Dan Konik

Gov. John Kasich gave his final State of the State speech last night, at Otterbein University in his hometown of Westerville. He didn’t unveil any new programs but he did talk about values.

Kasich’s State of the State speech was political potpourri. He didn’t talk about any one subject for more than a few minutes. He quoted philosophers and theologians from Plato to Martin Luther. He talked about secular humanism and religion and its role in his life. He was reflective.

Abortion rights supporters
Jo Ingles

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Texas law that required doctors performing abortions in the Lone Star state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and required abortion clinics to meet standards for ambulatory surgical centers.  How does that ruling affect Ohio?

State lawmakers have put in place restrictions on Ohio abortion clinics that are similar to those in Texas. So the leader of NARAL Pro Choice Ohio, Kellie Copeland, says the Supreme Court’s ruling against the state of Texas is a victory for abortion clinics in Ohio too.

Passage Of Issue 2 Could Lead To Legal Battles

Oct 27, 2015
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Election Day is one week away. One of the measures on the ballot, Issue 2 – also known as the “anti-monopoly” amendment will get an up or down vote. Though some experts say if the statewide measure passes, it might be only the beginning of a long legal battle.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A ballot effort to boost Ohio's minimum wage has cleared an initial hurdle.


Attorney General Mike DeWine certified a petition for the proposed constitutional amendment Friday, saying it had the necessary signatures and a "fair and truthful" summary.


The proposal seeks to increase the minimum wage for non-tipped workers to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2017. That amount would then increase in 50-cent increments each year until it reaches $12 an hour in 2021.


Ohio House of Representatives

The Ohio House has a new Education Committee chair. 

Republican Andrew Brenner says he’s always been interested in education and looks forward to taking over the helm of this important committee. He says cleaning up problems related to education in the state budget is one of the first things on the agenda.

“There were a lot of issues there, some of the stuff, especially I think the autism, some of the language we had in there will not work properly without some of the corrections," he said. "So there are several things there that we are going to be working on.”

Ohio Delegation Crafting Charter Reform At Federal Level

Oct 23, 2015
Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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Ohio lawmakers at the federal level are working on their own charter school reform proposal. The state passed a measure earlier this month meant to crack down on bad charters.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says this renewed push for reform comes after the U.S. Department of Education gave Ohio $71 million for its charter school system. He says the Charter School Accountability Act would ensure that money would go to schools with a proven track record of success.


Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood Moves Through Statehouse

Oct 22, 2015
Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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A plan was rushed through the Senate on Wednesday to take money away from abortion providers.

It’s been called the bill that defunds Planned Parenthood. And the group’s president and CEO, Stephanie Kight, says it will cost Planned Parenthood about $1.4 million. That’s money that goes on to fund things like health education, infant mortality reduction programs and prevention initiatives such as HIV testing.

Expert Says Ohio's Redistricting Efforts Could Have National Ripple Effect

Oct 14, 2015

A national political expert says the ballot issue to change the way state lawmakers’ districts are drawn gives Ohioans a rare opportunity. 

Michael Li is a redistricting expert at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. He says other states have reformed redistricting through plans brought forward by citizens’ groups. But Li says Ohio’s Issue 1 is special because it was created by lawmakers working across party lines.

Lawmakers Crafting Plan Focused On Congressional District Lines

Oct 9, 2015

The bipartisan duo of lawmakers that pushed for redistricting reform on the state level is now focused on congressional districts.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State authorities are investigating a string of threats made against schools across Ohio.


Threats have caused evacuations or closures of some schools in the past week, although there haven't been police reports of finding explosives. The state Department of Education says it doesn't know how many schools have been threatened, but says Ohio Homeland Security has reported "a number of bomb threats."