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Ohio Senate Aides’ Time Records Under Review

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Authorities are investing whether two aides to the President of the Ohio Senate changed their records after spending time away from their jobs to act as political consultants.
18, 2014

Authorities are investigating a directive by the Ohio Senate president that allowed two top aides to create dozens of time records requesting time away from state work, mostly for political consulting.

Ohio Lays Out Arguments In Appeal Of Voting Order

State attorneys laid out their arguments in a court filing Monday night, as Ohio appeals a federal judge's decision that expands early voting in the state.
16, 2014

Ohio officials say the state’s early voting schedule exceeds the time allowed in most states and does not burden voters.

Candidates For Ohio Auditor Square Off In ‘Rare’ Debate

Ohio Auditor David Yost (right) speaks during a debate with Libertarian challenger Bob Bridges (left) and Democratic challenger John Patrick Carney (center) at the City Club of Cleveland Monday night.
Ohio Auditor David Yost (right) speaks during a debate with Libertarian challenger Bob Bridges (left) and Democratic challenger John Patrick Carney (center) at the City Club of Cleveland Monday night.
September 16, 2014

In what may be the only state candidate debate this election season, the candidates for state auditor tangled over JobsOhio, charter schools and funding local governments, at the City Club of Cleveland.

Ohio AG Candidates Debate Heroin, Rape and Fraud

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine and his Democratic opponent David Pepper agree on some issues, but mostly disagree.
September 9, 2014

Republican incumbent Mike DeWine and Democratic challenger David Pepper have similar answers to the question of what is the most important mission of the Attorney General, whose office oversees law enforcement and consumer protection.

Governor Kasich’s Fundraising Dwarfs Rival’s

Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich raised more money in August than his Democratic challenger, Ed FitzGerald
September 5, 2014

During a blistering month of political blows and campaign departures, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald has reported raising only about $111,000 in August. Incumbent John Kasich reports raising ten times that much.

GOP Lawmakers In Ohio Seek Vote On Photo ID Bill

Several Republican state lawmakers want to force a vote on a bill that would require Ohio voters to show a picture ID at the polls.
September 2, 2014

Several Republican state lawmakers want to force the Ohio House to vote on a bill requiring voters in the swing state to show photo identification at the polls.

Ohio Democrats Hit Campaign Trail On Labor Day

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Ohio Democratic nominee for Governor, Ed Fitzgerald hits the campaign trail on Labor Day.
September 1, 2014

Ohio Democrats have their work cut out for them as they try to rally support at Labor Day gatherings.

Minor Parties Frustrated By Campaign For Governor

Last year at this time, both the Tea Party and the Libertarian Party of Ohio were planning their options for the 2014 election for governor. Neither wanted Republican John Kasich re-elected, and neither wanted to support Democrat Ed FitzGerald, who had launched his campaign a few months earlier.
August 26, 2014

The campaign troubles of the Democratic candidate for governor have gotten the attention of not just the party faithful, but those who are undecided and frustrated with the major party candidates.

Section Of Route 33 May Be Sagging Because Of Underground Mine

There are concerns that the sagging eventually could lead to a sinkhole on Route 33 near Nelsonville in Athens County, specifically on a mile-long stretch just north of the Wayne National Forest headquarters.
25, 2014

State transportation officials believe a section of U.S. Route 33 in southeast Ohio is sagging because of abandoned coal mine space beneath the road, and they’re trying to pinpoint the problem areas.

New Book Says “Soft Money” Is Changing American Democracy

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25, 2014

In his new book, Daniel Tokaji details what he calls one of the most important recent developments in American democracy: the explosion of independent campaign spending, or “soft money.” Tokaji is an elections law professor at Ohio State University who’s new book is titled “The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections.”