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Gov candidate Cordray talks shape of Ohio, Mellencamp lyrics in odd tweets
 Democrat Richard Cordray was barred by federal law from talking politics while serving as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the past seven years. Now he is running for Ohio governor and he is unleashed. He’s taken to Twitter and his comments are getting a lot of reacitons. “Ohio has a unique and pleasing...

Posted: 4 days ago

Democrat Richard Cordray was barred by federal law from talking politics while serving as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for the past seven years. Now he is running for Ohio governor and he is unleashed. He’s taken to Twitter and his comments are getting a lot of reacitons. “Ohio has a unique and pleasing...
Dayton Mayor Whaley drops out of governor’s race
 Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley ended her run for Ohio governor Friday and endorsed fellow Democrat Richard Cordray, saying “Now is the time for unity.” Whaley praised Cordray as smart and talented. “He believes in issues I care about, and he’s ready to fight for those every day Ohioans who have felt forgotten and ignored...

Posted: 5 days ago

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley ended her run for Ohio governor Friday and endorsed fellow Democrat Richard Cordray, saying “Now is the time for unity.” Whaley praised Cordray as smart and talented. “He believes in issues I care about, and he’s ready to fight for those every day Ohioans who have felt forgotten and ignored...
Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci jumps in U.S. Senate race
 Republican Jim Renacci is dropping his gubernatorial campaign to start running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, he said today. Renacci, a Congressman and business owner from Wadsworth, met with White House political staff and the National Republican Senate Committee on Wednesday. White House officials strongly encouraged Renacci to...

Posted: 5 days ago

Republican Jim Renacci is dropping his gubernatorial campaign to start running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, he said today. Renacci, a Congressman and business owner from Wadsworth, met with White House political staff and the National Republican Senate Committee on Wednesday. White House officials strongly encouraged Renacci to...
Hamilton businessman tapped to run with Mary Taylor in governor race
 Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is expected to name a Hamilton business leader as her running mate in the GOP gubernatorial primary, a source close to the campaign confirmed. Taylor will announce iMFLUX chief executive Nathan Estruth, a Cincinnati resident, as her choice for lieutenant governor at an event Wednesday at City Gospel Mission in Cincinnati...

Posted: 7 days ago

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is expected to name a Hamilton business leader as her running mate in the GOP gubernatorial primary, a source close to the campaign confirmed. Taylor will announce iMFLUX chief executive Nathan Estruth, a Cincinnati resident, as her choice for lieutenant governor at an event Wednesday at City Gospel Mission in Cincinnati...
If Trump asks, Renacci may run for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat
 If President Trump asks him to do it, Republican Jim Renacci might switch from the Ohio governor’s race to running for U.S. Senate, Renacci spokesman James Slepian said Monday. “If the president or White House reaches out and asks him to step in to the Senate race, he would strongly consider that,” Slepian said. Republican...

Posted: 8 days ago

If President Trump asks him to do it, Republican Jim Renacci might switch from the Ohio governor’s race to running for U.S. Senate, Renacci spokesman James Slepian said Monday. “If the president or White House reaches out and asks him to step in to the Senate race, he would strongly consider that,” Slepian said. Republican...
Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor against 6 other Democrats
 Former Cleveland mayor and U.S. member of Congress Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor, joining an already crowded field in the Democratic primary. Kucinich filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State on Monday to declare his candidacy and name a campaign treasurer. Kucinich, 71, launched his political career nearly 50 years...

Posted: 8 days ago

Former Cleveland mayor and U.S. member of Congress Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor, joining an already crowded field in the Democratic primary. Kucinich filed paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State on Monday to declare his candidacy and name a campaign treasurer. Kucinich, 71, launched his political career nearly 50 years...
Group pushing ballot measure to increase regulation of puppy mills
 Following a dramatic showdown between animal rights groups and agriculture heavy weights seven years ago, Ohio struck a deal to bring about sweeping reforms for how farm animals are handled. But while officials made good on several promises, the state hasn’t acted in good faith when it comes to puppy mills, or large commercial dog breeders...

Posted: 8 days ago

Following a dramatic showdown between animal rights groups and agriculture heavy weights seven years ago, Ohio struck a deal to bring about sweeping reforms for how farm animals are handled. But while officials made good on several promises, the state hasn’t acted in good faith when it comes to puppy mills, or large commercial dog breeders...
Are you owed money? Ohio’s unclaimed fund hits $2.6 billion
 Now that the holidays are over and the credit card bills are due, it might be a good time to check to see if the state of Ohio is hanging onto any money you forgot about. The unclaimed funds account holds $2.6 billion waiting to be returned to rightful owners, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce. Uncashed paychecks, abandoned rent...

Posted: 11 days ago

Now that the holidays are over and the credit card bills are due, it might be a good time to check to see if the state of Ohio is hanging onto any money you forgot about. The unclaimed funds account holds $2.6 billion waiting to be returned to rightful owners, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce. Uncashed paychecks, abandoned rent...
Josh Mandel drops out of the U.S. Senate race against Sherrod Brown
 Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is bowing out of the GOP primary for U.S. Senate this year, citing his wife’s health. This clears the way for Republican businessman Mike Gibbons to win the party nomination to take on incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown for the hotly contested seat. However, Republicans have until Feb. 7 to file a candidate...

Posted: 11 days ago

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is bowing out of the GOP primary for U.S. Senate this year, citing his wife’s health. This clears the way for Republican businessman Mike Gibbons to win the party nomination to take on incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown for the hotly contested seat. However, Republicans have until Feb. 7 to file a candidate...
Future of Ohio medical pot industry uncertain after federal decision
 Regulators and operators in Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana industry are keeping a watchful eye on news that the U.S. Department of Justice will end an Obama-era policy that paved the way for marijuana legalization in states. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to rescind the policy and leave it up to assistant United States...

Posted: 12 days ago

Regulators and operators in Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana industry are keeping a watchful eye on news that the U.S. Department of Justice will end an Obama-era policy that paved the way for marijuana legalization in states. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to rescind the policy and leave it up to assistant United States...
Ohio may force people who fail drug test to go to jail or treatment
 Local state Rep. Niraj Antani is pushing a bill that would require people on parole or probation who test positive for illegal opioids be jailed or sent to a 30-day residential drug treatment program. Antani, a Miamisburg Republican, said drug treatment expenses would be borne by the offender — not the government. Taxpayers foot the...

Posted: 13 days ago

Local state Rep. Niraj Antani is pushing a bill that would require people on parole or probation who test positive for illegal opioids be jailed or sent to a 30-day residential drug treatment program. Antani, a Miamisburg Republican, said drug treatment expenses would be borne by the offender — not the government. Taxpayers foot the...
From pizza delivery robots, to boozy ice cream, a look at new Ohio laws
 Ohio lawmakers passed some interesting legislation in 2017 that has now gone into effect. Here’s a look at some of the oddest actions taken in Columbus recently: What’s better than ice cream? Answer: Ice cream with alcohol in it. The new state budget will allow liquor permit holders to make and sell ice cream that is up to 6 percent...

Posted: 14 days ago

Ohio lawmakers passed some interesting legislation in 2017 that has now gone into effect. Here’s a look at some of the oddest actions taken in Columbus recently: What’s better than ice cream? Answer: Ice cream with alcohol in it. The new state budget will allow liquor permit holders to make and sell ice cream that is up to 6 percent...
Ohio laws in 2017: OKs fantasy sports betting, outlaws some abortions
 Ohio’s 132 state legislators wrapped up work in Columbus for 2017 with 42 bills signed into law by Gov. John Kasich — including everything from legalizing fantasy sports betting to outlawing abortions once a Down syndrom diagnosis is made. Kasich signed 15 bills into law on Dec. 22. Half-way through the two-year legislative session...

Posted: 16 days ago

Ohio’s 132 state legislators wrapped up work in Columbus for 2017 with 42 bills signed into law by Gov. John Kasich — including everything from legalizing fantasy sports betting to outlawing abortions once a Down syndrom diagnosis is made. Kasich signed 15 bills into law on Dec. 22. Half-way through the two-year legislative session...
11 Dayton Daily News investigations that shaped 2017
 From conditions at county jails to child brides to abuse of power and government waste, fraud and failure, our I-Team and other reporters at the Dayton Daily News delivered in 2017 investigative journalism that shed a spotlight on community issues and led to change.  This in-depth reporting is made possible by your subscription and readership...

Posted: 18 days ago

From conditions at county jails to child brides to abuse of power and government waste, fraud and failure, our I-Team and other reporters at the Dayton Daily News delivered in 2017 investigative journalism that shed a spotlight on community issues and led to change.  This in-depth reporting is made possible by your subscription and readership...
Kasich signs bills banning abortions of Down syndrome fetuses
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a controversial bill that makes it a crime for doctors to perform abortions if the woman wants to terminate her pregnancy because the fetus may have Down syndrome. The new law makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions with that knowledge and requires the State Medical Board of Ohio to revoke...

Posted: 24 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a controversial bill that makes it a crime for doctors to perform abortions if the woman wants to terminate her pregnancy because the fetus may have Down syndrome. The new law makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions with that knowledge and requires the State Medical Board of Ohio to revoke...
Fantasy sports betting now legal in Ohio, subject to regulation
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday signed into law a bill legalizing fantasy sports gambling and giving the Ohio Casino Control Commission the authority to regulate it. House Bill 132 reached the governor’s desk after passing the Senate 25-4. The new law exempts fantasy sports contests played by thousands of Ohioans from Ohio’s gambling...

Posted: 25 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday signed into law a bill legalizing fantasy sports gambling and giving the Ohio Casino Control Commission the authority to regulate it. House Bill 132 reached the governor’s desk after passing the Senate 25-4. The new law exempts fantasy sports contests played by thousands of Ohioans from Ohio’s gambling...
Kasich signs bill banning abortions when fetus has Down syndrome
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a controversial bill that makes it a crime for doctors to perform abortions if the woman wants to terminate her pregnancy because the fetus may have Down syndrome. Related: Ohio Senate votes to ban abortions if Down syndrome diagnosed The new law makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions with...

Posted: 25 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a controversial bill that makes it a crime for doctors to perform abortions if the woman wants to terminate her pregnancy because the fetus may have Down syndrome. Related: Ohio Senate votes to ban abortions if Down syndrome diagnosed The new law makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions with...
104 businesses seek 40 licenses to process medical marijuana in Ohio
 Ohio’s new medical marijuana program received 104 applications for up to 40 processor licenses, the state announced Wednesday. The list of applicants discloses only the company and contact names — not the full application details. But there are familiar players listed, including 19 of 24 companies that were awarded cultivator...

Posted: 27 days ago

Ohio’s new medical marijuana program received 104 applications for up to 40 processor licenses, the state announced Wednesday. The list of applicants discloses only the company and contact names — not the full application details. But there are familiar players listed, including 19 of 24 companies that were awarded cultivator...
Clark, Montgomery counties picked for foster family recruiting program
 Clark and Montgomery counties will participate in a new pilot program to recruit foster families, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office. Eight counties particularly hard-hit by the opioid addiction crisis were selected for the program, which will be funded by a $1-million grant. The money will cover a full-time staff...

Posted: 27 days ago

Clark and Montgomery counties will participate in a new pilot program to recruit foster families, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office. Eight counties particularly hard-hit by the opioid addiction crisis were selected for the program, which will be funded by a $1-million grant. The money will cover a full-time staff...
Dayton woman convicted in 1994 teen slaying to be freed Christmas Day
 Tyra Patterson, a Dayton woman who has garnered international support for her claims of innocence, will walk out of state prison as a free woman on Christmas Day, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The Ohio Parole Board voted in October to grant release for Patterson, now 42. She is currently being held at...

Posted: 28 days ago

Tyra Patterson, a Dayton woman who has garnered international support for her claims of innocence, will walk out of state prison as a free woman on Christmas Day, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The Ohio Parole Board voted in October to grant release for Patterson, now 42. She is currently being held at...
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