A task force that aims to increase the number of Ohioans with college degrees is convening for the first time.
The 31-member Complete College Ohio task force is led by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro. The group is charged with finding ways to help a greater number of students plan for, pay for and complete their education.
The first meeting Monday is being hosted by Bowling Green State University.
The presumptive GOP presidential candidate officially announced Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential pick Saturday.
Among those cheering is Tom Zawistowksi, president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition. He says he and his fellow Tea Partiers were surprised at the boldness of the pick, but are pleased because Ryan has aggressively promoted fiscal responsibility and limiting the growth of government. Zawistoski says with Ryan on the ticket those issues are now front and center….even if the plan still needs work.
Democrats in Montgomery County chose Fred Strahorn to replace Rep. Clayton Luckie, who withdrew from running for re-election.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the county party's central committee voted 41 to 1 replace Luckie on the November ballot. Luckie dropped out Friday, a day after the Franklin County prosecutor said Luckie was under investigation. The prosecutor has said little other than that the probe doesn't involve bribery.
Luckie remains in office. He hasn't commented on his withdrawal or the prosecutor's statement.
This was the week that many thought likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would select US Senator Rob Portman of Cincinnati as his running mate. On Saturday, Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin would be joining him on the ticket.
David Cohen is a professor of political science at the Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron. Cohen says he thought Romney would pick Portman, who Cohen describes as the “safest” choice”. And he says while Ryan will rile up the Republican base in Ohio, he’ll be a target because of his controversial budget.