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Ohio Supreme Court Puts Sheriff On Ballot For Committee Post

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Ohio Supreme Court rules Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott will be on the primary ballot as a candidate for a county Democratic Party post.
April 22, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered that a central Ohio sheriff be put back on the May primary ballot for a Democratic party committee post.

Cleveland Leaders Hope Hotels Will Land Them Convention

County and city leaders are hopeful a revamped downtown and new convention center can help Cleveland land the 2016 Republican National Convention.
March 6, 2014

Cleveland made bids to host political conventions in 2008 and 2012, but lost out both times. Local leaders are hopeful more hotel rooms and a new convention center will land them the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Rats Invade Clintonville Neighborhood

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A new study by the Columbus Public Health Department shows a widespread rat invasion in Clintonville.
19, 2013

Rats moving into Clintonville force residents to change some of their habits. A recent study by the Columbus Public Health Department shows a widespread rat invasion.

Political Parties Have Different Take-Aways From Election Results

The Ohio GOP, the Ohio Democratic Party, and the leader of the Portage County Tea Party all see hopeful messages in this week's election results.
November 8, 2013

It’s said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The same could be true with this week’s election results.

Dems, GOP Push Bills On Government Transparency

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4, 2013

Lawmakers in the Ohio House from both political parties have introduced several bills that they say will improve government transparency. But the word “transparency” is being used by both sides in different ways.

Minor Party Rules Clear House Despite Objection Of Dems.

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.
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

State lawmakers are scheduled to hear more details today about several other Medicaid proposals, including one bill that would expand the health care program.
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.
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

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.
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

The proposed legislation would require those subject to protection orders to temporarily give up their weapons to law enforcement.
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.