Politics & Government

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Beginning Monday morning, the Ohio Department of Transportation will turn on about 30 on-ramp traffic signals around the Columbus metropolitan area to help with traffic flow.

Conservative Conference Addresses Criminal Justice, Pot Legalization

Aug 26, 2015

Conservative leaders from state legislatures all around the country are in Ohio this week to discuss their top issues and how they're handling them. One issue that keeps coming up is criminal justice reform.

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A new poll of Ohio voters shows broadening support for Governor Kasich, and a shrinking lead for the former governor running for U.S. Senate. 

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A new independent poll says Ohio voters overwhelming support requiring owners of coal-fired power plants to reduce pollution, while a smaller majority oppose the Iran nuclear deal.

Union Protest Punctuates Koch Group's Ohio Summit

Aug 21, 2015
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Hundreds of union workers and their supporters demonstrated and marched in downtown Columbus to protest the politics of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch and their flagship conservative organization, Americans for Prosperity.

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The state says Ohio's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2001, dropping to an even 5 percent in July.

The Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio's jobless rate remained below the national rate, which was 5.3 percent for last month.

Ohio's unemployment had held steady at 5.2 percent for the three previous months.

Long-Time Congressman Louis Stokes Dead At 90

Aug 19, 2015

A 15-term Ohio congressman who took on tough assignments looking into assassinations and scandals has died. Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes was 90.

Backers Of Marijuana Proposal Vow Legal Action Over Ballot Language

Aug 19, 2015

The Ohio Ballot Board has approved the language voters will see on their ballots when they vote on three statewide issues this fall. But the fight over how those issues are worded might not be over, as one group is vowing legal action.

The Ohio Ballot Board has approved the wording voters will see this fall while deciding the fate of redistricting changes and restrictions aimed at keeping monopolies or cartels from being added to the state constitution.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich  for the Republican presidential nomination, saying he has the executive level experience and background necessary to lead.

Ron Gerberry

The longest-serving Democrat in the Ohio House is resigning his legislative seat as he faces allegations of violating state campaign finance law.

Kasich Dances Around "Trump Factor"

Aug 11, 2015
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The candidate who is leading the pack of 17 Republicans vying for the party’s nomination to run for President, real estate mogul Donald Trump, is posing some difficulties for the party itself. While many candidates are speaking out against Trump, Gov. John Kasich isn’t among them.

A candidate has been selected to replace out-going Columbus City Councilmember Michelle Mills on the November ballot. Mills resigned Monday. 

Crawford Hoying

The Dublin City Council meets Monday night to discuss a new downtown "walkable" neighborhood development. Plans for Bridge Park are advancing, but there's been some contention.

John Kasich speaking
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Governor Kasich stood along with nine other Republican presidential hopefuls last night for a debate at Quicken Arena in Cleveland.

Kasich Wins Applause In First GOP Debate

Aug 7, 2015
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A last minute surge in the polls put Gov. John Kasich on the primetime stage for the nation’s first Republican presidential debate of the season. And it was his best chance of the election cycle to appeal to voters around the country.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A former Columbus attorney who served as a court-appointed guardian to nearly 400 Ohioans admits stealing from four of his wards and from taxpayers. 

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Revived In Ohio House

Aug 5, 2015
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There’s a new bill that would drug test Ohioans receiving some state benefits. Previous similar bills have been shot down in past general assemblies, but the sponsors say this legislation is different.

Tiny Ohio Village Considers Dissolving Local Government

Aug 4, 2015
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Voters in 12 Ohio counties weigh in on local issues during a special election today. In the Stark County village of Limaville, voters will decide whether to dissolve their local government.

A bud of high-resin marijuana.
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A campaign to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use in Ohio says it's submitted nearly 96,000 new signatures as it tries to get the issue before fall voters.

Investigator To Look Into Marijuana Petition Signatures

Jul 30, 2015

The state’s top elections official says the group backing a marijuana legalization plan may be breaking the rules when it comes to gathering signatures for its ballot issue.

Jimmy Carter and Presidential Legacy

Jul 30, 2015


A conversation on presidential legacy with the 39th President of the United States, 36 years after his sole term in the world's highest office.