Nino Vitale

Ohio Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana)
Ohio House

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has referred state Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) to the Ohio Elections Commission based on several potential campaign finance issues. Among the referrals is a claim that Vitale mixed funds from personal or business accounts with his campaign account.

A collection of masks made by Sew-hio sewing club.
Marian Jacques

Twelve Ohio counties are under an order by Gov. Mike DeWine to wear masks in indoor spaces and outdoors where social distancing isn’t possible.

That order is meant to reduce coronavirus rates in areas of the state where the virus is raging out of control, but it's being met with somewhat mixed reaction.

Masks On

Jul 9, 2020
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wears a mask before his coronavirus press conference on June 23, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Mike Thompson discusses the collision of science and politics as Gov. Mike DeWine mandates wearing face masks in 12 counties with fast-rising COVID-19 cases.

A demonstration at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus drew thousands on Friday night, June 5, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

A resolution introduced to declare racism a public health crisis is getting its first hearing in the Republican-dominated Ohio Senate, where one member of the GOP has joined eight Democrats in sponsoring the measure.

Protesters march in downtown Columbus on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

As more than 100 protestors chanted and demonstrated outside the Statehouse on Thursday, the Ohio House held a voting session that concluded with some passionate comments about the killing of George Floyd and the bigger issues his death has raised.

House Speaker Larry Householder
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The leader of the Ohio House of Representatives says he cannot compel members to practice some of the safety measures recommended by Ohio’s Health Department to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus on March 26, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the slow reopening of the economy, the state's budget shortfall, and the poltics of wearing masks at the Statehouse.

Also this week: Ohio House Republicans voted to limit the power of Department of Health orders, a measure that Gov. Mike DeWine said he will veto.

The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Opponents are outraged over changes made to the so-called “clean air” bill approved by a House committee. The legislation subsidizes nuclear and coal plants, repeals required support for renewable energy and strips the ability for wind and solar to receive credits.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

The Ohio House has dramatically changed the comprehensive energy bill that would bail out the state’s nuclear power plants and repeal alternative energy mandates.

Democratic members of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee left during testimony on House Bill 6, calling it a stunt committee meeting. They returned more than an hour later.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

There's an apparent partisan split over what supporters call the Clean Air Bill and opponents label a nuclear power plant bailout.

church pastor robe
Columbus Neighborhoods / WOSU

A bill that sponsors say ensures religious freedom when it comes to marriage ceremonies is moving through the Ohio Legislature. However opponents are urgently trying to stop the so-called “Pastor Protection Act,” saying it overreaches and creates more opportunities to discriminate.

church pastor robe
Columbus Neighborhoods / WOSU

The House passed the hotly debated “Pastor Protection” Act today. Democratic lawmakers argued that the bill would create a way for businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people. The bill now goes on to the Senate.