Mike DeWine

Abortion supporters gather outside the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to rally against the anti-abortion laws in the state.
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A new Quinnipiac University poll shows a majority of Ohioans support background checks for gun sales, favor legalized abortion and oppose the recently-passed “Heartbeat Bill.” 

Mike DeWine’s first tour of the Ohio State Fairgrounds as governor was mostly a festive affair. But an unplanned encounter brought DeWine face-to-face with the mother who lost her son to a fair ride malfunction in 2017. 

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Nearly three quarters of Ohio’s counties have received a “state of emergency” declaration because of severe weather last month.

Halfred Farms, the former estate of automotive innovator Windsor T. White, is located in Hunting Valley, Ohio.
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One of Gov. Mike DeWine’s vetoes on the state budget struck a provision that was added at the last minute – a property tax reduction for certain homeowners in one wealthy school district, but not others.

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during a public inauguration ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Mike Thompson discusses how Republicans at the Statehouse finally settled on a budget and what it means for taxpayers. Ohio Public Radio Statehouse reporter Jo Ingles joins the show.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs Ohio's two-year state budget into law on July 18, 2019.
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Finally, Ohio has a new two-year operating budget.

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Ohio would cut personal income taxes by 4%, raise the age for buying tobacco products to 21 and direct $550 million for educational wraparound services such as mental health counseling under the state budget that lawmakers belatedly sent to Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday, hours before their extended deadline.

st day of the 2017 Ohio State Fair, killing one man at the scene. A woman died from her injuries months later.
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Next week’s opening of the Ohio State Fair will mark two years since a fairgoer died when a ride fell apart.

Cuyahoga County Jail in Cleveland.
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Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is keeping a close eye on the Cuyahoga County Jail system and the problems it’s had with inmate deaths and use of force. But he adds that fixing those problems might require looking at the bigger picture.

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Ohio is among the states asked to provide photos from driver’s licenses so the FBI can use facial recognition software for identification and location purposes. It comes as federal immigration officials ramp up efforts to crack down on people who lack legal residency status.

MAPFRE Stadium was the first soccer-specific stadium built in the U.S.
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Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed a task force to consider the future of the Ohio State Fairgrounds as well as the current home of the Columbus Crew SC.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, shakes hands with Ohio House speaker Larry Householder after delivering the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Ohio lawmakers failed to reach a state budget agreement by the midnight deadline, missing the mark for a spending deal for the new two-year cycle. Because the House and Senate couldn’t reach a compromise, both chambers passed a temporary budget extension to keep the government running. 

Senate Finance Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) gestures during a discussion about the Ohio Senate version of the budget as President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) looks on.
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With hours to go before the deadline for a two-year operating budget to be signed, and negotiations stalled with the Ohio House, the Ohio Senate approved a deal that would extend it for 17 days.

Ohio Senate president Larry Obhof is defending income tax cuts in their version of the budget, which must be finalized by this weekend.
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It’s looking like the conference committee working on a compromise state budget will stretch into the weekend – with the budget-signing deadline approaching on Sunday night. Among the differences between the Ohio House and Senate versions is an income tax cut and a small business tax break. 

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Ohio’s two-year state budget is headed to a conference committee this week to work out significant differences between the House and Senate versions. There isn’t much time to deal, because the budget must be signed by Sunday night.

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