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Democrat Jennifer Brunner announces run for Ohio Supreme Court

With political control of the Ohio Supreme Court on the line, a pair of familiar Democrats will seek election as justices next year.Columbus appellate court Judge Jennifer Brunner, a former Ohio secretary of state, and John O’Donnell, a Cleveland judge making his third run, plan to seek the Democratic nomination for separate seats in 2020.The seats of Republican Justices Sharon Kennedy, who has served on the court since 2012, and Judith French, on the high court’s bench since […]

Capitol Insider | Perk for state supervisors could pay out big bucks

Thousands of non-union, overtime-exempt state employees — generally supervisors and the like — have picked up a perk that could pay off in tens of thousands of dollars.The amount of compensatory time off that supervisors can bank for working after normal hours has doubled to 240 hours — or six weeks, Dispatch reporter Randy Ludlow discovered.Department of Administrative Services Director Matthew Damschroder approved the change to bring the comp- […]

Anti-abortion Democrats, pro-abortion-rights Republicans feel ostracized in their parties

As recently as a generation ago, both major political parties had office holders in Ohio with diverse views on abortion. As the parties became monolithic on the issue, Democrats opposed to abortion and Republicans who support abortion rights find themselves uncomfortable and unenthusiastic.

Family of Mexican national killed at Union County egg farm seeks back pay, funeral help

The family of a Mexican national killed August 8 in a Union County egg farm accident is asking New Day Farms for his back pay and fair compensation toward his funeral costs.Company representatives sent condolences and two representatives to Josue Adan Mezhua Hernandez’s funeral on Wednesday in Marion. But because he was not a U.S. citizen or legally in this country, they say he’s owed nothing, including workers’ compensation death benefits, Audrey Aguilera, a first cousin, said she […]

Group that wants Ohio voters to decide on nuclear plants bailout submits revised petition

A group that wants voters to decide whether Ohio should bail out nuclear-power plants has submitted new summary petition language to the state after Attorney General Dave Yost rejected its initial petition Monday.Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts provided the second summary petition along with 2,246 signatures to Yost and Ohio […]

DeWine: State will work out giving up parking space for Mapfre proposal

Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday said the state plans to accommodate a proposal to transform parking lots around Mapfre Stadium into a practice facility for the Crew major league soccer club and a new Columbus city recreation facility.”Look, we’re going to accommodate that,” DeWine told reporters after giving the opening remarks to a new task force that will study the best future land uses of the historic state fairgrounds.DeWine said there are “some things to work out in regard to […]

Gov. Mike DeWine: Use of fentanyl in executions 'not an option'

A state legislator’s proposal aside, Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday that the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl is “not an option” as state officials search for an alternative means of carrying out executions.State Rep. Scott Wiggam, R-Wooster, began seeking co-sponsors Monday for a bill to appropriate illegal fentanyl seized by law enforcement officers in […]

Ohio AG: Upwards of 100 gun permit holders could be incompetent

Ohio officials are debating whether to give courts  powers to take away the guns of people in troubled mental states.But until Friday, the Ohio Department of Public Safety hadn’t even been checking to see if people who have been disqualified as mentally incompetent still have their concealed-carry permits.That’s when the attorney general’s office and public safety officials entered into a memorandum of understanding to begin such checks.Attorney General Dave […]

Ohio charter school enrollment continues to decline

Fewer Ohio students are attending charter schools as enrollment in the tax-funded, privately operated schools has dropped for the sixth straight year.This school year, 104,439 students are enrolled in Ohio’s 315 charter schools, a drop of 2%, according to preliminary data reported to the state Department of Education. That’s down 14% since the 2013-2014 school year, when attendance peaked around 121,000 pupils in 395 schools.Education department officials say the […]

Could DeWine's red-flag proposal clear Ohio legislature?

Gov. Mike DeWine’s “red flag” law proposal has near-majority support in the Ohio Senate, but it’s receiving a lukewarm reception in the House, a poll by six Ohio news organizations found.The survey suggests that, in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting earlier this month, the GOP-controlled Ohio legislature could be convinced to pass its first “gun control” bill in years.But, the biggest hurdle will be clearing the Ohio House of Representatives.”Do something” has become […]