Frank LaRose

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
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The latest fundraising numbers show this year’s race for governor is going to be the most expensive in the state’s history.

Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) at the Marion Popcorn Festival with former Marion County GOP Chairman Gary Risch. LaRose is running for Secretary of State.
Nick Evans / WOSU

On a drizzly Saturday, I meet Frank LaRose at the Marion Popcorn Festival.

“So what do you guys suggest?” LaRose asks at one booth, ducking under the tent to get out of the rain. “I’m definitely going to get some kettle corn,”

David Pepper, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman, with the party's statewide candidates
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Now that we're past Labor Day, political campaigns are intensifying. It's the time when voters are more likely to pay attention to the choices they will be making in November.

At a panel on voting issues in Beachwood Wednesday night, the two major party candidates for secretary of state discussed several election issues that are rarely debated. 

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, and State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, agreed without hesitation that there needs to be a higher threshold for getting constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray shakes hands with supporters during an election night event Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The latest campaign fundraising numbers for statewide candidates in 2018 are in, with Democrats and Republicans keeping the race tight – and expensive.

Republican Sen. Frank LaRose of Hudson.
Ohio Senate

As the Ohio House was going through multiple rounds of voting to pick a new speaker, the Senate passed a surprise amendment to expand the state auditor’s power to look into the workings of the privatized non-profit entity JobsOhio.

Voters cast ballots at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus on the first weekend of in-person early voting.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Republican state lawmakers say they have a plan to give Ohio’s 88 counties millions of dollars to replace thousands of voting machines that were bought more than a decade ago. The new machines could be ready in time for the 2020 presidential election.

Karen Kasler

Ohio could soon become the third state in the country to ban abortion after a diagnosis of Down syndrome, after both the House and Senate passed different versions of a bill to do so.

Republican Sen. Frank LaRose (left) and democratic Rep. Kathleen Clyde (right) agree that more transparency is needed in campaign finance.
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The opponents of Issue 2, the Drug Price Relief Act, recently outspent backers of that proposal by a four-to-one margin. And most of the money in the opposition’s campaign war chest couldn’t be directly traced because it was in an LLC rather than a traditional political action committee.

Ohio House

A Republican candidate for Secretary of State has dropped out of the primary fight, citing party unity as her reason.

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Parental love. Women's rights. The trust between doctor and patient.

These are some of emotional issues at play as Ohio becomes the latest state to consider banning abortion if it's based on a diagnosis that a baby would be born with Down syndrome.

Ohio Senate

State Sen. Frank LaRose is following close on the heels of fellow lawmaker Kathleen Clyde and entering the race for Secretary of State.

Vivian Goodman / WKSU

A bill passed by the State Senate this week is heading to the House, and would change the way farmers pay property taxes.

A new bill in the Ohio Legislature would change the way congressional districts are drawn. But its sponsor said his plan is different this time around.

Ohio I Voted Sticker
Nick Houser / WOSU

A Democratic lawmaker is pushing to overhaul the voter registration system in Ohio by making it a system where people can choose to opt out of registering to vote rather than opting in.