Politics & Government


Ohio's efforts to prevent and control smoking and other tobacco use got another failing grade in an anti-smoking group's latest national review.

Ted Cruz waits to speak during a campaign event at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson, Iowa.
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Results from The Associated Press predict the senator from Texas will win tonight's caucuses, which saw record-shattering turnout from Republicans. Follow NPR's politics team throughout tonight's event.

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Elections officials are starting to send Ohio military and overseas voters their absentee ballots for the swing state's March 15 presidential primary.


State officials say Ohio set a record for dollar sales of spirituous liquor last year, exceeding $1 billion for the first time.


Air Force economic analysts say Ohio's largest military base had an estimated $4.3 billion impact in fiscal year 2014.

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The Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case aligned spending in political campaigns with protected speech.  The decision meant that corporations and others could spend as much as they want on parallel campaigns with little oversight or transparency.  That worked for Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, who have used that power to spread their views and influence state and national elections.

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 A Columbus city official says protective measures are in place to prevent any water contamination from lead, like what occurred in Flint, Michigan.

6 Cleveland Police Officers Fired

Jan 26, 2016
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Cleveland officials are firing six police officers involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase.  

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Ohio’s legislative leaders have a task force and are holding public meetings to study the possibility of allowing some sort of medical marijuana here.  Regardless of what they do, a national group plans to put a medical marijuana plan before voters this fall. 

Strickland To Speak On Differences Between US Senate Rival

Jan 25, 2016
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The U.S. Senate campaign of Democrat Ted Strickland says he's preparing a speech that will lay out key differences between him and Republican Rob Portman as Strickland seeks to unseat Portman in November.


Governor Kasich has been spending a lot of time in New Hampshire to improve his chances in the Republican Presidential race.  That state's primary will be held on February 9th.

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Two state lawmakers plan to travel around Ohio gathering public opinion as the Legislature contemplates its next move on medical marijuana.

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Ohio is trying to catch up with other states by shielding the addresses of victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes from use by government agencies. 

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A group hoping to put a marijuana legalization issue on the Ohio ballot this fall says it's pushing ahead with its proposal.


The head of the state school board is recommending smaller roles for that panel and the state superintendent, citing faults with the existing governance structure and concerns about too many groups trying to craft Ohio education policy.

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The state’s chief election officer says the time is now to get ready for the role Ohio will play as a battleground presidential state. 

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A federal judge in Ohio has approved class-action status for a tea party group's lawsuit stemming from Internal Revenue Service delays in approving nonprofit status for conservative groups seeking the tax-exemption classification.

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama delivered an impassioned defense of his record by painting a portrait of a country very much in its prime.

The campaign of former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has raised nearly $3.8 million in Strickland's effort to defeat incumbent U.S. Sen. Rob Portman this fall.


The city of Columbus' newly elected mayor and former mayor will be attending President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

The addresses of victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes would be shielded from use by government agencies under proposed Ohio legislation.

The Life of George H.W. Bush

Jan 8, 2016
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The life and career of America's 41st president, George H.W. Bush, spanning from his service in World War II to his days in the Oval Office. This hour, we’ll talk to Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Jon Meacham about his latest book "Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush." 

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's re-election campaign reports that the Cincinnati Republican set an off-year record in state fundraising, collecting nearly $10 million in donations during 2015.

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The State Highway Patrol says a total of 19 people died on Ohio roadways during the recent holidays.


Funeral services are planned today for long-time Ohio Congressman Mike Oxley.

Ohio Democrats Gather Tonight To Pick Presidential Delegates

Jan 5, 2016
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Ohio Democrats are hoping for thousands of people to show up in all 16 of the state’s congressional districts Tuesday night to pick delegates to the Democratic presidential convention this summer.


Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has failed to qualify for Ohio's primary ballot, falling short of the signatures needed to appear before the state's voters.

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Michael Coleman, the longest serving Mayor of Columbus, left office today. But not before making some final remarks.