Laura A. Bischoff

Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government. She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid and politicians of all stripes.  Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors.  Prior to her current assignment, Bischoff worked as a business reporter and covered Dayton city hall. She previously covered local government for the Flint (Mich.) Journal.  Bischoff was raised in Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She lives in Worthington with her husband and two sons.

Latest from Laura A. Bischoff

‘Comrade Cordray:’ Ohio GOP tries to tie Cordray to Communist Party
 Dennis Kucinich has called Richard Cordray a Republican. President Donald Trump has called Cordray a Socialist. Now, the Ohio GOP has a new label for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate: “Comrade Cordray.” The Ohio Republican Party on Monday blasted out an email titled: “Comrade Cordray - Communist Party Campaigning for...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Dennis Kucinich has called Richard Cordray a Republican. President Donald Trump has called Cordray a Socialist. Now, the Ohio GOP has a new label for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate: “Comrade Cordray.” The Ohio Republican Party on Monday blasted out an email titled: “Comrade Cordray - Communist Party Campaigning for...
Marijuana legalization pushed by Ohio’s third-party governor candidates
 Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray — who together have held public office for more than 60 years — are flooding the airwaves with TV ads and live debates. Meanwhile, Ohio voters will notice two other names on the ballot for governor: Libertarian Party of Ohio nominee Travis Irvine and Green Party nominee Constance...

Posted: 5 days ago

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray — who together have held public office for more than 60 years — are flooding the airwaves with TV ads and live debates. Meanwhile, Ohio voters will notice two other names on the ballot for governor: Libertarian Party of Ohio nominee Travis Irvine and Green Party nominee Constance...
Libertarians file second complaint about gubernatorial debates
 The Libertarian Party of Ohio filed a complaint against organizers of the gubernatorial debates in Marietta and Cleveland, saying they arbitrarily left out third party candidates. The LPO filed a 29-page complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, alleging that Marietta College and the City Club of Cleveland planned the debates in conjunction...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Libertarian Party of Ohio filed a complaint against organizers of the gubernatorial debates in Marietta and Cleveland, saying they arbitrarily left out third party candidates. The LPO filed a 29-page complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission, alleging that Marietta College and the City Club of Cleveland planned the debates in conjunction...
Poll: close races for Ohio’s statewide offices
 Just before Ohio voters begin casting early ballots, a new poll released Monday show the races for auditor, secretary of state, and treasurer are dead heats while Republican Dave Yost has a slight lead over Democrat Steve Dettelbach in the attorney general’s contest. In each race there are big chunks of voters who are undecided &mdash...

Posted: 6 days ago

Just before Ohio voters begin casting early ballots, a new poll released Monday show the races for auditor, secretary of state, and treasurer are dead heats while Republican Dave Yost has a slight lead over Democrat Steve Dettelbach in the attorney general’s contest. In each race there are big chunks of voters who are undecided &mdash...
Ohio Voting: Poll shows where likely voters stand on Issue 1
 A criminal justice reform question on the Ohio statewide ballot has support from nearly 48 percent of likely voters while 30.5 percent oppose it and 21.7 percent aren’t sure how they’ll vote on the matter, according to a new poll released Tuesday by Baldwin Wallace University Community Research Institute. State Issue 1 is a proposed...

Posted: 7 days ago

A criminal justice reform question on the Ohio statewide ballot has support from nearly 48 percent of likely voters while 30.5 percent oppose it and 21.7 percent aren’t sure how they’ll vote on the matter, according to a new poll released Tuesday by Baldwin Wallace University Community Research Institute. State Issue 1 is a proposed...
Today is deadline to register to vote
 The ads have started, campaigns are heating up and we are getting closer to the November election. Ohio voters will be choosing a new governor, statewide leaders, members of Congress and the General Assembly as well as county offices. There also is a state issue on the ballot as well as hundreds of tax levies and school issues. You have until...

Posted: 7 days ago

The ads have started, campaigns are heating up and we are getting closer to the November election. Ohio voters will be choosing a new governor, statewide leaders, members of Congress and the General Assembly as well as county offices. There also is a state issue on the ballot as well as hundreds of tax levies and school issues. You have until...
DeWine, Cordray final debate focuses on abortion, education and opioid crisis
 Ohio governor candidates Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine squared off in their final debate before Election Day Monday clashing about issues such as health care, education, and the opioid crisis. In the third debate Cordray once again went on attack, saying the governorship isn’t like a gold watch that goes to whoever has been around...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ohio governor candidates Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine squared off in their final debate before Election Day Monday clashing about issues such as health care, education, and the opioid crisis. In the third debate Cordray once again went on attack, saying the governorship isn’t like a gold watch that goes to whoever has been around...
Take a first look inside local medical marijuana growing facility
 Cresco Labs’ new $15-million, 60,000-square-foot medical marijuana factory in Yellow Springs hums with fans and lights, “cultivation agents” wear medical scubs and latex gloves and a stern-faced security guard monitors dozens of video cameras from a locked room and every plant is tagged with a bar code. The ribbon cutting...

Posted: 8 days ago

Cresco Labs’ new $15-million, 60,000-square-foot medical marijuana factory in Yellow Springs hums with fans and lights, “cultivation agents” wear medical scubs and latex gloves and a stern-faced security guard monitors dozens of video cameras from a locked room and every plant is tagged with a bar code. The ribbon cutting...
Voting concerns, safety key issues in Ohio secretary of state race
 The Ohio Secretary of State job used to be seen as a ho-hum post taken by political climbers biding their time until they could run for higher-profile jobs. Not any more. Attempted cyber attacks, Russians trying to influence American democracy and allegations of voter fraud and suppression are now top issues for Ohio’s chief elections...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Ohio Secretary of State job used to be seen as a ho-hum post taken by political climbers biding their time until they could run for higher-profile jobs. Not any more. Attempted cyber attacks, Russians trying to influence American democracy and allegations of voter fraud and suppression are now top issues for Ohio’s chief elections...
Secretive ads accuse Springfield lawmaker of ‘not doing his job’
 Mailboxes across Clark County have been flooded with campaign advertisements that say in all capital letters: “Kyle Koehler isn’t doing his job.” Koehler, a Republican state lawmaker from Springfield who spent the past 18 months pushing a controversial payday lending industry reform bill, said he’d like to know who...

Posted: 10 days ago

Mailboxes across Clark County have been flooded with campaign advertisements that say in all capital letters: “Kyle Koehler isn’t doing his job.” Koehler, a Republican state lawmaker from Springfield who spent the past 18 months pushing a controversial payday lending industry reform bill, said he’d like to know who...
Will the next governor oppose child marriage in Ohio?
 Current Ohio law allows children to marry at any age if they get court and parent approval — something Democrat Richard Cordray says should be changed and Republican Mike DeWine is open to studying. “Rich Cordray is opposed to child marriage and strongly supports full equality for women in the marriage age, workplace pay, and...

Posted: 11 days ago

Current Ohio law allows children to marry at any age if they get court and parent approval — something Democrat Richard Cordray says should be changed and Republican Mike DeWine is open to studying. “Rich Cordray is opposed to child marriage and strongly supports full equality for women in the marriage age, workplace pay, and...