Governor DeWine Vetoes Transparency Language for Property Tax Levies

  State Rep. Derek Merrin (R-47) got a surprise this week when his bill to update the requirements for ballot language on property tax levies was added to the state’s budget bill. But his excitement was short-lived when Gov. Mike DeWine used his line-item veto authority to nix the idea.…

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Ohio’s ‘Nuclear Bailout’ Bill Stuck in Legislative Limbo

  COLUMBUS, Ohio — First Energy gave the Ohio Legislature until June 30 to pass House Bill 6, which opponents called a bailout. Failure to pass it by the company’s imposed deadline would result in the shutdown of at least one of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants, the company warned. The…

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Planned Parenthood Targets Crisis Pregnancy Centers After They Receive $7 Million Boost in Ohio Budget

  Crisis pregnancy centers in Ohio are set to receive $7.5 million in funding over the next two fiscal years under Ohio’s new state budget, and Planned Parenthood isn’t pleased. During Wednesday’s House floor debate on the budget, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio sent out a number of tweets attacking…

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Ohio State Reviewing Millions of Dollars in Donations Linked to Jeffrey Epstein

  The Ohio State University announced Tuesday that it is reviewing millions of dollars in donations linked to billionaire sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was recently arrested and charged with sex trafficking. “In 1990, Epstein donated $1,000 to the Wexner Center for the Arts Membership Fund. In partial fulfillment of a…

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Kim Kardashian Steps in to Help Ohio Inmate Serving Life Sentence

  Kim Kardashian West is spreading the word about Kevin Keith, an Ohio inmate serving a life sentence at Marion Correctional Institution for a 1994 triple homicide. His supporters, however, believe he’s innocent and are in the process of creating a documentary to prove their case. “I heard about Kevin…

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Amash Challenger Jim Lower Raises Over $200K for Congressional Race in 40 Days

  Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower (R-Greenville) announced Wednesday that he is filing a Federal Elections Commission report that shows he raised $200,506 from 3,161 contributors in just 40 days for his U.S. House race. Two highlights are that Ron Weiser, a former Michigan Republican Party Chair, former Republican National…

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Ohio’s Republican Legislature Passes Massive Budget Increase

  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate overwhelmingly passed House Bill 166 on Wednesday. Arriving at the final version of the biennial budget had been a source of contention between the two chambers, resulting in a 17-day extension. But the hatchet was buried and…

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$2 Billion Military Sale to Taiwan Good News for Lima, Ohio

  The U.S. State Department recently approved the sale of 108 M1A2T Abrams Tanks, manufactured in Ohio, to the Taiwanese government. The sale comes as part of a $2 billion Foreign Military Sale to Taiwan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) praised…

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Republican Sen. Rob Portman Calls Trump Comments ‘Divisive’ and ‘Wrong’

  Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has been relatively quiet on the drama surrounding “the squad” on Capitol Hill, but he was finally reached for comment Monday by The Cincinnati Enquirer. “That’s not something I would say, and I think it’s divisive, unnecessary, and wrong,” Portman told the outlet in a brief…

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GOP Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio Calls Trump Tweets ‘Racist’

  Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH-10) joined the mainstream media and the Democratic Party in condemning President Donald Trump’s tweets about four freshmen Democratic Congresswomen. Turner threw down “the race card” Monday on Facebook.   The tweets from the president that started the row said: So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat…

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