Political news

Kyger Creek OVEC coal plant in Gallia County
Andy Chow

A consumer advocacy group is filing a complaint with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, calling on the state regulators to allow for a possible refund on electric bills. The motion has to do with a new charge customers pay to subsidize coal plans through House Bill 6.

Cuyahoga County drop box
Jo Ingles

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is allowing more drop boxes but they are must be on the property of local boards of elections. 

Secretary of State Frank LaRose
Jo Ingles

Ohio’s Secretary of State Frank LaRose has signed onto a letter with Republican officials and candidates across the nation, urging the Senate to press forward with confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barret to the U.S. Supreme Court before the November election. 

Lake County drop box
Abigail Bottar, WKSU

The Tenth District Court of Appeals has ruled Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose can allow more ballot drop boxes ahead of the November election. But the ruling stopped short of ordering him to add the boxes.

Dave Yost
Andy Chow

A Franklin County judge has ruled against Attorney General Dave Yost's (R-Ohio) request to stop FirstEnergy, former House Speaker Larry Householder, and others defendants accused in a bribery scheme from donating money to political campaigns.  


President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test has stirred questions about what health orders were followed at Cleveland Clinic during the presidential debate on Tuesday.

Sec of State LaRose with his task force
Jo Ingles

Ohio’s voting precincts normally need 37,000 poll workers on Election Day. But this year, 55,000 are needed. 

2020 Presidential Debate in Cleveland
Mercury News

The leader of Democrats in the Ohio House says she is quarantining and plans to get tested after attending Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland. She wants to be sure she isn’t carrying the virus after what she saw.

Lt Gov Jon Husted
Jo Ingles

Gov Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) did not attend Tuesday’s debate in Cleveland. But Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R-Ohio) did. He's being monitored as a precaution.


The number of abortions in Ohio continue to decline. 323 fewer abortions were reported in 2019 than in 2018 according to numbers in the latest Ohio Abortion Report. 

Mike DeWine, September 15, 2020
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is assuring the people of Ohio that the state's elections are fair and secure. While it seemed to be in response to President Donald Trump's comments that undermined the validity of the election, DeWine refuses to criticize Trump.

2020 Presidential Debate in Cleveland

President Trump’s refusal to denounce white supremacist and anti-semitic groups during Tuesday night’s debate continues to put politiclans who support him on the hot spot. But Gov. Mike DeWine isn't criticizing the president by name.

Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Dan Konik

The Ohio House and Ohio Senate missed a notable date in the attempt to repeal House Bill 6, the sweeping energy bill at the heart of a corruption case. Now opponents of the law say it will be even harder to avoid new charges on everyone's electric bills from taking place.

Because it takes 90 days for a bill to go into effect, lawmakers needed to pass a repeal of HB6 by October 1 if they wanted to stop new subsidies created to bailout nuclear power plants and subsidize coal and solar.

Federal prosecutors say the bill was supported through a racketeering scheme.

Valeri Potapova,

Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is blasting most of his colleagues in the Senate and President Trump for proceeding ahead with appointment of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice who could decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act. 

Vote Polling Location
Daniel Konik

During the first presidential debate in Cleveland, President Donald Trump urged his supporters to go to voting locations and "watch very carefully." The comment was made during a discussion on the election results. But voter advocates are making it clear that only people with a special designation can actually go into polling locations with voters.

Jo Ingles

The Ohio Legislature has passed a controversial bill that bans communities from passing bans on containers like plastic bags or Styrofoam.  Gov. DeWine, who once opposed the idea, is signaling he’ll sign this bill into law. 

Joe Biden campaigned in Columbus before Ohio's pandemic shutdowns. Donald Trump frequently campaigned in Ohio in 2016, including at John Glenn Interntional Airport.
Dan Konik/Andy Chow

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in Cleveland was raucous with Trump interrupting his opponent throughout the event. Supporters of both candidates say the style of the debate draws a contrast between the two candidates.

Dan Konik

An appeals court has ruled Secretary of State Frank LaRose does not have to allow online absentee ballot requests for Ohioans who want to vote by mail. 

Neighbors on a street near the debate site at Case Western Reserve University have differing political viewpoints - and are demonstrating them with their yard signs.
Karen Kasler

Political junkies are anxiously awaiting tonight’s first presidential debate. But while many in the US and around the world will be watching, a lot of Americans will already know who they’re planning on voting for. 

Dan Konik/OGT

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is ready to tackle reforming managed care in the Ohio Medicaid program. 

Gov. Mike DeWine
Jo Ingles

Bars throughout the state have been begging Gov. Mike DeWine to loosen the restriction put in place under a coronavirus order that requires them to cut off sales at 10 pm.  Now, DeWine signals those rules might be relaxed soon.

The Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, where the debate will be held.
Karen Kasler

The first presidential debate gets underway in a few hours in Cleveland. And around Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, where it will be held, streets are blocked off, security perimeters are up and Ohio National Guard personnel are helping police control people and traffic.

Jo Ingles

More than two million Ohioans have requested absentee ballots to be sent to them. But some of those voters are having second thoughts. If you are one of them, it's ok. You have options. 

Andy Chow

A coalition of environmental advocates are uniting to support an issue that will appear on the ballot for Columbus voters. They say the clean energy initiative for the city of Columbus represents a larger trend across Ohio.

Dan Konik

Ohioans have just a few more days to register to vote if they want to cast a ballot in this year’s elections. Most people can go online to register but that might not be as easy for college students or others who move often.

Jane Timken
Dan Konik

Ohio Republicans are lauding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Supporters of the president say judicial appointments have become a factor that can mobilize voters.

U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown
Jo Ingles

Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says more ballot drop boxes are needed for this election. And he says union tradespeople are offering to make them, at no cost, so they can be put in place in time for it. 

General Motors
Linda Parton/Shutterstock

The state of Ohio is calling on General Motors to refund the state tens of millions of dollars in tax credits in reaction to GM closing the Lordstown auto plant last year.

Dan Konik

The process of matching a voter’s signature on a ballot or ballot application against the signature provided on a voter’s initial registration will continue for this election. An injunction that was filed to remedy that process in this November's election was denied by a federal court. 

Karen Kasler

Anti-abortion activists in Ohio are cheering the nomination of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court – and they plan to celebrate with a bill that would ban all abortions in Ohio if the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is overturned.