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Ohio governor candidate wants to use ‘rainy day’ fund to fight heroin crisis

  • 10:22 am Thursday, May 18th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Sen. Joe Schiavoni, who is running for governor in 2018, pitched an idea Wednesday to use the state’s “rainy day fund” to fight the opioid crisis.

Schiavoni, a Youngstown-area Democrat, and state Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, introduced a bill to use $200 million to fund more treatment options and education efforts.

Jackie Borchardt at Cleveland.com  has more on their plans.

More coverage of Ohio’s opioid crisis:

Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections

10 heroin overdoses in 24 hours in Miami County

Rep. Jordan: Congress needs ‘to get to the bottom’ of allegations against Trump

  • 4:05 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former FBI Director James Comey has been asked to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday and one local congressman could have a front-row seat.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, sits on the committee. Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said that he may subpoena a memo reportedly written by Comey allegedly giving details of President Donald Trump’s request to end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Chaffetz invited Comey to testify Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, Jordan told Jessica Wehrman in our Washington Bureau that Congress needed “to get to the bottom” of the allegations against Trump.

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John Kasich, Bernie Sanders debate tonight on CNN

  • 11:22 am Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Tonight on CNN, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are having a debate.

Sanders gave 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a run for her money during the primary. He won 23 states and had more than 13 million votes.

Kasich was the last Republican to drop out of the race against the GOP nominee Donald Trump. Kasich won his homestate of Ohio and had more that 4 million votes nationally, putting him in third behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

RELATED: Is John Kasich still a force in Ohio Politics?

The debate starts at 9 p.m. tonight and will be [More]

Top Air Force general says budget is main concern

  • 11:18 am Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Our military affairs reporter Barrie Barber had a 1-on-1 interview with the top general of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein on Tuesday.

Goldfein said plainly that his top concern is the federal budget.

“For a service chief, the most important thing for me in terms of trying to really deliver for the nation is predictable funding because without it you just can’t plan,” he said. “If you’re going from year to year, it’s almost impossible to do any kind of long-term planning and it wreaks havoc on industry who is trying to deliver for us.

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Should Ohio students have to pass tests to graduate?

  • 4:29 pm Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The State School Board took steps toward making it to where Ohio students don’t have to pass tests to graduate.

Our education reporter Jeremy Kelley reports that: “The resolution used recommendations from the state’s graduation workgroup, allowing current high school juniors who don’t meet existing rules to earn a diploma via a mix of senior-year items like 93 percent attendance, a 2.5 GPA, 120 hours of work/community service or a “capstone project.”

Read more on the state action here

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What do you want Gov. Kasich to focus on?

  • 3:32 pm Monday, April 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is set to give his state of the state address Tuesday night.

RELATED: Preview of Gov. Kasich’s state of the state address

He is expected to focus on jobs, taxes and ways to fight Ohio’s growing drug epidemic.

We asked followers of our Ohio Politics Facebook page what issues they want Kasich to take on.  You can speak out here. Here’s some of their responses:

Mary Nickell-Beckelheimer Will you please legalize and start letting honest good people be able to buy it (marijuana) so we don’t have to become addicted to ridiculous drugs. It [More]

Do you think people seeking unemployment benefits should be drug tested

  • 10:27 am Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

An effort is underway to expand the number of  unemployment benefit applicants who need drug tested

The Associated Press is reporting that the Senate sent President Donald Trump a plan to make the change and the White House says Trump will sign it.

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Sen Portman plans to back Gorsuch for Supreme Court

  • 6:54 pm Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jessica Wehrman

Washington Bureau

Sen. Rob Portman says he will back Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

The two met Wednesday in Portman’s office in what the Ohio Republican called “an engaging and productive meeting.”

“I expressed my belief that the job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law, and to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to legislate from the bench,” he said. “I believe that is exactly what he will do should he be confirmed to this important position. Judge Gorsuch has an outstanding record as a fair-minded, independent, and universally-respected judge, and, after [More]

Do you think Ohio elected officials should be punished if illegal immigrant kills, injures someone in their city?

  • 2:31 pm Monday, February 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, want to punish elected officials in Ohio inf an illegal immigrant kills or injures someone after the city declares itself a ‘sanctuary city.’

The move comes just days after Cincinnati declared itself a sanctuary city welcoming immigrants.

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Take our poll: Should Ohio raise sales, cigarette, beer taxes to pay for income tax cut?

  • 3:40 pm Monday, January 30th, 2017 by Staff Writer

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich today proposed a 17 percent cut in income taxes through a dozen changes, including increasing the exemptions allowed for families making less than $80,000. Kasich also wants to simplify the state tax code by collapsing the number of tax brackets.

Our Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff has all of the details:

The governor, once again, is proposing higher tax rates for oil and gas producers — an idea that has not gotten traction from lawmakers in previous years.

He is proposing increasing the state sales tax to 6.25 percent, up from the current 5.75 percent, [More]