Politics & Government

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio last week rejected a request from American Electric Power to have customers subsidize two coal plants. AEP said it would have helped customers in the long run, but opponents likened it to a bailout.

So what will the ruling mean for future proposals?

Ohio General Assembly Adjourns, To Reconvene in 2013

Dec 29, 2012

Ohio lawmakers have adjourned for the year, leaving a number of bills effectively dead - at least for now. When the newly elected General Assembly convenes next month, some of the issues are likely to be resurrected and debated again. State senators are hoping to change the way Ohio draws its state legislative and congressional district lines. Both chambers have also expressed an interest in cracking down on gambling operations known as Internet cafes. Changes to abortion limits and gun laws could also resurface. The state's two-year budget is expected to dominate discussion. Gov.

10:00 President Obama is kicking off his campaign with a rally in Columbus this weekend... Mitt Romney is settling his sights on the President as he presumptively secures the nomination, yet he still needs a running mate. On this segment of "All Sides," NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin will talk Presidential politics as the candidates look to November. Guests

Ohio Primary Politics/Super Tuesday

Mar 1, 2012

11:00 It's still primary season, and it's time for Ohio to take its turn along with many other states on Super Tuesday. Who are the candidates? What are the issues? On this hour of "All Sides," we'll talk about Ohio's primary politics. Guests

  • Peter Brown (Assistant Director, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute)
  • William Hershey (retired Columbus Bureau Correspondent, Dayton Daily News)
  • Joe Hallett (Senior Editor, Columbus Dispatch)
  • Tamara Keith (NPR Correspondent)

Nationwide Arena Deal

Oct 3, 2011

11:00 Monday night, October 3, 2011, the Columbus City Council will vote on a deal that could allow Nationwide Arena to be owned by the taxpayers of Franklin County and the City of Columbus. In this hour of All Sides, we'll take a look at the complicated deal and simplify its pieces. Guests:

Human Rights in South Africa

Sep 19, 2011

10:00 Albie Sachs’ life is the stuff of legends. In fact, his book, The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, was adapted into a play, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.  A film version appeared on British television in 1981. Today we'll talk to the civil rights lawyer, political prisoner, and drafter of South Africa’s Bill of Rights about human rights in South Africa. Guest:

  • Albie Sachs (civil rights lawyer, political prisoner, and drafter of South Africa’s Bill of Rights)

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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)

Cooper Stadium Racetrack Controversy

Jun 7, 2011

The site where old Cooper Stadium is now the focus of future development. Now, a company is proposing that a racetrack be built on the old site. This proposition has caused quite a controversy within the Franklinton and Southwest Columbus area. Today on All Sides, we'll consider both the pros and cons of this racetrack proposal. Guests:

Bills being considered in the Ohio General Assembly would abolish the collective bargaining rights of employees of the state, ban most abortions, and eliminate the estate tax. Analysis with Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler and Associated Press Reporter Julie Carr Smyth.

Columbus City Council News

Dec 15, 2010

Columbus City Council and local political news updates and analysis, with The Columbus Dispatch city hall reporter Doug Caruso.

Changes in State Government

Dec 2, 2010

Newly elected governor John Kasich says, "changes are coming." A discussion of what to expect in state government, with Ohio Public Radio Statehouse news bureau chief Karen Kasler, Columbus Dispatch public affairs reporter Mark Niquette and Dayton Daily News Columbus bureau correspondent William Hershey.

An "Open" Columbus City Council

Sep 28, 2010

Perspectives on issue #12, the law requiring Columbus City Council (or its committees) hold all meetings in public, with The Columbus Dispatch City Hall reporter Robert Vitale, Columbus Citizens for Good Government spokeswoman (and proponent) Lisa Griffin and Keep Council Open chair (and opponent) James Moore.

Concerns that the ballot language for the Columbus City Council proposal to allow for private meetings is misleading, with League of Woman Voters secretary <strong>Ann Henkener</strong>. An open forum where listeners are invited to call in with questions and comments about the issues important to them.

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.

Payday Lending Legislation

May 24, 2010

Two points of view about legislation in the Ohio General Assembly prohibiting payday lenders from charging fees in connection with payday loans, with Ohio Senate Minority Whip/Senator Ray Miller (15th Ohio District) and State Representative William Coley (55th Ohio District).