Politics & Government

Quicken Loans Arena exterior in Cleveland
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Ohio Republicans say a free ticket offer for next week’s presidential candidate debate in Cleveland is being rescinded because of an overwhelming response. 

Kasich Moving Up In Polls At Right Time

Jul 28, 2015

It’s been a week since Governor Kasich announced he’s running for president. At that point, polls ranked him near the bottom of the crowded Republican field. But he’s moving up, and it’s looking more and more likely that he could be on the stage in Cleveland next week for the first debate.

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Columbus residents will not be voting this fall on proposals to ban fracking and to change city council.

History of Third Party Movements

Jul 24, 2015
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Third parties in American politics have been around since the early 1800's. While they seldom have an influence in an election, they even more rarely are able to win one. The self described "Democratic Socialist" Bernie Sanders, who is an Independent in the US Senate, has placed a bid for president as a Democrat. Coming up, we look into the history of third parties and why some choose to work within the two party system. 

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Governor Kasich wasted no time getting to New Hampshire after officially announcing his candidacy for president Tuesday.

Gov. Kasich Announces Presidential Bid

Jul 21, 2015
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race.

Backers of legalized marijuana suffered a potential setback today. The state's top election official says the group "Responsible Ohio" lacks enough signatures to place the issue before voters in November. 

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Starting this year, The Ohio State Fair will no longer allow the sale of confederate flags or related merchandise. 


Ohio officials say the proposed design for a barrier in front of the deteriorated Buckeye Lake dam could save money and accelerate the project.


Ohio's top law enforcer says he's investigating whether Planned Parenthood may have violated its nonprofit status and made money from the sale of organs from aborted fetuses.

Bill To Abolish Death Penalty Gets Support Of Budget-Conscious Republican

Jul 16, 2015
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A state lawmaker is once again pushing a bill to get rid of the death penalty in Ohio, and her latest effort is getting support from at least one unlikely ally. 

Adults Aging Out Of Foster Care Would Get Help Until 21 Under New Proposal

Jul 15, 2015
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Caught up in the shuffle of bills state lawmakers were working on before summer break is a big change to Ohio’s foster care system. 

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A central Ohio lawmaker says more businesses near Buckeye Lake will have to submit proof of significant revenue losses before the state can apply for an economic disaster declaration as a step toward possible federal aid.

Jimmy Carter and Presidential Legacy

Jul 15, 2015
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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.

RNC To Reach Out To Black Ohio Voters

Jul 14, 2015

The Republican National Committee will launch a campaign in Ohio this summer to reach African-American voters, especially those in Columbus and the state’s other largest cities.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office is appealing a ruling that has allowed Toledo's last abortion clinic to stay open.

The appeal filed late last week seeks to overturn a June decision from a judge in Toledo who said abortion restrictions imposed on the clinic were unconstitutional.

The judge had ruled that the state exceeded its regulatory authority over Capital Care Network in Toledo.

The issue centers on the Ohio Department of Health's ruling last year that Capital Care lacked a patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital so must close.

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A proposal to eliminate Confederate flags and symbols from federal parks and cemeteries flared tempers in Congress Thursday. Columbus has one such cemetery. Two-thousand Confederate soldiers are buried on the west side at the site of Camp Chase, which served as a prison camp during the Civil War. We talked with a local historian about the cemetery’s past, as well as the recent events surrounding the Confederate battle flag.


Prosecutors and grand juries have faced public scrutiny in recent months in some high-profile African American deaths by white police officers. A new study reveals a striking lack of diversity among elected district attorneys across the country. Ohio’s county prosecutors have a similar lack of diversity.

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Ohio's public safety director says the process has begun to create first-ever standards for police use of deadly force across the state.

Panel Addresses Questions, Misconceptions About Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Jul 8, 2015

All Ohio counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after last month’s ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. But some legal questions and misconceptions remain, and a panel of Ohio judges and legal experts tackled some of those on Tuesday.

Budget Celebrated For Tax Cuts Could Bring Tax Increase For Many Businesses

Jul 8, 2015
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Lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich lauded the state budget for its tax cuts for small business owners. But it appears the first year of the budget may actually include a tax increase for many of them.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's former house.
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Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says he had no idea that the city’s Asia expert helped a Chinese business woman after she paid an above-market rate for the mayor’s former home.  

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The increase in Ohio's older population is so far outpacing overall growth that a new projection forecasts that 22 percent of the state's residents will be 65 or older in less than two decades.