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Gov. Mike DeWine's (R-Ohio) pick to be the next director of the Ohio Department of Health has backed out of consideration for the post. The public health official withdrew from the position just hours after DeWine made the announcement.

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has named Ohio's next department of health director nearly three months after former director Dr. Amy Acton stepped down from the role.

Laura Lanese
The Ohio Channel

The Ohio House has started hearings on a potential repeal of HB6, the sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants. A federal investigation alleges the bill is at the center of a $61 million corruption scheme involving then-House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford).

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Biden and Trump campaigns

A group that monitors advertising buys says President Trump’s campaign has canceled previously scheduled ads set to air this week in Ohio.  

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Karen Kasler

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich has been criticizing President Trump since losing to him in the presidential primary back in 2016. Now, he’s not alone. A new group of Ohioans who have been influential in Republican party leadership say they’re coming together for one purpose – to defeat President Trump. 

Majority Floor Leader Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) speaking on the House floor in March 2018
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Gov. Mike DeWine has shot down as “ridiculous” and “crazy” an internet rumor about the state’s plans for federal emergency management money. But a Republican House leader who’s thought to be a possible candidate for Speaker says he’s still concerned.

Nearly 3,000 flags were placed on the Ohio Statehouse lawn by volunteers every year since 2002, including last year.
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For the past 18 years, the Ohio Statehouse has memorialized 9/11 with a flag display on the West lawn. But the 2,977 American flags, one for each life lost in the terrorist actions of that day, won’t go up this year. 

Flyover at veterans service at Ohio Statehouse, 2016
Jo Ingles

The story in The Atlantic quoting anonymous sources saying President Donald Trump referred to American soldiers who lost their lives in service as “suckers” and “losers” is still getting widespread reaction. But Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator is casting doubt on whether Trump said what’s been confirmed by several news outlets.

Andy Chow

The Ohio House will begin to hold hearings on a possible repeal of a sweeping energy bill that bailed out nuclear power plants, among several other things. Supporters and opponents of the law, which is now at the center of a federal bribery investigation, are fighting over what the final cost would be on electric bills.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Statehouse News Bureau

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he’ll vote for a COVID aid package when it comes to the Senate floor tomorrow even though it doesn’t contain everything he’d like. 

Gov. Mike DeWine
Jo Ingles

Gov. Mike DeWine says he generally doesn’t address rumors. But he says he’s hearing from Ohioans who are worried about one that’s spreading on the internet and even being repeated by some Ohio lawmakers. He said it’s important to set it straight. 

A postal truck picks up and delivers mail in central Ohio.
Jo Ingles

President Trump has repeated his concerns about mail-in voting, which Ohio has allowed as part of its no-fault early absentee voting for 14 years. The message not to vote by mail may be getting through to his supporters. But Democrats are requesting ballots in huge numbers.

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Cincinnati’s mayor and police chief have asked Gov. Mike DeWine to lift the prohibition on alcohol sales after 10pm from their bars, saying that ban is contributing to violence. That rule was put in place statewide to help contain the coronavirus, which experts say has been spreading in places where bars are open.

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Labor Day is usually marked with barbeques with families and friends. But this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio’s governor warning against that. 

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The state is rolling out a new program to help local officials track potential outbreaks of COVID-19. Ohio has put together a network of wastewater treatment plants in an attempt to detect the coronavirus through sewage.

Gov. Mike DeWine spoke with "The State of Ohio" host Karen Kasler from his home in Cedarville on Thursday, September 3.
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At public events and on Twitter, President Trump has urged supporters to vote by mail and in person to "test" the system.  Gov. Mike DeWine confirms that would be illegal in Ohio.

Karen Kasler

As many Ohio kids go back to in-person classes, Gov. Mike DeWine says it’s important for Ohio’s students, parents and communities know about coronavirus spread. So, he’s signed an order to require better reporting in schools starting next Tuesday. 

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) walks out of the federal courthouse in Columbus, after making an initial appearance by video. He was arrested Tuesday, as were former Ohio GOP Chair Matt Borges, Householder's advisor and two lobbyists.
Andy Chow

Former House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has pleaded not guilty in federal court to charge of racketeering. Householder, who was among the most powerful Republican leaders in the state, is accused of taking part in a bribery scheme in exchange for passing a nuclear power plant bailout.

Dan Konik

In North Carolina Wednesday, President Trump told voters to cast a ballot by mail then go to vote in person later. He says if they are declined the right to vote, they’ll know their mail-in ballot counted. But it is illegal for voters in Ohio to do that.

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) speaks to reporters after session on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
Karen Kasler

Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has appointed the members of a committee that will consider the nuclear bailout law at the center of a $61 million federal bribery case that led to the ouster of former Speaker Larry Householder.  Democrats say Republicans are slowing down the repeal process with a new committee.

Mike DeWine August 11, 2020
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the fact that the vast majority of people who died of COVID-19 had an underlying condition, such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease should not come as a surprise.

Tom Perez, DNC Chair
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Ohio didn’t experience the blue wave that many other states did in 2018. And with President Trump winning Ohio by eight points in 2016, some pundits say Ohio is no longer a swing state. But the chairman of the Democratic National Committee says the Buckeye State is important this year. 

The House was in session for the first time since July. Masks are not required in the House chamber. Most Democrats wear them and many Republicans do not.
Karen Kasler

State lawmakers have sent on to Gov. Mike DeWine a bill to shield first responders, businesses and schools from COVID-19 related lawsuits. The bill had passed the House overwhelmingly in May, but this time Democrats had serious concerns with how the Senate changed it.

House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima)
Karen Kasler

The Ohio House and Senate both addressed the potential repeal of the nuclear power plant bailout in different ways at the Statehouse on Tuesday. As Democrats call for a quick repeal, Republicans move ahead with a different approach.

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks in his daily press briefing on April 30. Five days later he announced budget cuts of $775 million.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The state of Ohio is reporting the highest jump in new daily COVID-19 cases since July. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says one contributing factors is the reopening of colleges and the mass testing that's done there on campus.

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The USDA has extended the summer food service program to allow schools that have been providing meals to low-income kids through the summer to continue to do so through the end of the calendar year. But not all kids getting school meals will benefit.

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.
Karen Kasler

The Ohio House came back to work Tuesday. And Republican Rep. Larry Householder did too, for the first time since he was ousted as speaker after he was indicted in an alleged bribery scheme involving the nuclear bailout law he championed.

A closed sign on a Columbus area business a few weeks after all businesses deemed non-essential were shut down.
Karen Kasler

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court, asking it to remove the state of emergency declared in March that led to restrictions imposed on the state’s businesses to prevent coronavirus spread. 

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Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) says his reasons for rejecting Kanye West's bid to be a presidential candidate on the November ballot were clear, the state's top elections official says the paperwork for the petitions was filled out wrong.

Andy Chow

Republican leaders in the Ohio House have announced the creation of a new committee to hold hearings on the potential repeal of HB6, a nuclear power plant bailout bill at the center of an alleged $60 million corruption scheme.

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