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Holly and Spencer Gross smiling with StoryCorps COLUMBUS logo
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Holly Gross grew up across the pond in England. Her husband Spencer has lived in Ohio his whole life. When it comes to politics, Holly is liberal and Spencer is conservative. Even still, this couple managed to fall in love, and they agree their differences bring them closer together.

A rally in support of flavored vapor products was held at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the state's efforts to regulate the vaping industry after a string of vaping-related injuries and deaths. James Jarvis, president of the Ohio Vapor Trade Association, joins the show. 

Hundreds of students skipped class to rally at the Ohio Statehouse for action against climate change as part of the worldwide Climate Strike protest. 

Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks with reporters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

A prominent national historian and author thinks there are signs that the political divisiveness that's entrenched government right now could be lessening in the future.

Doris Kearns Goodwin discussed her new book, "Leadership In Turbulent Times," as the kickoff of a new lecture series at the Statehouse.

Works Begins On Ohio Statehouse Garage

May 13, 2019
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Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

A planned year-long renovation of the Ohio Statehouse garage is set to begin this week.

Ohio Statehouse Legislative Chamber
Bob Hall / Flickr

The date for Gov. Mike DeWine’s State of the State address is official, and he’ll be bringing the address back to the capitol.

Former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
Ohio House

In between campaigning and legislating, state lawmakers also found themselves in the middle of some high profile drama and scandal in 2018, including a leadership fight that continued through the end of the year.

Tina Maharath
Tina Maharath

A newly-elected state senator says she faced discrimination from Statehouse security while attending her first women’s caucus meeting.

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The Ohio House has passed a bill, SB 51, full of projects the lawmakers wanted approved before the end of the year. The so-called “Christmas Tree” bill includes millions of dollars for different repairs and developments, including at the Statehouse itself.

Gov. Ted Strickland held his public inauguration ceremony on the west steps of the Statehouse in January 2007.
The Ohio Channel

Gov.-elect Mike DeWine is giving a few hints about his inauguration next month.

DeWine first wanted to run for governor nearly three decades ago. So he’s had a long time to think about what he wants.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

For the first time, Ohio’s two constitutions are on display at the Statehouse, in an exhibit opened on the eve of the original constitution’s signing 216 years ago.

Ohio Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) in the Ohio House Chambers.
Ohio House

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) has asked Gov. John Kasich to intervene in a discrimination complaint she filed with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), on the right, says she was unfairly screened by Ohio Statehouse security.
Ohio House

An internal review of Ohio Statehouse security found no unprofessional conduct or bias during interactions with an African-American state lawmaker who was trying to enter the building. But she says the report glosses over the bigger issue.

A large rally forms outside the Ohio Statehouse. Union workers and retirees call on Congress to pass a plan that saves their pensions. The rally is in anticipation of a special Congressional committee meeting to be held in Columbus on the issue.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Thousands of union workers and retirees flocked to the Statehouse from around the country. They’re rallying in Columbus for a fix to what they see as a national pension crisis – the day before a field hearing by a Congressional committee examining the issue.

The labor groups say, without a change, their funds will dry up.

Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Protests against the Trump administration’s immigration policies continue around the Ohio Statehouse. While the state doesn’t dictate that policy, activists say it has a lot to lose from it.