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3:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Lawmakers Say Redistricting Reform Will Create Fairer System

Ohio Statehouse
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Ohio lawmakers have finally come to a bipartisan agreement on redistricting that many are calling historic. The process of drawing lines for legislative districts has been controversial in the past, but an agreement passed in the Senate Friday will be sold to Ohioans as a way to make that process more fair.

“This is the most significant bi-partisan activity that I have been involved in in my time here in the House and the general assembly,” said Democratic State Representative Vernon Sykes, who’s leaving after 26 years in the statehouse.

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Special Programs
3:00 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

From The Bully Pulpit to Civic Life: A Conversation Between Mark Roosevelt And Bob Taft

(from left) Bob Taft, Neenah Ellis, Mark Roosevelt, Ron Rollins, Darryl Fairchild

Antioch College President Roosevelt and former Ohio Governor Bob Taft are both the great-grandsons of American Presidents. Roosevelt's great grandfather was Theodore Roosevelt, President from 1901 to 1909. He was succeeded by William Howard Taft of Cincinnati.

The relationship between the two men is chronicled in The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, published in 2013. They two were allies; Taft served as Roosevelt’s Secretary of War, but later clashed and Roosevelt ran against Taft in 1912.

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News
5:37 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Ohio Lawmaker Gets Probation In Ethics Case

Representative Dale Mallory - District 32
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A Cincinnati lawmaker who pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor ethics law violations has been sentenced to probation.

The charges against Democratic state Rep. Dale Mallory were related to taking Cincinnati Bengals tickets from lobbyists and failing to properly report them on required disclosure forms.

Mallory was sentenced Thursday in a Franklin County courtroom to one year of probation and $600 in fines. A jail sentence was suspended. He was convicted in October.

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News
5:56 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Active Military Exempted From Conceal Carry Law

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Ohio lawmakers have amended a gun bill to exempt active military members over the age of 18 from the state's concealed weapons permitting law.
 
Sen. Joe Uecker, a Republican from Loveland in southwest Ohio and the bill sponsor, says military members already have extensive firearms training.
 
Uecker also cited recent reports that the group calling itself the Islamic State has publicly encouraged attacks against law enforcement and military service members.
 
The Senate Civil Justice Committee approved the change Wednesday but did not vote on the bill.

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Dayton City Politics
4:30 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

No 'Typical Day' For Dayton City Manager

Dayton city officials are searching for a new city manager. Current manager Tim Riordan announced his resignation this fall.
Credit City of Dayton Website: Jim Witmer/Dayton Daily News

Dayton is searching for a new city manager, and taking public input this month on what residents want from a manager. This job, unlike the mayor, isn’t an elected position.

So what exactly does a city manager do?

Current manager Tim Riordan is basically Dayton’s chief executive. Elected officials—mainly the city commissioners—mull over proposals, pass them and then task Riordan with actually carrying them out. But he also lobbies lawmakers in the statehouse and takes part in union negotiations. And he says that’s not all.

 

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