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Dems In Columbus Another Day To Assess Site For 2016 Convention

A Democratic team visits Columbus for a second day as it decides where to hold 2016 political convention.
August 7, 2014

State and local leaders plan to join Democratic planners to discuss Columbus’ bid to host the political party’s presidential convention in 2016.

Columbus Makes Bid For 2016 Democratic National Convention

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Delegates from the Democratic National Convention selection committee arrive at Arena District pep rally. Columbus is among five cities competing for the 2016 national convention.
6, 2014

A ten member delegation from the Democratic National Committee arrived Wednesday by pedi-cab at an Arena District pep rally. Columbus is among five cities vying for the party’s 2016 nominating convention.

Constitution Commission Considers Changes To Term Limits

Democrats say Ohio's new GOP-backed congressional map shows the system is broken and unfairly favors the controlling party.
6, 2014

For the first of a three-part series examining some issues on the table before Ohio’s Constitutional Modernization Commission, Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports on what’s being considered on a controversial issue: term limits.

Irish Visitors: Situation An ‘Innocuous Incident’

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Democratic candidate for governor, Ed FitzGerald calls incident with woman "innocuous".
August 1, 2014

The Democratic candidate for Ohio governor has released a statement from members of an Irish delegation calling a situation with a female delegate and the candidate an ‘innocuous incident.’ The statement from the campaign of Ed FitzGerald says FitzGerald was driving delegate Joanne Grehan back to her hotel in 2012 at the delegation’s request when [...]

Obama’s Approval Rating Falling In Ohio

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31, 2014

A new poll by Quinnipiac University says Obama’s approval rating in Ohio has slipped to 36 percent. The same survey in May gave him a 39-percent approval rating.

Kasich Maintains Double-Digit Lead Over FitzGerald

A new poll shows that Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald has gained little ground against Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
July 30, 2014

The poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University shows Republican Kasich ahead of FitzGerald 48 percent to 36 percent. The same poll in May had Kasich leading by a 50-to-35 percent margin.

Ohio Medicaid Enrollment Up, Number Of Uninsured Is Down

A study by the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation looked at the impact of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion on Columbus and 13 other cities. Among the seven where Medicaid expanded, it estimates the rate of people with no health insurance will be cut more than in half by 2016.
July 29, 2014

When Ohio expanded Medicaid last fall, Governor John Kasich estimated up to 330-thousand more people would get health coverage. A new survey says the numbers may not be far off.

Ohio Republicans Renew Push To Repeal Common Core

The bill from Republican State Rep. Andy Thompson would repeal the standards and replace them with new provisions based on educational benchmarks used in Massachusetts.
29, 2014

School districts have spent years preparing to implement the education standards known as Common Core — which are set to start this coming school year. Now House Republicans are renewing their efforts to repeal the standards.

Dayton Mayor Gets Pushback For Offer To House Immigrant Children

Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says the numbers of young children coming into the U.S. alone from central America constitute a humanitarian crisis.
July 29, 2014

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is facing off against Congressman Mike Turner and local politicians over her offer to help house some of the immigrant children who recently crossed into the U.S.

Ohioans Getting $1.2 Million In Insurance Refunds

About $1.2 million dollars in refunds were issued for premiums paid in 2013 in Ohio.
July 25, 2014

Ohio health insurers are refunding more than a million dollars in premiums to small businesses and individuals for 2013, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services. The refund is the result of a clause in the Affordable Care Act aimed at limiting the cost of health insurance.