Counties, College Athletes See Changes In Budget Update

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The budget update approved by the Ohio House Finance Committee approved several changes, including language on college athletes and whether counties that mail out unsolicited absentee ballot applications should see cuts to funding. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald led a push to approve mailing unsolicited applications.
8:02AM
April
9, 2014

An Ohio House committee on Tuesday made several changes to the next state budget, including language on college athletes and punishing counties for mailing out unsolicited absentee ballot applications.

Columbus Loses Bid To Host Republican National Convention

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Columbus has lost its bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
2:07PM
April 2, 2014

Ohio’s hopes for one of the two major party presidential conventions in 2016 have dwindled slightly. Columbus has been eliminated from consideration but Cleveland and Cincinnati remain in the running.

Bill To Allow Student Expulsions Without Convictions Clears House

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Current law allows for the expulsion of students who have committed crimes against other students or school staffers. This bill gives a superintendent the authority to expel a student who hasn’t committed a crime, but is thought to be a threat.
8:01AM
March
20, 2014

Lawmakers in the Ohio House have approved a new way for superintendents to deal with students they fear are a threat to others, to school staff or to the district.

Budget Bill Draws Praise, Criticism For Low-Income Measures

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8:32AM
March
13, 2014

Republican Gov. John Kasich’s budget update includes a tax cut aimed at the top income earners in Ohio. But it also includes some measures designed to help the state’s poorest people, and those items are getting blasted as well as praised.

Libertarians Fight Order To Remove Them From Ballot

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Charlie Earl (eft) and Steven Linnaberry say they have filed a legal challenge to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's ruling that both should be removed from the May primary ballot.
8:30AM
March
10, 2014

Two Libertarians being removed from Ohio’s May primary ballot have filed a legal challenge against the state.

Governor Touts Ohio Economy, Democrats See Trickle Down

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Ohio Governor John Kasich touted tax cuts during his fourth State of the State address in Medina.
5:13AM
February 25, 2014

Gov. John Kasich gave his fourth State of the State speech last night in Medina. Kasich touted his tax cuts, and said he wants the top income tax rate to be below 5 percent.

Kasich Heads To Medina For State Of The State Speech

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Kasich took his second State of the State on the road to Steubenville in 2012. He gave the 2013 address in Lima.
8:01AM
February
24, 2014

The Ohio media descends on the northeast Ohio city of Medina tonight as Governor John Kasich gives his fourth State of the State address.

E-Cig Ban For Minors Clears Legislature Despite Objections

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More than two dozen Democrats in the House voted against the bill, saying it didn’t go far enough.
8:28AM
February
14, 2014

State lawmakers have approved a ban on electronic cigarettes for Ohio minors, but not without the objection of many Democrats, who say the ban doesn’t go far enough.

Republicans Skeptical Of Bill To Save Aluminum Plant

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Ormet Corp. struggled in recent years because of down aluminum prices and increasing utility costs.
8:00AM
February
13, 2014

The bill would let Gov. John Kasich overrule state utility regulators, who recently ruled against an electric rate appeal by Ormet Corp. Some Statehouse Republicans say they’re worried about the bill’s possible long-term implications.