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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.

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Ohio governor candidates release tax returns
 Federal tax returns released on Wednesday show that Mike and Fran DeWine reported $634,975 wages, pension and investment income last year and paid $113,801 in taxes. The Greene County couple donated $57,389 to charities, including Catholic churches, anti-abortion groups and community health organizations. VOTER GUIDE: What’s on your...

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Federal tax returns released on Wednesday show that Mike and Fran DeWine reported $634,975 wages, pension and investment income last year and paid $113,801 in taxes. The Greene County couple donated $57,389 to charities, including Catholic churches, anti-abortion groups and community health organizations. VOTER GUIDE: What’s on your...
DeWine and Husted release tax returns before May 8 primary
 Federal tax returns released on Wednesday show that Mike and Fran DeWine reported $634,975 wages, pension and investment income last year and paid $113,801 in taxes. The Greene County couple donated $57,389 to charities, including Catholic churches, anti-abortion groups and community health organizations. VOTER GUIDE: What’s on your...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Federal tax returns released on Wednesday show that Mike and Fran DeWine reported $634,975 wages, pension and investment income last year and paid $113,801 in taxes. The Greene County couple donated $57,389 to charities, including Catholic churches, anti-abortion groups and community health organizations. VOTER GUIDE: What’s on your...
Payday lender made 3 international trips with ex-Ohio House speaker
 When then-Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and his aide Ben Webb traveled to China in 2016, Carol Stewart of Advance America, a payday lender, made the trip too. When Rosenberger toured London for four days in August 2017, Stewart was among the payday lending industry representatives on the junket. And when Rosenberger traveled to Normandy...

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When then-Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and his aide Ben Webb traveled to China in 2016, Carol Stewart of Advance America, a payday lender, made the trip too. When Rosenberger toured London for four days in August 2017, Stewart was among the payday lending industry representatives on the junket. And when Rosenberger traveled to Normandy...
What is State Issue 1 on the May ballot?
 On May 8, Ohio voters will decide on major changes to how Ohio draws district lines for members of Congress. The issue, put on the ballot by the General Assembly by a bi-partisan vote of 83-10 in the House and a unanimous vote in the Senate, is supposed to create a fairer process. After every census, Ohio lawmakers change the state&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

On May 8, Ohio voters will decide on major changes to how Ohio draws district lines for members of Congress. The issue, put on the ballot by the General Assembly by a bi-partisan vote of 83-10 in the House and a unanimous vote in the Senate, is supposed to create a fairer process. After every census, Ohio lawmakers change the state&rsquo...
Gov. Kasich orders review of Ohio gun background check program
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Monday to get an update on weaknesses in the state’s gun background-check system. Failure by local courts and law enforcement to send timely data to the state, which forwards it to National Instant Criminal Background Check System, could mean guns are being purchased by people who are...

Posted: 2 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Monday to get an update on weaknesses in the state’s gun background-check system. Failure by local courts and law enforcement to send timely data to the state, which forwards it to National Instant Criminal Background Check System, could mean guns are being purchased by people who are...
Guns, minimum wage top issues in Democratic governor primary
 Four years ago, Ohio Democrats pushed hard for a gubernatorial candidate who looked good on paper and found one: Ed FitzGerald. The campaign was soon run aground by scandal — including news reports that he had been questioned by police after they found him in a parked car in the early morning hours with a woman who was not his wife...

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Four years ago, Ohio Democrats pushed hard for a gubernatorial candidate who looked good on paper and found one: Ed FitzGerald. The campaign was soon run aground by scandal — including news reports that he had been questioned by police after they found him in a parked car in the early morning hours with a woman who was not his wife...
Former male stripper makes another run for Ohio governor
 Dayton Democrat Larry Ealy, who once worked as an exotic dancer, is making a second run for Ohio governor. “Why make another run at it? I’ve got some unfinished business,” said Ealy, a 55-year-old father of 10. He said he believes that minorities, particularly African-Americans, have been denied due process and equal rights...

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Dayton Democrat Larry Ealy, who once worked as an exotic dancer, is making a second run for Ohio governor. “Why make another run at it? I’ve got some unfinished business,” said Ealy, a 55-year-old father of 10. He said he believes that minorities, particularly African-Americans, have been denied due process and equal rights...
Who was the highest paid public worker in Ohio in 2017? It’s not Urban Meyer
 The highest paid public employee in Ohio last year wasn’t Urban Meyer, who made $5.28 million. Instead, Ohio State University men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann claimed the spot with compensation package totaling $5.66 million. Holtmann, who led the Buckeyes to a second round appearance in the NCAA 2018 March Madness tournament...

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The highest paid public employee in Ohio last year wasn’t Urban Meyer, who made $5.28 million. Instead, Ohio State University men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann claimed the spot with compensation package totaling $5.66 million. Holtmann, who led the Buckeyes to a second round appearance in the NCAA 2018 March Madness tournament...
Major reforms could come to payday lending industry in Ohio
 A week after Republican Cliff Rosenberger’s abrupt resignation, state lawmakers moved to push through the strongest reforms on payday lending that Ohio has seen in a decade. House Bill 123 calls for closing loopholes, limiting monthly payments to no more than 5 percent of the borrower’s monthly income, limiting fees to $20 or...

Posted: 7 days ago

A week after Republican Cliff Rosenberger’s abrupt resignation, state lawmakers moved to push through the strongest reforms on payday lending that Ohio has seen in a decade. House Bill 123 calls for closing loopholes, limiting monthly payments to no more than 5 percent of the borrower’s monthly income, limiting fees to $20 or...
Kucinich discloses $20,000 speaking fee from pro-Syrian group
 Democrat Dennis Kucinich is under attack for his association with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and now disclosure of a $20,000 payment he received from a pro-Assad group. Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland accused Kucinich of deliberately trying to hide the $20,000 payment by listing the income on his ethics statement without disclosing...

Posted: 7 days ago

Democrat Dennis Kucinich is under attack for his association with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and now disclosure of a $20,000 payment he received from a pro-Assad group. Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland accused Kucinich of deliberately trying to hide the $20,000 payment by listing the income on his ethics statement without disclosing...
FBI public corruption squad digging into Ohio cases for a decade
 Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s resignation in the wake of FBI questions over his activities is only the latest high-profile inquiry by a public corruption investigation team that has honed in on everything from bribery among top state officials to dirty cops. Under then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, the bureau in 2008...

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Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s resignation in the wake of FBI questions over his activities is only the latest high-profile inquiry by a public corruption investigation team that has honed in on everything from bribery among top state officials to dirty cops. Under then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, the bureau in 2008...