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

Doctor from raided Riverside clinic has faced scrutiny before
 Agents from drug distribution and Medicaid fraud enforcement agencies raided a Riverside medical facility Thursday, turning away patients and leaving open to speculation just what exactly investigators hoped to find in the boxes they removed from the practice. None of the agencies would comment on why they raided the Dayton Outpatient Center...

Posted: 3 days ago

Agents from drug distribution and Medicaid fraud enforcement agencies raided a Riverside medical facility Thursday, turning away patients and leaving open to speculation just what exactly investigators hoped to find in the boxes they removed from the practice. None of the agencies would comment on why they raided the Dayton Outpatient Center...
Ohio lawmakers making another push for extending teen driver rules
 Ohio’s teen drivers should spend more time training behind the wheel, in all seasons, before they’re granted their first license, according to safety experts and state lawmakers. The number one reason teen drivers crash is inexperience and auto accidents are the number one cause of teen fatalities, said Kimberly Schwind of AAA...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ohio’s teen drivers should spend more time training behind the wheel, in all seasons, before they’re granted their first license, according to safety experts and state lawmakers. The number one reason teen drivers crash is inexperience and auto accidents are the number one cause of teen fatalities, said Kimberly Schwind of AAA...
Ohio’s biggest public pension fund lowers expectations

Posted: 4 days ago

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System trustees on Wednesday voted to change its assumed rate of return on its $101.4 billion in assets — a move that may eventually impact benefits for its 1 million members and retirees. The new assumed rate of return will be 7.2 percent for OPERS pension fund and 6 percent for its health care...
Race for Ohio governor still tied, poll finds
 With less than three weeks to go before Election Day, the race for governor isn’t budging: Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are still in a dead heat, a new poll found. The Center for Marketing & Opinion Research poll for the University of Akron found 37 percent of Ohio voters favor DeWine while 36 percent favor Cordray...

Posted: 4 days ago

With less than three weeks to go before Election Day, the race for governor isn’t budging: Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are still in a dead heat, a new poll found. The Center for Marketing & Opinion Research poll for the University of Akron found 37 percent of Ohio voters favor DeWine while 36 percent favor Cordray...
Officials meet to discuss how Ohio should protect and promote its military jobs
 For the third consecutive year, military brass, local business leaders, academics and politicos at the Ohio Defense Forum said the state needs to do a better job advocating for military installations and defense contractors in Ohio. “If we connect all of us together in the next four years, oh, my goodness, the alignment would be incredible...

Posted: 5 days ago

For the third consecutive year, military brass, local business leaders, academics and politicos at the Ohio Defense Forum said the state needs to do a better job advocating for military installations and defense contractors in Ohio. “If we connect all of us together in the next four years, oh, my goodness, the alignment would be incredible...
‘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: 6 days 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: 11 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: 12 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: 12 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: 12 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: 13 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...