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Statehouse News Bureau

As the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and one of the multiple women who have accused him of sexual assault, Ohio’s Democratic candidate for governor urges the panel to slow down and investigate the matter. 

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The Republican candidate for governor is now clarifying his earlier statements about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying there should be no rush to confirm him.

All Voting is Local
Jo Ingles

A coalition of voting rights groups say reforms are needed to the state’s election process to encourage voting and eliminate problems that keep voters from being able to cast ballots. 

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A nominee for statewide office is breaking away from the top of the ticket when it comes to Issue 1. The constitutional amendment would reduce criminal sentences for non-violent drug offenders, and it’s becoming a major issue for several campaigns. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Chairman, Ohio Democratic Party
Statehouse News Bureau

A new union representing campaign workers that had criticized the Ohio Democratic Party over pay and benefits has reached a tentative settlement. 

Karen Kasler

Two public school districts say Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine shouldn’t handle the state’s lawsuit seeking to recover millions of dollars from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. They’re asking a Franklin County court if they can take over the lawsuit against the now-closed online charter school.

Dan Konik

A new state law gives Ohio’s auditor the ability to do audits of the efficiency and operations of state agencies and universities. And he says Ohio State University offered to be first. The performance audit shows the university could save $6.4 million a year but there’s more to the story.

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A recent analysis of state data shows opioid overdose deaths increased by another 20% from the previous year. Gov. John Kasich says the opioid crisis is a complex battle, being fought both inside and outside the state. 

Dan Konik

Next month, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum will open to the public. But this one of a kind facility isn’t in the nation’s capital. It is in Ohio’s capital city. 

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AEP Ohio has announced a commitment to eventually double wind and solar generation in Ohio. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, supporters say the plan sends a signal around the country to clean energy companies.

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A legislative aide in the Ohio House has resigned after sexual harassment complaints that were filed against him by two female co-workers. 

Karen Kasler

The state’s jobless rate last month was unchanged from July.  But that’s mixed news to some who watch the economy.

Jo Ingles

Gov. John Kasich says he’ll do what many of his fellow Republicans say they’ll do this fall when it comes to the statewide ballot issue that would change criminal sentencing to prefer treatment over prison time. 

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Jo Ingles

Gov. John Kasich says the state’s crackdown on prescription opioids is making headway in the fight against drug deaths but he says there’s more that needs to be done. 

Andy Chow

A lawsuit has been filed against the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which used to be led by Democrat gubernatorial nominee Rich Cordray. The allegations of discrimination against the current CFPB director align with accusations being levied against Cordray in a conservative campaign ad. 

Andy Chow

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray went head-to-head in their first debate in the race for governor. The two traded jabs in what escalated into a heated debate over their records.

Karen Kasler

Gov. John Kasich talked about one of his favorite subjects – partnering with community colleges to develop workers’ high tech skills – as he opened the Midwestern Governors Association workforce summit Wednesday.  But he also talked about what he says won’t be changing when it comes to Ohio’s workforce.

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None of the 56 medical marijuana dispensaries planned for under the state’s new Medical Marijuana Program are operating yet. But that’s not stopping some doctors from writing recommendations for patients who can ultimately use the drug when it does become available.

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Ohio Medicaid says it will continue to enforce a new rule requiring background checks of Medicaid providers. Some of them say the new practice will cost some good providers their jobs and will worsen tight staffing situations. 

Karen Kasler

Hundreds of mental health and addiction counselors could lose their jobs because the state is now requiring criminal background checks for people who provide Medicaid services. Some of those counselors and their employers who’d be affected by the new policy are asking state lawmakers to step in.

Connect Ohio

The Republican ticket for governor wants to bring together business and technology entrepreneurs to advise the state on creating high-tech jobs and improving state services. But right now that won’t help more than a million people who don’t have high speech internet in their homes.

Jo Ingles

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a landmark ruling that overturns 40 years of precedent and ends compelled union dues for public employees. Now, a right leaning think tank is going a step further and mailing literature to make sure public employees in Ohio know they don’t have to pay into the union. 

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Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine are preparing to square off in their first debate in the race for governor. The debate on September 19 in Dayton will be the first time in eight years that both candidates shared a stage to battle over the issues.

Karen Kasler

The Republican candidate for governor says Ohio should be a leader in using technology to improve government services and the climate for business. And he wants his running mate to head up the effort to do that.

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Statehouse News Bureau

State Auditor Dave Yost says he’s found dozens of problems with Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program, and he’s questioning the legality of one of the actions it took. 

Daniel Konik

A dozen high-tech ideas for fighting the opioid crisis have each been awarded $200,000 from Ohio’s Third Frontier fund. The winners were picked in a contest announced last year, and there’s still a final round of cash to come.

Andy Chow

Ohio’s school system is in a decline compared to schools nationwide, according to the Democratic candidate for governor. Rich Cordray's plan to fix that includes more accountability and support for student services. 

Statehouse News Bureau

The term limited state treasurer has revealed what he may be planning as his next move.

Chairman, Ohio Democratic Party
Statehouse News Bureau

In July, the Ohio Democratic Party recognized a new union that was formed to represent campaign workers. Now, a few weeks before the election, that union is taking issue with the party, which has long leaned on labor to support its candidates. 

Dan Konik

Rich Cordray and Mike DeWine are both making the only statewide issue on the fall ballot a major topic of their gubernatorial campaigns. This puts an even bigger spotlight on the measure that would scale down prison time for non-violent drug offenders. 

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