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Minor Party Rules Clear House Despite Objection Of Dems.

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The rules expected to be signed into law by the governor would require minor parties to gather signatures equal to one percent of the vote in the most recent election for governor or president, and that a minor party must get at least two percent of that total vote to qualify for future ballots.
7:31AM
October
31, 2013

A bill that would put new rules on minor party candidates has cleared a major legislative hurdle despite objections from Democrats who call it “The John Kasich Re-election Protection Act.”

Senate President: Governor Likely Has Medicaid Expansion Votes

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State lawmakers are scheduled to hear more details today about several other Medicaid proposals, including one bill that would expand the health care program.
9:00AM
October 16, 2013

Senate President Keith Fabor says Gov. John Kasich likely would not have brought Medicaid expansion to the Ohio Controlling Board if he didn’t have the votes.

Ohio Braces For Potential Government Shutdown

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The Federal Government could shut down at midnight if Republican and Democratic lawmakers fail to come to an agreement on a federal spending bill.
2:50PM
September 30, 2013

Ohio is bracing for the potential consequences of a looming government shutdown, from workers who live paycheck to paycheck to program directors worried about further impacts for already dwindling services for low-income clients.

Senate Democrat Backs New Medicaid Expansion Plan

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Cafaro’s bill takes many elements of the bipartisan reform bill that has yet to be heard in committee – but she says those elements will save the state money through cost efficiency and legislative oversight.
8:12AM
July 31, 2013

A Democratic state senator says politics are holding up Medicaid expansion and reform, so she’s proposing a bill that she says will force the issue. But Republicans leaders still appear hesitant to expand the program.

Democrats Propose Gun Confiscation During “Cooling Off” Period

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The proposed legislation would require those subject to protection orders to temporarily give up their weapons to law enforcement.
7:46AM
May
16, 2013

Some Statehouse Democrats say gun owners should have to give up their weapons during a “cooling off” period after they’ve been served with a restraining order.

Ohio Democrats Gather In Columbus For Annual Dinner

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Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald is so far the only Ohio Democrat to form an exploratory committee for a possible run for governor in 2014.
7:57AM
March
18, 2013

Ohio Democrats had a big weekend as they started planning for big campaigns ahead next year. The Ohio Democratic Party’s annual statewide dinner began just hours after a possible contender declined to run in the 2014 governor’s race.

‘Freshman’ Lawmakers Find Place In State Legislature

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8:01AM
January 8, 2013

Of the 132 state lawmakers sworn for the new General Assembly, 18 are there for the first time.

Democrats, Republicans At Odds Over Lame Duck Session

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7:32AM
November
9, 2012

There’s increasing partisan bickering about whether state lawmakers should address elections reform in the upcoming lame duck session.

Obama Coming To Central Ohio; Romney Hosting Rally In Cincinnati

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President Obama and Mitt Romney will be back in Ohio on the Friday before the election trying to sway voters in the key battleground state.
11:00AM
October 31, 2012

President Barack Obama is resuming his storm-delayed chase to win Ohio with help from former President Bill Clinton, while Republicans are putting together a huge rally for Friday evening.

Obama Campaign Announces Details On Columbus Rally

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The President will rally supporters in Cincinnati Monday morning before heading to Columbus.
8:54AM
September
14, 2012

The President’s re-election campaign says he’ll host a rally in Schiller Park in German Village Monday afternoon.