Articles from Columbus Dispatch - Ohio

Two more quit as Kasich makes final stand on limiting Lake Erie algae

With less than three months remaining in office, a frustrated Ohio Gov. John Kasich is making a final stand in his bid to rid Lake Erie of algae blooms.The governor fired Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels on Friday — and followed with a swipe at fellow Republicans in the General Assembly on Tuesday — over their opposition to his move for more dramatic action to clean the lake of sickly green algae that imperils drinking water and recreation. […]

Ad Watch: New DeWine spot highly misleading in attack on Cordray

THE AD: “Shambles,” a 30-second TV commercial from the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Mike DeWine.WHERE TO SEE IT: Statewide cable and broadcast stations. The campaign did not disclose the size or cost of the buy.IMAGES: Photos of former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and Democrat Richard Cordray are projected on the sides of what appear to be abandoned factory […]

Two hurt in crash which closed Rt. 42 in Union County for about three hours

A head-on crash closed a section of Route 42 in Union County for about three hours Monday afternoon, the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Marysville post reported.Justin M. Vanhoesen, 24, of Delaware, Ohio, was driving south on U.S. 42 at about 12:30 p.m. when he went across the center line and crashed head-on into a 2007 U-Haul Freightliner truck just past the Harriott Road intersection, the State Highway Patrol said in a news release.Both drivers were transported to OhioHealth […]

Ohio attorney general candidates trade barbs over corruption, drugs and (of course) ECOT

Hypocrisy, drugs, immigration and a failed online charter school all made prominent appearances in Monday’s first — and likely only — debate between Ohio’s attorney general candidates.The encounter in Cleveland between former U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach, a Democrat, and Republican state Auditor Dave Yost was more civil than debates in Ohio’s U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races. Still, the candidates showed little reluctance to call each other out, sometimes sharply. […]

Ohio agriculture director fired amid dispute over farms, Lake Erie algae

Siding with Ohio farmers instead of Gov. John Kasich over reducing field runoff of fertilizers that contribute to algal blooms in western Lake Erie apparently has cost Ohio Agriculture Director David Daniels his job.Daniels, chosen director by Kasich in 2012, said he was summoned to the governor’s office Friday and dismissed without explanation less than three months short of Kasich departing office.He believes that he was fired over his reservations about an executive order […]

Crash closes Rt. 42 in Union County

A section of Route 42 is closed in Union County this afternoon following a crash involving a truck and a car.The crash was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. between Jerome Road and Bell Road, a dispatcher said.Few details on the crash were available Monday afternoon, but a dispatcher said it involved a U-Haul truck and a car.The Ohio Department of Transportation is setting up detours in the area.It is unclear how long the road will be closed. […]

After latest report cards, Ohio lawmakers plan school funding fix

As Ohio’s latest report card scores yet again show a strong correlation between poverty and low achievement, state lawmakers are preparing another revamp of Ohio’s school funding formula.Some experts say addressing the nagging income achievement gap requires fixing the funding.”We have a significant and […]

Richard Cordray, Mike DeWine back state Medicaid reform on prescription-drug middlemen

A major reform to the way the Ohio Department of Medicaid buys billions of dollars worth of prescription drugs seems likely to continue regardless of who wins the governor’s race Nov. 6.The department, under term-limited GOP Gov. John Kasich, announced in August that it would tell the state’s five Medicaid managed-care plans  […]

Sherrod Brown vs. Jim Renacci: The debate before the debate

About 24 hours before Sen. Sherrod Brown and Jim Renacci were set to debate Saturday night, the campaigns for a seat in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body battled over the incredibly critical issue of … Which family members got to sit in on the debate?First came a salvo from Brown’s camp saying that both the Democrat’s wife and two daughters would be present since the Republican congressman “is spreading multiple falsehoods and attacking Sherrod’s family.” Apparently, that […]