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5:04 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Ohio's Major Parties Fend Off 2014 Primaries

Ohio's Republican and Democratic gubernatorial front-runners are headed toward a primary-free showdown, ending a shakeout marked by complaints that both major parties got too aggressive in pushing out challengers.

The Democrats had a primary looming until last Friday, when Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune quietly withdrew his late bid against Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

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Politics
2:23 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Farm Bill Deal Leaves Some Food Stamp Recipients Out In The Cold

The House of Representatives passed a compromise farm bill Wednesday, which among other provisions will makes some cuts to food stamps. The deal includes $8.6 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

 In a conversation with WYSO's Emily McCord, Senator Sherrod Brown says the bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot better than the $40 billion cut Republicans originally wanted and that legislation will grow the agricultural industry.

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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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