With President Obama and Mitt Romney making campaign stop in Ohio over the last month, it's clear that the state is once again crucial to the election. But this year more than ever, the political stakes may be higher. On this week's installment of PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Ken Bode. He's been a national political correspondent for NBC and PBS, and a columnist with the Indianapolis Star. Bode tells McCord that if the President wins Ohio and other swing states, it's very likely he'll win a second term without the popular vote.
SPRINGFIELD - The Clark County Board of Elections has named a new director. 30-year-old Matthew Tlachac will be replacing Mark Oster, who is retiring in August.
In a 3-1 vote, the Clark County Board of elections selected Tlachac from a field of 10 finalists for the director's position. Mark Oster, the current director, announced his retirement three weeks ago. Since he is a Democrat, the board was forced to find another Democrat to replace him.
Oster says that politics did not play a role in his decision to retire. But he felt the timing was right to step down.
A decision by Ohio Governor John Kasich to change the way doctors can bill Medicaid for a painkiller addition treatment may make it easier to obtain in the long run. The administration says the change could ultimately affect far more patients than a $1 million pilot program for ex-offenders vetoed by the governor last month.
Under the new change taking effect in October, pharmacies can bill Medicaid directly for Vivitrol and have the drug delivered to a doctor's office without an upfront payment.
Ohio officials say more than 200,000 residents around the state are still without power days after two weekend thunderstorms left many in the dark.
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency released new figures Wednesday afternoon that add several thousand customers from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives to the tally. The bulk of the outages still belong to customers of American Electric Power.
Dayton Power & Light is reporting just a handful of outages in the listening area now and plan to have it all back online by this evening.