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Ohio House Expected To Revise Kasich Tax, School Proposal

Apr 14, 2015

The Ohio House plans to unveil major changes Tuesday to Gov. John Kasich's proposed budget, including overhauls to his tax and education plans.

John Kasich
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Ohio Governor John Kasich says the state does not need a religious freedom act like the Indiana law that's brought claims of discrimination.

Ted Strickland (left) and P.G. Sittenfield
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The fundraising figures are in for two democratic candidates who want to be elected U.S. Senator next year. The report shows a very close race between two of the candidates.

Columbus Mayoral candidates debate issues on WOSU TV's Columbus on the Record.

The race for Columbus mayor includes two candidates who served on the Columbus school board when indications first surfaced of a data manipulation scheme. 

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A new bill would drop training and background check requirements for concealed weapon permits in Ohio.

Columbus skyline

Early voting began Tuesday. Past primary elections in Columbus drew few voters for lack of contested races.

This year, a four way race for mayor tops the city ballot.

VA Secretary Robert McDonald Visits Columbus

Apr 7, 2015
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U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is continuing his visits to VA medical facilities across the country with a stop in Ohio’s capital.

McDonald was expected Tuesday to meet with veterans and employees at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus.

Kasich Picks Minority Business Chief For Commerce Director

Apr 6, 2015
Jacqueline Williams

Ohio’s governor has named a new commerce director as the state agency’s current leader is set to return to a regulatory board.

Gov. John Kasich said Monday he has picked Jacqueline Williams to lead the Ohio Department of Commerce.

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A new independent poll shows former Ohio governor Ted Strickland leading Republican Rob Portman in the race for Portman’s U.S. Senate seat.

The poll from Quinnipiac University gives the Democratic Strickland a nine-point lead over the incumbent Portman among Ohio voters.

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Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law has renewed the debate over whether businesses can use faith to refuse service to gay and transgender customers.

A lesbian couple from Bexley is calling on their city to prohibit discrimination against gays after they say a company refused them service. WOSU looks at the case, local ordinances and whether the rules can be enforced.

Updated at 6:21 p.m. ET

Lawmakers in Indiana and Arkansas have approved changes to their respective "religious freedom" measures designed to answer critics who charged the laws were meant to discriminate against gays and lesbians by allowing businesses to refuse them service.

The amendments were passed by Legislatures in Indianapolis and Little Rock after a day of wrestling over the details of amendments to the measures.

Ohio Governor Vetoes Voter Item In Bill; Impact Unclear

Apr 1, 2015
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The governor has used his line-item-veto pen to strike a provision that Democrats claimed would discourage out-of-state college students from voting in Ohio.

Dayton Tries To Snag Businesses Upset About New Indiana Law

Apr 1, 2015
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Officials in Dayton are aiming to capitalize on backlash against a religious-objections law in neighboring Indiana that critics say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Jerra Knicely (L), Jenn Moffitt and their lawyer, Carol Ann Fey (R), attend a rally before a Bexley City Council meeting.
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Bexley City Council will consider a discrimination ordinance that would include members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The move follows a lesbian couple who spoke out about a local wedding photographer who declined their business due to their their sexual orientation.

Bexley City Councilwoman Deneese Owen will head up the committee that will draft a proposed discrimination ordinance.