Politics

Farm Bill
9:40 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Farm Bill Compromise Expected Soon, But Legislators Still Processing Milk

This week a congressional committee is expected to come out with a compromise on the Farm Bill after months of debate. While the rumor on Capitol Hill is that a compromise has been reached on funding for food assistance, dairy programs remain a source of contention.

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Politics
7:04 am
Mon January 27, 2014

State Lawmakers Prepare to Tackle Severance Tax, Health Emergency Plan

State legislators have a busy agenda planned on Capitol Square this week.  A House committee is preparing to hear testimony from all sides regarding the proposed tax increase on oil and gas drilling. The bill’s sponsor says his plan would generate about $1.7 billion in net new revenue over the course of ten years. The oil and gas industry approves the legislation while others say it’s not aggressive enough.

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Politics
9:44 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Ohio Regulator's Travel Expenses Raises Eyebrows

PUCO Chairman Todd Snitchler

The group that regulates Ohio's utilities sent over 30 of its staff to a conference in Orlando before the holidays, costing utility customers $34,660. Dayton Daily News reporter Laura Bischoff examined the expenses surrounding the trip. In an interview for PoliticsOhio, she tells Emily McCord that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is a powerful board and that the public often doesn't know how their money is spent and where it goes.

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Politics
7:35 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Planned Parenthood To Back Ohio Democrats' 2014 Slate

Ohio Democrats are rolling out their full statewide ticket at an endorsement event hosted by abortion and women's health care provider Planned Parenthood.

Wednesday's event in Columbus signals the party's intention to make women's health issues a campaign theme as they seek to unseat Gov. John Kasich and the state's other Republican elected officials this fall.

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Politics
7:04 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Democrat Vying For Ohio Attorney General Eyes Voting Rights

Ohio Attorney General candidate David Pepper says he would make advocating for voter rights a priority if elected Ohio's top law officer this fall.

The Cincinnati Democrat released his proposals Monday for addressing ballot access and election fairness.

Pepper criticizes Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for defending laws passed by state lawmakers that courts later deemed unconstitutional.

DeWine told The Vindicator of Youngstown that he didn't pass or write the laws, but did what he's "supposed to do" by defending them in court.

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