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Donald Trump RNC
RNC

Supporters for President Donald Trump are canvassing Ohio during the Republican National Convention, trying to rally support for November's election. Although 2020 has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic, the Republican party says a main message is the impact Trump has had on the economy.

RNC

A truck driver from Youngstown, Geno DiFabio, was featured during the second night of the Republican National Convention as part of the night's general theme "Land of Opportunity" saying President Donald Trump's policies help create economic opportunity.

The ballot drop box at the Delaware County Board of Elections has a drive thru. But it's behind the building near the dumpsters.
Jo Ingles

After weeks of pressuring the state to add more ballot drop boxes, the Ohio Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to allow county boards of elections to install more of them.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has a message for the handful of fellow Republicans in the legislature trying to impeach him, "have at it." DeWine says leaders in Ohio should be focusing on more important issues such as protecting people's health and the economy.

Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown) lost a bitter battle for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat representing her southwest Ohio district. And under Ohio law, she can’t run for the post this November. But, she’s got another plan to defeat the representative who beat her in the primary. 

Freda Levenson, ACLU of Ohio
Sam Aberle

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has filed a lawsuit against Ohio’s Secretary of State over the way county elections boards handle signatures on ballots and applications for them. 

Andy Chow

President Donald Trump's campaign in Ohio is preparing for a busy week, running many events in collaboration with the Republican National Convention.

Gov. Mike DeWine
Jo Ingles

 

Ohio House Republicans aren’t united behind a plan to impeach Gov. Mike DeWine over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. And if those pushing impeachment want support of Democrats to do that, they might be disappointed. 

Ohio House

For the first time in more than a century,  Ohio state lawmakers have drafted articles of impeachment against a sitting governor. And it's a Republican representative targeting a fellow member of the GOP.

Aronoff Center for the Arts, theater in May 2019
Andy Chow

The state has released a reopening plan for the performing arts which takes into account the many variables that come with live theater and music, such as food and intermission. However, a final health order has yet to be signed.

Gov. DeWine's office

On the day Governor Mike DeWine received a false positive for COVID-19, he got some text messages on his cell phone. And they were not nice.

A hand sanitizer station at a nursing home in central Ohio. Nursing homes were banned from allowing visitors in March.
Karen Kasler

The state has entered into an agreement with a company to provide COVID-19 testing for every assisted living facility in the state. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says this marks an important step forward in stopping the spread of coronavirus in high-risk residential areas.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) set the reopening date of senior centers and adult day centers for September 21 and laid out several measures the facilities will have to follow.

Submitted by Marilynn Rowdybush

Perhaps you’ve received an unsolicited absentee ballot application form in your mail. It could be legitimate. But it could also be from an unfamiliar group, and filling it out incorrectly could lead to errors that could delay getting your ballot on time. 

Goodyear tire
Khairil Azhar Junos/SHUTTERSTOCK

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) rejected the idea of boycotting Goodyear tires, a notion urged by President Donald Trump after learning the company does not allow its employees to wear "Make America Great Again" hats.

Sherrod Brown DNC
DNC

For the third day in a row, an Ohio politician took the virtual stage at the Democratic National Convention. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) was tapped to tout Joe Biden's plan for the economy.

Goodyear
Roman Tiraspolsky/Shutterstock

President Donald Trump is calling for people to boycott Goodyear tires, an Akron-based company that employs more than 62,000 people. The move spurred Ohio Democrats to fire back during the third day of the Democratic National Convention.

Jo Ingles

Ohio’s public schools are paid by the state to transport students who attend private, charter or community schools. But during the pandemic, some public school districts are not transporting their own students. Do the public schools still have to transport the private school students in that case? There’s a bill in the legislature now that addresses that. 

Jo Ingles

Ohio’s Secretary of State is asking a panel of lawmakers that controls state funds to allocate money for his office to pay for absentee ballots. The process being used has been used before. 

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment
Andy Chow

While Ohio House members removed former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder from his leadership post amid a public corruption investigation into his activities, he remains an active member of the general assembly. Now, some of his colleagues are now pushing a bill that could make him pay restitution for his salary if he’s convicted of the bribery and racketeering charges levied against him.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio high school sports will be allowed to have a fall season under the department of health's pending order. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says schools will be expected to follow specific guidelines.

Kathleen Clyde
"The State of Ohio"

A county commissioner and former state lawmaker is set to take center stage during tonight's virtual Democratic National Convention. Kathleen Clyde, of Portage County, will be featured as one of the party's "Rising Stars."

2020 Democratic National Convention
DNC

Ohio Republicans are firing back at John Kasich, the former Ohio governor and high-profile Republican who is slated to speak at the Democratic National Convention tonight. Kasich is expected to throw his support behind former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential bid.

Jo Ingles

The U.S. House is being called back to Washington to deal with issues involving the United States Postal Service. Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says the Senate should be called back too. 

Drop box behind Delaware County Bd of Elections
Jo Ingles

Counties will have just one ballot drop box for this upcoming fall election, according to a decision announced by Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose. But heated and mostly partisan debate continues over the decision, especially given changes being made right now by the United States Postal Service.

Mike DeWine mask
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Election officials around the state are trying to recruit 35,000 poll workers for Election Day in November. Leaders are weighing-in on what conditions poll workers might face when people cast their ballots in-person, which includes if people will be required to wear masks.

Former Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton signs the state's first Stay at Home order on March 22.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Former Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton is one of dozens of public health officials who’ve been fired or resigned during the pandemic because of stress, pushback and even concerns about their safety. One of the lawyers who’s been leading the charge against some of the orders designed to protect public health in Ohio says he’s fine with knowing he might have been a part of Acton’s decision to leave.

A padlock prevents access to the Gahanna High School football field.
Daniel Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine says work will continue over the weekend to get guidelines in place for high school sports – and he says he’ll announce them on Tuesday. But he had a preview of what to expect.

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

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) called racism a public health crisis while releasing a report from a task force created to look into how COVID-19 is hitting people of color disproportionately.

Facebook

Facebook is announcing a new initiative for the 2020 election. The social network giant will offer voters information about voting in their state. And it will also fact check information on its platform. 

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