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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.

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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]

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]

Should cities be allowed to use red-light, traffic cameras?

  • 3:03 pm Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Laura Bischoff in our Columbus Bureau is reporting that Dayton’s fight over red light cameras is headed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Here’s some of her report:

Love them or hate them, the argument over red light cameras in Ohio will resume next week when the Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on a lawsuit launched by the city of Dayton against the 2014 state law that effectively bans the electronic traffic cops.

Dayton is arguing that three elements of the 2014 law are unconstitutional because they undercut local municipalities’ home-rule authority to self-govern. A [More]

New poll says it’s tied in Ohio: Who would you vote for

  • 9:03 pm Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Staff Writer

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The poll of 500 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent. The two polls show the presidential race in Ohio is extremely close.

But the poll indicates Trump is losing ground among independent voters. In last month’s poll, Trump held a 27-point advantage among independents compared to a smaller 6-point lead in the new poll.

“If Clinton takes the lead among independents, she wins Ohio,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Research Center in Boston.

The poll also showed Republican Sen. Rob Portman leading 46-to-31 percent over former Democratic governor Ted Strickland.

Donald Trump campaign names Ohio team

  • 6:33 pm Thursday, August 4th, 2016 by Staff Writer

The Donald Trump-Mike Pence campaign is getting its Ohio organization up and running for the fall election.

Polls continue to show Ohio as one of the most competitive states, one that no Republican has ever lost and been able to win the White House.

“We have assembled an all-star team that is building out our campaign’s ground game in every corner of the state.  We are committed to taking Mr. Trump’s message to all Ohioans, and turning the enthusiasm of this grassroots movement into votes in November,” said Bob Paduchik, Trump’s Ohio State director, in announcing the senior members of the Ohio [More]

Complete guide to our newspaper, TV, radio coverage of Republican Convention

  • 2:11 am Sunday, July 17th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Ohio is the center of the political universe this year and our team at Cox Media Group Ohio is your source for all the news of the national conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Using the combined resources of the Dayton Daily News, News Center 7, WHIO AM 1290/News 95.7, the Springfield News-Sun, the Journal-News and our Ohio Politics pages on Facebook and Twitter, we have the conventions covered.

We’ll be interviewing newsmakers, taking you inside the conventions and out on the streets with behind-the-scenes video, surprise guests, TV and radio special reports and Facebook Live events.

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Bernie Sanders campaigns in Cleveland; Hillary Clinton there Tuesday

  • 7:29 pm Saturday, March 5th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Vermont Sen. Bernie sanders campaigned in Cleveland today and Hillary Clinton is heading there on Tuesday.

Sanders had two stops in Cleveland, according to Cleveland.com reporter Andrew Tobias. Sanders went to his campaign headquarters near Cleveland State University and also went to the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.

He also picked up the endorsement of a union representing Social Security workers. Read Tobias’ report here.

The location has not been released, but the event will be at 7 p.m. Those who want to attend can RSVP here.

Emotional moment for John Kasich in South Carolina

  • 8:33 pm Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Ohio Gov.  John Kasich had an emotional interaction with a supporter during a town hall meeting Thursday in Clemson, South Carolina.

Brett Smith, a 21-year-old from Newnan, Georgia, described a recent string of hardships in his life including the suicide of a close family friend, his parents’ divorce and his father losing a job.

Smith tells Kasich he was in a “really dark place” before finding hope in the Lord and in his friends. He says, “And now I found it in my presidential candidate, and I really appreciate what it is that you’ve been talking about.”

Smith went on to say “I [More]

Hours extended to 9 p.m. Tuesday for voter registration for March primary

  • 11:00 am Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Staff Writer

All counties in Ohio will have extended hours Tuesday, Feb. 16 to register voters for the March 15 primary.

All offices will be open until 9 p.m.

Learn more about how to register to vote and download forms here.

Early voting by mail and in person at county boards of election also starts Feb. 17. However, the field of presidential candidates is fluid, so it’s likely candidates on the ballot will drop out of the race before the Ohio primary.

Also on the ballot are primaries for the U.S. Senate, Congress, state House, state Senate, Ohio Supreme Court and county offices. There are [More]