor making it one of the most expensive in the nation. Republican Mike DeWine wrote a $3 million check to his gubernatorial campaign this week — adding to the $1 million personal loan he made last year, according to campaign finance reports filed on Thursday. DeWine...

Posted: 23 days ago

Nearly $50 million has been spent so far in the race for Ohio governor making it one of the most expensive in the nation. Republican Mike DeWine wrote a $3 million check to his gubernatorial campaign this week — adding to the $1 million personal loan he made last year, according to campaign finance reports filed on Thursday. DeWine...
State Issue 1 supporters have big money advantage against opponents
 Campaign finance reports filed late today show backers of State Issue 1 are out-raising opponents by a 10 to 1 ratio. Ohioans are also deciding whether to amend the state constitution to reduce criminal penalties for drug use and possession charges. State Issue 1 calls for converting felony 4 and felony 5 drug charges into misdemeanor offenses...

Posted: 23 days ago

Campaign finance reports filed late today show backers of State Issue 1 are out-raising opponents by a 10 to 1 ratio. Ohioans are also deciding whether to amend the state constitution to reduce criminal penalties for drug use and possession charges. State Issue 1 calls for converting felony 4 and felony 5 drug charges into misdemeanor offenses...
DeWine, Ohio GOP to end bus tour in Dayton area Friday
 The Republican statewide ticket, led by governor candidate Mike DeWine, is making its final push to rally GOP faithful voters with a two-day bus tour that ends in Moraine on Friday. “Twelve days from now this election will be over. My commitment from that moment will be to be governor of this state for all Ohioans, to bring people together...

Posted: 23 days ago

The Republican statewide ticket, led by governor candidate Mike DeWine, is making its final push to rally GOP faithful voters with a two-day bus tour that ends in Moraine on Friday. “Twelve days from now this election will be over. My commitment from that moment will be to be governor of this state for all Ohioans, to bring people together...
Gov. Kasich says automation will force Ohioans from current jobs
 Gov. John Kasich predicted that emerging technologies and automation will force Ohio workers out of their current jobs but it doesn’t mean they will be jobless if they are re-trained for future in-demand jobs. “I’m a big change guy. That’s what I’m really interested in. Change. Disruption. That’s where...

Posted: 25 days ago

Gov. John Kasich predicted that emerging technologies and automation will force Ohio workers out of their current jobs but it doesn’t mean they will be jobless if they are re-trained for future in-demand jobs. “I’m a big change guy. That’s what I’m really interested in. Change. Disruption. That’s where...
3-time killer Casey Pigge, another prisoner indicted for stabbing guard 32 times
 Three time killer Casey Pigge and a second prisoner, Greg Reinke, were indicted on multiple felony charges in Scioto County Common Pleas Court last week related to an attack that severely injured a state prison guard. Pigge and Reinke are each facing attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault, kidnapping and other charges for the Feb...

Posted: 25 days ago

Three time killer Casey Pigge and a second prisoner, Greg Reinke, were indicted on multiple felony charges in Scioto County Common Pleas Court last week related to an attack that severely injured a state prison guard. Pigge and Reinke are each facing attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault, kidnapping and other charges for the Feb...
2 weeks to go: More than 1 million absentee ballots already requested in Ohio
 Two weeks ahead of Election Day, voting is in full swing in Ohio, with more than 1 million people having requested absentee ballots as of last week and more than 330,000 have been cast by mail and in person. Many of Ohio’s 8 million registered voters love the convenience of voting early, and it’ll get easier when weekend early...

Posted: 26 days ago

Two weeks ahead of Election Day, voting is in full swing in Ohio, with more than 1 million people having requested absentee ballots as of last week and more than 330,000 have been cast by mail and in person. Many of Ohio’s 8 million registered voters love the convenience of voting early, and it’ll get easier when weekend early...
Doctor from raided Riverside clinic has faced scrutiny before
 Agents from drug distribution and Medicaid fraud enforcement agencies raided a Riverside medical facility Thursday, turning away patients and leaving open to speculation just what exactly investigators hoped to find in the boxes they removed from the practice. None of the agencies would comment on why they raided the Dayton Outpatient Center...

Posted: 30 days ago

Agents from drug distribution and Medicaid fraud enforcement agencies raided a Riverside medical facility Thursday, turning away patients and leaving open to speculation just what exactly investigators hoped to find in the boxes they removed from the practice. None of the agencies would comment on why they raided the Dayton Outpatient Center...
Ohio lawmakers making another push for extending teen driver rules
 Ohio’s teen drivers should spend more time training behind the wheel, in all seasons, before they’re granted their first license, according to safety experts and state lawmakers. The number one reason teen drivers crash is inexperience and auto accidents are the number one cause of teen fatalities, said Kimberly Schwind of AAA...

Posted: 30 days ago

Ohio’s teen drivers should spend more time training behind the wheel, in all seasons, before they’re granted their first license, according to safety experts and state lawmakers. The number one reason teen drivers crash is inexperience and auto accidents are the number one cause of teen fatalities, said Kimberly Schwind of AAA...
Ohio’s biggest public pension fund lowers expectations

6:51 PM Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System trustees on Wednesday voted to change its assumed rate of return on its $101.4 billion in assets — a move that may eventually impact benefits for its 1 million members and retirees. The new assumed rate of return will be 7.2 percent for OPERS pension fund and 6 percent for its health care...
Race for Ohio governor still tied, poll finds
 With less than three weeks to go before Election Day, the race for governor isn’t budging: Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are still in a dead heat, a new poll found. The Center for Marketing & Opinion Research poll for the University of Akron found 37 percent of Ohio voters favor DeWine while 36 percent favor Cordray...

5:47 PM Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

With less than three weeks to go before Election Day, the race for governor isn’t budging: Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are still in a dead heat, a new poll found. The Center for Marketing & Opinion Research poll for the University of Akron found 37 percent of Ohio voters favor DeWine while 36 percent favor Cordray...
Officials meet to discuss how Ohio should protect and promote its military jobs
 For the third consecutive year, military brass, local business leaders, academics and politicos at the Ohio Defense Forum said the state needs to do a better job advocating for military installations and defense contractors in Ohio. “If we connect all of us together in the next four years, oh, my goodness, the alignment would be incredible...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

For the third consecutive year, military brass, local business leaders, academics and politicos at the Ohio Defense Forum said the state needs to do a better job advocating for military installations and defense contractors in Ohio. “If we connect all of us together in the next four years, oh, my goodness, the alignment would be incredible...
‘Comrade Cordray:’ Ohio GOP tries to tie Cordray to Communist Party
 Dennis Kucinich has called Richard Cordray a Republican. President Donald Trump has called Cordray a Socialist. Now, the Ohio GOP has a new label for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate: “Comrade Cordray.” The Ohio Republican Party on Monday blasted out an email titled: “Comrade Cordray - Communist Party Campaigning for...

6:44 PM Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Dennis Kucinich has called Richard Cordray a Republican. President Donald Trump has called Cordray a Socialist. Now, the Ohio GOP has a new label for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate: “Comrade Cordray.” The Ohio Republican Party on Monday blasted out an email titled: “Comrade Cordray - Communist Party Campaigning for...
Marijuana legalization pushed by Ohio’s third-party governor candidates
 Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray — who together have held public office for more than 60 years — are flooding the airwaves with TV ads and live debates. Meanwhile, Ohio voters will notice two other names on the ballot for governor: Libertarian Party of Ohio nominee Travis Irvine and Green Party nominee Constance...

5:03 PM Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray — who together have held public office for more than 60 years — are flooding the airwaves with TV ads and live debates. Meanwhile, Ohio voters will notice two other names on the ballot for governor: Libertarian Party of Ohio nominee Travis Irvine and Green Party nominee Constance...
Libertarians file second complaint about gubernatorial debates
 The Libertarian Party of Ohio filed a complaint against organizers of the gubernatorial debates in Marietta and Cleveland, saying they arbitrarily left out third party candidates. The LPO filed a 29-page complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, alleging that Marietta College and the City Club of Cleveland planned the debates in conjunction...

8:11 PM Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2018

The Libertarian Party of Ohio filed a complaint against organizers of the gubernatorial debates in Marietta and Cleveland, saying they arbitrarily left out third party candidates. The LPO filed a 29-page complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, alleging that Marietta College and the City Club of Cleveland planned the debates in conjunction...
Poll: close races for Ohio’s statewide offices
 Just before Ohio voters begin casting early ballots, a new poll released Monday show the races for auditor, secretary of state, and treasurer are dead heats while Republican Dave Yost has a slight lead over Democrat Steve Dettelbach in the attorney general’s contest. In each race there are big chunks of voters who are undecided &mdash...

5:05 PM Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2018

Just before Ohio voters begin casting early ballots, a new poll released Monday show the races for auditor, secretary of state, and treasurer are dead heats while Republican Dave Yost has a slight lead over Democrat Steve Dettelbach in the attorney general’s contest. In each race there are big chunks of voters who are undecided &mdash...
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