Politics & Government

Political Correctness Run Amuck?

Aug 30, 2011

Today, we’ll talk with Juan Williams about what he sees as the downfall of civil political conversation and honest debate. Guest:

  • Juan Williams (author and Fox News analyst)

Bills That Died in 2010

Dec 28, 2010

More than a dozen important bills got halfway through the Ohio legislature this year and then died. One big reason ? Republicans controlled the state senate, while Democrats dominated the House. As part of our look back over the year in state government and politics, statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports on several major proposals that died in the Legislature.

Budget Panel Begins "Deficit" Hearings.

Jun 30, 2010

For more than two hours the legislature's top budget adviser cited hundreds of numbers of how state government raises money and spends it. But the three Democrats and three Republicans on the panel didn't spend much time on possible solutions to the gigantic projected money hole.

Race Track Slots: Will There Be A November Vote In Ohio?

Jun 18, 2010

Something strange is happening with that upcoming referendum vote by Ohioans on whether to endorse or kill a plan that the governor and legislators passed to authorize slot machines at race tracks. Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen reports on speculation that the measure may actually be taken OFF the ballot.....so the slots may be plugged in WITHOUT an okay from voters.

Director Debra Jasper and associate director Betsy Hubbard of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism, a program operated by The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs providing social media training, discuss taking their 'boot camp' abroad to teach the Ukraine government how to use social media.

Gambling Issues Dominated Ohio News In 2009

Dec 30, 2009

The issue of gambling dominated much of the news in state government and politics this year in Ohio. There were actually TWO gambling issues --- a plan for slot machines at race tracks AND a proposed ballot issue authorizing 4 full-scale CASINOS. Today, in the latest year-in-review report from our statehouse news bureau, correspondent Bill Cohen recalls the battles over expanded gambling.

Budget Deficits Dominate Ohio Legislature During 2009.

Dec 28, 2009

One recurring problem dominated the agenda of Ohio legislators in 2009 --- huge holes in the state budget. The red ink actually came in THREE WAVES. At stake --- dozens of government programs and billions of taxpayer dollars. In one of a series of year-in-review reports from Ohio Public Radio, correspondent Bill Cohen recalls the money mess.

Petitioners Want Vote Next Year On Racetrack Slots.

Dec 21, 2009

It appears more likely that Ohio voters - next November -- will decide the fate of a plan to install thousands of slot machines at race tracks. A group seeking to BLOCK the plan until voters get the final say has filed petition signatures to put the proposal up for a statewide vote. Details now from statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.

Ohio Budget Pact Clears Legislature

Dec 18, 2009

A state budget compromise that calls for Ohioans to pay more in 2009 taxes than expected has cleared the state Legislature.

After eking through the Senate in a 17-15 vote, it cleared the Ohio House 54-42 with two Republican votes.

Ohio Lawmakers Reach Tentative Budget Deal.

Dec 17, 2009

Ohio lawmakers have reached a deal to resolve an impasse over a budget deficit by combining Gov. Ted Strickland's tax cut delay with a pilot project for new construction rules.

The deal was reached late Wednesday. It would avert $850 million in budget cuts to school districts.

Lawmakers plan to vote on the deal Thursday once the agreement can be translated into legislation.